Wayne County Youth Derby 2015 Awards

The Wayne County Youth Derby held its 18th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Sodus Point Fire hall, Sunday, August 2nd and over 60 people enjoyed the festivities. The young anglers, who competed during the two month long contest, were rewarded for their fishing prowess; receiving plaques, LNB gift certificates, prizes, and more importantly, applause from the adults and peers attending the ceremony. Walt Crum was once again the main attraction for the youngsters when he displayed his “Balloon Art.” Crum has attended this event for the last five years and can twist and turn a balloon into any creature on earth. For this year’s awards he created a balloon fishing pole with an attached fish. After a lunch of hot dogs, New York State Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Kevin Thomas spoke to the attendees, especially thanking the parents that took the time to introduce the youngsters to fishing. Gene VanDeusen, president of the Wayne County Federation of Sportsman’s Club, acknowledged the winning youngsters who fished the summer derby. Robert Weichbrodt, from McDonald’s of Wayne County, presented the trophies and plaques to young anglers.The three winners of the Al Shultz Memorial Challenge in the 4-7 year age division were Ava Grant, from Apopka Fla., Jalyssa Jarvis, from Wolcott, and Parker Williamson, from Lyons. In the Merchants Challenge Division Ages 8-16 none of the youngsters caught all five fish however there were plenty of first places. Jaden Jarvis, from Wolcott caught a 3.07 pound smallmouth bass, Vincent Orrange Paton, from Sodus Point took first place with a 4.01 pound largemouth bass, Shane Scharett, from Marion caught a 1.02 pound perch taking first place and Austin Smith, from Wolcott won first place in the pike category with a 7.11 pound fish. The highlight of this year’s Wayne County Youth Derby was the drawing for a lifetime fishing license donated by The Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club. Selecting the lucky youngster was Dave Schueler representing the Federation. Every youngster who registered for the derby was eligible for the drawing and the lifetime license went to Kaden Penta from Wolcott. During the 2015 event 75 young anglers fished the waters of Wayne County and 38 caught and entered fish during the two month event. New for the 2015 derby was the panfish division with no weight requirements. All the youngsters had to do was have any official weigh station check-off the species. The Wayne County Derby Committee felt this was a great way to have the young anglers compete and have fun.The youngsters could only place in one category which gives everyone a chance to win; something the Derby Committee has been committed to since the beginning of the contest. Jayden Fair and Taylor Smith, both from Wolcott caught bluegills, Carson Burke, from Hilliard Ohio, won the bluegill/sunfish division, Tanner Batzold, from Wolcott won the rock bass/sunfish and Madison Mayo, from Ontario caught a bluegill/rock bass/sunfish. The Wayne County Youth Derby is sponsored by the Wayne County Federation of Sportsman’s Clubs and the Wayne County Derby Committee. For a complete list of sponsors and the official leaderboard see the county website at www.waynecountytourism.com Just click on Youth Derby box.

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