2019 Derby News

Registrations for the 2019 Derby are now Open, Click here to sign-up today!

Our Official Derby Dates are:

Start: Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at 12:01 am
End: Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at 4:00 pm
Awards Ceremony: Saturday, June 29th, 2019

Happy New Year everyone I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday.

The 2019 Derby sign-ups started at the December general meeting and are off to a good start, also our online sign-ups are available right here on the STWA website at: and again we are able to accept credit cards for your convenience both online or at the club.

We announced at the December meeting a new and exciting Early Bird prize of a 65 quart Grizzly cooler and a second prize of $250.00 to be drawn at the June general meeting and here is how it works.

Sign-up by the end of the February general meeting, you must attend 4 of the 6 meetings from January to June You also must have your membership/derby entry form punched in person at the Early Bird table in order to be eligible. The Grizzly cooler and a separate $250.00 dollar cash drawing to take place at the June meeting prior to the start of the derby. Note you can only have your slip punched, there are no exceptions, you cannot have someone else’s slip punched for them in their absence. These are a couple of awesome prizes, and don’t forget the additional monthly Early Bird prizes as well that will begin at the January general meeting that you can win just for signing up early that we will have available for that lucky person each month leading up to the derby.

Chris Guenther is doing a great job signing up old as well as new sponsors for the derby, these sponsors are the reason we are able to give out some great prizes and make the derby a huge success and again for those of you that are our sponsors I say

(Thank You) for without you we couldn’t make the derby what it is.

I am happy to announce that that the derby last year netted us about a $3500.00 in profit, I am excited by this that we were able to produce the best tournament/derby in payouts and prizes last year and still came out a little ahead for the club, although the tournament/derby was never intended to make the club money, it is great when we can add something to our great organization, this extra money gives us the start up cash needed to cover the expenses of producing the upcoming derby before sign-ups start coming in.

Although not many things changed this year, we are working on a protest clause for this upcoming event, now you may be asking what is a protest clause? Well in a nutshell, it is a formal way to protest an entrant of either a rule infraction or even blatant cheating, there will be a $200.00 fee to file a formal form of protest, this fee will be refunded to you if protest was found to be true, if the protest could not be proved or was proved to be false the $200 dollars would not be returned to the protestor. This fee is intended to make sure a protest is true and to keep people from just filling false claims and to cover the added expenses of investigating, bringing in a polygraph examiner etc., as I say this it is still being planned and proper wording and details are still being worked on by the committee, I will keep you updated as we get this finalized at our upcoming meetings.

At the last meeting I had someone come up to me and told me that they heard a rumor that we put a rule that you could not fish alone for the derby, well I can tell you this rumor is false, do not believe rumors, if you have question, by all means call me or a member of the committee or catch me at a meeting, also the derby rules will be posted around the clubhouse and on the back of your entry forms and I will be posting the rules in the upcoming fishline, and again I urge everyone to not listen to rumors, come to me or give me a call and I’ll be happy explain something to you. At other tournaments the night before that tournament they have what is called a captains meeting where they go thru the rules involving that tournament and we are trying to do the same for our June meeting that will be used to cover all rules and answer any questions regarding the derby so as there is no confusion as to the rules for 2019 participants.

My goal is to produce one of the best derby’s in the country and to try to produce some type of ”WOW“ factor to each event, everyone on the committee works hard to produce the best derby that we can and we can always use help on the committee, our next derby meeting is February 5th at 6pm and March 12th at 6pm at the club, we welcome any and all to our meetings.

The weigh station sign-up board is in the lobby of the club, so if you are able to volunteer for a shift or so it would be greatly appreciative, this year if you do sign-up we ask that you put your shirt size down, for weigh station attendants will have shirts instead of hats this year.

Well that’s about it for now, and again if you have any questions regarding the derby please don’t hesitate to call me, better than believing rumors and you can get it right from the director himself.

Don’t forget the elections are being held at this January meeting, and yes I am back up for re-election to the board of directors, so if you are able to make it out I would appreciate your vote.

And again thank you to all members and entrants to the derby and may you have a great upcoming fishing season and a happy new year.

Thank you to All, Rob Kroh - Derby Chairman

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