RIO VISTA — Anglers braved some early wind and children hit the road during Rio Vista’s main event.
The Bass Derby and Festival continued Sunday with a fishing tournament, a Soap Box Derby and a morning parade.
“It’s something we look forward to coming out to every year,” said Rio Vista resident Brandy Ebert, who was at the event watching her son race. “We get to see everybody and have a good time.”
Her son Preston, 10, was driving a red, white and blue car for his friend who was unable to attend the festival.
“I’m not here to win anything. I’m just here to have some fun and at least not crash,” he said. “. . . I hope to do it next year because it’s pretty fun.”
Farmer Mark Esperson, who was supporting his young son, said Soap Box racing is a family affair.
“We got cars for our kids . . . made a fun thing out of it,” he said.
Esperson’s 9-year-old son Sam went on to take first place with his orange super-stock car.
Near the waterfront, anglers were waiting for the results of the Bass Derby, which featured prizes for the top salmon, sturgeon and striper.
“Numbers are down a bit this year,” said announcer Barry Canevero, of the California Striped Bass Association. He said about 400 anglers competed this year – about 100 fewer than last year.
Junior Tenorio, of Fairfield, won first place for his striped bass that measured 32.24 inches and was closest to the target length of 32.5 inches.
“(I) launched in Suisun City (and was) bouncing around in Montezuma Slough,” he said.
Tenorio, who caught a split tail among other fish, said the bite was slow.
“It’s all about being in the right place at the right time,” he said.
Rick Reese placed third for his sturgeon catch and said there were a lot of takers.
“I caught probably 16 big fish this weekend,” said the Pacifica resident, who also caught a striper that measured 28.93 inches.
“I’m beat. My hands are had,” he said. “I was in the boat for two days.”
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