Salem Fishing Derby Nets Many Happy Kids

May 1, 2015

 

by Jon Tripp

Seven-year-old Jackson Gonzea caught a big one that measured nearly 14 inches long.  And that’s no fish story.

Jackson was just one of the many children who grabbed their poles and flocked to Hedgehog Park on Saturday, April 25 for the annual fishing derby sponsored by the Salem Recreation Department and the Rotary Club of Greater Salem.  Other sponsors of the event included Park Place Bowling Lanes and McDonald’s/Arch Advertising.

The pond was stocked with about 600 fish prior to the event with the sponsors helping to pay for 350 fish and the NH Fish and Game department providing 250 matching fish.  Both brook and rainbow trout were supplied.  The kids were divided into two main groups by age:  8 years and under, and 9 to 15 years with three smaller categories in each for awarding prizes.  Prizes were awarded for the smallest and largest fish in each age category and trophies were given for the overall smallest and largest fish in each age group.

The 2015 Fishing Derby winners were as follows:

Smallest Fish

4 years old & under:  9 inches, Jack Berrini, age 3

5 to 6 years old:  8 inches, Gavin Connell, age 5

7 to 8 years old:  8 3/8 inches, Hunter Suvenrengin, age 8

9 to 10 years old:  8 1/2 inches, Peyton Acker, age 9

11 to 12 years old:  8 inches, Drew Leamy, age 11

13 to 15 years old:  7 inches, Chris Burke, age 14

Smallest Fish, Overall Length, 8 & Under: 

5 inches, Averi Bolduc, age 6

Largest Fish, Overall Length, 8 & Under: 

13 1/2 inches, Jackson Gonzea, age 7

Largest Fish

4 years old & under:  10 1/4 inches, Cooper Daigle, age 2

5 to 6 years old:  11 1/4 inches, Ty Tormey, age 6

7 to 8 years old:  10 7/8 inches, Cameron Burke, age 7

9 to 10 years old:  10 5/8 inches, Brianna Kryesinski, age 9

11 to 12 years old:  10 3/8 inches, Leah Burke, age 12

13 to 15 years old:  10 1/2 inches, Jason Love, age 13

Smallest Fish, Overall Length, Ages 9 to 15:

6 3/4 inches, Michael Caruso, age 10

Largest Fish, Overall Length, Ages 9 to 15: 

10 3/4 inches, Mitchell McGinn, age 14

This year, the Rotary Club also added the “Chuck Black Most Spirited Fishing Award” after one of their charter members.  This was Chuck’s favorite event and he was the official measurer for over a decade.  Certificates were awarded to two individuals that demonstrated great spirit while fishing at Hedgehog.  A perpetual plaque with their names will be posted at the recreation department.  The 8-year-old and younger winner was Julia Balzano.  The 9- to 15-year-old winner was Edward Rowell.