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Youth fishing derby an intercontinental event

Children from seven states catch nearly 300 fish at Conservation Area

Kenneth Wilson, age 8, watches as volunteer Hannah Harrop measures what turned out to be a 5-inch bluegill at the 12th annual Youth Fishing derby at Bill Pavlus Pond in the Skaneateles Conservation Area. Wilson, from Houston, Texas, came out to visit his grandparents -- and to fish.

Kenneth Wilson, age 8, watches as volunteer Hannah Harrop measures what turned out to be a 5-inch bluegill at the 12th annual Youth Fishing derby at Bill Pavlus Pond in the Skaneateles Conservation Area. Wilson, from Houston, Texas, came out to visit his grandparents -- and to fish. Photo by Jason Emerson.

12th Annual Youth Fishing Derby results:

71 registered participants

277 fish caught

Most Fish Caught by all age groups: Alex Doughty – 62 fish

Smallest Fish Caught by all age groups: Madison Evans – 2.75 inches

Largest Fish Caught in Each Age Group:

4-5 year olds: Paige Green – 15.5 inches

6-7 year olds: Francesca Erdosh – 15.25 inches

8-9 year olds: Kenneth Wilson – 13.0 inches

10-11 year olds: Alex Doughty – 17.25 inches

12-12 year olds: Amber Oberlender – 18 inches

— More than 70 children from seven different states spent three hours last Saturday morning catching nearly 300 fish during the annual youth fishing derby at the Skaneateles Conservation Area.

Young anglers from as far away as Texas and Oregon came out to the Bill Pavlus Pond for the 12th annual event, around which many parents schedule their summer trips to Skaneateles.

Don Leslie, a Skaneateles village resident, said his grandson, Kenneth Wilson, age 8, from Houston, Texas, “came up here just to fish.” Wilson actually caught the largest fish in his 8-9 year-olds age group with a 13-inch bass. “This [derby] is just a great idea,” Leslie said.

In all, 71 registered participants in five age groups caught 277 fish during the derby, with the smallest fish, caught by Madison Evans, at 2.75 inches; the largest fish, caught by Amber Oberlender, at 18 inches; and the most fish caught, by Alex Doughty, at 62 fish.

“This is such a wonderful event. I just love to see all the families out here and to hear the kids screams of ‘I got one!’” said Jeff Harrop, a third year volunteer, who was working one of the half-dozen measuring tables around the pond. “This is just a hidden treasure.”

Schuyler Graham, of Mandana, was at the derby watching two of his grandchildren fish. “This event just draws from all over the nation — everybody always wants to come back,” he said.

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