Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902, photos available.
Winners of 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament honored
today at Delaware State Fair Governors Day ceremony
HARRINGTON (July 30, 2015) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary David Small honored the winners of the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s 29th annual Youth Fishing Tournament, held last month at ponds across the state.
This year’s Sussex County winner and statewide first place winner is 13-year-old Kelly Phillips of Frankford, who caught 4.08 pounds of fish from Ingrams Pond in Millsboro.
The New Castle County winner, and second-place finisher statewide, is 11-year-old Elise Britton of Middletown, who caught 3.07 pounds of fish from Lums Pond.
The Kent County winner, and third-place statewide finisher, is 10-year-old Katrina Wigmore of Smyrna, who caught one of the biggest fish of the day, a 1.41-pound largemouth bass, at Wyoming Pond.
This year’s tournament drew a total of 175 young anglers and their families. The New Castle County location, Lums Pond in Bear, drew 81 children and teens casting lines, while at Kent County’s Wyoming Pond, 23 youngsters turned out. Sussex County reeled in 71 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 young people 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 & Wildlife-sponsored tournament is organized and put on by Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, with DNREC Fisheries Section biologists serving as official weigh masters at each of the three ponds during the event.
For more information on the Youth Fishing Tournament, please call 302-739-9913.
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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