RAVENA — In some families, a day out at the lake with a fishing pole is the best way to spend an afternoon.
Dozens of local youngsters got to do just that in the annual Kids Fishing Derby hosted recently by the RC Sportsmens Club.
Now in its 40th year, the annual derby gives kids the chance to get outdoors, meet new friends and old, and learn some fishing skills.
“This is to get the kids involved with fishing,” said derby chairman Jim Reilly. “All the kids get a prize — from basketballs to dolls to games to gift certificates. The adults and kids are all fed hot dogs and soda, so it’s a fun family day.”
This year, 60 kids participated in the Kids Fishing Derby.
It is held annually at the town of Coeymans filtration plant, on the Hudson River.
Each year, the derby draws dozens of youngsters from all over the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District, from ages 1 through 16. In addition to prizes for each child, there are also trophies handed out to those in each age bracket who catch the biggest fish, along with a top trophy for the overall longest fish.
Prizes come compliments of the donors who each year make the derby possible.
“All the local businesses make donations so we can give out prizes to all the kids who participate,” Reilly said.
This year’s top winner was Evan Gallagher, who snagged the derby’s longest fish, a 24-inch catfish.
In the youngest group, kids ages 1 through 6, Hayley Biel was the top winner with a 17-inch smallmouth bass. Taking second in that group was Skyla Foronda with a 16-inch catfish, and third place went to Donte Bentley with a 15 1/2-inch catfish.
In the age 7 to 12 year bracket, the top winner was Hayden Biel with a drum that measured 19 1/2 inches. Taking second place was Logan Sevinsky with an 18-inch catfish, and third place was won by Addison Moore, with a 17-inch bullhead.
The oldest age bracket, kids ages 12 to 16, was won by Cole Misuraca, who took first place with an 18 ½-inch striper. Second place went to Brendan Leonard, who caught a 16-inch catfish, and third place went to Caleb Foronda with a 15 1/2-inch catfish.