Community groups and neighbors come together to hold a friendly oriented fishing tournament for the kids


A Free Kids Fishing Tournament was held at the 3 Golden Era Golf Course lakes (stocked with blue gill, bass and catfish) on Saturday the 13TH of April.  There were over 225 kids (ages 6 to 15 years old) and they caught 165 fish.

Yet another fish was hooked in the depths of Lake #3, adding to the day’s angling triumphs.

There was an outpouring of community support to make this happen which shows how much people care to maintain a friendly, family oriented event for our children.

Preparing for a lakeside adventure, this family is brimming with excitement for their impending retreat.

The Rotary Club cooked breakfast pancakes for everyone, the Hemet Kiwanis Club BBQ’ed the hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch, Cal Fire station 25 was on hand with their fire truck and mascot, Captain Cal, American Medical Response (AMR) was there for the kids, the Hemet Police Department had their vintage car on display, the Police Explorers monitors all parking and kept everyone safe, the Hemet Police Chief and assistants tabulated the winners, Grandfathers for Golf and Jeep Club members were helping the kids around the lake with many other volunteers.

With a gentle hand, Dad helps his daughter bait the hook, sharing in the joy of their fishing adventure. | Courtesy Photo by Alex Tapia

This fishing tournament gave some of the children their first opportunity to fish and actually catch a fish! 

To kick off the tournament a spectacular aerobatic show was performed by Doug Medore and Dave Mundwiler in their Pitts Special planes during the National Anthem which was sung by Linda Greilich from Golden Era Productions.  

One of the winners (center) with the Hemet High Cheerleaders with Jackie Peterson and Valerie Vandever in the back. | Courtesy Photo by Alex Tapia

The tournament’s official Bass Master, Albert Kissinger issued the tournament rules and San Jacinto Mayor Pro Tem, Valerie Vandever acted as MC and gave the official start for the tournament.

He caught one, a testament to patience and skill rewarded! | Courtesy Photo by Alex Tapia

Jace Glover won the grand prize (four tickets to Disneyland!) by catching the largest fish which was a 7.1 pound catfish.  

Grand prize winner of the 4 Disneyland tickets. | Courtesy Photo by Alex Tapia

In the senior division the top ten runners up were presented with trophies and or medallions: 1st place Hailey Irwin with a 5.82 pound fish, 2nd place Nathan Williams with a 5.26 pound fish, 3rd place Katie Irwin with a 5.07 pound fish, 4th place Emily Frank with a 5.04 pound fish, 5th place was Nathan Glover with a 4.9 pound fish, 6th place was William Rathbone with a 4.9 pound fish, 7th place was Mathew Williams with a 4.4 pound fish, 8th place was Joey Frank with a 4.02 pound fish, 9th place was Daniel Jaime with a 3.54 pound fish and 10th place was Bailey Richardson with 3.29 pound fish.

This little girl was one of the winners with this fish. | Courtesy Photo by Alex Tapia
Jackie Peterson Hemet Mayor Pro Tem, George Agiss Jr. Hemet Kiwanis President, Cal fire Staff with mascot Captain Cal.
With smiles of suspense, the happy family eagerly awaits the exhilarating moment of the big fish’s bite.

In the junior division the 10 runner ups were: 1st place Adriana Lopez  with a 5.67 pound fish; 2nd place James Irwin with a 5.38 pound fish, 3rd place Grace Rathbone a 5.24 pound fish, 4th place Kenzley Rathbone with a 4.92 pound fish, 5th place Ryleigh Nassar  with a 4.84 pound fish, 6th place Audriana Alvarez with a 4.7 pound fish, 7th place Devon Doty with a 4.67 pound fish, 8th place Biagio Simioli with a 4.63 pound fish, 9th place Giuliana Simioli  with a 4.6 pound fish and 10th place Leighton Jordon with a 4.17 pound fish. They all received either a trophy or a medallion. 

Thanks to all of the generous support from our sponsors each kid received a t-shirt, snacks, opportunity for a raffle prize, fishing pole if needed and of course breakfast and lunch.  

In a moment of victory, he hooked a fish, embodying the thrill of the catch! | Courtesy Photo by Alex Tapia

Gold Sponsors:

  • American Legion Post 53
  • Golden Era Productions
  • My City Youth
  • Soboba Foundation
  • Steve Di Memmo & Dr. Kristi Di Memmo.

Silver Sponsors:

  • Agri-Empire Corp
  • Domenigoni Brothers Ranch
  • Cops 4 Kids & Communities
  • HCN Bank
  • Hemet Jeep Club
  • Hemet Police Officers’ Association
  • Hemet Valley Kiwanis Club
  • Rotary Club of Hemet
  • Shea Properties
  • Snap On Tools
  • Sysco Foods
  • VJ Graphics.

Bronze Sponsors: A&S Diesel, Back’s Automotive, County Auto Machinery, Dr. Raja, Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat, Inland Foundation Engineering, Larry Soares Appliances, Michelle Meade Realtor, Stadium Pizza, The Thomsen Company Inc., Toliver’s Tax Service and Ur Nxt Barber Shop.

Casting expertise sends the line soaring with precision and grace. | Courtesy Photo by Alex Tapia

Due to popular demand a fall tournament is scheduled for Saturday the 28th of September. 

One parent said, “Thank you for doing this for the kids in our community!”

A mother commented, “Thank you for hosting this youth tournament and providing a positive outdoor experience!”

Anglers gathered eagerly at Lake #2 with anticipation. | Courtesy Photo by Alex Tapia

A father said, “Sincerely, thank you guys for doing this.  Really.  It was excellent.  We all enjoyed it.  Very appreciated.  We will be back next year!”

A family commented on their way out, “We had so much fun.  We will be back in the fall for the next tournament.”

A grandfather said, “It was great to have a tournament for the kids!”

Overview of the Golden Era Golf Course.

There will be another fishing tournament in the fall and the date will be announced so you sign up your children to participate in fishing plus enjoy even more activities and prizes.

Lake #3 at the Golden Era Golf Course.


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