2021 Youth Fishing Derby


On Saturday, August 7th, the Westfield Fish & Game Club hosted the Youth Fishing Derby with help from the Westfield Recreation Department. The weather was beautiful, and we ended up with 30 participants and their family members. Almost everyone caught at least one fish.

The day was a success due to help from many volunteers including the following people: From the Fish & Game Club, there were Tim & Laura Farnham, Gert & Stanley Rupczyk, John & Kelley Issler, Kevin Newell, Wyatt Cole, Dan West, John & Sandy Swartout. From the Westfield Recreation Department, there was Andrew Webster. Other volunteers included Doug & Kristie Parnell.

We also had many donations from the following area merchants and citizens: Bill's Hooks in Dunkirk, NY, Westfield Tackle on Bliss Rd, Westfield, Barcelona Markets on Rt 5, Westfield, the Chautauqua County Federation Sportsman's Club thru Mike Clutchey, Growers Co-Op, Westfield, Redneck Charters, Westfield, Tractor Supply, Westfield, Tops Markets, Westfield, Fish USA, Erie, Rose Corbin, Stanley & Gert Rupczyk and John & Kelley Issler.

Due to the many donations, we had enough fishing poles and gear, so every participant went home with a fishing pole and another prize! We had two raffles this year. Redneck Charters was kind enough to donate another 4-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 4yr-8yr age group. We also raffled off a chance for a one year new or renewal membership at the Westfield Fish and Game Club. The winner of this raffle was Allen Reynolds, guardian to Lilliana Reynolds from the 9yr-12yr age group.

The overall heaviest fish caught came from the 9yr-12yr group and 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 4yr-8yr 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. A special congratulations to Kase Keefe who caught the most fish with 30 on the day.

Congratulations to all our participants and especially those who caught the heaviest fish! We would once again like to thank all our volunteers and sponsors who made this year’s Fishing Derby a huge success. We hope you all continue to enjoy, experience, and learn about the wonderful outdoors and we will see you next year!

Published: Sep 08, 2021 - 9:42am