Posted on March 5, 2012 | Permalink
CCA Yellow Perch Appreciation Days – 2012
Location: North East
The North East Chapter of CCA hosted the 3rd Annual Yellow Perch Appreciation Day on March 3rd 2012 at North East Park. The forecasted rain held off for the day and by the time the event was over the sun was shinning bright.
A total of 111 anglers from MD, PA, and DE registered for the event. With the previous warm weather the yellow perch had already moved out of the area and only 15 yellow perch were weighed in for the day. Monetary prizes were awarded to the top five “single” heaviest fish. The prize money was double for current CCA Members. The top prize of $500 was awarded to Cole Herr, age 16, of Chestertown, MD. Cole’s yellow perch weighed 1 lb 3.8 oz (see picture below).
The other top winners were:
2nd place – 1 lb 1.0 oz – Brandon Seabrease of Street, MD
3rd place – 1 lb – Mark Astfalk of Elkton, MD
4th place – 14.4 oz – Eric Braley of North East
5th place – 13.2 oz – Thomas Riccio of North East, MD
Each year, MD DNR Fisheries Service partners with various groups like CCA 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 Lennie Benson, age 11, of East Earl PA (see photo below). Lennie will be in a special drawing for youth for one of the many fishing trips donated by our partners
Posted on February 27, 2012 | Permalink
Youth Fishing Tip
When on fishing trips with kids, take along pocket field guides so you can correctly identify fish, animals, wildlife tracks, plants, insects, birds and vegetation.
Posted on January 6, 2012 | Permalink
Youth Fishing Tip
Freshwater fish, like all other creatures, are directly influenced by their environment—and that includes everything from the gravitational pull of the moon to how high the sun is in the sky. Days on or near key moon phases can often be prime times to make a catch. - Courtesy of DiscoverBoating.com Website
Posted on October 20, 2011 | Permalink
Youth Fishing Tip
"Fishing and the Outdoors keeps youth physically and mentally away from negative distractions; strengthens their math, science and reading skills along with developing respect and appreciation for others in their daily travels...."
Posted on October 6, 2011 | Permalink
Youth Fishing Tip
Hey Kids, now that the Fall Trout stocking has begun, here is a tip to help you catch some trout. Trout like running water, but can be caught in slower moving water as well. Look for eddies around rocks or other debris. Try using a roster tail or panther martin spinner, but hatchery trout can just as easily be caught on powerbait. Check out the link to our stocking updates or call the toll-free number (1-800-688-3467) to find areas that have been stocked.
Posted on September 29, 2011 | Permalink
Youth Fishing Tip
Bass see better in colder water which is why artificial lures used during the warmer weather months are designed with reflective colors to cause a quick strike action.
Posted on August 17, 2011 | Permalink
Kent Island MSSA Youth Fishing Rodeo
Location: Kent Island
The Kent Island Fishermen, MSSA Chapter #7 along with the Kent Island Estates & Romancoke on the Bay Community Associations hosted their 6th annual Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, August 13, at Romancoke Fishing Pier. Although the morning saw a quick rain shower, the rest of the day was perfect for catching fish. Kids were catching plenty of 4-5” rock fish, white perch, needle fish, gar, bluefish and one angler even caught a carp! Many volunteers were on hand to assist the 97 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 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 a lunch.
I was there to promote the newly formed Maryland Youth Fishing Club and represent DNR-Fisheries in support of our partnering with MSSA for the Youth Component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim. Bryanna Lomoriello, age 9, was the lucky angler selected to move on to the finale which will be held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival on September 10th at Sandy Point Park.
Posted on August 10, 2011 | Permalink
Essex-Middle River MSSA Chapter #3 Fishing Rodeo
Location: Middle River
The Essex-Middle River MSSA Chapter #3 hosted their 4th annual Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, August 6, at Wilson Point Park (Middle River). All young anglers were given a “goody” bag stuffed with fishing tackle and educational material in addition; first timers to this event received a fishing rod. Many volunteers were on hand to assist the 65+ young anglers (ages 3 to 15) with casting, knot tying, and of course baiting and fishing. The fishing started about 8:30 and it didn’t take long for the kids to start checking in their fish. Zack and Kylie were both excited about their first catch of the day (see photos). Before noon just about every kid caught a fish which included spot, bluegill, white perch, yellow perch and even a few small rock fish. Both the casting competition and the fishing contest was divided into two age groups for boys and girls with a 1st & 2nd place for the casting and 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in each age group for the fishing contest. All winners received gift certificates from local tackle shops.
I was there to promote the newly formed Maryland Youth Fishing Club and represent DNR-Fisheries in support of our partnering with MSSA for the Youth Component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim. Callie White, age 10, was the lucky angler selected to move on to the finale which will be held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival on September 10th at Sandy Point Park.
Posted on , 2011 | Permalink
Kids Fishing Festival – hosted by Port City Bass Anglers
Location: Bynum Run Park
The Port City Bass Anglers hosted the annual Kids Fishing Festival on Saturday, July 16th, at Bynum Run Park. Over 100 kids were enjoying Saturday’s great weather and hoping to catch one of the many stocked hybrid sunfish (courtesy of MD DNR and Dept of Juvenile Justice). Club members were on hand to assist the kids with tackle and bait, including first time angler Zack (see photo) who caught his very first fish. The Port City Anglers set up a casting competition, provided lunch for the kids and their parents, and gave door prizes throughout the day. The contest was divided into two age groups with a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in each age group. The winners received a fishing tackle package and trophy. The winner for the younger age group was Fitz Brock, age 10. Winner in the older age group was Devin Angleberger, age 14. Devin caught a nice 2+ pound catfish (see photo) to help him with his winning total weight.
I was there to represent DNR-Fisheries in support of our partnering with BASS Federation for the Youth Component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim. Fitz Brock was the lucky youth angler selected to move on to the final drawing for a mentored fishing trip. The finale will be held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival on September 10th at Sandy Point State Park.