DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — She may be small, but she knows how to fish — and now it’s paid off big time.
Brooklynne Blocker, a SeDoMoCha kindergarten pupil, caught a 4.29-pound pickerel from Sebasticook Lake in Newport earlier this month, the largest pickerel caught in the state during the Sebago Lake Rotary Club’s annual fishing derby on March 5-6.
The catch snagged her a trophy and $1,000.
‘’It’s our first winner we’ve had who bought a Barbie dollhouse with the money,’’ joked Tom Noonan of Raymond, the derby’s director. Noonan presented the money and trophy to Blocker at a school assembly Wednesday.
Noonan said cash prizes are awarded to the first-, second- and third-place competitors for each of four fish species: pickerel, pike, muskie and togue. The derby is coordinated with the help of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and is considered a fish management tool, he said.
The contest covers any body of water legally open to such fishing, and the club had 20 weigh stations throughout the state, Noonan said.
Blocker, the daughter of Kasey Watson and Scott Blocker, fished during the derby with her grandparents Kelley and Jerry Dority of Newport.