The Andover Wetlands Annual Kids Fishing Contest celebrated its 22nd anniversary with another successful event. There were 110 contestants in attendance from Andover as well as Alfred Station, Addison, Greenwood, Wellsville, Belfast, Hornell, Greenwood, Cameron, Canisteo, and Fillmore, and Friendship, Dansville, and Caneadea, Tioga, Pa, Tuscarora.
Trophies were awarded in the following categories: 5 & under: First Place Erika Hull of Belfast for a 2 lb. 4.9 oz. 18inch Carp, Second Place: Lydia Brockway of Wellsville for a 1 lb. 4.1 oz. 13 ½ inch Bass and Third Place: Bryanna Gaylord of Andover for a 7.4 oz. 10 Inch Bullhead.
The winners in the 6–8 age group were: First Place: Noah Brooks of Addison for a 3 lb. 2.3 oz. 19 inch Carp and Second Place Blake Brooks of Addison with a 14.9 13 inch Carp and Third Place: Alexis Patrick of Hornell for a 9.3 oz 11 in Bullhead.
In the 9-11 age group: First Place Brock Sackett of Tioga, Pa. for a 2 Lb. 11.9 oz. 19 in Carp, Second Place: Brandon Ross of Canisteo for a 1 lb. 8.1 oz. 19 inch Carp, and Third Place: Aiden Lamphere of Andover for a 15.6 oz. 13 inch Bass.
For the 12–15 age group: First Place: Jordan Bryan of Andover for an 1 lb. .08 oz. 14 inch Bullhead; Second Place: Laura Tyler of Greenwood for a 9.4 oz. 11 inch Bullhead and Third Place Daniel Brown of Andover for a 8.5 oz 11 inch Bullhead.
Trophies were also presented for Largest Fish: Cooper Brockway of Wellsville for a 2 lb. 4.2 oz 20 inch Carp, Smallest Fish: Nathan Hough of Tuscarora for a 5 inch .09 oz. Perch; for the Most Fish: Olivia White of Greenwood with 42 fish. Other categories were won by: Hunter Allen of Andover for the Largest Bass – 1 lb. 9.4 oz 15 inches and Alex Hull of Belfast for the Largest Carp – 3 lb. 7.3 oz and 21 inches.
The ninth annual Jess Present/Pat McGee Memorial Sportsmanship Award given in memory of the late Senators for their tireless work and dedication to the Andover Wetlands Project. Both the Senators were avid outdoors people and believed in the preservation of recreational habitat. This year’s winner was Audrey Wlasniewski of Andover for Perseverance,Persistence and Sportsmanship.
Special thanks go to Pepsi Cola of Elmira as the corporate sponsor for all their help. Also, Charlie Joyce and Otis Eastern Corporation together with Burger King of Wellsville, Maier’s Market of Andover, Frito Lay, Stroehman’s and Wal-Mart, Tops Markets, Wegman’s, Giant Food Mart of Wellsville, and Larry’s Latrines of Hornell for their donations. The trophies were provided by Sports Fanatic of Hornell. Special thanks to Eagle Claw, Gitzit, and Mepps, Zoom Baits, Rapala, for their donations. Thank you also to Oak Duke and John Anderson for their help and support of this event.
Thank yous also must go to the Town and Village of Andover for their continued support of this annual event; to the Andover Rod and Gun Club, and the Andover Lions Club for their generous donations for the door prizes; tent and tables and chairs, also to the local companies and organizations Simmons Rockwell, Wal-Mart, Certified Traffic Controllers, American Legion #702, Andover Hardware, International Machinist Union #1580 of Wellsville, Farm Family Insurance, L.C. Whitford, Shorts Oil Company, Scio Lions Club, Steuben Trust Company, First Citizens Community Bank, Middaugh Real Estate, D & J Body Shop, and VFW Post 2530 of Wellsville, Elks Lodge #1425, NYS Conservation Officers Association, Normark Tackle, Pure Fishing, LaForge Construction Company, , Baker-Swan Funeral Home, For their donations. A special thank you to the volunteers who give up their time to make this annual event such a great success.