The Nanticoke River Yacht Club Fishing Derby was a success this year with 35 young anglers took part in the event. The enrollment doubled from the 2018 derby. The derby teaches catch and release fishing to the youth as well as water safety.
Several local Departments contributed their time to the event to help educate the participants on water safety and CPR. Seaford Fire Department Chief John Wilson taught the “Reach, Throw, Row and Go” to help a person in trouble in the water and told the group the first thing to do is call 911. Chief Wilson also demonstrated how to properly fit and wear a Personal Flotation Device and encouraged everyone to check their equipment each time they plan to be on or near water. The Blades Fire Department gave tours of the fire truck and ambulance and the Sussex County Paramedics provided lessons in CPR.
Local businesses donated their time, prizes, food, and supplies that helped to make the fishing derby a success. The businesses are: Taylored Bait and Tackle, McDonalds, Hardees, Dairy Queen, Grottos, Food Lion, UPS store, Walmart, Skate World, as well as the Seaford Fire Department, Blades Fire Department, Sussex County Fire School, and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Each angler was provided a gift bag full of goodies as well as lunch. The winners in each category were awarded a new fishing rod and a tackle box for the most fish caught.