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Fish, Fun And Prizes At Snapper Derby

The Mayor’s Annual Snapper Derby had plenty of kids, fish and fun on the Pryibil Beach Pier in Glen Cove this past Saturday. On the pier were lots of parents and children fishing for prizes. Below the pier the snappers in the water were only too happy to cooperate with the children trying to catch them. For a while it looked like the children were “catching” and not fishing.

According to Phil Ferante, vice commodore of the Glen Cove Anglers Club, this event has been going on for more than 25 years. He said each child that registered was given a fluorescent yellow shirt with all the sponsors on the back along with a hot dog and drink. Children were divided up into a junior division of 6- to 10-year-olds with a senior division of 11- to 16-year-olds.

During the morning’s fishing, children were encouraged to bring their fish to a scale at the beginning of the pier where it was  weighed. They were then encouraged to release the fish. Fishing rods and trophies were awarded by Mayor Spinello for the biggest three fish in each group, along with a prize for the best angler. The winners for the junior division were awarded to Anthony Di Leo, Chris Hyman and Angelo Valensisi. The seniors winners were Joe Famiglietta, Jason Liquori and Christian Ricciardi. The overall “best angler” prize went to Emily Maziejka.

While snappers are not known for their large size, they are known for fast action, which makes them an excellent fish for children to go after and learn this sport. Lots of door prizes of fishing rods were also handed out at the end of the event. Mayor Reginald Spinello thanked the two dozen sponsors that helped the Glen Cove Anglers Club make this a successful event.