The Borough of Woodland Park hosted its annual fishing derby at Henderson Pond in Frank D. Zaccaria Memorial Park on Sat., June 5. This year, for the first time, the event was open to residents of Woodland Park, Little Falls and Totowa – with over 60 families taking part.
Antonio “Go Go” Gomez and his team from the Great Falls and Bergen Bassmasters were on hand to measure the fish caught and help the children out. State Farm also donated kid-sized stocked tackle boxes to all contestants.
During the 2-1/2 hour fishing window, when a child would catch a fish they would bring it to the pavilion to be measured and logged. Following the serving of hot dogs, water and chips to all in attendance, raffles for fishing rods and large tackle boxes were called. Then prizes were awarded for most fish caught, which was 14; smallest fish caught, which was 3 inches; and biggest fish, which was 19 inches.
The event was organized by Woodland Park Recreation, led by Kelly Spinalli, along with the Totowa Recreation Dept., led by Mark Monteyne, and the Little Falls Recreation Dept., led by John Pace. All thanked Gomez and his team for their help, Johnny Jimenez for donating medals for all the children, and the Woodland Park PBA Local 173 for stocking the pond with trout.