Thunder and lightning didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of 84 kids who participated in the Ocean City Fishing Club’s 43rd annual Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament Saturday morning.The two-hour event was curtailed after just a little more than hour of fishing, when the first thunder claps sounded and radar indicated lightning strikes just two miles away. “Everyone cooperated when we had to call a stop to the event because of the storm coming,” said Ed Hoban, the fishing club’s chairman of the event.The tournament was held on the beach near the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. “It’s safety first,” Hoban said. “You have to do the smart thing. No sense putting anyone in harm’s way.” Up until that time, the children were excited about winning prizes donated by local merchants and organizations. Top prizes included new bikes, trophies and ribbons.Danielle Audet, 10, of Lumberton, led the girls division, and Justin Lowery, 11, of Woodstown, represented the boys division, each catching the largest fish. Both caught summer flounder. Danielle’s fish measured 16.25 inches, while Justin’s fish was 15.5 inches. “It was very exciting to catch such a big fish,” Danielle said. “I felt it was there on my line and then I thought I might lose it.” All of the boys and girls who fished in the tournament received prizes, ranging from backpacks and magnets to gift cards and food certificates. The first, second and third place winners who caught the most fish in each age category took home a rod and reel, along with place ribbons. Despite thunderstorms that cut short the tournament, kids still went away with some catches and ribbons. (Courtesy Ocean City Fishing Club)First, second and third place winners in the 8-10 age group were Luke Whitworth, Kyle Markley and Julia Roman. Whitworth and Roman also were overall winners of the most fish caught by a boy and a girl, with Luke landing eight bluefish and Julia catching two fluke. In the 11-13 age group, Justin Lowery took top hook, followed by Finn Seeger and Jack Reiscke. With just two winners in the 14-16 age category, Adam Madkour came in first followed by Andrew Mattia. Andrew Mattia, 14, of Furlong, Pa., said he’s participated in the tournament a couple of times and credited his grandfather with teaching him how to fish in salt water. He caught a six-inch kingfish during the tournament.In all, the kids caught 32 fish, many of which were small bluefish, some fluke, and a smattering of other species, including sea robin. Courtney Stimson, 13, of Monroeville, has participated in the tournament for three years. She reeled in the first fish, which was a 9.25-inch kingfish. “I didn’t think I had anything on my line at first,” she said excitedly. “But I just kept reeling in and there it was.” Fishing club volunteers had the children’s parents or guardians sign waivers for insurance purposes and register the boys and girls. Club members also manned the beach with measuring devices to record sizes of the fish the youngsters caught.“It’s the first year we had waivers to sign,” said Frank Pizzutilla, Ocean City Fishing Club president. “It’s a smart thing to do and I want to thank everyone for understanding and cooperating.”In addition to measuring fish, volunteers also helped the younger anglers cast and gave fishing advice to those who were novices. The fishing tournament was held in cooperation with the Ocean City Department of Recreation.Fishing is good at the Ocean City Fishing Club Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament. (Courtesy Ocean City Fishing Club) Kids had some great catches at the 2018 Ocean City Fishing Club’s Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament. (Courtesy Ocean City Fishing Club)
Beloved Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is keeping himself busy these days, whether its performing with his own band or sitting in with the many groups that perform at his venue, Terrapin Crossroads. The San Rafael, CA locale will see Lesh play with a number of groups next weekend, as he’s been announced for shows during three consecutive nights at Terrapin.The first comes next Thursday, April 7th, when Lesh joins North Mississippi All-Stars’ guitarist Luther Dickinson & The Cooperators. Lesh and Dickinson have a long history together, as they’ve collaborated many times in the past. On the next evening, April 8th, Lesh will play with Americana band Goodnight, Texas, and his son Grahame Lesh’s band Midnight North will open.Finally, Lesh will perform with Jason Crosby & Friends on April 9th, which features venue regulars Stu Allen, Scott Law, and Jay Lane. Jason’s brother Chris Crosby will play bass when Lesh isn’t sitting in. Basically, this looks to be a Phil & Friends set, just one where Lesh doesn’t perform for the whole show.The Lesh-filled weekend looks to be a great one! More information here.
MITCHELL Starc again impressed on the final day as Australia beat Derbyshire by an innings and 54 runs at Derby.The left-arm fast bowler took 4-39 as Derbyshire were all out for 112, with Tony Palladino absent injured.Starc, who has 211 wickets in 51 Tests but is yet to feature in the Ashes so far this summer, finished with seven wickets in the three-day match.Australia now face England in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Wednesday, with the series tied at 1-1.Steve Smith, who missed Australia’s third-Test defeat with concussion, had made just 23 with the bat on Friday but was not needed to bowl as the tourists wrapped matters up in less than 20 overs’ play.Australia needed seven wickets yesterday to force the innings victory – with Derby resuming on 53-3, needing another 113 to make the Aussies bat again – and they struck early when Alex Hughes was bowled off the inside edge by Michael Neser.Leus du Plooy top-scored with 37 but fell lbw to Mitchell Marsh, while Matt Critchley was left unbeaten on 17, as Starc removed Derbyshire’s last two batsmen for ducks.Australia had rested their entire first-choice pace attack from the third Test at Headingley with Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson all sitting the game out, as did spinner Nathan Lyon.But with Smith almost certain to return to the Test side at Old Trafford, Australia must decide who to leave out if all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne is retained in the XI. (BBC Sport)