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Cpl. Brian Pollock of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement with Kent
County tournament winners SarahDeason (also statewide winner),
Michael Greco, Samantha Stetzar and Joseph Salvcia.
Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announces results
from 28th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament

DOVER (June 30, 2014) Blue skies and balmy temperatures greeted 168 young anglers and their families who gathered earlier this month at three Delaware ponds for the 28th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament. All of the fish caught in the tournament were weighed and released.

The New Castle County location, Lums Pond in Bear, drew 104 children and teens casting lines, while at Kent County’s Silver Lake, 26 youngsters turned out. Sussex County reeled in 38 young anglers at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro.

When the day was done, 15-year-old Sarah Deason of Harrington came out as overall statewide winner, as well as the Kent County winner, with fish weighing in at a total of 14.9 pounds. Sarah previously won the tournament in Kent County four times, including 2013.

The biggest fish of the day, a carp weighing a whopping 12 pounds, was caught in New Castle County by 9-year-old Alyssa Sweetman of Middletown, who was also the New Castle County overall winner. The smallest fish was caught by 8-year-old Mikey Grillo of Wilmington, a white perch weighing 0.09 pounds. Another interesting catch was made by Connor McDerby, age 11, of Newark, who caught a turtle.

The winners received fishing rods and tackle boxes as well as trophies, and all the participants received prizes. County winners will be presented their trophies at the DNREC Awards ceremony on Governors Day, Thursday, July 24 at the 2014 Delaware State Fair in Harrington. 

New Castle County
New Castle County winners, by age group and total weight of fish caught, were:

Ages 4 to 7

            First place – Tyler Trzonkowski, age 5, of Middletown, 2.27 pounds

            Second place – Emily Trzonkowski, age 7, of Middletown, 1.56 pounds

            Third place – Benjamin Barker, age 6, of Townsend, 1.05 pounds

Ages 8 to 11

            First place – Ava Briton, age 11, of Middletown, 3.73 pounds

            Second place – Brian Wilfong, age 8, of Middletown, 3.44 pounds

            No third place winner

Ages 12 to 15

            First place – Sam Griffith, age 12, of Middletown, 4.49 pounds

            Second place – Emma Griffith, age 15, of Middletown, 1.91 pounds

            Third place – Sarah Laskowski, age 15, of Bear, 1.33 pounds

Kent County
At Silver Lake, in Kent County, 7-year-old Joseph Salvcia of Dover caught the biggest fish of the day, a 2.99-pound white catfish. Kent County winners, by age group and total weight of fish caught, were: 

Ages 4 to 7

            First place – Joseph Salvcia, age 7, of Dover, 4.45 pounds

            Second place – Jonathan Pollock, age 6, of Middletown, 1.64 pounds

            Third place – Phoebe Wong, age 4, of Frederica, 1.39 pounds

Ages 8 to 11

            First place – Michael Greco, age 9, of Dover, 4.87 pounds

            Second place – Lauren Pollock, age 11, of Middletown, 4.17 pounds

            Third place – Allyson Lebendig, age 8, of Magnolia, 2.96 pounds

Ages 12 to 15

            First place – Samantha Stetzar, age 14, of Magnolia, 0.96 pounds

            Second place – Emily Greckle, age 14, of Camden, 0.52 pounds

            No third place winner due to no other entrants in this age group

Sussex County
At Ingrams Pond, Andrew Wertz Jr., age 7, of Lewes, was named the overall Sussex County winner, with 2.74 pounds of fish caught. Other Sussex County winners, by age group and total weight of fish caught, were: 

Ages 4 to 7

            First place – Brayden Stewart, age 2, of Georgetown, 1.25 pounds

            Second place – Nathan Emplit, age 5, of Millsboro, 0.91 pounds

            Third place – Eric Luciano Jr., age 7, of Georgetown, 0.72 pounds

Ages 8 to 11

            First place – Zackery Hicks, age 9, of Greenwood, 2.01 pounds

            Second place – Tiffany Andrie, age 9, of Dagsboro, 1.32 pounds

            Third place – Garrett Rogers, age 8, of Millsboro, 1.08 pounds

Ages 12 to 15

            First place – Sam Lekites, age 12, of Bishopville, Md., 2.25 pounds

            Second place – Kelly Philips, age 12, of Frankford, 1.95 pounds

            Third place – Catherine Mutschler, age 12, of Frankford, 1.70 pounds

The Youth Fishing Tournament was established to introduce youth to the sport of fishing and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation. The free tournament, held annually in June, is open to youth ages 4 to 15.

For more information on the Youth Fishing Tournament, please call 302-739-9913.

This program is part of Delaware’s Children in Nature Initiative, a statewide effort to improve environmental literacy in Delaware, create opportunities for children to participate in enriching outdoor experiences, combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. Delaware’s multi-agency initiative, which partners state and federal agencies with community organizations, is part of the national No Child Left Inside program.

Vol. 44, No. 224
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