WITHERBEE-The 21st Annual Roe Pond Fishing Classic for Kids was held on May 28.
"Well over 100 young anglers competed," said Brian Venne of the Moriah Youth Commission. "Perfect fishing weather. Fishing was intense, so were the black flies. Many fish were caught and lost. Some tear jerking moments were shared. Many fish stories will evolve from this!"
All anglers received a packet of lures. Winners received fishing poles and were treated to a lunch of hot dogs provided by the local chapter of Whitetails Unlimited.
Age 6 and younger - 1, Jason Martinez, 1 pound, 14 ounces; 2, Braton Belden, 1-13. Ages 7-9 - 1, Nicholas Greene, 1-14; 2, Cole Glebus, 1-11; 3, Emma Bogart, 1-10.
Ages 10-11 - 1,John Martinez, 1-11; 2, Derek Manfred, 1-9; 3, D. Chamberlain, 1-8.
Ages 12-13 - 1, Chase Dickerson, 1-10; 2, Kyle Wilson, 1-10; 3, Kyle Perry,1-9.
Ages 14-15 - 1, Cole Gaddor, 2-2 (lunker of the day); 2, Alex Lashway2-0; 3, Gage Denton, 1-12.
Roe Pond is a designated children's fishing pond. No adult fishing of any kind is allowed.
"Let's teach sportsmanship to our young anglers by obeying the laws and keeping our pond clean and litter free," Venne said.
Venne thanked Steve Lamere and his staff at the Essex County Fish Hatchery along with the Essex County Board of Supervisors and Moriah town board for supporting the tournament and angling the area.
"A very special thank you to Jamie Wilson and our dedicated highway crew for the hard work of getting Roe Pond in shape for our tournament," Venne said. "In light of all the damage of our fine community has experienced over the past weeks you repaired Roe Pond two times. Your dedication has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.
"To Whitetails Unlimited President Bill Carpenter and members of gourmet cooking crew Ron Sr. and Ron Jr. Nesbitt, and Cledas Nephew, your hot dogs were fantastic and your money donation truly proves you are sportsmen," he added. "Our anglers can never thank you enough. A thank you to Whitetails member and keen photographer Rose French for taking so many fantastic pictures."
Venne also acknowledged Boyea's Grocery & Deli/Lakeside Dining for its money donation. He also thanked the Town of Moriah Youth Sports Commission and Port Henry Pools for donation towards prizes and the Blue-Hill Club for a donation and continued support.
"A special thank you to our driver Gary Cutting on the day of stocking our lunkers," Venne said. "A very special thank you to Sheriff Cutting for sending down a patrol for traffic control. A very special thank you to patrolman Arthur Brassard and our Superintendent of Building & Grounds Ed Roberts for traffic control and traffic cones, you go beyond the call of duty.
"And to our tournament committee Joseph (Coonrod) Rodriguez, Mike Aitner, Chip Perry Sr., Tom Langey, Mike Vargo and Jason Vargo, it has been an honor to work with you gentlemen over these many many years," Venne said. "Your dedication, hard work and love of the sport shows in the faces of our young anglers. Thank you for allowing me to share these memories with you."