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Woodbine Girl Wins Inaugural Bill Burton Youth Fishing Derby

Kaylin Craine

Cambridge, Md. (Oct. 6, 2010) – Kaylin Craine, 11 of Woodbine, Md., is the first youth winner for the 2011 Maryland Fishing Challenge selected at the Bill Burton Youth Fishing Derby. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Coastal Conservation Association and the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association held the fishing derby Saturday, October 2, at Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park.

“I want to congratulate Kaylin as our first winner,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Fishing derbies like this one are a great opportunity to connect children to nature, introduce them to fishing, and make them into the next generation of stewards.”

DNR plans to hold the fishing derby annually in memory of the well-known writer. Burton reported for more than 50 years on outdoor opportunities in Maryland and was instrumental in preserving the Choptank River Bridge as a fishing pier when the State constructed the new bridge.

Kaylin won a rod and reel and a tackle box full of accessories from AllTackle.com, and an invitation to the Maryland Fishing Challenge grand finale awards ceremony next September.

More than 30 kids from across the State participated in the event, catching more than 200 fish, representing more than six different species. Participants won a variety of prizes including rods and reels, tackle and Under Armour t-shirts. Kane Hines, 9 of Columbia, Md., won a day of fishing on the Chesapeake Bay aboard Captain George Prenant’s Charter boat Stormy Petrel.

“We partnered with our stakeholders to create this event for children in Maryland in remembrance of Bill Burton,” said DNR Fisheries Services Director Tom O’Connell. “Bill’s legacy, love of the outdoors and fishing will live on through this derby.”

AllTackle.com of Annapolis, Shore Custom Rods, Stormy Petrel Charters, Lateral Line Clothing, Under Armour and Tidalfish.com. sponsored the derby.

The Maryland Fishing Challenge is a free, year-round tournament sponsored by the DNR Fisheries Service, 27 recreational fishing organizations, and generous donors across the state. The purpose of the event is to promote the State’s excellent fishing opportunities and the importance of kids in the outdoors as the essential key to future environmental stewardship.

“Catch a fish” is one of the Maryland Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights, issued by Governor Martin O’Malley in April 2009. The bill is part of the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, an initiative to ensure all Maryland young people have the opportunity to connect with their natural world and grow to become informed and responsible stewards.


   October 6, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 461,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries, and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic, and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov