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05-10-2009, 06:33 AM
Putnam, Conn. —
Dacoda Camhi, 2, took home the top prize in Saturday’s annual Noe Poulin Youth Fishing Derby in Rotary Park, reeling in a 7-pound, 2-ounce carp that was nearly as big as he was.

His father, Marc, said Dacoda was holding the pole and reeled in some of the line, but needed help to pull the catch in all the way.
“It was kind of big for him,” Marc Camhi of Putnam said. “It probably would have pulled him in.”
More than 100 children up to age 15 participated in the fishing derby, sponsored by the Putnam Rotary Club and the Northeast Connecticut Bass Club. It is named for longtime Rotary member Noe Poulin of Thompson, who started the derby 35 years ago and was one of several events Saturday during the town’s Quinebaug River Appreciation Day.
Mayor Robert Viens said the day was held in collaboration with the Last Green Valley’s Source to Sea, a two-month series of events centered around watershed education and awareness.
Viens said the Quinebaug River has always been a draw for Putnam, originally to power industrial plants, but now as a source of recreation.
Other town events included tours of the water treatment plant and river mills, the dedication of a segment of the river trail from Putnam to Route 101 in Pomfret, followed by a paddle down the trail, as well as a visit from “the mad fisherman” Charlie Moore, who has several television shows on the New England Sports Network.
Moore was nearly as popular as the fishing at the derby, as crowds of children flocked to him for autographs when he arrived. The derby winners with the most combined weight of their catches in each age group received autographed hats, tackle boxes and fishing rods from Moore.
Logan Burton, 7, of Brooklyn won the top prize in the 6 to 9-year-old age group, catching a 6-pound, 14-ounce carp and a 4-ounce bullhead.
“I was pulling my line up a little bit and I felt a fish and I had to pull it up,” Burton said. “My hands hurt.”
Emily Slosek, 6, of Plainfield placed third in the same age group with two brown bullheads measuring 16 and 8 ounces.
“It was like that big,” Slosek said, measuring a distance of about six inches with her hands. “And slimy.”

05-10-2009, 08:05 AM
Fun time for all the kids :icon_e_biggrin:

05-10-2009, 10:10 AM
It's great to see outdoor youth events. I applaud everyone who helped make it happen.

05-10-2009, 12:52 PM
i took my 4 year old niece to her first derby this past weekend at the rockville fish and game club. che caught a pretty good sized rainbow too!

05-10-2009, 04:39 PM
We, at the eastern Ct. Sportsman's Club in Ashford had our Kid's fishing derby yesterday. My granddaughter won top prize in her age group 1-4 with a 141/2" rainbow trout. Many of the kids did well despite the rain.