Letha Grimes, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on July 26, 2012 | Permalink
Two Events – One Day!
Location: Ocean Pines Southgate Lake and Ocean City
Ocean Pines Anglers’ Kid Fishing ContestOcean 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.