Far right, Brett O'Sullivan, 10, caught 20 fish at the Frankfort Fishing Derby Saturday. He won the most fish caught for the 8 to 12 age category. | Erin Gallagher/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 1, 2014 2:08AM
She was only three, but she beat out kids as old as seven.
In fact her fish was as big as the winner of the older division. Her name is Sophia Reising, of Frankfort, and she won the 3 to 7 age group at the Frankfort Fishing Derby Saturday.
With a 12-inch bass, Reising’s fish was the same size as Emerson Dell’s, 12, also of Frankfort. Dell won the 8 to 12 division.
“I catch bigger than that usually,” Dell said in true fisherman form.
Dell’s father, Earl Dell, was quick to show a cellphone photo of his son’s 61/2 pounder caught this summer.
Prizes also went to kids who caught the most fish.
Amaya Johnston, 6, won her age group with 12 fish. Brett O’Sullivan, 10, caught a whopping 20 fish.
“I really like (fishing),” O’Sullivan said. “I have a lake in my back yard and I catch a lot there.”
Families from all over came to the 11th annual catch-and-release derby, according to Mary Canino, the village’s manager of community relations. About 65 kids registered this year, with only about half from the village.
Residents paid $3 each to register, and non-residents paid $10. The village provided bait, hooks and a “get hooked” T-shirt. Prizes included tackle boxes and fishing poles.
Sue Statham, from Palos Heights, brought her 9-year-old son, Samuel. This was their first derby. She said they joined a group of boys who come every year.
The derby was held at Frankfort Prairie Park. The pond is 18-feet deep, said John Craven, the village utility foreman. He serves as the “bait and fish expert,” Canino said. Bass, bluegill and koi live in the pond.