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Posted on May 7, 2011 | Permalink

Wicomico Youth Fishing Rodeo

Type: Freshwater
Region: Eastern
Location: Wicomico County

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to attend a youth fishing derby sponsored by the Wicomico County Parks and Recreation in Salisbury. When I arrived the lake was ringed by 220 contestants along with their parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters. It was easy to see everyone was having a lot of fun and the bluegill sunfish were eager to accommodate the young angler's offerings of worms dangling underneath bouncing bobbers. Standard equipment for this event is theme related push button fishing tackle ranging from Dora the Explorer and Spiderman to Barbie and SpongeBob. Spectators will observe mighty casts and plenty of body English and the challenge of just when to let go of that button when making a mighty cast. At least one young angler was seen to let go of the button in the 11-oclock position and a bobber almost as large as a tennis ball went straight up towards the heavens and returned to earth hitting his mother on top of the head while she relaxed nearby in a folding camp chair. No one was seriously hurt but the father/husband was definitely in more trouble for laughing than our young angler. I skulked out of the picture with tears in my eyes from laughing.

Eventually the time was at hand for the end of the fishing part of this event and everyone gathered to feast on hot dogs, sodas and snacks that were provided and to find out who was walking home with one of the trophies that adorned the master of ceremony's table. Of course not everyone went home with a trophy but there were plenty of give away raffle prizes and Casandra Mullins was drawn as the Youth Fishing Challenge winner of a donated fishing trip. After the ceremony I had a young boy come up to me and pronounced proudly that he had been the Youth Fishing Challenge winner two years ago and had caught a white marlin off of Ocean City. A grandfather and grandson also came up to me and mentioned they had won last year and got to go on a charter boat for striped bass on the bay for the first time in their lives. All went home with some wonderful family memories, plenty of give away prizes and lots of love. I happened to notice our mom that got beaned with the bobber was smiling at her husband; so perhaps love triumphs after all. There are still some Maryland Fishing Challenge Youth Component Fishing Derbies scheduled; the following link can direct you to the current list. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/challenge/index.asp#youth

Tags: Youth Fishing, Junior Anglers, Maryland Fishing Challenge