Written by Michael Mandarino Friday, 04 April 2014 00:00
Reginald Spinello attended his first Glen Cove Anglers awards dinner as the newly elected mayor. Spinello has been a regular attendee and awards presenter for the past several years as a city councilman. The event was held on Wednesday, March 12.
The mayor always suggests it’s one of his favorite yearly events. His sincerity couldn’t be more evident judging by what seemed to be the perpetual smile on his and everyone’s faces throughout the awards portion of the dinner. Joining the mayor was Councilwoman
Pam Panzenbeck, who recounted some childhood tales of fishing with her dad on Dosoris Pond. Also attending were Councilmen Tim Tenke and Efraim Spagnoletti.
To open up the awards ceremony, Glen Cove Anglers Club Commodore Tom Manzione presented Mayor Spinello with an official GC Anglers Club jacket that he proudly modeled GQ style.
The 2013 fishing season wasn’t a banner year for western sound anglers. Constant spring rains and run-offs seemed to drive the bait east as well as the striped bass. Fluke fishing picked up, but then blackfish season, the fishing season’s closing event that everyone eagerly anticipates, wasn’t as abundant as it had been in recent years.
Nonetheless some members bagged nice fish including Thomas “Sheppy” O’Rourke with the biggest striped bass at 44.85 lbs. He also won “Surf Angler of the Year,” “Outstanding Member of the Year” –an award presented for recognition of contributions to the club
other than fishing- and he was co-winner with Fishing Committee Chairman Jim Stanis of the “Art Leach Marathon Striper Derby,” a season long cumulative weight contest.
Largest Fluke of the Year was snagged by Tim Binder at 8.35 lbs. He also reeled in the largest blackfish at 9.80 lbs. James “Birdy” Fallon won largest weakfish 6.65 lbs. Squeaking by in the “Out of Bounds” contest
by one point was Tom Glynn. This contest recognizes fish caught outside the clubs usual fishing boundaries between the Throggs Neck Bridge and Eaton’s Neck. Mike Caruso won the overall “Angler of The Year” award; Caruso has won this award three times over the last decade.
As always, the shining part of the evening was the presentation of the Youth Division Awards, magnified infinitely this year with the beaming ear-to- ear smiles of member Sean Sheridan’s young daughters: Isabelle, who hooked the biggest fluke at 4 lbs., and McKenzie, who received an achievement award for her blackfish.
Those specific awards begged someone to question proud pop Sean, “hey, now we know who catches all the fish on your boat.”
Youth division veterans Mike Mandarino, Jr. and his brother Anthony won largest bluefish fish and blackfish respectively.
Commodore Tom Manzione couldn’t thank everyone enough for making the night a memorable experience that left some with memories that will last a lifetime. Manzione has always wished everyone good luck and tight lines for the 2014 fishing season.