Division of Fish and Wildlife Announces Sussex County Results from 22nd Annual Youth Fishing Tournament

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2nd Place 5-Year Old Winner From Last Years TournamentThe first big heat wave of summer 2008 did not discourage 88 young anglers and their families who came to Ingrams Pond in Millsboro on June 7 for the 22nd Annual Youth Fishing Tournament.

When the day was done, Hayden Smith, age 15, of Millsboro, took the title of overall Sussex County winner with 4.07 pounds of fish caught. The biggest fish of the day was a largemouth bass weighing 1.68 pounds and caught by 8-year-old Tristen Russell. All of the fish caught in the tournament were weighed and released.

The other winners, by age group and total weight of fish caught, were:

Ages 4 to 7
            First place – Kevin Reddy, age 6, of Millsboro, 1.2 pounds
            Second place – Julia Ballard, age 5, of Millsboro, 1.15 pounds
            Third place – Jessica Ballard, age 4, of Millsboro, 1.10 pounds

Ages 8 to 11
            First place – Kevin Bailey, age 8, of Georgetown, 3.96 pounds
            Second place – Hunter Lied, age 9, of Millsboro, 1.89 pounds
            Third place – Tristen Russell, age 8, of Laurel, 1.83 pounds

Ages 12 to 15
            First place – Brian Keech, age 14, of Rehoboth Beach, 3.99 pounds
            Second place – Joe Garvilla, age 14, of Georgetown, 1.44 pounds
            Third place – Kali Griffith, age 13, of Frankford, 1.17 pounds

The winners received fishing poles and tackle boxes as well as trophies, and all the participants received prizes donated by area tackle shops. The county winners will be presented their trophies at the DNREC Awards ceremony on Governors Day, Thursday, July 24 at the 2008 Delaware State Fair in Harrington.         

The Youth Fishing Tournament was established to introduce youth to the sport of fishing and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation. The free tournament, held annually in June, is open to youth ages 4 to 15.

For more information on the Youth Fishing Tournament, please call 302-739-9913 or visit www.fw.delaware.gov/Info/YouthFishing.htm.

Please note, Kent and New Castle tournament results have been issued separately.