NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – On Saturday morning, town officials and families filled the parking lots and surrounded the pond at Oakwood Park for the 35th annual New Providence Fishing Derby sponsored by New Providence PBA Local #132.
The event was geared towards children 15 years and younger and took place from 8:00-11:00 a.m. The PBA donated a pair of Beats headphones, tackle boxes, and five $25 gift cards for Bass Pro Shops for those who caught one of the six 16-inch lunkers (large fish) swimming in the pond.
Miguel Sauceda obtained a pair of Beats headphones after catching the first lunker in the pond. He was satisfied about winning the derby’s best prize.
“[I’m] happy and very excited,” said Sauceda, “I’m trying to catch another one later.”
New Providence Mayor Al Morgan was pleased with the turnout for the derby.
“This event has been going on for 35 years, it’s really a tradition in town,” Morgan said, “I actually remember taking my son down here every year so I know now he’s taking his son down here. So, it’s a part of New Providence life.”
“It just shows the interest people have in doing things and participating in town events,” Morgan said, “This is what New Providence is all about – community and family life. Any time when the community gets together, it’s always a good thing.”
New Providence Councilman Gary Kapner said, "It’s a great event. Look at all of the people out here casting lines, fishing, having a great time this morning, winning prizes, helping the police department, and helping the community. It’s fantastic.”
New Providence police officer Dennis Carovillamo said the derby is, "...about making a great, fun day for all of the kids to come out to teach them a little bit about fishing. But more importantly, it's about spending time with family and having a good time.”
The New Providence PBA thanks Starbucks in New Providence for donating coffee for the event.