MONTVILLE, NJ – Young Montville Township residents brought their parents to the annual fishing derby at Masar Park pond on May 5 to try their hand at landing the ultimate catch.

Zoey, age 5 and a half, was there for the first time, her mom said, but hadn’t caught anything yet.

“She keeps petting the worms!” she said with a laugh.

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Brothers Braedon, 5, and Logan, 4, were having some more luck, their mom said. Braedon had already caught a sunny, but Logan hadn’t caught anything yet. Still, he had a smile on his face and kept trying.

Mak and his friends Andrew and Aaron picked a spot on the far side of the pond.

“It was hot yesterday, but it’s cold today,” said Aaron. “We had to wake up early to come. We agreed that we couldn’t catch the turtle that’s right there sticking out of the pond.”

Mak said he had been there since 8 a.m. but hadn’t caught anything yet. Soon after he caught a sunny, though.

The following kids won gift cards from the Montville P.B.A. Local 140, Montville Kiwanis and Fairfield Fishing Tackle. Montville Township Recreation would like to thank the Montville Township Police Explorers and the R.E.A.CH. volunteers for their help.

Largest fish: Michael Castillo (15.5”, and he caught seven fish as well)

Smallest fish: David Khalilov with a 5” sunny

First fish caught was by Ryan Jones with an 11.75” bass

Largest Trout was by Madison Kehoe at 12”

Largest Sunny was Jackson DaCosta at 8”

Largest Bass was Aria Federle at 14.25”

PreK to 3 year old winner was Victor Horan with a 13” bass

PreK to 4 year old was Joseph Ervey  with a 12.5” bass

PreK to 5 years but not yet in kindergarten was Johnny Mundiger with a 12.75” bass

Kindergarten was Quentin Stambuli with an 11” bass

1st grade: Gaige Failla – 12” bass

2nd grade: Will Ervey – 14” bass

3rd grade: Jackson Gering and Ian Kehoe – 11” trout

4th grade: Ray Ervey – 14.5” bass

5th grade: Nicolas Ponikowski – 11” bass

6th grade and older: Angela Ervey – 14” bass

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