Fishing derby contestants at the 2013 Minerva Day
On the morning of June 29, 36 kids ranging in age from 2 to 16, many with parents, siblings and friends, descended on The Point at Minerva Lake.
The day was cloudy, warmish, a little breezy and a little sprinkly, but not at all rainy and miserable as many naysayers had predicted; the annual Minerva Day Kids Fishing Derby was under way.
It was indeed a good day to fish in Minerva Lake. Most of the fish brought to the picnic table were pumpkinseed sunfish, but mixed in were yellow perch along with largemouth bass (some little, some good-size). Also taken from the waters of Minerva Lake: probably one of the largest bullfrogs that lake ever produced. The bullfrog was not weighed, but was absolutely appreciated. All critters caught by the participants were released back into the lake to live their lives in peace once more (or until next year’s fishing derby).
Some of the bass caught were nearly as big as the young fishers who caught them; it was a great thing to see kids — a lot of them — outside in the fresh air, fishing. Along with the fresh air and experience, derby winners in a number of categories took home quality fishing tackle as prizes. It was definitely a fun way to spend a couple of hours on Minerva Day.
Some thanks are appropriate: The Town of Minerva (the sponsors) thanks Murdies, Sullivan’s, and Braley & Noxon for supplying the fishing tackle prizes — a special nod to Sullivan’s for having extremely fine and effective bait worms. A very special thanks to John and Wanda Callihan for donating the grand prize for the monster fish caught during the derby: a fresh $50 bill. Thanks to Minerva Lake beach Head Lifeguard Lynn Green for her assistance.
The following lists the various categories and winners:
Ages 7 and under — First prize: Dean Palmatier; Second prize: Wyatt Hitchcock; Third prize: Jessica Seaman
Ages 8-11 — First prize: Seth Varney; Second prize: Brendan Ten Eyck; Third prize: Troy Wank
Ages 12-16 — First prize: A.J. Monthony; Second prize: Brandon Baker; Third prize: Genevieve Coonradt
Feistiest: Abby Seaman
Prettiest: Tianna Proctor
Smallest: Marianna Baker
Most fish caught: Lily Dueur
Special mention for catching a seriously large bullfrog: Cameron Eannarino
MONSTER fish – a 2.5 pound largemouth bass: Hayden Palmatier