04 August 2015
The weather has been more than I expected this year, rain and rain and rain. Which is fantastic, now all we need to get back on track is an average or above average winter to top it off. According to the Dulce weather station we have had 13.02” of precipitation this year so far, which if I remember correctly is more than we received all last year! Keep it coming! Though this weather does have its draw backs including lots of mud and rutted roads, the affect it has had on the landscape is incredible. It is very green here, and it is the first year I’ve been in this position were the lakes have not declined in storage all year, they have stabilized and slight increased.
Mundo Madness II was held on August 1st and we have 63 participants this year which is about ten more than last year. Besides a 30 minute lighting delay the event went off without a hitch. This event held in conjunction with the Hunt The Jicarilla Outdoor Expo helped raise monies to stock the lakes of the Jicarilla.
Below you will find a list of our top anglers and their catches.
1st Shawn Jones with 60 Bluegill weighing 17 lbs. 12 oz. ($300.00 Cash prize)
2nd Mike Alesio with 23 Bluegill weighing 10 lbs. 11 oz. ($200.00 Cash prize)
3rd Gary Henry with 1 Largemouth Bass/ 4 bluegill weighing 1 lbs. 10 oz. ($100.00 Cash prize)
1st Ivan Jones with 14 bluegill weighing 4 Lbs. 6 oz.
2nd Oryan Atole with 12 bluegill weighing 4 Lbs. 3.5 oz.
3rd Darnell Reval with 4 bluegill weighing 1 Lbs. 11 oz.
All the youth participants that were present at the awards ceremony walked away with some awesome tackle sets with included fly fishing and conventional goodies like hemostats, lure, bait, tackle bags etc. The Game & Fish prides its self in its efforts to engage youth in outdoor pursuits and fun filled derby with awesome prizes is just one way we accomplish this mission.
Adult Cat Fish:
Fidel Vigil with 1 channel catfish weighing 2 lbs 7.5 oz ($150.00 cash prize)
The Department was expecting cat-fishermen to be a much more competitive bracket, but it appeared only one or two anglers devoted themselves to fishing for cats. It would not surprise me if a cat crazy angler brought in 50lbs of cats or more if they devoted the whole length of the derby just to catfishing.
Adult Trout over 20”
Although at least a 100 trout were caught the largest brought to weigh in was 15.5” and did not qualify for the $150.00 cash prize. Based on the numbers of trout caught in the 8-12” range this year’s fall/ice season on Mundo should be the best in recent memory.
Big shout out to all the participants who dealt with adverse weather conditions all day to make Mundo Madness 2 a success.
Thanks to the Fish Derby Crew Volunteers: Rosenberg Tafoya, Audie Atole, Ben Phone, Lionel Velarde, Jerome Lester, Newton Vicenti, and Christopher Blanco.
Come fish I hear it has been awesome!