2008 Gateway Cats Kids Derby 22 Children and several adults were welcomed with calm temperatures and beautifull skies as we descended on the banks of Lake 15 at Busch Wildlife. Chris Morrow welcomed all of us, and a few short minutes later the anglers descended on the waters, rods in hand. It was quickly evident the fishing was going to be hot. There were multiple hooks up of bass and big hybrid bluegill as you could here the parents and grandparents whooping it up to cheer on their favorite anglers. Bass and Bluegill action was hot all day with no breaks in the action. The Catfish however, proved to be rather finicky with no reported catches in the first two hours of action. There were many methods and techniques utilized to try and catch the whiskered variety with many anglers choosing to stay the course with the catfish and boy did it ever pay off. Those anglers that stuck with pursuing the kittens were awarded with a flurry of catfish activity in the last hour, which led to the top two places being taken on Channel Catfish. It was great to see everyone again, and even more fun to watch all of the children determined to catch the lakes biggest fish. At the end of it all, every child had caught fish, bar one, however he indicated to me he had battled a big one but it unfortunately spit the hook. I think we all know that feeling. At the end of the fray, emerging as the 2008 Gateway Cats Kids Fishing Derby Champion was none other than Nicki Hagen. Nicki cemented her place at the top with a 6 pound Channel cat very late in the game that had the entire lake cheering her on as she battled the Big Channel Catfish. Here's how all the awards panned out at Weigh In Time Trophy Winners 1st Place Nicki Hagen - 9 Pounds 2 Ounces 2nd Place Christopher Armstrong - 2 Pounds 12 Ounces 3rd Place Hailee Polite - 2 Pounds 10 Ounces Largest Fish Nicki Hagen - 6 Pound 6 ounce Channel Catfish Medal Winners Jack Allen Lauren Allen Collin Armstrong Lily Morley- Park Ember Robertson Indiana Robertson Dawson Butler Zachary Mathenia Phoenix Jacobs Austin Hyde Trevon Robinson Devin Stoke Jerry Stoke Dezmond Strain Lamont Hervey Austin Twellman Hannah Felder Tori Orf Emma Murray Congratulations Anglers. You all did a fabulous Job.