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Posted on June 5, 2013 | Permalink

Cold Deer Hunting & Fishing Club Youth Catfish Derby

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Merson Pond

The Cold Deer Hunting & Fishing Club hosted their annual Youth Catfish Derby on Sunday, June 2 at Merson Pond near Thurmont. The club provided all youth with bait, and a "goody" bag with fishing tackle and educational mate

Many volunteers were on hand to assist the 80+ young anglers ranging in age from 1 to 15. Since this was a "Catfish Derby, all fish except catfish had to be released back to the water without being measured. Prizes were awarded for the most catfish, smallest catfish and the largest catfish. Pictured below is a few of the catfish caught during the event. Wyatt, 5, reeled in one just about a big as him. Hunter, 13, was one of the big winners of the day with a 12 lb Blue Catfish . Since this was a Blue Catfish, an invasive species, it was removed (the pond owner also requested that all catfish be removed). DNR Fisheries ask anglers to remove and kill any Blue and Flathead Catfish that they catch. Catch and release of these fish is discouraged, as they are invasive top predators and pose a serious long-term threat to our native species. For more information on Blue Catfish and how to identify them, visit our website.

I was there to promote the Maryland Youth Fishing Club and in support of the Youth Component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim. Robert Toms, III (age 14) was randomly selected from the event's many youth registrants to qualify as a youth finalist in the 2013 Maryland Fishing Challenge Awards Celebration to be held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival on September 7th at Sandy Point Park. Robert will be awarded one of the many fishing trips donated by our partners.

Tags: Youth Fishing, Catfish