KEYPORT – Kids from toddler to teenager flocked to Waterfront Park on Saturday to try their luck in the borough’s annual snapper fishing contest.
Approximately 150 kids registered for the chance to catch the biggest baby blue fish, according to Borough Council President Joe Sheridan, who is the council’s liaison to the Keyport Harbor Commission, which ran the contest.
The contest encourages kids to fish and, Sheridan noted, they somehow never fail to get good weather the day of the competition.
“It’s just a nice day out,” said Sheridan.
In order to win, fish had to still be alive when they were measured during a two hour window from 10 a.m. to noon. They should have been caught by the registered child. Winners were determined by the length of the fish.
Prizes were awarded to the top three winners in three age groups: one to five years old, six to 10 years old and 11 to 15 years old.
Each child also received a hot dog and soda, courtesy of American Legion Post 23.
Most of the fish caught were, appropriately, snapper, said Sheridan. One puffer fish was also snared, and, he said, “I believe we caught one unlucky turtle.”