Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00
On June 7, the Glen Cove Anglers Club, along with the Matinecock Rod and Gun Club, the Mill River Rod and Gun Club and the Manhasset Bay Sportsman Club, held its weigh-in breakfast for their annual Wade Denning Interclub Striped Bass Derby.
The Derby began Saturday evening at 6 p.m. and ended Sunday morning at 10 a.m. with the final weigh-in and a hearty breakfast, with Head Chef Jeff Schneider, chairman and CEO August Thompson Corporation and a GCAC member once again going over the top with a feast fit for kings.
The striped bass have been running hot and heavy this season with many record size fish being caught locally, and many of those fish being safely released. However, they have been running in waves and unfortunately for the participants of this derby, the 16-hour window was not one of those waves. Nonetheless, some guys did manage to catch some respectable fish, most notably Sal Groe of the GCAC with a 27.80 pound striper, making Glen Cove Anglers the winner. GCAC regains bragging rights for a year and proudly gets to display the rotating derby plaque in its clubhouse until next year’s derby. Sal Groe received his own plaque to memorialize his achievement.
The next meeting between these clubs will be in September when they go at it again in the Inter Club Rodeo, a competition involving several fish species. GCAC is the reigning champ in that derby as well.
As many readers may know, Glen Cove Angler’s Club is more than a place where local fisherman gather to tell lies about the big fish that got away. GCAC is involved in other humanitarian and social activities recognized throughout our community including Christmas toy drives, food pantry collections, scholarship awards, community beatification, environmental awareness initiatives, senior and veterans appreciation luncheons, just to mention a few.
“We would be remiss if we didn’t mention an event that has in one way or another touched us all in Glen Cove for decades, the Annual Mayor’s Snapper Derby sponsored by GCAC and dozens of local business,” said a spokesperson. “Maybe for many of you it was the first time you ever picked a rod and hopefully never put it down.”
The current administration, as well as past administrations, have been staunch supporters of the GCAC. They say they have been an institution in this “main street community” for over six decades and are confident they will remain active and visible in Glen Cove as part of the proposed waterfront development.
“To ensure this we ask that you call or write city hall and offer your support so that future parents, grandparents, aunt and uncles can forever have etched in their minds that smile that your little ones flashed, as mighty hunters, when they proudly show you their first 4 ounce snapper,” the spokesperson added. “With our sincerest gratitude, we thank you for your support.”
This year’s Annual Mayor’s Snapper Derby is August 15 from 7 a.m. until noon, to be held at Pryibil’s Pier.