Dominic Garcia, 12, of Smyrna, will be honored this week by Gov. John Carney for winning the top award in Kent County in the 31st annual Youth Fishing Tournament coordinated by DNREC's Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police.
Dominic Garcia, 12, of Smyrna, will be honored this week by Gov. John Carney for winning the top award in Kent County in the 31st annual Youth Fishing Tournament coordinated by DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police.
The tournament was held June 3 at one site in each county. The Kent location was Akridge Scout Reservation near Dover.
Garcia was the overall winner for Kent County with a total of 10.33 pounds of fish.
Other winners at the Kent location by age group and total weight of fish were:
Ages 4-7, first place – Carly Clevens, 6, of Wilmington, 3.65 pounds; second place – Brandon Driggins, 7, of Dover, 2.45 pounds; third place – Cole Smith, 6, of Magnolia, 1.55 pounds;
Ages 8-11, first place – Christian Driggins, 10, of Dover, 4.47 pounds; second place – Trevor Wong, 10, of Frederica, 2.78 pounds; third place – Ava Ruggerio, 9, of Camden, 2.54 pounds;
Ages 12-15, first place – Seth Reynolds, 13, of Milford, 6.28 pounds; second place – Peyton Timmons, 12, of Dover, 5.87 pounds; third place – MJ Greco, 12, of Dover, 4.42 pounds.
The New Castle tournament was held at Lums Pond where 13-year-old Elise Britton of Middletown came out as overall statewide winner as well as the New Castle winner, with fish weighing 25.22 pounds. She landed an 8.6-pound carp, the largest fish caught in this year’s event.
Winners from Townsend in the New Castle tournament were Liesabet Barker, 4, first place in ages 4-7, 2.69 pounds, and Leland Barker, 9, second place in ages 8-11, 2.66 pounds.
A total of 155 youth participated. All fish caught were weighed and released, as young anglers got a first-hand lesson in conservation.
The winners received trophies and prizes, and all participants received prizes.
The overall county winners and the overall statewide winner have been invited to the trophy presentation with the governor July 27 at the State Fair.
This year’s donors and supporters included: Almars Outboards, Cabela’s, Reynolds Auto Collision and Captain Bones Bait, Tackle & Hunting, Betts Garage and Scotty Lee for New Castle County; Cabela’s, Dover Walmart, Dover Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dover Safeway, Williamsville Country Store and Route 10 Subway for Kent County; and Dewey Beach Lions Club, Jungle Jim’s, Lewes Harbour Marina, Lingo Marine, Short’s Marine, Rick’s Bait & Tackle, Hook ’em & Cook ’em, Millsboro McDonald’s, Old Inlet Bait & Tackle and White Water Mountain for Sussex County.
The free event, held annually in June, is open to youth ages 4-15. For more information, call 302-739-9913.