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Posted on June 28, 2011 | Permalink

North East Kids Fishing Contest

Type: Tidal
Region: Northern
Location: North East

The Northern Bay Chapter of MSSA hosted another Kids Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 25 at Northeast Community Park. The event was open for all kids sixteen and under; parents were invited to join the fun, but the prizes were reserved for kids. Thirteen kids signed up and fished the contest from 9 to 11 am.

The species of fish caught during the contest included white perch, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegills, bullheads, and channel catfish. Most kids were using worms, corn, minnows, or chicken liver for bait. For the second year in a row, Bradley McDowell (age 13), caught the largest fish, with a 21 inch channel catfish, caught on a chicken liver. Other notable catches were Ross Adkins with a 17 inch channel catfish, Mason Newton with a 12 inch largemouth bass, Madalyn Wilkinson with a white perch, Mason Wilkinson with a bluegill, and Hayleanna Burkins with perch and sunfish. The brother and sister team of Sean and Juliet Munis checked in a pair of pumpkinseed sunfish.

The top prize winners from each of the three youth divisions (longest fish in inches) won fishing rods and reel combos and fishing tool kits from the MSSA-Northern Bay chapter.

Ross Adkins (age 13) won the raffle at the end of the event and was selected by MD DNR Fisheries Biologist Erik Zlokovitz to represent Northern Bay Chapter of MSSA at the Grand Finale of the Maryland Fishing Challenge and Diamond Jim Contest at Sandy Point State Park in September. Nine youth anglers signed up for the new MD DNR Youth Fishing Club.

Photo 1 - Ross Adkins -Fishing Challenge Winner (selected by random draw)
Photo 2 - Largest fish, 21 inch catfish caught by Bradley McDowell
Photo 3 - Background shot kids and parents fishing
Photo 4 -Juliet Munis with a sunfish
Photo 5 - 3 kids who won the MSSA prizes for biggest fish in the 3 youth divisions

Tags: Junior Anglers, Maryland Fishing Challenge