NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The cloudy and overcast sky couldn’t put a damper on North Plainfield’s youngest anglers as approximately 75 people showed up for North Plainfield’s 45th annual Fishing Derby. The day’s event was particularly special as North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano cut the ribbon opening Green Acres Park. The park and basketball courts were refurbished late last summer, but the opening day ceremony took place this past Saturday.

“I want to thank everyone that came out here this morning for the fishing derby and to celebrate the opening to our new basketball courts,” said Mayor Giordano. “This is just the latest in a number of improvements we have made here at Green Acres Park. Take time out and enjoy the wonderful day and the park’s facilities.”

Isiah Casey caught the first keeper of the day. “I was really excited, and the fish was big,” said little Isiah. Casey was right. The fish was big the first catch of the day was a 15 inch rainbow trout.

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The bait for the day’s activities was all donated by retired policeman Mike Garcia. Garcia was deemed the official baiter.

“It was a beautiful day” said Recreation Director Dennis Passe. “It is a great event for the kids and their parents to go out and have some fun.”

Below are the fishing derby winners by category and age group:

5-8 yrs old 1st     Zach Casey
                  Most  Mackenzie Clark
                  Largest  tie  Naeem Ward and Jaylee Palacheos
9-11 yr old  1st John Gomes
                     largest  Becker Ixim
12-14 yr old  1st Dylan Galewziewski
                    Most Tyejaun Taylor
                    Largest Tatiana Samaiento