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Posted on May 21, 2014 | Permalink

Annual Marines helping Marines Fishing Tournament – North East

Type: Tidal
Region: North Eastern
Location: Anchor Marina

This marks the 6th year for this Fishing Tournament held at the Anchor Marina in North East; however it was the 1st year that the organization offered a youth event. It was open to the kids of volunteers and the Wounded Warriors participating in the fishing tournament. Since many of the kids were young and first time anglers, the group of about 17 anglers was given some basic instruction in: knot tying, safe casting, and fish identification and their preferred habitat so they know what to expect to catch while fishing off the piers. It was a beautiful day for fishing and most kids were catching White Perch, sunfish and one very excited boy got a large catfish up to the surface before it jumped off his line; at least he now has a “fish story”. All youth anglers were given a new rod and tackle box and a few other goodies to hopefully continue fishing in the future.

Tags: Youth Angler, White Perch, Sunfish, Catfish

Posted on May 19, 2014 | Permalink

Sugarloaf View (SLV) Girl Scout Fishing Badge Day at Greenbrier State Park

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Greenbrier State Park

The SLV Cadette Troop 81216 hosted their 1st Fishing Badge Day. The troop provided instruction in safe casting, baiting hooks, rod & tackle, knot tying, fish identification & habitat, angler laws & ethics, and of course fishing. The Girl Scouts (and Brownies) were required to participate in the learning stations prior to fishing. Each station provided a fun but informative 10 minute activity and was manned by the SLV Cadettes (6th graders). I was present to promote the Maryland Youth Fishing Club and was impressed with the knowledge and confidence the station leaders demonstrated. Maryland Natural Resources Police reserve officers were on hand to do a water safety demonstration, and a local Fly-Fishing group was giving the girls a fly-fishing lesson. Although a fast moving storm rolled in prior to the last rotation, they were able to resume and complete all stations for the 75 girls to receive their fishing badge. Below are the photos highlighting the learning stations.

Tags: Girl Scouts, Youth Angler

Posted on June 5, 2013 | Permalink

Cold Deer Hunting & Fishing Club Youth Catfish Derby

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Merson Pond

The Cold Deer Hunting & Fishing Club hosted their annual Youth Catfish Derby on Sunday, June 2 at Merson Pond near Thurmont. The club provided all youth with bait, and a "goody" bag with fishing tackle and educational mate

Many volunteers were on hand to assist the 80+ young anglers ranging in age from 1 to 15. Since this was a "Catfish Derby, all fish except catfish had to be released back to the water without being measured. Prizes were awarded for the most catfish, smallest catfish and the largest catfish. Pictured below is a few of the catfish caught during the event. Wyatt, 5, reeled in one just about a big as him. Hunter, 13, was one of the big winners of the day with a 12 lb Blue Catfish . Since this was a Blue Catfish, an invasive species, it was removed (the pond owner also requested that all catfish be removed). DNR Fisheries ask anglers to remove and kill any Blue and Flathead Catfish that they catch. Catch and release of these fish is discouraged, as they are invasive top predators and pose a serious long-term threat to our native species. For more information on Blue Catfish and how to identify them, visit our website. http://dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/catfish/index.asp

I was there to promote the Maryland Youth Fishing Club and in support of the Youth Component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim. Robert Toms, III (age 14) was randomly selected from the event's many youth registrants to qualify as a youth finalist in the 2013 Maryland Fishing Challenge Awards Celebration to be held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival on September 7th at Sandy Point Park. Robert will be awarded one of the many fishing trips donated by our partners.

Tags: Youth Fishing, Catfish

Posted on August 15, 2012 | Permalink

Kent Island Fishermen, MSSA Chapter #7 – Youth Fishing Rodeo

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Romancoke Fishing Pier

The Kent Island Fishermen along with the Kent Island Estates Association hosted their 7th annual Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, August 11, at Romancoke Fishing Pier. The weather ended up being almost perfect after the early rain showers cleared and the kids began to register. The tide was just right and the fish were biting! Small stripers seem to be the catch of the day along with plenty of spot, white perch and croaker. A few undersized flounder were caught and even some skate and bluefish. This event has been growing each year and this year was no different with 145 kids registered. Many volunteers were on hand to assist the young anglers (ages 3 to 15) get their catch measured in hopes to win one of the selected prizes. Prizes were awarded for the smallest, largest, most, and most unusual fish in each age group (3-5, 6-10 and 11-15). All winners received a trophy and a gift. Kids and their parents were also treated to lunch. During lunch, Natural Resources Police Reserve Officers were on hand to give a talk and brief demonstration on life jacket safety.

I was there in support of the Youth Component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim. Breeannah Cave, age 9, (photo below) was randomly selected from the event's many youth registrants to qualify as a youth finalist in the 2012 Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale’ to be held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival on September 8th at Sandy Point Park. Breeannah will be awarded one on the many fishing trips donated by our partners.

Tags: striped bass, spot, white perch, croaker, flounder, skate, bluefish

Posted on August 8, 2012 | Permalink

Essex/Middle River MSSA Kid Fishing Day

Type: Tidal
Region: Central
Location: Wilson Point Park (Middle River)

The Essex/Middle River MSSA Chapter #3 hosted their 5th annual Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, August 4, at Wilson Point Park (Middle River). The MSSA Chapter provided a new fishing rod to all first timers (50 kids) to this event plus all kids got a “goody” bag stuffed with fishing tackle and educational material. All kids participated in a casting competition and prizes were awarded based on age groups.

Saturday was a scorcher; however that didn’t keep the kids away or the fish from biting. Many volunteers were on hand to assist the 80+ young anglers (ages 3 to 15) with casting, knot tying, and of course baiting and fishing. As soon as the fishing started, the “officials” were hammered with kids waiting to get their catch measured. They were catching some nice white perch, croaker, spot, and several large channel catfish. Joshua Collins was one of the big winners of the day with a 23” catfish. (see photo)

I was there to represent DNR-Fisheries in support of the Youth Component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim. Michael Peyton, age 9, was randomly selected from the event's many youth registrants to qualify as a youth finalist in the 2012 Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale’ to be held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival on September 8th at Sandy Point Park. Michael will be awarded one on the many fishing trips donated by our partners.

Tags: Essex/Middle River MSSA Kid Fishing Day. white perch, croaker, spot, and channel catfish

Posted on July 26, 2012 | Permalink

Two Events – One Day!

Type: Ocean
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean Pines Southgate Lake and Ocean City

Ocean Pines Anglers’ Kid Fishing Contest

Ocean Pines Anglers’ hosted the 16th Annual Art Hansen Memorial Youth Fishing Contest on Saturday, July 21st at the Ocean Pines Southgate Lake. As the morning got started, the storm clouds rolled out and after a brief shower, the weather held for the rest of the event. The contest was divided into three age groups with a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place (for largest fish) and the most fish in each group. The first place in each age group received trophies with 2nd and 3rd places receiving a rod and reel and awards also given for most fish caught.

A total of 107 young anglers caught 169 fish including white perch, largemouth bass, catfish, and bluegill. The largest fish of the day was an 18 inch largemouth bass caught by Colleen Shanahan, while several others reeled in 16 inch bass.

Ayden Lowman, showed his spirit and worn his Maryland Youth Fishing Club patch on his shirt, and was lucky enough to win 1st place in his age group for the largest fish, an 11.25 inches largemouth bass.

I was there to represent DNR-Fisheries in support of the Youth Component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim. Danielle McKnight, age 10 was randomly selected from the event's many youth registrants to qualify as a youth finalist in the 2012 Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale’ to be held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival on September 8th at Sandy Point Park. Danielle will be awarded one on the many fishing trips donated by our partners.

Ocean City Marlin Club Wish-a-Fish

After I finished at the Ocean Pines event, I figured I would go on down to OC and check in on the Ocean City Marlin Club who were getting ready to head out for the Annual OC Wish-A-Fish Trip. Approximately 74 kids and parents set off on two head boats (Judith M. and Tortuga) for a day of fishing. The Wish-a-Fish Trip is funded by the OC Marlin Club Kids Classic Tournament that was also taking place the same day.

With a four hour drive ahead of me, I was unable to stay for the Wish-a-Fish picnic and carnival. Sunday night was the awards ceremony for the Kids Classic and one lucky angler was randomly selected as a youth winner in the Maryland Fishing Challenge.

Tags: Ocean Pines Anglers’ Kid Fishing Contest, Ocean City Marlin Club Wish-a-Fish, white perch, largemouth bass, catfish, and bluegill

Posted on July 18, 2012 | Permalink

Backyard Fishing Event – Warfield’s Pond Park

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Warfield’s Pond Park

MD DNR Fisheries Service partnered with Howard County Recreation and Parks to host a Backyard Fishing Event at Warfield’s Pond Park. To “Catch a Fish” is one of the rights covered by the Maryland’s Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights which was issued by Governor Martin O’Malley in 2009, and this program was inspired by that bill.

A total of 20 young anglers, many first timers, attended this clinic to learn the basics of fishing. We started the evening with casting practice, then onto fish identification. Once they learned about the fish they will be catching, Howard County staff taught proper rod rigging and assisted with baiting of the hooks. Most of them gathered on the pier to hopefully catch a bluegill or one of the stocked hybrid sunfish (Courtesy of DNR - Albert Powell Hatchery) while others tried deeper water in hopes of catching a largemouth bass. I believe just about all the kids caught at least one fish during the evening.

Twins, Andre and Fernando hooked into fish at the same time, while Jovani was happy to catch his first fish. Check out these other excited youngsters who were catching lots of sunfish!

Tags: bluegill, sunfish, largemouth bass

Posted on July 17, 2012 | Permalink

Pasadena Sportfishing Group Fishing Derby

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Downs' Park

The Pasadena Sportfishing Group hosted their annual Kid’s Fishing Derby at Down’s Park on July 14th. Just as the kids were heading to the pier to begin fishing, a thunderstorm rolled in. After safely riding out the storm under the pavilion, the kids headed back down to the pier and began fishing about 9:15 am. It turned out to be a beautiful day and a great day for fishing. However, Jewelia and Jordon were playing it safe and keeping their raincoats on just in case (pictured below). Forty of the 63 kids registered caught fish which included croaker, spot, white perch, a few striped bass and even a crab or two. After fishing the kids were treated to lunch and a visit by “Roxy Rockfish”. Prizes were awarded for the largest fish in two age groups, and the winners received a new fishing rod and trophy.

Each year, MD DNR Fisheries Service partners with various groups to promote the Youth Component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim by selecting one youth angler from 20 statewide events. The lucky youth selected to move on to the finale' which will be held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival on September 8, 2012 at Sandy Point Park was Brien Power, age 5, of Bowie, MD (pictured below in yellow shirt). Brien is new to fishing and this was the first fish he ever caught; now he will have another opportunity to experience the joy of fishing when he wins one of the many trips donated by our partners.

Tags: Pasadena Sportfishing Group Fishing Derby, croaker, spot, white perch, striped bass, blue crab

Posted on June 26, 2012 | Permalink

Boonsboro Backyard Fishing Event

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Boonsboro Community Pond

The Backyard Fishing Program hosted a fishing event at the Boonsboro Community Pond. The program is inspired by the Maryland’s Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights. To “Catch a Fish” is one of the rights covered by the Bill which was issued by Governor Martin O’Malley in 2009. It is also designed to provide kids with an opportunity to fish in a safe, easily accessible area and provide learning experiences to become better stewards of the resource. Because the turnout at the event was less than we typically see at fishing rodeos, fisheries staff were able to spend one on one quality time helping the young anglers learn to tie fishing knots, bait hooks, cast their line, and how to set the hook! Check out these happy youngsters who were catching lots of sunfish!

The next Backyard Fishing event is scheduled for July 16th at Warfield Park Pond in Howard Co from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Tags: Boonsboro Backyard Fishing Event, sunfish

Posted on June 8, 2012 | Permalink

2nd Annual Bill Burton Family Fishing Rodeo 2012

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Bill Burton Fishing Pier - Choptank River

Over 50 anglers took advantage of the free fishing day on Saturday and joined DNR, Dorchester MSSA and the Burton Family at the 2nd Annual Bill Burton Family Fishing Rodeo. The events was comprised of 14 teams of kids and parents who fished together to try to catch the most species.

This annual event was started to honor legendary angler Bill Burton and held on the pier that bears his name. One team was Bill’s wife Lois, daughter Heather, and granddaughter Mackenzie who caught a whooping 10.5 inch white perch (see photo).

There was a tie for first place with Team Amber and Robert’s Clan each catching five different species, ranging from white perch, striped bass, toadfish, croaker, crabs, and a skate. Each team won a gift card from Bass Pro and a collection of some of Bill’s favorite lures (courtesy of Lois Burton).

Eight year old Zack Layton of Delmar, DE was randomly selected from the event's many youth registrants to qualify as a youth finalist in the 2012 Maryland Fishing Challenge (MFC) – Youth Component. Zack will join over 20 other youth anglers selected from a variety of youth fishing events at the MFC finale held at Sandy Point State Park on September 8th where all youth will win a professionally guided fishing trip. Click here for more information on the Maryland Fishing Challenge.

Tags: Bill Burton Family Fishing Rodeo, white perch, striped bass, toadfish, croaker, crab, skate

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