fishin.jpgThe Wayne County GrandSlam and Merchants Challenge Fishing Youth Derby starts May 2nd. This county derby will celebrate its twelfth year providing area youngsters with a chance to experience some of the finest fishing in New York State. This unique event also gives the youngsters four months to catch fish, and compete for prizes and US Savings Bonds. "Last year we had 75 youngsters fish the Youth Derby," stated Chris Kenyon, Outdoor Promotion Coordinator for the Wayne County Office of Tourism. "We have a very loyal and hard working Wayne County Derby Committee, and the involvement by so many young anglers makes all our effort worthwhile. There are many happy kids during our awards ceremony." The derby, which starts the first Saturday in May, is just in time for the opening of walleye and pike, and continues through August 19th. On August 29 there will be an Awards Ceremony in Sodus Point at the fire hall from 11am to 1pm. During the ceremony prizes will be awarded to all the youth winners. The monetary awards are the bonds along with a plaque or trophy. To be eligible for prizes you must weigh-in a fish. The Wayne County Youth Derby has three divisions. To qualify for the GrandSlam Division anglers must catch all five species of trout and salmon found in Lake Ontario; brown trout, lake trout, steelhead, king and coho salmon. After, qualifying contestants can add to their total weight throughout the event. The same procedure is used for the Merchants Challenge Division. Anglers have to qualify by catching the five warm water species; pike, walleye, perch, largemouth and smallmouth bass. Again, total weight determines the winner, and anglers can continue to add to their weight during the derby. The third division of the GrandSlam and Merchants Challenge Derby is the Species Division. Catch the largest fish in any of the ten species and you are a winner. The derby is open to all young anglers who fish in Wayne County, ages 4 to 16. If you register before your 17th birthday you can still fish the derby even though you turn 17. The cost is $5 to register and official forms are available at local tackle shops and marinas including: Davenport's, Bay Bridge, B-E Tackle, Abe's Bait & Tackle, Hughes Marina and Port Bay Campground. You may also call the Tourism Office at 1-800-527-6510 to have one mailed. "The kids really look forward to this derby," said Louise Davenport, Derby Committee member and owner of Davenports' Marina. "This event gives them the opportunity to fish the entire summer." ###