Annual March Cal-Ore Fish Derby 2006

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Chuck Yeager and Dan Brattain

At the 2006 Cal-Ore Fish Derby (March 9-11, 2006), General Chuck Yeager was made an honorary “Soul Brother” by former Oakland Raider superstars Raymond Chester and MacArthur Lane, and honorary Raider Jack West. The ex-Raiders gave him Kentucky Fried Chicken, shades (sunglasses), baseball cap put on backwards, a loud boom box, and a gray Afro wig. Not to be outdone, General Yeager promptly responded by assigning the players to the “Honky Flight for a Night Mission” – with strict orders not to smile.

This fun all took place at the Cal-Ore Fish Derby, which General Yeager has participated in 8 times in its 24 years. Gen. Yeager participates in the two day event by fishing with a team of four. His team has including his wife Victoria, Gary Loomis, and other friends.¬†Acclaimed as the best fisherman on the river, Gen. Yeager earned the most points in the derby three years ago. He is a strong supporter of the “catch and release” objective of the derby, and has supported the extra-curricular fundraising activities by donating several items over the years, including airplane rides with him as the pilot.

Dan Brattain of Cal-Ore Life Flight, donates his time and airplane to bring General Yeager and some former Oakland Raiders to the Derby.

The Friends of Cal-Ore Fish have been sponsoring fishing derbys for the last 24 years. All funds raised from three annual events are used to improve fish habitats.

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