Under mostly sunny skies, 26 young anglers and their families gathered June 1 for DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police 33rd Annual Youth Fishing Tournament in Sussex County at Ingrams Pond near Millsboro.
All fish caught in the tournament were weighed and released as young anglers learned a firsthand lesson in conservation.
At Ingrams Pond, Luke Hitchens, age 12, of Dagsboro, was the day’s overall winner with a total of 5.39 pounds of fish. Other Sussex County winners were ages 4-7: first place, John Timmons V, 7, Georgetown, 3.94 pounds; second, Landon Cathell, 7, Laurel, 1.53 pounds; third, Colton Perdue, 6, Selbyville, 1.41 pounds; ages 8-11: first, Cohen Betts, 9, Milton, 2.41 pounds; second, Tyler Tranfaglia, 11, Dagsboro, 2.02 pounds; third, Madison Culley, 8, Laurel, 1.80 pounds; ages 12-15: first, Camrin Croney, 13, Ocean View, 2.82 pounds; second, Ava Puddicombe, 12, Laurel, 2.23 pounds; third, Carmela Marzullo, 13, Georgetown, 0.42 pounds.
Tournament winners received trophies and prizes, and all participants received prizes. This year’s tournament sponsors and supporters included statewide donor Cabela’s, and in Sussex County, Rick’s Bait and Tackle, BJ’s, Giant Food, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Dewey Beach Lions Club, Funland, Hook ’em and Cook ’em Bait and Tackle, Jungle Jim’s, Lewes Harbour Marina, Lingo Marine, Old Inlet Bait and Tackle, Ice House Bait and Tackle, Short’s Marine, The Lead Pot, White Water Mountain and A1 Sanitation.
The Youth Fishing Tournament was established to introduce youth to the sport of fishing and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation. Held annually in June, the tournament is open to youth ages 4-15.