SPOTSWOOD, NJ - In its heyday, Devoe Lake was actually a hot vacation spot. Every Memorial Day weekend, the Spotswood Recreation Department keeps history alive with its annual Fishing Derby. On Saturday, May 28, 74 children stuck their fishing poles in the water to kick off the unofficial start of summer fun in the borough.

Participants needed to bring their own bait and tackle and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fishermen ages three to 14 were welcome to register and fish for some cool prizes. In total, 40 fish were caught at the 2016 Fishing Derby. Prizes were awarded in each age category for Most Fish Caught, Largest Fish, Largest Bass and Largest Sunfish.

In each age category the following kids had bragging rights about their catches:

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Ages three through six

  • Most Fish Caught - Hailey Strohm with three fish
  • Largest Fish - Jackson Longo with an 8 1/4" pickerel
  • Largest Bass - Wayne Handwerk with a 10 3/4" bass
  • Largest Sunfish - Joseph Eglow with a 7" bluegill

Ages seven through nine

  • Most Fish Caught - Tyler Onuska with three fish
  • Largest Fish - J.D. Sheran with a 12 1/2" pickerel
  • Largest Bass - Julian Sanchez with a 9 1/2" bass
  • Largest Sunfish - Brandon Bolger with a 7 3/4" bluegill

Ages ten through 14

  • Most Fish Caught - Joseph Lewis with four fish
  • Largest Fish - Luke Esposito with a 21 1/2" pickerel
  • Largest Bass - Teddy Kowalski with a 9" bass
  • Largest Sunfish - Franny Genthe with an 8 3/4" bluegill

After the 12 category winners were awarded their prizes, the remainder were raffled off to the rest of the registered participants using 50/50 tickets that were given out to the contestants.

With blue skies and warm sunshine, is there any better way to spend a Saturday morning than fishing for prizes?