Kids get bountiful catch in fishing derby
STEVENSVILLE — The Romancoke Fishing Pier of Route Eight was the spot to be for young anglers for the 13th year in a row for the Kids’ Fishing Derby on Saturday, Aug. 11.
An estimated 168 people arrived, including 89 kids, toting fishing rods, coolers and dreams of catching the big one all for prizes and bragging rights. Awards for Largest Fish, Smallest Fish, Most Unique Fish and Most Fish Caught were given out for winners in age groups 3 through 5, 6 through 10 and 11 through 16, with each participant receiving a special certificate along with donated prizes from community and corporate donors.
The previous year boasted 125 kids, not counting parents, and that number was slightly down with the chance for inclement weather.
The event was hosted by Kent Island Fishermen Inc. and Kent Island Estate Community Association and was free to participants.
“We want to have kids put those cell phones down and enjoy the natural resources we have,” said Bert Olmstead, president of the Kent Island Fishermen Inc. “Since we have to so many fishing areas, it good to teach them and have more family camaraderie. We also want them to get outside and start taking to other kids and enjoy the sunshine.”
Winners received a rod and reel, tackle box and trophy and each participant received a special certificate along with donated door prices from our community and corporate donors. The haul of Spot, Cownose Rays, Rockfish, Perch, Needle Fish, Small Shiners, including Horseshoe Crabs totaled 79 fish.
Sponsors for the event included: Island Tackle, Taco Bell, Dairy Queen, Chic-FilA, Dunkin’ Donuts, IHOP, Denny’s, Cracker Barrel, Dollar Tree, Prop Talk, Island Print Shop, Atlantic Broadband, TCC Verizon, Kmart, National Tire and Battery, Department of Natural Resources Reserve Officers and Pure International Elegant Pageants.
Also provided as door prize was the new invention by Kyler Baumann, a 15-year-old inventor who created an innovative way to hold fishing rods in place with his patented PierSlider.
The longstanding partnership with the Kent Island American Legion No. 278 also provides a location for the free lunch of hot dogs and burgers and award ceremony that immediately follow.
“We started in our clubhouse that hold about 60 people and got so big, that it goes to the American Legion,” said Karen Pavlik of the Kent Island Estate Community Association. “I just love to see the kids come out and get excited because they know there’s prizes and it’s all free. People come from quite a distance because they read about it.”
Pavlik continued, noting despite the tucked away location, that the trip is well worth it and a prime example of the nature and family coming together.
This year’s festivities were dedicated to the memory of the late Jon Bupp.
Jareth Myers, of Grasonville, posed next to a 33-inch skate he hauled in on his ninth birthday.
The Romancoke Pier was full of pint-sized anglers just waiting for the big one to bite.
Mason Shelby of Kent Island shows off the plentiful worms available for bait.
Michele Davis, left, the 2018 Little Miss Delaware Sweetheart, of Townsend, Delaware, joined Stephanie Brilliant, right, the 2018 Pure International Teen, of Delmar, at the Kids’ Fishing Derby.
Colton Thomas, left, showed off his latest catch alongside his grandfather, Scott Rund, right, both of Stevensville.