Dozens turn out for fishing tournament

By MICHAEL ANICH

The Leader-Herald

GLOVERSVILLE – It didn’t take long for 10-year-old Darren Young to catch the first fish in the Gloversville Recreation Commission’s 4th annual Youth Fishing Derby at Wohlfarth’s Pond Saturday.

Just after 10 a.m., the Broadalbin youngster was all smiles, showing off his trout that was measured and placed back into the pond.

“This year, we anticipate the biggest year possible,” commission member Amber Chamberlain said of the event.

The seven-hour free derby was held under partly sunny skies and brisk conditions at Wohlfarth’s Park. More than 150 people were expected to attend this year, organizers said.

The derby was open to Gloversville area children 15 and younger, although children from anywhere were allowed to participate.

Participants had to bring their own poles and bait, and it was a “hook and worm, catch and release” competition, the commission said. Trophies were awarded for the most fish caught, largest fish caught, first fish caught and smallest fish caught. Each child who caught a fish received an award ribbon in recognition of their accomplishment.

Commission members and other volunteers served up refreshments and food throughout day.

“I’ve got three grandchildren here that love to go fishing,” said Donald Cook of Helwig Street in Gloversville.

Twelve-year-old Gavin Dickson of Antwerp, Jefferson County, was with his family, line in the pond. He said he normally fishes Indian River and has a fishing secret.

“Some people put their sinkers on top, I put mine on the bottom,” he said.

Chamberlain said this was the earliest the derby has been held because of such favorable conditions. Translation: the pond wasn’t iced over.

The pond was stocked with 50 rainbow trout Friday night, with the assistance of Boy Scout Troop 104 in Johnstown. Many families from throughout the area attended the derby with their children and extended families.

“It’s a nice way to kick off the spring season and get the families together with the good weather,” said commission Treasurer Logan Barclay.

Commission Chairwoman Helen Thompson added, “It’s really nice to watch families spend some time together.”

Organizers said various groups and businesses helped out with the derby, including Little Huskies, Trout Unlimited, Girl Scouts and Big Fish Media.

An information table at the derby indicated that the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation Inc. will conduct its 19th Annual Spring Fishing Contest from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the lake.

Thompson noted the Gloversville Recreation Commission meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at City Hall for anyone interested in helping out to plan future events and activities.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected].

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