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Father's Day fishing derby is underway

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From boats.... And the shore... About six thousand people cast a line in hopes of landing a trophy fish this weekend.

Sun and clear skies provided the perfect atmosphere for the 32nd year of the annual Lake Champlain International Fathers' Day Fishing Tournament.

LCI's Ross Saxton said Saturday, "People from dozens of states come enjoy our lake because it's known for its great fishing. It's not just about fishing, it's about being with the people who you love, spending time with, while out on the resource that you love."

It's hard to find a six-year-old who fishes more than six-year-old Ferrisburgh resident Chase Stokes.

"Like every day. Just in the summer I'm guessing with school and whatnot? Nope every day after school too." said Stokes.

And his experience shows. Chase says he began young, landing his first fish as a one-and-a-half-year-old. He reeled in more than a dozen on Saturday.

"Mostly just white perch, and one little yellow perch, and one strawberry bass, once rock bass." said Stokes.

Chase isn't competing against the full tournament field, just the kids. This year about 65 youngsters between the ages of 1 and 13 are registered.

"We host the little angler derby every year too as a free event to encourage the next generation of anglers." said Saxton.

Chase doesn't need any encouragement, but despite all his success, he's still upset by the one that got away.

"He hooked into those weeds and I had to snap my line and he felt very very big, I just don't know how big." said Stokes.

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