The 27th Annual Frosty Derby on Lake St. Catherine, held March 7, attracted anglers of all ages and proved to be a big success. The Poultney Fish & Game members orchestrated a fun-filled day and could not have been more pleased with the outcome.
The sunshine and warm temperature also helped the event run smoothly.
Not only did the kids get trophies, but also $30 for 1st, $20 for 2nd, and $10 for 3rd. The adults received $150 for 1st, $100 for 2nd, and $75 for 3rd. (See the sidebar for the results.)
One could feel the excitement of the day, as well as the tension, as participants' fish got bumped from first.
Ten-year-old Jared Miglorie of Rutland caught the largest brown trout by noon and held first place for the remainder of the day; he snatched this fish in three feet of water.
Before the awarding of prizes and trophies, Jared said, "I won two years, but last year I got bumped to second."
This year his trout was 20 inches long and weighed in at 2.770 lbs.
Miglorie said he was "sure to find the fish" site. "I like to hang out with my Uncle Jim (Saltis), Capt. Hook (his Uncle John Saltis), and Uncle Dan (Rosmus).
John Saltis said, "They call me Capt. Hook because I know where the fish are." His brother, Jim, won first and caught his trout around 3 p.m.
Also at this site were Ricardo Rafael, a Poultney High School exchange student from Mexico and his host Keith Mahar.
"Connecticut City Slickers," Peter Soltis, who works for Arnold Bread, and Don Hart, a retired police officer join the same crew for ice fishing every year. "We're here every year for the fishing and no fish, but great camaraderie," he said.
What would ice fishing be without a shanty and the main cook; John's other brother, George took over that job along with Chris Hunt.
Quite amusing was when Miglorie's flag shot up. There he excitedly worked the line and said, "This feels larger than my first fish." Out he pulled an Eagle Claw chipper and ice skimmer at first keeping a straight face followed by a roar of laughter. They had Miglorie going-he was not the first to have had such a trick played on him, as others shared such stories back at headquarters before the final announcement of the winners.
Names of the young winners in all four categories had been placed into a hat and won a free mounting donated by Erick Ericksen of Fish Taxidermy.
The Poultney Fish and Game sponsored the event and the proceeds will help send local youngsters to the Edward Kehoe Conservation Camp on Lake Bomoseen or the Buck Lake Camp in Woodbury. To apply, send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-241-3768.
Derby tickets went on sale at Marty's Sporting Goods in Poultney, the Cone's Point store on Lake St. Catherine, Tom's Bait and Tackle in Castleton, Ed's bait shop in West Haven, and Tot's Diner in Poultney.
If any store or organization would like to donate prizes for next year's event, contact Saltis at 802-345-0313.
27th Annual Frosty Derby Winners
Trout Bass Pike Perch
Jim Saltis Jason Roberts Leonard Koscinksi Mack Powers
3.805 lbs. 5.255 lbs. 5.93 lbs. 1.400 lbs.
Dick Turner Clint Hamelton Rob Bizon Wayne Chmielewski
3.72 lbs. 5.220 lbs. 5.235 lbs. 1.370 lbs.
Pat Hier Randy Shaw Tom Wood John DeMatties
3.245 lbs. 4.895 lbs. 5.145 lbs. 1.320 lbs.
Jared Miglorie RJ Holcomb Randy Chasse Marrisa Holcomb
2.770 lbs. 4.315 lbs. 5.065 lbs. 1.05 lbs.
Eric Ray Karl Magdycz Dominick Colford Kassidy Jordan
2.250 lbs. 3.7595 lbs. 3.93 lbs. .810 lb.
Walker Stomski Gabriella Beayon Kaden Reid Jordan Greenier
1.685 lbs. 3.760 lbs. 3.62 lbs. .65 lb.