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Huck Finn Fishing Derby Huntington Beach Pier Fishing California




Each year for nearly half a century, kids have grabbed their fishing poles and put on their favorite country costumes, looking like Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher from "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain.


One of the most popular themes in fishing derbies for kids happens to be based on the popular fiction novel by famous author Mark Twain named The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The novel was published in 1876 and is considered one of the great American novels, documenting the lives of youth along the Mississippi River. A few year later in 1885, Twain wrote Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which also gained world recognition.


In Huntington Beach, California, an annual fishing event celebrates youth, adventure and the novel by not only calling itself the Huck Finn Fishing Derby, but by allowing kids to play the roles of the novels' characters in a costume contest that awards top prizes (often a bicycle), to the best dressed look-alike Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher from this classic  novel, a must-read for kids in school.


Each year the Huntington Beach Huck Finn Fishing Derby is launched from the Huntington Beach Pier and the excitement begins as the kids ages 6 to 15 begin wheeling in the catch. This annual event provides fun entertainment for children on a Saturday morning usually in in early August. In addition to awarding the grand prizes for costumes, the largest and smallest fish also win a prize for their proud anglers.

Taking place from 8 am to noon, the annual event takes place is held at Huntington Beach Pier at Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street with registration around 8 a.m. and fishing from 9:30 to Noon.  Participants bring their own poles and tackle, with often over 300 kids showing up to cast a line and seek a prize.

The event is sponsored by the City of Huntington Beach Community Services Department and is sometimes hosted by Cliff Johnson, the owner and operator of Let's Go Fishing and by Western Fishing & Boating Radio. Major Participating Organizations include: Sports Chalet, Ruby's, Big Fish Tackle, Carl's JR. Restaurants, Huntington Beach Fishing & Recreation Club and Surf City Store.

For additional information, please call Dottie Hughes, Community Services, at (714) 536-5262.


Where to stay: The public is invited to bring their children to attend this event held above the beaches of Huntington Beach. Several hotels are within walking distance and view of the event and include Hilton Waterfront Resort, Huntington Beach Hyatt Resort and Best Western Huntington Beach Inn.


What to see & do in Huntington Beach: For a list of annual Huntington Beach events, you can get some vacation and travel ideas by catching up on what's happening in Surf City.




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