Girls Day Derby-style Fish­ing

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Islander - By JAIMIE KIM

Res­i­dents can ob­serve Girls Day this year with fam­ily and friends der­bystyle down at the reser­voir at Ho‘oma­luhia Botan­i­cal Garden, lo­cated at the mauka end of Lu­luku Road.

The Ka­neohe park’s Girls Day Fish­ing Derby is set for 10 a. m. to 2 p. m. Sun­day, with the com­pe­ti­tion un­til noon. Prizes will be awarded in three age cat­e­gories: 4-7 years, 8-12 and 13-17. Two spe­cial cat­e­gories are for catch­ing (1) long­est fish over 7 inches and (2) the most mi­das ci­ch­lids.

“Mi­das ci­ch­lids ( two species) are plen­ti­ful in the Ho‘oma­luhia reser­voir lake and most are very vis­i­ble, bright, red­dish-or­ange in color and easy to catch,” noted Olive Vanselow, man­ager of the park. Some can mea­sure up to 9 inches in length, ac­cord­ing to Vanselow.

Tick­ets will be given for ev­ery fish caught and re­leased. At the end of the com­pe­ti­tion, the chil­dren with the most tick­ets in each cat­e­gory are named win­ners.

“This derby is be­ing held in honor of Girls Day to ‘en­cour­age more girls to en­joy fish­ing as a sport’ — one of the Take Me Fish­ing pro­gram goals for Ho‘oma­luhia in 2013,” ex­plained Vanselow. (Fund­ing for the derby is via a grant from Take Me Fish­ing, which is a na­tional pro­gram.)

For vis­i­tors who pre­fer some­thing less com­pet­i­tive but just as en­joy­able, there’s “catch-and-re­lease” fish­ing each week­end, with no cast­ing re­quired.

The park has sim­ple poles to loan out, although an­glers can bring their own. Other sup­plies needed are bar­b­less hooks and non-live bait such as white bread. Walking shoes, in­sect re­pel­lent, a water bot­tle and a sack lunch also are rec­om­mended.

Fish­ing fans should park at the Vis­i­tor Cen­ter and fol­low the red fish signs along a scenic trail that leads to the reser­voir shore­line, a 20-minute walk.

Chil­dren must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult, and pets are not per­mit­ted in the garden. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Vanselow at 233-7323.

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