Contact: Sgt. John McDerby, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-354-1386, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police
to host 30th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament June 4
Tournament marks the start of National Fishing & Boating Week June 4-12; entry forms online
DOVER (May 26, 2016) – As part of their activities for National Fishing and Boating Week (June 4-12), Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold their 30th Annual Delaware Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 4 at Ingrams Pond near Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Wyoming and at the dog training area of Lums Pond State Park near Bear.
The tournament is open to youths ages 4 through 15. An adult must accompany youngsters under age 12 and contestants must bring their own fishing equipment. Prizes will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. in three age groups: 4 through 7, 8 through 11 and 12 through 15. The tournament is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to arrive before 10 a.m. to register for the tournament.
The tournament was established to introduce youth to the sport of fishing and to teach the catch-and-release angling approach to conservation.
“Since the tournament’s first year in ‘86, this event has grown tremendously and has introduced more than 200 youths each year to sport fishing,” said Sgt. John McDerby of the Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, which sponsors the tournament.
In addition to the fishing tournament celebrating the start of National Fishing and Boating Week, the Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated June 4 and 5 as free fishing days when anyone may fish in Delaware waters without a fishing license.
Anglers are reminded that even though they don’t need a license to fish on those two days, those who are age 16 and older are still required to obtain a free Fisherman Identification Network (F.I.N.) number, available online at www.delaware-fin.com or by calling 1-800-432-9228. Anglers also are required to comply with Delaware’s fishing regulations, including size and daily catch limits.
For more information on the Youth Fishing Tournament, including the registration form, please call 302-739-9913 or click 2016 Youth Fishing Tournament.
The Youth Fishing Tournament 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.
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Vol. 46, No. 192