Small fry big winner at fishing derby

The fishing derby is open to children in Colonie, ages 5 through 15. It is broken up into three sections: kids 5 to 9, 10 to 12, and 13 to 15.

Winners were chosen in each category based on catching the biggest sport fish in their age bracket.

For the 5 to 9-year-olds, 7-year-old Brooke Discipio won with a 2.25-pound small-mouthed bass that was 17.5 inches long. In the 10 to 12-year-old bracket, 12-year-old Luke Dupris, won after he caught a small-mouthed bass that was 2.25 pounds and 15.5 inches long. In the third and final bracket, Brandon Discipio, Brooke's brother, 15, won after catching a small-mouthed bass that was 2.5 pounds and 16 inches long.

Beauparlant said that all of the fish that are caught during the derby are brought up to be weighed and then thrown back.

"We do strictly catch and release," he said. "When they catch a fish, they bring it up, we weigh the fish, we measure the fish, take pictures with the fish and we put it back into the bucket."

If needed, he said the derby organizers will resuscitate the fish by putting it in a bucket of cold water and then dumping the water from bucket to bucket to oxygenate the water. He said he has never seen a fish die before being thrown back.

Beauparlant said some of the kids who participate in the derby have the potential to be professional fishermen.

"There are a couple of kids there that are 14 to 15-year-olds; these are going to be your pro people," he said.

Beauparlant said the competition stops at age 16 because at 16, the state requires people to receive a permit to fish.


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