The Holtville Athletic Club held its second annual Take A Kid Fishing contest at Red Hill Marina on Saturday. It was well attended by 26 adults who brought along 36 kids to fish but high winds forced the boaters off the Salton Sea only hours after they launched.
Tyler Jantz, one of the boaters, started fishing from the shore at Red Hill near the picnic area and was soon hooked solid to a 7-pound corvina. Holtville's Gerry Merten decided to try his luck from shore and landed a 13-pound, 8-ounce corvina from the same area casting a chartreuse/black back Kalin's Swimmer. This fish proved to be heavy enough for the second-place prize of $250. Top prize of $500 went to Donald Walker of El Centro, who landed a 16-pound, 4-ounce corvina from Obsidian Butte using a live mudsucker.
Contestants were treated to an off-road race as they watched Walker racing down Garst Road in a cloud of dust to make it to the weigh-in only minutes before the tournament ended. Daniel Rivera from Brawley captured the third-place prize of $125 with a 13-pound, 7-ounce corvina.