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  • Youth fishing derby attracts a crowd

  • The Herkimer Youth Fishing Derby took place Saturday morning at the Captain Samuel Maytan Fishing Access Site on South Washington Street.

    According to committee member Anthony Macri, the derby has been going on for over 37 years.

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  • The Herkimer Youth Fishing Derby took place Saturday morning at the Captain Samuel Maytan Fishing Access Site on South Washington Street.
    According to committee member Anthony Macri, the derby has been going on for over 37 years.
    “The kids can come down, have a fun time and fish for the day,” said Macri.
    Children up to age 15 were invited to participate in the catch and release derby.
    Participants could qualify for a number of prizes from different categories.
    “The event is a way to help promote getting hooked on fishing instead of getting hooked on drugs,” said Macri. He also noted the event came just in time for Father’s Day and some father-daughter, father-son bonding.
    The derby was free and everything needed was provided.
    The Herkimer Fishing Derby Committee provided the poles and Morgan’s Bait, of Camden, donated the bait. Prizes were also donated by a number of sponsors including Wilcor, of Schuyler.
    Everyone who is was involved with the derby is a volunteer.
    “Without the volunteers, as well as donations, we would be lost,” Macri said.
    The derby is also a way to remind people the Herkimer Fishing Derby Committee is still active.
    “We’ve built and maintain everything here — the pavilion, the pier and the pathways and we want it to go to good use,” said Macri. “The village of Herkimer helps us to maintain the fishing area as well.”
    Macri also announced that the next two weekends are free fishing days. Free fishing means a person is not required to have a fishing license in order to fish.
    “In New York state, if a person is 16 years old they are required to have a fishing license. This freebie weekend is a way to promote fishing to those who do not have a fishing license,” said Macri.
    He pointed out that fishing licenses can be purchased at a store that offers hunting licenses, such as Herb Phillipson’s.
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