Kids get boun­ti­ful catch in fish­ing derby

The Kent Island Bay Times - - News - By KRIS­TIAN JAIME Kjaime@ches­pub.com

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.

PHO­TOS BY KRIS­TIAN JAIME

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.

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