The Ocean Pines Anglers Club has announced the winners of 18th annual Art Hansen Memorial Youth Fishing Contest held on Saturday, July 19 at the South Gate Pond in Ocean Pines. Seventy-six youth ages 4 to 16 participated in three age groups.
In the ages 4 to 7 category, Alayna Akins won for largest fish; Gabriel Vitak won for most fish. In the ages 8 to 11 category, JD Francone won for largest fish; Jacob Ehm won for most fish. In the ages 12 to 16 category, Blake Harden won for largest fish; Tyler Wright won for most fish. The winners received trophies, rods and reels.
Close to 100 fish, which were measured and tallied by Anglers Club members, were pulled from the pond. Anglers Club members also provided free bait, and representatives from the Department of Natural Resources were on hand to offer education. All contest participants received prizes donated by event sponsors.