Muskie Derby, Ploye Festival draw crowds to Fort Kent
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FORT KENT - More than 300 people participated in this year’s Fort Kent International Muskie Derby. Kevin Bosse of Frenchville took home the top fish, measuring 40.5 inches and weighing in at 18.15 pounds. The fish won him a $2,000 prize, as well as $100 for catching the biggest fish on Saturday.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” said Bosse, who said the catch was due to luck. “I was at the right place at the right time.”

Bosse also said he may get the winning muskie stuffed and mounted with a portion of his winnings.

Ken Jandreau of Fort Kent took second place with a 39 and five-eighths inch fish weighing 18.9 pounds, winning $1,500 as well as a $100 bonus for catching the biggest fish on Friday.

Third place and $1,000 went to Eric Gardner of Allagash for his catch, a 38 and five-eighths inch muskie that weighed in at 16.8 pounds.

“The weather was wicked nice,” Derby Treasurer John Bannen said.

Fort Kent Chamber Director Jesse Jalbert said that the weekend went “very well” and the new things this year – the T-shirt and Ploye Festival Parade, were well-received.

“Everything went off without a hitch,” Jalbert said. He said he saw several out-of-state plates and was happy that the festival is drawing more and more people every year.

“We’re working to build it every year,” Jalbert said. “Each year, we add things and every year, it grows.” Jalbert said he hopes to add an antique car show to next year’s Ploye Festival agenda.

Nathan Bourgoin took first place in the youth category, with a 36-inch muskie weighing 13.1 pounds.

Only one youth entered submitted a fish for the derby, so second and third place were left vacant this year.

A dry summer made the water level a little low, Bannen said, which made the derby a little more challenging this year and also made the fish anglers caught smaller.

Anglers from as far away as Florida, Las Vegas, Tennessee, Wyoming, Maryland and New York registered to take part in the derby this year.

“It was a good, safe tournament,” Bannen said. “It went well, and we’re looking forward to next year.”