Youth Fishing Derby held in Westfield

Submitted Photo Pictured from left are Eleanor Bird, Wesley Maras, Jack Bratton, Kase Keefe and Colton Fitchlee. Absent from picture are Braylon Swanson and Jamison Shreve.

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Fish & Game Club recently hosted a Youth Fishing Derby with help from the Westfield Recreation Department.

The weather was beautiful, and the derby was attended by 30 participants and their family members. Almost everyone caught at least one fish.

Volunteers included Tim and Laura Farnham, Gert and Stanley Rupczyk, John and Kelley Issler, Kevin Newell, Wyatt Cole, Dan West, and John and Sandy Swartout from the Fish & Game Club. From the Westfield Recreation Department, Andrew Webster volunteered while Doug and Kristie Parnell also donated their time.

Donations from merchants and area residents included Bill’s Hooks in Dunkirk, Westfield Tackle on Bliss Road, Westfield, Barcelona Markets on Route 5, Westfield, the Chautauqua County Federation Sportsman’s Club through Mike Clutchey, Growers Co-Op, Westfield, Redneck Charters, Westfield; Tractor Supply, Westfield; Tops Markets, Westfield; Fish USA, Erie; Rose Corbin, Stanley and Gert Rupczyk and John and Kelley Issler.

Due to the many donations, there were enough fishing poles and gear so every participant went home with a fishing pole and another prize. The derby featured two giveaways. Redneck Charters donated another four-hour fishing charter on Lake Erie. They will get to set that up with Bob Brown, the owner, to take a few of their friends and family. The winner of the raffle was Armando Tirre from the 4- to 8-year-old age group. The event also had a giveaway for a one year new or renewal membership at the Westfield Fish and Game Club. The winner of the raffle was Allen Reynolds, guardian to Lilliana Reynolds from the 9- to 12-year-old age group.

The overall heaviest fish caught came from the 9- to 12-year-old group was caught by Jack Bratton and it weighed in at 4.25 pounds. The second heaviest fish in the older group was caught by Wesley Maras at 2.35 pounds. The third heaviest fish was caught by Braylon Swanson at 1.24 pounds. In the 4- to 8-year-old group, the heaviest fish was caught by Colton Fitchlee and it weighed in at 2.53 pounds. The second heaviest fish in the younger group was caught by Eleanor Bird at .71 pounds. The third heaviest fish was caught by Jamison Shreve at .65 pounds. Kase Keefe who caught the most fish with 30 on the day.


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