MONTVILLE, NJ - About 25 families joined the Montville Police Benevolent Association and the Montville Kiwanis for a fishing derby at Masar Park in Montville last Saturday, May 2.

“We’re very excited to sponsor the fishing derby and be a part of an exciting day for the families of Montville,” stated Montville PBA Local #140 Vice President Scott McGowan.  “We love to see the smile on the kids’ faces as they cast their lines and hope to catch the biggest fish.”

Doug Cooper of the Montville Kiwanis stated, “We are happy to support a community event.  It’s a beautiful day to catch a fish!”

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Attendee Sean Kehoe said, “Where else can you have such a wonderful day with so many wonderful people than in Montville?”

Montville Bagels and Dunkin' Donuts donated refreshments for the event.  The Montville Township Police Explorers were on hand to aid the children with their poles, and the R.E.A.C.H. kids helped with measurements.

The longest fish caught?  Antonio Gausditis’ 13” trout.

But three-year-old Alex Jenkins was content to play with his bait.  “Worms are our friends!” he said.

The derby winners were as follows:

Most Fish Caught:  Lyla Monte with 16

Smallest Fish:  Thomas Jenkins with a 4 ½” sunny

First Fish Caught:  Nicole Maly’s 7 ½” sunny

Largest Trout:  Antonio Gausditis with a 13” trout

Largest Sunny:  Jackson DaCosta with an 8 ¾” sunny

Largest Bass:  Emmett Glennon with an 11 ½” bass

Largest Fish Caught in Each Age Group:

Kindergarten:  Ian Kehoe (7” sunny)

First Grade:  Samantha Dorenbush (6” sunny)

Second Grade:  No entry

Third Grade:  Michael Maly (7 ½” sunny)

Fourth Grade:  Sofia Behrens (11 1/3” bass)

Fifth Grade:  No entry

Sixth grade and older:  Kristof Behrens (11” bass)

The Kiwanis were also selling 50/50 raffle tickets to support community projects, and provide an annual scholarship to a Key Club Member.  The winner will be announced at Montville Township’s Fourth of July Celebration.  To purchase tickets, contact Doug Cooper at dcoop1025@yahoo.com .