Derby Day

GLOVERSVILLE – Rain and the first day of little league did little to detract families from coming out to fish at the Youth Fishing Derby at Wohlfarth’s Pond.

More than 75 fishers, young and old, surrounded the pond Saturday morning as rain fell, participating in the second annual derby. Fishing ran from 8 a.m. to noon.

Helen Thompson, Youth Fishing Derby Committee chairwoman, said the turnout Saturday was higher than expected with the cold weather, rain and the first day of the Gloversville Little League’s season.

“We were kind of nervous,” Thompson said. “It is actually quite a turnout.”

Thompson said she expected more than 100 guests to file in for the derby.

The event, which was free for all ages, had trophies set up for separate age groups, with three large trophies for first fish caught, largest fish of the day and the most fish caught, along with trophies for the largest fish for three separate age groups.

The pond, Thompson said, was stocked by representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Many of the fish caught were bullheads and trout, which were released after they were caught and measured.

The first fish of the day was a bullhead caught by Maria Nichols, 13, of Gloversville. According to Nichols, she and her step-brother, Lucas Montgomery, caught three fish each, but only small bullheads.

“It felt good, really great,” Nichols said.

“What can I say, they got their father’s luck,” Jason Montgomery, their father, said.

Thompson said the event was a good way to draw out families to spend time together.

“It is something they can work together at,” Thompson said.

Volunteers from the Boy Scouts of America stayed overnight to watch the pond and help stock it with fish.

Jason Sweeney, a Gloversville resident, brought his son, but the pair had not caught anything as of 9 a.m.

“My kids wanted to go fishing, so I brought them fishing,” Sweeney said. “We fish a lot.”

Bill Loucks brought his grandson Owen to the derby, but they were ready to leave due to the cold.

“We’ve been in the middle, not getting [anything],” Loucks said. “I bring [Owen] here in the summertime.”

Eric and Aiden Hayes, father and son, were lucky enough to catch a 10 1/4-inch-long trout.

“It felt good catching it, because no one else caught a trout,” Aiden Hayes said. “We come every year.”