Youngsters have reel fun at fishing derby


June 30, 1999|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FISHERMEN through age 15 turned out at Walnut Pond in Manchester on June 19 for the annual Youth Fishing Derby sponsored by Manchester Parks Foundation.

The Northern Maryland Bassmasters Association members measured and weighed each fish caught by the children before releasing them. Live bait and prizes were provided by Reisterstown Bait and Tackle.

The first group, about 20 children up to age 9, fished for 90 minutes. Brian Snyder had the first lucky nibble, and caught the first fish and a prize. Jeremy Ritz caught the last fish for a prize.

The Lunker Prize went to Kyle Forbes, who reeled in a 17-inch catfish that weighed 1 pound, 13 ounces. Kyle also caught a largemouth bass and several more catfish for a total weight of 8 pounds, 8 ounces, which garnered him the Most Total Weight Prize.

Another lucky fisherman was Ricky Hyde, who caught 17 fish, netting the Most Fish Prize.

Two preschool fishermen who reeled in two fish, each weighing 1 pound, 12 ounces, won honorable-mention prizes. Dominic Pacelli, age 4, reeled in the second-largest catch of the day, measuring 17 inches, and Jacob Hollingshead, age 3, reeled in another a half-inch shorter than Dominic's.

About 10 children fished for 90 minutes in the 10-to-15 age group. Zach Ritz caught both the first fish and the last fish.

Kimberly Hughes hooked the lunker, a catfish measuring 15 inches and weighing 1 pound, 4 ounces.

Jenny Gleason won prizes for the Most Fish and the Most Total Weight. She caught five fish for a total weight of 4 pounds, 15 ounces.

Derby winners were invited to attend the Manchester Town Council meeting at 7: 30 p.m. July 13 to receive prizes and certificates.

At noon, the drawing for the Fishing Derby raffle took place. Zach Ritz won a hand-held fishing game.

Brian Snyder won a Tweety fishing rod kit. Charlotte Collette won a tackle box filled with tackle.

Summer concert

A new local musical group, Second Thought, will play a free summer concert at the band shell at Manchester Carnival Grounds off York Street at 6 p.m. July 11.

"We got together about four months ago, and have created 11 originals to this point," said Justin Prajzner, who plays rhythm guitar. "Our music is not heavy, and a lot of our songs consist of our negative view toward people using drugs or being anti-Christian. We attach moral values within our music. We play popular rock, with an alternative bass."

His brother, Joe Prajzner, who plays lead guitar, writes the lyrics and melodies with Greg Masimore, the band's lead vocalist. Once they've written a new song, Justin and Chris Smith, on bass, add depth and rhythm with drummer Andrew Jones.

"We'll be in the studio July 5 to make our first CD," Justin said. "We're not signed with a company, so once we get our songs burned into a CD, we'll make a small run of about 500, to sell at our shows. We'd like to sell them to buy more equipment."

Second Thought started with the influence of Laughing Colors, a local band popular in Annapolis, made up of musicians in their late 20s. That band's lead singer talked frequently with the younger Manchester musicians, who range in age from 15 to 20, fueling their enthusiasm for their own band.

"Chris and Andrew are in school bands, Joe is in college, and Greg and myself play on our own," said Justin.

If the new compact disc is not ready for the concert July 11, a sign-up list will be posted for later contact.

The public should bring blankets or lawn chair seating.

Information: Joe Prajzner, 410-239-6738, or visit the Web site, http: //

Parks foundation

Meetings of the Manchester Parks Foundation are usually at 7 p.m. the first Monday of every month in Pine Valley Nature Center, 3400 Wilhelm Lane.

Summer meetings will be July 5, Aug. 2 and Tuesday, Sept. 7.

The meeting July 5 will be held to approve the budget and formulate plans for the Sept. 12 open house.

A scavenger hunt, woodcarving, duck pond for children and orienteering for adults are scheduled.

During inclement weather, meetings are held at Manchester Town Office on York Street.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 6/30/99

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