FORT KENT, Maine — A February hearth that destroyed laptop device for the Citadel Kent World Muskie Derby has hindered on-line registration for the development.
A Primary Side road construction owned by way of Tracey Hartt, who oversees the Muskie Derby site, burned down on Feb. 28, destroying two Citadel Kent companies owned by way of Hartt and his spouse, Evelyn Hartt.
Knowledge had to care for on-line registration for the preferred annual fishing event was once collateral injury within the hearth. Other people can sign up for the derby, scheduled for Aug. 12-14 within the St. John Valley, best in user for now.
The Muskie Derby was once established 21 years in the past to attract vacationers to the better Citadel Kent space. The St. John River west of Grand Falls and all of its tributaries are open to derby fishing, generally drawing roughly 300 members from during New England and Canada.
“Instrument we used to provide the website online was once destroyed,” Tracey Hartt stated. “Worse was once so was once all of the backup knowledge. I believe we’re going as a way to recuperate the backup information. My backup drives were despatched out to recuperate the ones information.”
In-person registration is to be had at Up North Outside on Citadel Kent’s Primary Side road till Aug. 6, and additionally on the Citadel Kent weigh station, positioned outdoor Up North, the weekend of the event till 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Derby President Dennis Cyr stated the placement is inconvenient for lots of anglers who deliberate to sign up on-line, and he didn’t know the way the restrictions will impact the full selection of registrants.
“Some other folks coming from the south don’t come to Citadel Kent, they cross at once to Baker Lake or one of the faraway lakes,” Cyr stated. “We’re looking to get the insects out of the machine.”
Cyr stated the similar causes to sign up for the derby observe as in years previous.
“Other people like to fish. We’re a singular fishing derby for the largest (recent water) fish in Maine, being muskies. In fact we even have exceptional smallmouth bass,” Cyr stated. “Other people like to catch the ones large fish and the prize cash is just right.”
An awards rite will observe the event at UP North Outside on Sunday, Aug. 14.
Scott Haggerty of Presque Isle took first position in final 12 months’s event when he netted a 46 ⅜-inch muskie weighing in at 25 kilos, 6 oz.. He additionally stuck the fourth, 8th, 9th and thirteenth position muskies for a complete of $3,600 in prize cash.