FORT KENT, Maine — A February fire that wrecked personal computer software program for the Fort Kent International Muskie Derby has hindered on-line registration for the event.
A Most important Road building owned by Tracey Hartt, who oversees the Muskie Derby web site, burned down on Feb. 28, destroying two Fort Kent companies owned by Hartt and his spouse, Evelyn Hartt.
Info desired to maintain on the web registration for the popular yearly fishing tournament was collateral injury in the fire. Persons can sign-up for the derby, scheduled for Aug. 12-14 in the St. John Valley, only in human being for now.
The Muskie Derby was recognized 21 a long time ago to attract travelers to the greater Fort Kent place. The St. John River west of Grand Falls and all of its tributaries are open to derby fishing, normally drawing about 300 members from all over New England and Canada.
“Software we utilized to create the site was destroyed,” Tracey Hartt reported. “Worse was so was all the backup data. I feel we are heading to be able to recover the backup information. My backup drives have been despatched out to recover individuals information.”
In-individual registration is available at Up North Outdoors on Fort Kent’s Primary Road right up until Aug. 6, and also at the Fort Kent weigh station, located outside Up North, the weekend of the tournament right until 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Derby President Dennis Cyr stated the problem is inconvenient for a lot of anglers who prepared to sign up on-line, and he didn’t know how the restrictions will have an affect on the overall amount of registrants.
“Some folks coming from the south never occur to Fort Kent, they go instantly to Baker Lake or some of the distant lakes,” Cyr mentioned. “We’re making an attempt to get the bugs out of the method.”
Cyr said the identical motives to register for the derby implement as in decades past.
“People love to fish. We’re a distinctive fishing derby for the greatest (fresh h2o) fish in Maine, remaining muskies. Of program we also have superb smallmouth bass,” Cyr said. “People love to catch all those major fish and the prize dollars is fantastic.”
An awards ceremony will adhere to the event at UP North Outdoors on Sunday, Aug. 14.
Scott Haggerty of Presque Isle took very first put in last year’s match when he netted a 46 ⅜-inch muskie weighing in at 25 pounds, 6 ounces. He also caught the fourth, eighth, ninth and 13th position muskies for a overall of $3,600 in prize cash.