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Hometown News: Local civic clubs hold annual fishing derby
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Tim Edwards of the Forsyth-Cumming Optimist Club presents a trophy to Clark Koepp for catching the largest fish at the 20th Annual Fishing Derby on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Lower Pool Park below Buford Dam.

The Cumming Kiwanis Club and the Forsyth-Cumming Optimist Club held their 20th Annual Fishing Derby at the Lower Pool Park, below Buford Dam, on Saturday, Sept. 28.

The event, which is held annually on National Hunting and Fishing Day, was co-hosted by the Georgia Wildlife Resource Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Upper Chattahoochee Chapter Trout Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation and Hammond’s Fishing Center.

The Buford Trout Hatchery stocked over 2,500 rainbow trout for kids to catch, and the Sea Scouts provided bait and poles. The Kiwanis Club provided food and drinks, while the Optimist Club coordinated face painting.

Nolan Baccam and Clark Koepp earned trophies for catching the most fish and the largest fish, respectively. Baccam caught 12 fish, while Koepp’s biggest catch measured 14-feet-long.

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Tim Edwards of the Forsyth-Cumming Optimist Club presents a trophy to Nolan Baccam for catching the most fish at the 20th Annual Fishing Derby on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Lower Pool Park below Buford Dam.