Huntington Beach Huck Finn Fishing Derby is Good Old Fashioned Fun

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Huck Finn Fishing Derby on the Huntington Beach Pier is an annual event held each August in Huntington Beach, California. The event invites youth up to age 15 to come out for a morning of fishing. Wear your best Huck Finn or Becky Thatcher costume and compete for honors as the most authentic characters off the pages of a book by Mark Twain, the Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The fishing derby provides free bait to use and specifies a time range to catch the biggest fish, plus other categories. The event is fun for parents and children, who are allowed to get help from adults in baiting their hooks.


At most events, there are many children who dress the part of the fictional characters that sought adventure and rural lifestyle along the Mississippi River in the Midwest. So popular has been this series among youth that many schools read the Mark Twain books, and many derbies around the U.S. have adopted the name, Huck Finn, for their events that usually include a fishing derby.

Huntington Beach's popular event has participants coming throughout Southern California, but mostly Orange County. Some say their parents brought them to the derby when they were young. One pulled out a newspaper article in which he'd appeared as a child. He shared that with his son, and with us as he proudly brought his very own kid to teach him to fish. Magic memories!

This annual event is fun for children to age 15 years of age. Held annually at the Huntington Beach Pier, it usually is held early in August one Saturday. The event includes costume contest and largest and smallest fish catch, with prizes.

Admission is free and event is sponsored by the City of Huntington Beach in conjunction with Department of Fish & Game. For more information call Community Services, (714) 536-5262.


Historic photo of fisherman and catch at Huntington Beach early 1900s
Approx. 100 years ago fishing at the Huntington Beach Pier was great!