BRISTOL – Lots of fish came out of the pond at Rockwell Park Sunday morning.
A total of 124 kids participated in American Legion Post 209’s Youth Fishing Derby, vying for the top prizes and the biggest fish.
“We couldn’t ask for a better day,” said Al Sciuto, whose company C&M Construction sponsored the event, including the purchase of raffle prizes.
Not only did kids reel in prize-winning fish, but lucky families also went home with prizes including a 55-inch television and VISA gift cards.
“It’s another very successful day,” Post 209 Commander Brian Avery pointed out. “A lot of big fish caught; a lot of happy people. We’re looking forward to an even bigger, better one next year.”
Youth ages two to 16 could sign up to participate, but most anglers were on the younger side this year.
“We’re hoping for more teens next time,” Sciuto said, adding that this gave kids an opportunity to get outside and have some fun after a tough few years.
Layla Tacinelli, six, won second place for her catch, a 3.1 lb., 19-inch fish.
“She’s been fishing her whole life,” her mom Noelle Grieco said. “She loves fishing. It’s like her spring highlight right now.”
Five-year-old Milly Mcelroy also reeled in a big one.
“My dad’s a fisherman so we came with him,” her mother Heather said.
The Forestville Post’s 7th annual event benefited from warm, sunny weather Sunday.
The pond was stocked with over 300 fish beforehand by the Brian Harding Fish Hatchery.
Worms were donated by Tal’s Tackle.
The event was dedicated in memory of US Navy veteran Robert Rodriguez, who passed away in April.
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