WARREN, NJ -  Warren residents and volunteers took over Dealaman Pond for the 32nd annual fishing derby. Prizes were awarded in the following categories:

Overall Grand Prize winner: Jack Merklinger with a  28 inch Catfish (This is his 4th year winning the grand prize)

Smallest Fish: Owen Zambell (3 in Sunny)

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5-6 year olds:
 1st Place: Elias Lowston (26.5 in CC)

2nd Place: Constantine Bellman (22 inch CC)

7-8 year olds:

 1st Place: Gideon Minieri (13 in CC)

 2nd Place: Adalyn Shen (8.5 in crappie)


9-10 year olds:

1st Place: Donovan Leone (24 in CC)

2nd Place: Evan Cunha (19 in CC)


11-12 year olds

1st Place: Jason Granese (13 in CC

2nd Place: Naomi Gallic (6 in Sunny)


13-14 year olds:​
1st Place: John Calleo (19 in CC)


Although it was started by one man, Bruce Vitale, others also help make it an event you don’t want to miss. The Warren Blue Ridge Sportsmen's Club, who provided numerous volunteers as well as 250 hot dogs, 220 burgers, 400 fried Oreos and 15 gallons of Italian ice also helps kids fix their hooks, lines and bobbers, and offers loaner poles for those who don’t have one. They raffled off 10 poles, 5 reels, 4 tackle boxes, and 2 grand prizes with lures during the derby. Bruce and the club walked around the pond teaching the kids and parents how to cast. 

This year, the Warren PBA Local #235 donated bags and 200 hats and assisting during the event. The Cub Scouts Pack #182 provided fresh popped popcorn, and Bait & Boat gave their services and time as well. Bob Marino helped entertain with music and Marius Z. Idusiak photographed everyone. It’s a huge team effort and it all started with one man and his love of fishing and the outdoors. 

The Recreation Department would like to thank Bruce & Brian Vitale, PBA Local #235, Warren Blue Ridge Sportsmen's Club, Bob Marino, Bait & Boat, Marius Z. Idusiak, and all the other volunteers who helped serve the food, hand out bait and pick up garbage. "It was another great event because of you!"