Dozens of kids hook ‘em at Milton fishing tourney

Andy & Opie Fishing Tournament provides free entertainment for locals
June 10, 2017

Nearly 200 children lined the banks of the Broadkill River and Wagamons Pond in Milton June 3 for the third annual Andy & Opie Fishing Tournament.

The free event, presented by Techno Goober, First State Fabrication and Dan's Tackle Box, ran from 9 a.m. to noon and provided free lunch, prizes for participants, and a free fishing rod or tackle box for the kids.

“It’s our biggest year yet,” said Frank Payton of Techno Goober, estimating that 170 kids from 6 to 17 years old registered for the event. He said about 30 local volunteers helped run the tournament. Event organizers said the tournament raised $2,500 for Clothing Our Kids, a Millsboro-based nonprofit that provides clothing for local elementary school students.

And the winners are...

Overall tournament winner:
Justin Jones, 12, with a 27-inch carp
Goober's Award: Chris Hagy, 17, for catching a sign post

6 and younger age group
First place: Jackson Corbit, 4, with a 12-inch eel
Second place: Ethan Hossman, 5, with an 11-inch catfish
Third place: Jimmy Swatski, 6, with an 8.25-inch sunfish

7 to 10 age group
First place: Sean Jones, 10, with a 25-inch carp
Second place: Robbie Payton, 8, with a 16-inch bass
Third place: Palmer Schaeffer, 10, with a 9-inch bass

11 to 14 age group
First place: Parker Schmidt, 12, with a 21-inch bass
Second place: Austin Holding, 14, with a 16-inch bass
Third place: Brayden Wright, 14, with a 16-inch bass *Tie was broken based on their next-largest fish.

15 to 17 age group
First place: RJ Gooner, 15, with a 19.5-inch bass
Second place: James Wells, 15, with a 9.25-inch sunfish
Third place: Austin Atkins, 15, with a 9-inch sunfish