District Attorney David Hoovler Announces Winners from the Second Orange County District Attorney’s Office Youth Fishing Derby
“Get Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs”
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, announced the winners of the second District Attorney’s Office Youth Fishing Derby. The Derby ran from April 1, 2022 through September 5, 2022 and was open to children between the ages of five and eighteen who are children or grandchildren of Orange County residents.
Jason Brady was the 1st winner and received a $100 dollar gift certificate to Thruway Sporting goods as a bonus prize. All winners received a Orange County District Attorney Youth Fishing Contest Tee Shirt and a Mystery Tackle Kit. All the winners have received their prizes. The District Attorney anticipates announcing next year’s contest in the Spring of 2023.
This year over 14 species of fish were entered into the contest. When combined with last year’s entries over 20 different fish species have been entered into the OCDA Youth Fishing Contest so far. Our young contestant anglers have caught fish all over New York state including in the Atlantic Ocean, Long Island Sound, Lake Ontario, Catskill and Adirondack mountain streams and lakes, in addition to local Orange County waters. Our Young anglers have caught Large Mouth Bass, Small Mouth Bass, Rock Bass, Blue Gill, Carp, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, King Salmon, Bowfin, Yellow Fin Tuna, Bluefish, Striped Bass, Sea Bass, sharks, Bull Head Catfish, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Yellow Perch and Pumpkinseed Sunfish. Large Mouth Bass, trout and Bluegills have been the most popular entries. Many of the fish caught would make accomplished anglers envious!
The Fishing Derby is part of District Attorney Hoovler’s community outreach program. Unfortunately, most youth sports and activities were in limbo due to COVID-19. Since then Participation in fishing has skyrocketed with New Yorkers during the COVID-19 crisis, because that activity can be enjoyed at almost any age, in the outdoors with friends and family, while social distancing. The Fishing Derby encourages the youth of Orange County to participate in an exciting outdoor sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Any fish entered in the Derby, big or small, had an equal chance to win a prize.
CONTEST RULES: Entry into the Youth Fishing Derby is free. All fish entered in the contest must be legally caught from anywhere in New York State. Contestants must adhere to all current New York State fishing regulations. Fresh and saltwater fish are eligible to be entered into the contest. To enter, email a photo of the contestant holding the fish, as well as the child’s first name and an adult contact phone number, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each angler can enter up to three fish during the contest, to have multiple chances to win. Ten winners will be drawn at random from all entries received during the contest dates. Each angler is limited to one prize package. All photos entered in the Youth Fishing Derby becomes the property of the Derby.
PRIZE PACKAGE: Each winner will receive an Orange County District Attorney’s Office limited t-shirt and a Mystery Tackle Box Bass Fishing Kit. Bonus prize: The first winner drawn will also receive a $100 gift card. Prizes can be picked up at the District Attorney’s Office by the winners in Goshen or will be mailed to them at the conclusion of the contest.
“I commend all of the participants in the District Attorney’s Office Youth Fishing Derby,” said District Attorney Hoovler, “and I hope that you enjoyed your time in our great outdoors. Fishing is a great opportunity to see and experience the best of Orange County and to do so in a safe way. I encourage all families to make use of the great outdoors throughout our County.