Andie And Opie Parents Fishing With Kids Tournament 2016

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The Second annual Andie And Opie Kids Fishing With Parents tournament winners …
First row … lest to right … Erwin Heinz, Leo Swataki, Will McBane, Reese Cookus
Second Row … Sean Jones, Andrew Connors, Justin Jones, Scyler Pencer
Third Row … RJ Gooner, Olivia Padula, JohnMcBane, Michael Anderson


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The Cookus Dad and daughter fishing team .. photo by Dexter Long
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First and foremost we would like to thank all of our volunteers.  These folks worked hard in some serious heat to help us keep things running smooth.  Lot of fish were being caught, so they did a lot of running around.  Without them we would not have been able to this, thank you all.  We had over two hundred kids and parents show up for  the second annual Andie And Opie Parents Fishing With Kids Tournament in Milton Memorial park, in Milton Delaware.  We beat last years attendance by almost double.  It was hot, muggy, and the wind was kind of cooperating.  Everyone found some shady spots and fished, luckily that park has a lot of trees.  Fish were being caught all over the park and up at the spillway near the fishing pier.  Several people caught carp, there were also, bass, catfish, perch, eels, turtles, crappie, bluefish, sunnies, and one hubcap.  I think we also registered a twenty one inch stick, due to the insistence of one young lady.  The kids had a blast fishing with their parents.  Some of these kids had outfits, like our buddy in the junior Assateague ranger uniform.  The Cookus Salt Life Father daughter team had the same outfits.  Even T shirts with slogans written on them … “Early to Bed, Early To Rise, Fish All Day, Tell Big Lies

We did live updates on Facebook all day … 


The Cookus Dad and daughter fishing team score a fish .. photo by Dexter Long
The Cookus Dad and daughter fishing team score a fish .. photo by Dexter Long

Everyone had a blast.  The parents were having a great time fishing with their kids and the kids were having fun fishing.  The kids catching fish then running away screaming were some the best reactions.  Ever see the excitement when a  kid catches a fish, well multiply that by two hundred happening all at once.  We even threw out a few Pokemon Go lures, but people came to fish.  After the tournament there were a lot of folks at the Pokemon Go stop and gym in the park near the water tower.  Irish Eyes brought out three hundred hot dogs at 11:30 and they were devoured by noon.  WBOC flew the chopper over and filmed us from above.  I would have paid real money to get that bird to just hover in one spot for an hour in the shade.  Everyone trooped through some really hot weather  The kids were awesome, and the enthusiasm was seen in their eyes, actions, and voices.  We gave out eight hundred bottles of water.  The kids who won trophies, had their choice of a cool toy, and nice fishing rod combos.   We also gave every kid a fishing rod or tackle box just for being there.  We feel it is important to promote kids getting outdoors, and what better way to do that than fishing with your family.  Now they have the equipment they need to get started and have fun.  Hope to see everyone again next year.  The winners are as follows …

The look of victory ... photo by Jamie Speraw
Leo Swatski … The look of victory … photo by Jamie Speraw

5 & Under
1st Place = Erwin Henz
2nd Place = Leo Swatski
3rd Place = Wil McCabe
4th Place = Reese Cookus

1st Place = Justin Jones
2nd Place = Andrew Connors
3rd Place = Michael Anderson

1st Place = Olivia Padula
2nd Place = John McBane
3rd Place = RJ Gooner

Overall Longest Fish = Sean Jones
Goober’s Choice Award = Scylar Spencer

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Jillian Reed fishing with her brother, was super excited about her catch.

We are also giving the Milton Little league team rods and tackle boxes since they missed the tournament representing Milton on Saturday.  The kids wanted to fish in the tourney, but they had to go represent the 684.

None of this would have been possible without the generous donations of our sponsors.  Any proceeds left over are being donated to the Milton Little League …  Techno Goober, Delaware Surf Fishing, Baker Petroleum, Bryton Homes, Hudson Fields, Milton Chamber of Commerce, Dan’s Tackle Box, Meineke Car Care, Emerald Lawn & Landscaping LLC, Irish Eyes Milton, The EDGE Martial Arts Academy, First State Fabrication LLC, Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry Corporation, First Class Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., Rogers Sign Co., Inc., Marion Jones, Marisa & Chiqui – Your City2Beach Team at Long & Foster Real Estate, Functional Chiropractic,Coastal Concerts, M & M Computer Services, Milton Lions Club of Delaware, Dogfish Head Beer, Matt Graviet, Child Inspired, Tyndall’s Construction, and Home Repairs, Stenger’s Shamrock Farms Par 3, Tom Frazier, Sandi Lloyd Johnson, Security Instruments, P.C. Rods, Dan & George Smith – Nassau Trading Company, Community Bank Delaware.

Thank You!

Fish On!

Rich King



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