Youth fishing tournament at Cape Henlopen State Park June 16

May 22, 2018

The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park will hold their annual youth fishing tournament with registration starting at 7 a.m., Saturday, June 16, at the fishing pier in the park. The tournament, for youth ages 15 and under, can begin as early as 8 a.m. and continues until 11 a.m., when judging will take place and prizes will be awarded to winners.

There is a $10 entrance fee. The rain date for the contest will be Sunday, June 17. Event Chairs Bob Wallace and John Bracco have announced that the first 50 contestants will receive a free commemorative T-shirt.

The pier, originally built by the Army for use during World War II, was refurbished in 2016 and is a favorite fishing spot for in-the-know anglers. Conveniently located in the state park, the pier offers views of the Cape May-Lewes ferry and the lighthouses on the breakwater as well as good fishing. Plenty of fishing supplies and refreshments are available at the pier’s concession stand. The nature center, the playground for children and the bike barn, which provides free bicycles for use in the park, are also nearby.

This is a great opportunity for a family visit to Cape Henlopen State Park. The last tournament drew dozens of families.

The Friends of Cape Henlopen State park is a nonprofit organization comprising volunteers who give their time to promote one of the crown jewels of Delaware’s state parks. Group members embrace its mission to promote the protection and wise management of the diverse resources within the park. They are strongly committed to public education about these resources and believe that education leads to appreciation, conservation and preservation.

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