Area fishing contest invites kids from all over

Fishing-PoleAn annual fishing program event is on hook in Seymour.

Kevin Najmowicz, of the Board of the Seymour Land Trust, said that the land trust will once again be sponsoring a fishing festival. This year’s event will be its 21st anniversary and is named in memory of Nicholas Doneiko, lifetime member of the land trust.

The event will take place at Legion Pool on Saturday, June 27, from 8-10:30 a.m. The pool is at 13 Chatfield St., Seymour.

Children ages 3 to 16 are invited to participate in the fishing festival. There are no rain dates.

Everyone from in and around Seymour is invited to take part.

A donation from the daughters of Nicholas Doneika has helped to make this day possible. The Seymour Land Trust and other local businesses, which will be listed on the land trust website, have also provided funds for this fishing program.

For more information, visit www.seymourlandtrust.org or find them on Facebook.

About the day

There will be trophies and prizes awarded to the participants. First prize will be awarded to the first angler who successfully catches and releases the “monster” trout, which is will be more than 25 inches.

A $500 series EE bond will be issued to that angler, along with a “monster” trophy. If the winner is a Seymour Land Trust member, the bounty will be a $1,000 EE savings bond. This award is sponsored by the Joseph Perez family, in memory of Dan Perez.

Catch and release

The theme will be catch and release. All fish must be released unharmed. There will be volunteers on hand to assist anglers throughout the day.

Bait and fishing poles are available at this program. Children who do not own and cannot afford fishing equipment will be given equipment to borrow.

Volunteering

Anyone willing to volunteer to help the young anglers may get more information from Kevin Najmowicz at 203-907-8442.

“This program is much more than catching fish,” said Alex Danka, president of the Seymour Land Trust. “It is about the gift a parent or grandparent can give their children, and that is the gift of your time.”

Joining the land trust

A family membership includes children 15 years of age or younger and costs $30. An individual membership is $20.

Membership allows you to fish in Legion Pool on a catch and release basis, as well as being able to utilize (for a fee) the Henry Hamel Environmental Building to hold family gatherings.

The trust also welcomes volunteers who wish to help at any of its annual programs and/or with the upkeep of their various parks.

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