The first ever Fish Iowa! Games Regional Casting Competitions were held June 7 and June 9 during Iowa’s Free Fishing Weekend.
Participants competed in either the Open Class or Medalist Class.
The Medalist Class was for students who had placed as a medalist in a Fish Iowa! Games casting competition at their school. The Open Class was for students who had not competed in a Fish Iowa! Games school casting competition or who participated but did not place first in their class. The Fish Iowa! Games rules and regulations applied for the regional competitions.
The Iowa Games and Iowa Department of Natural Resources sponsor Fish Iowa! Games casting competitions through Iowa schools. Students learn to cast from three distances using the flipping, pitching, and overhand techniques. The program is unique in that it allows participants to learn the basic casting techniques then demonstrate them as part of a fun competition.
The June 7 competition was held at the Storm Lake Marina and Hatchery Complex, in Storm Lake. The June 9 competition was held at F.W. Kent Park, in Oxford.
Storm Lake regional Fish Iowa! Games winners:
Gabe Kline – 1st Place
Simon Carlson – 2nd Place
Chase Hurd – 1st Place
Anna Lauritsen – 2nd Place
Sydney Hurd – 3rd Place (Tie)
Brandon Todd – 3rd Place (Tie)
Kent Park regional Fish Iowa! Games winners:
Tim Globokar – 1st Place
Trevor Leedom – 2nd Place
Jordyn Bogaards – 3rd Place
Aaron Horning – 4th Place
The first place contestant in both the Open and Medalist Class are eligible to compete at the State Fish Iowa! Games State Casting Competition Medalist Class during the summer Iowa Games on July 20, in Ames. The Open Class will be open to all participants. On-line registration is open until July 8. Register at: Iowa Games (www.iowagames.org
) > Sports > Summer Games > Fish Iowa Games Finals.