Letha Grimes, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on August 15, 2012 | Permalink
Kent Island Fishermen, MSSA Chapter #7 – Youth Fishing Rodeo
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.