Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Statewide winners of 28th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament honored today at Delaware State Fair Governors Day ceremony
HARRINGTON (July 24, 2014) Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis honored the winners of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 28th annual Youth Fishing Tournament, held last month.
This year’s Kent County winner and statewide first place winner is 15-year-old Sara Deason of Harrington, who caught 14.9 pounds of fish in Dover’s Silver Lake. Sarah previously won the tournament in Kent County four times, including 2013, when she finished in third place statewide.
The New Castle County winner, and second place finisher statewide, is 9-year-old Alyssa Sweetman of Middletown, who caught the biggest fish of the day statewide, a 12-pound carp, in Lums Pond.
The Sussex County winner, and claiming third place statewide, is 7-year-old Andrew Wertz of Lewes, who caught 2.74 pounds of fish in Millsboro’s Ingrams Pond.
This year’s tournament drew a total of 168 young anglers and their families. 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. Winners received fishing rods and tackle boxes as well as trophies, and all participants received prizes. All of the fish caught in the tournament were weighed and released.
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 through 15. The Division of Fish and Wildlife-sponsored tournament is entirely organized and run by the officers of the Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section, with Fisheries biologists serving as official weigh master at each of the three ponds during the event.
For more information on the Youth Fishing Tournament, please call 302-739-9913 or visit www.fw.delaware.gov/Info/YouthFishing.htm.
DNREC’s 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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