Boy Scouts reel ’em in at fishing derby

At Greenwich Scouting’s recent Fishing Derby, John Trudeau of Pack 35 won first place for catching the longest fish, a 16-3/4” bass, from Hillegas Lake at Seton Scout Reservation.

At Greenwich Scouting’s recent Fishing Derby, John Trudeau of Pack 35 won first place for catching the longest fish, a 16-3/4” bass, from Hillegas Lake at Seton Scout Reservation.

It was a beautiful morning to cast a line at the recent Greenwich Scouting Fishing Derby, where Boy Scouts, along with their friends and siblings, brought their tackle and hooked nightcrawlers to catch a variety of fish in Hillegas Lake.

The Greenwich Scouting Fishing Derby is an annual event that has taken place at Seton Scout Reservation since 1971, always with an early 6 a.m. start time. The derby is a catch and release event, so unless participants planned on eating what they caught, they returned their fish alive to the lake after it was measured.

This year Cub Scout John Trudeau, of Pack 35, won first place at the derby for the longest catch of a 16 and 3/4-inch bass. Runners up included in second place Daulton Kendall, for a 14 and1/8-inch catfish; third place James Kovac, with a 10 and 1/4-inch crappie; fourth place JB Jackson for a 8 and 3/4-inch sunfish and fifth place to Andrew La Padula with a 8 and 1/2-inch perch. Scouts and their families were fortunate that Billy Ingraham of the Sportsman’s Den provided nightcrawlers and fishing instruction and the Order of the Arrow cooked up an early pancake breakfast.

In Scouting, fishing is a skill that boys can both enjoy and enhance, as Cub Scouts can earn a Fishing Belt Loop and Boy Scouts can earn a Fishing Merit Badge. While Scouts are learning how to catch fish for sport and food, the fishing derby was designed to allow them to have a fun experience in the outdoors as well.

Greenwich Scouting says it “… strives to provide exciting, quality programs such as the derby, as well as to encourage Scouts to enjoy Ernest Thompson Seton Scout Reservation whenever possible.”

For additional information on Greenwich Scouting programs and events, visit GreenwichScouting.org.

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