And truthfully, once the prize money in these fishing derbies runs into the tens of thousands, there's bound to be some fishy business afloat.
The reports in the local paper leave us less than fully informed about the exact nature of the fishy business.
But in the overall scheme of the fishing derby universe there's all sorts of strategies that have been attempted...
Salmon derby's coming up?... why not groom a full-grown 20 pounder into a 40 pounder in your above ground pool?... and then pretend you caught it in the Salmon Spectacular!
That's gotta be worth the $30 thousand plus prize!
A few years ago, by complete happen-stance, I fell in with a crew that came close to winning an even bigger salmon derby down Lake Ontario way. The myriad strategies involved in making a caught fish gain a few ounces between the water and the weigh station are the stuff of legend...
You could write a book about it!