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The Arthur Lem Memorial Snapper Tournament

  by Bradlee


The Arthur Lem Memorial Snapper Tournament has run every August since 1999.  It was inaugurated in memory of one of Kismet's most famous early founder/settler, Arthur Lem.  Besides cooking fabulous Chinese meals and entertaining his friends with raucous tales and salty language, Lem spent countless hours on the Kismet dock teaching succeeding generations of children the fine art of fishing for Snapper. 


The tournament is open to all children under the age of twelve.  This year saw a reuniting of many of the Lem family:  his wife, Rose; his sons Arthur and Howard and Howard's granddaughter, Cathy.  As always, Buddy handled the weigh in of each little snapper, cautioning the children to put them back in the water gently so the "could grow bigger."  Kelly was appointed "dock guard" to keep the parents from providing more than moral support.


Warren, Cathy, Howard and Rose Lem

Many fished side by side


Some sought solitude


Where's that fish?


Dylan Baker




Once the fish is caught, take him off the hook


Then, run to Buddy at the weigh station


This has to be my greatest catch


I'm so excited


Graeme with biggest fish caught by a boy


John's fish - a little slimy


The grand finale


After two hours of fishing, awards were presented for the largest fish and most number caught by girls and boys in each age group.  The awards for the largest fish caught by girls:  Ashlynn (under 6), Tegan (9-10 years) and Elizabeth (11-12 years.) The awards for the largest fish caught by boys: Magnus (under 6), Michael (7-8 years), Nick (9-10 years) and Graeme (11-12 years).  Elizabeth and Graeme caught the most fish.


 After a group picture, the children enjoyed free treats:  water and soda provided by the Kismet Market, hot dogs and hamburgers provided by the Kismet Inn and ice cream provided by the Pizza Shack.