Kids are getting ready to cast their fishing lines for the fifth annual “Kids Catch-All” event, taking place at the Indian River Marina from Friday, June 21, to Sunday, June 23. The event is being hosted by DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation, in conjunction with the Lyme Disease Association of Delmarva Inc.
“It really is a great family event in a beautiful setting,” said Marilyn Williams, who is the executive director of the Lyme Disease Association of Delmarva. “There’s the competition for the kids, as well as the all-you-can-eat dinners both nights where they swap fishing stories and make new friends. It really is exciting for the kids.”
Children and teenagers ages 3-18 are being invited to participate in the event, in which every young angler will win a prize. The marina’s weighmaster is expected to make the process fun for the whole family. A leaderboard will be maintained, and pictures of the kids and their catches will be taken as well.
Registration costs $25 per child, or $150 per boat with up to six participants. The fee includes an event T-shirt and the all-you-can-eat dinners on Saturday and Sunday evenings for kids entered in the tournament. Other family members can pay $10 for the dinners. Saturday’s dinner have a Mexican fiesta theme with food from Hammerheads, while Sunday’s All-American Cookout will be catered by Bethany Blues.
Weigh-ins are from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
During the tournament, kids have choices as to how they want to fish: from the beach, at jetties, or by private or charter boat. They can also choose where they want to fish: in the ocean, in inland waterways or via deep-sea fishing. Adults are allowed to assist youngsters reeling in their catch.
On-site registration opens Friday, June 21, and continues Saturday, June 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. both days. Online registration is available until Friday, June 21, via www.kidscatchall.com. All children must be registered either online by 8 p.m. on Friday or in-person by 8 a.m. on Saturday in order to participate. Online registrants need to visit the tournament booth to pick up a copy of the tournament rules before fishing.
Custom trophies in 15 different categories will be awarded to the winners at the awards banquet held Sunday evening. Each registrant will also receive a special gift from Hook’em & Cook’em Outfitters. Door prizes will be awarded each night during dinner.
According to the association’s website, “The Kids Catch-all Fishing Tournament helps to raise money for the Lyme Disease Association of Delmarva Inc. — a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide educational resources on Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
The Lyme Disease Association of Delmarva was started 16 years ago by two mothers with sick kids. After multiple doctors’ visits and many tests to determine the cause of their children’s illnesses, it was research done by both of the mothers that led to the correct diagnosis of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
The two mothers joined forces and started the Lyme Disease Association of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, holding monthly support group meetings in Salisbury, Md., and having a table of information at community events. The organization’s efforts increased through the years as tick-borne diseases became more endemic on the Delmarva Peninsula, and the group changed its name in 2016 to the Lyme Disease Association of Delmarva Inc. (“LDAD”) to better reflect its wider geographical influence.”
“The money raised goes directly toward providing educational resources of tick-borne diseases,” Williams added. “We go out to events and have booths with the educational resources to help educate the public about the effects of the tick-borne diseases. It really is a great event, and we hope everyone has a great time.”
For more information about the fishing tournament or how to become a sponsor call the Lyme Disease Association of Delmarva at (410) 749-LYME or (410) 726-4573. For more information about the contest, contact the Indian River Marina at (302) 227-3071.
By Jason Feather