FORT KENT, Maine — A February fire that destroyed computer system software for the Fort Kent International Muskie Derby has hindered on line registration for the celebration.
A Key Street creating owned by Tracey Hartt, who oversees the Muskie Derby internet site, burned down on Feb. 28, destroying two Fort Kent organizations owned by Hartt and his spouse, Evelyn Hartt.
Facts desired to keep on the web registration for the well known once-a-year fishing tournament was collateral problems in the hearth. Individuals can register for the derby, scheduled for Aug. 12-14 in the St. John Valley, only in man or woman for now.
The Muskie Derby was recognized 21 years ago to attract travellers to the better Fort Kent space. The St. John River west of Grand Falls and all of its tributaries are open to derby fishing, ordinarily drawing somewhere around 300 members from throughout New England and Canada.
“Software we made use of to produce the site was destroyed,” Tracey Hartt claimed. “Worse was so was all the backup information and facts. I assume we are likely to be capable to recuperate the backup data files. My backup drives have been sent out to recuperate people files.”
In-human being registration is available at Up North Outdoors on Fort Kent’s Main Road till Aug. 6, and also at the Fort Kent weigh station, positioned exterior Up North, the weekend of the match till 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Derby President Dennis Cyr stated the circumstance is inconvenient for many anglers who prepared to register online, and he did not know how the restrictions will influence the total variety of registrants.
“Some people coming from the south really don’t appear to Fort Kent, they go instantly to Baker Lake or some of the distant lakes,” Cyr mentioned. “We’re striving to get the bugs out of the program.”
Cyr explained the identical explanations to register for the derby utilize as in many years earlier.
“People love to fish. We’re a distinctive fishing derby for the major (clean h2o) fish in Maine, getting muskies. Of system we also have outstanding smallmouth bass,” Cyr mentioned. “People like to capture people significant fish and the prize income is excellent.”
An awards ceremony will adhere to the tournament at UP North Outdoor on Sunday, Aug. 14.
Scott Haggerty of Presque Isle took to start with location in previous year’s match when he netted a 46 ⅜-inch muskie weighing in at 25 lbs ., 6 ounces. He also caught the fourth, eighth, ninth and 13th place muskies for a overall of $3,600 in prize money.