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Youth Fishing Tournament set June 4 in Millsboro

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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As part of their activities for National Fishing and Boating Week June 4-12, Division of Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold their 30th Annual Delaware Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 4, at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro.

The tournament is open to youths ages 4 to 15. An adult must accompany youngsters under age 12, and contestants must bring their own fishing equipment. Prizes will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. in three age groups: 4 to 7, 8 to U and 12 to 15. The tournament is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to arrive before 10 a.m. to register.

The tournament was established to introduce youth to the sport of fishing and to teach the catch-and-release angling approach to conservation.

In addition to the fishing tournament celebrating the start of National Fishing and Boating Week, the Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 as free fishing days when anyone may fish in Delaware waters without a fishing license.

Anglers are reminded that even though they don't need a license to fish on those two days, those who are age 16 and older are still required to obtain a free Fisherman Identification Network number. To obtain a FIN number, go to delaware-fin.com or call 1-800-432-9228. Anglers also are required to comply with Delaware's fishing regulations, including size and daily catch limits.

For more information on the Youth Fishing Tournament, including the registration form, call 302-739-9913 or go to dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Fisheries/Pages/YouthFishing.aspx. The Youth Fishing Tournament is part of Delaware's Children in Nature Initiative, a statewide effort to improve environmental literacy in Delaware, create opportunities for children to participate in enriching outdoor experiences, combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles.

Delaware's multi-agency initiative, which partners state and federal agencies with community organizations, is part of the national No Child Left Inside program.



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Original Publication Date: May 27, 2016



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