Catching Fish and Memories

By Perry Russom

February 19, 2012 Updated Apr 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM EDT

Chenango County, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Lines were cast to see who could catch the biggest Perch on Saturday for the Chenango County Perch Derby.

The event was sponsored by the Oxford Lions Club.

After being postponed due to thin ice, the lake was finally thick enough ice fishing.

Around 300 competitors walked out on the frozen surface to win one of several prizes for catching the largest fish.

Allison Gabala reeled in 12 fish by the time Action News spoke with her, and won three prizes for a few sizable catches.

"It's nice to beat the boys. There's not enough women out here so to get a woman who's winning and two women who are winning, it's very nice," says Gabala.

Veteran ice fisher John O'Connor says the derby was a great opportunity to take his son on the lake for the first time.

"I don't really get to spend as much time with him as I want to, so anytime I get the chance I spend time with him," says O'Connor.

The two reeled in fish and caught a few memories along the way.

Prizes were awarded every fifteen minutes for whoever caught the biggest perch.

$1,000 went to whoever caught the first tagged perch.