Indian River Marina to host ‘Kids Catch-All’ fishing tournament

The Indian River Marina, owned and operated by DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation, will host the 5th annual “Kids Catch-All” fishing tournament Friday, June 21, through Sunday, June 23, at the marina. Children and teenagers ages 3-18 are being invited to participate in the event, during which every young angler will win a prize.

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.

Registration costs $25 per child or $150 per boat with up to six participants. The fee includes a free event T-shirt and 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, prepared by local restaurants both nights.

Onsite registration will be open Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. both days. Online registration is available now via All children must be registered either online by 8 p.m. Friday or in-person by 8 a.m. Saturday 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 and Cook’em Outfitters. Door prizes will be awarded each night during dinner.

Weigh-in is from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. 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 by the Coastal Fisherman, an Ocean City, Md.-based publication.

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Lyme Disease Association of Delmarva Inc. More information about the fishing tournament or how to become a sponsor is available by calling Lyme Disease Association of Delmarva at (410) 749-LYME or (410) 726-4573.

More information about the contest is available from the Indian River Marina at (302) 227-3071.