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Bullhead Derby 2016
The 2016 Bates Beach Bullhead Derby took place on Sunday July 31, 2016.  There were over 20 participants with minimal adult support used to catch their fish.  John Bates officially started the derby at 10:30 with the first fish being weighed in by Jacecy Wells at 10:36.  The Derby, winners were tied with 6 bullheads measuring 20cms in length with the eventual winner Mikenna Pruit from California being declared the winner as she had bullheads caught and measuring the greatest overall length.  All the bullheads were released unharmed back into the water.

2016 Fishing update
The fishing has been a little slow this spring but on May 24th John Bates brought in a nice 17.5 pound spring salmon and on June 7th Adria Russell guided by her father Mike Russell caught a nice 25.5 pound halibut.

Family Wedding
May 14, 2016 was a very special day at Bates Beach with a 4th Generation "Bates" getting married at the Beach.  George Bates gave away the biggest catch of the century Emma Bates to Robert Budd.  The two were married at the Beach followed by a celebration with Family and Friends complete with a pig roast,  pot luck dinner late evening fireworks and evening social, fun was had by all!!
Easter 2016
Well, the sun shone as the Four Bates Beach bunnies hid their chocolately Easter eggs. The 4 bunnies - aka Ashley Bates, Cayley McCandless, Louisa Bates & George Bates had to deftly place the eggs as they kept an ever watchful eye on old Elmer Fudd aka Harold Bates who was trying in vain to scoop up a wascally rabbit in a rather large landing net!! A good time was enjoyed by all.  After the hunt the Bates Family & friends enjoyed a pancake breakfast. The next event is the traditional Pancake Breakfast on the May long week-end. See everybody there!
Late August Fishing
This August there has been some nice fish caught with Kjeil bringing some nice springs  two 18 pounder springs pictured here with one caught on August 27 along with a 10 pounder a limit catch in less than an hours fishing.   Mya Fleming Kjeil's Granddaughter also caught a 12 1/2 pound spring earlier in the month.  Harold & Deanna caught a nice ling and 2 pinks for the barbeque. 
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