Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve

Junior Fishing Tourney scheduled for Caleb Smith Preserve for June 8

The 17th Annual Junior Angler Fishing Tournament, sponsored by the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve, will take place on Saturday, June 8 at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, West Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) in Smithtown. There will be two groups fishing: ages 5 - 8 from 9 - 10:30 a.m.; and ages 9 -12 from 1-3 p.m. at the catch-and-release event. Trophies will be awarded in three categories at each session.

For the second year, a special presentation of a new fishing rod and tackle box will be awarded in honor of the late Tom Troccoli of Smithtown, who enjoyed fishing and accompanied his young grandson Joseph at several junior angler tournaments. The presentation will be awarded at the close of the tournament through a drawing of names of those registered in the afternoon session.

Those interested in participating in the tournament must register by Saturday, June 1. Anglers under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $10 per entry for anglers of Friends members; $15 for anglers of non-members. The entry fee includes bait, tackle, junior angler tee shirts and refreshments. There will also be goody bags for all participants. Fishing rods are available if required. For more information call the Preserve office at (631) 265-1054, Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or Tom Tokosh at (631) 979-3371.

Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve
2018 Annual Junior Angler Fishing Tournament

Winner of TomTroccoli Memorial lottery: Anthony Giambone with the late Tom Troccoli’s sons Dave [left] and Chris.

Fifty-one young anglers and their families enjoyed the serenity and beauty of Willow Pond at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve at the recent Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve’s catch-and-release 16th annual Junior Fishing Tournament. Nearly three hundred fish, including a 16-inch trout, were caught by anglers ranging in age from five to twelve.

Winners of the morning session, for those ages five to eight, were:  Ryan Green of Brentwood for the most fish caught: 17; Shelby Lloyd of Smithtown caught the largest pan fish: 10-1/4 inches;  Ayden Zebrowski of Northport caught the largest “other” fish: a 14-1/2” trout.

Winners in the afternoon session, for anglers ages nine through twelve, were: Anthony DiBenedetto of St. James, for the most fish caught: 22; Jack DiBenedetto of St. James caught the largest pan fish: 9-3/4 inches; and Matthew Bonnell of Smithtown caught the largest “other” fish: a 16-inch trout.

Another highlight of the event was the Tom Troccoli Memorial Lottery, involving the twenty-six registrants in the afternoon session. The winner received a fishing rod and tackle. The drawing was held in the name of the late Tom Troccoli of Smithtown, who enjoyed fishing and had accompanied his grandson Joseph at two junior angler tournaments. The Troccoli family donated funds for the memorial lottery, which will be continued for many years.

The late Mr. Troccoli’s sons, Christopher and David, drew the name of angler Anthony Giambone of Centereach, as the first winner of the Troccoli Memorial award.

“Fishing was my father’s favorite hobby,” said Christopher Troccoli. “He especially loved teaching his grandsons. He started by teaching them to cast in his swimming pool. They got a real kick out of that. When we were young he would often take my brother and me  fishing at Caleb Smith or Blydenburgh Parks.” Chris Troccoli’s two sons, Joseph and Vincent, participated in the morning fishing session.

Tom Tokosh, chairman of the tournament, said he wished to thank Carmine Petrone, Huntington manager of Campsite Sports’ fishing department, who donated fishing poles for a raffle for the younger group of anglers; and The Fisherman magazine, which donated worms and tackle for the event.

Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve 2018 Events

I Love My Park Day - Saturday, May 5

Junior Angler Tournament - Saturday, June 9

Fall Festival - Sunday, September 30 (canceled)

Friends of Caleb  Smith Preserve 2017 Fall Festival

George Washington speaks with a youngster waiting on the face-painting line.

Despite 90-degree temperatures, nearly one thousand visitors of all ages spent the day at the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve’s Fourth Annual Fall Festival on Sunday, September 24.

Children fished on the peninsula at Willow Pond, played Colonial and Native American games, made dreamcatchers and painted free pumpkins at the Crafts table and enjoyed nature events with popular naturalists Eric Powers and Jan Porinchak. Antique cars, Three Bees Aviary and other exhibits were on hand. Musicians, including singer/pianist/songwriter Mike Tedesco, played on the back lawn as festival attendees listened, and enjoyed lunch at tables under tents.

     Peter Paquette, as George Washington, spent the day walking the area, speaking with children about the history of the park, and the Revolutionary War. At one point, a child was heard to say: “Mommy, I just met the president!!!”

Click on thumbnails below to view photos:
1. Alma Wegener, and her mom Lauri Christiansen Wegener, of Kings Park meet George Washington, who by afternoon had shed his prominent blue and gold jacket due to the heat.
2. Jared Tetrault of Smithtown makes friends with naturalist Eric Powers’ boa constrictor.
3. Bean Bag Game is always a favorite.
4. A family enjoys the craft table. 

2017 Junior Anglers Fishing Tournament

Winners from the morning group, above, display their trophies. From left,  Mia McGivney, Angelina Saeiocca, Tommy Lozada

The fish in Willow Pond were biting at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve in Smithtown June 10 and as a result the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve’s catch-and-release 15th annual Junior Fishing Tournament hit a record with a total of 259 fish caught by 30 anglers, ranging in age from five through twelve. All anglers caught at least three fish per person.

Winners of the morning session for those ages five to eight: Angelina Saeiocca, 5, from Bay Shore, won first prize for the most fish caught: 10; Thomas Lozada, 6, Massapequa Park, caught the largest pan fish, a 9-3/4-inch sunfish; Mia McGivney, 8, Rockville Center, caught the largest “other” fish, a 13-inch bass.

Winners in the afternoon session, for anglers ages nine through 12 were: Erik Trovitch, 12, from Smithtown, first prize for catching the most fish: 53; Matthew Cira, 9, Smithtown, caught the largest pan fish: a 10-inch sunfish; and Christopher Bellinger, 12, Smithtown, caught the largest “other” fish: a 14-1/2-inch bass.

For Eric Trovitch, who won first prize last year as well for catching 17 fish, the day began with immediate good fortune. 

“He caught a total of 53 fish, and that’s the truth! He threw in his line and caught a fish within a minute!” said Carol Tokosh, whose husband Tom was chairman of the tournament.

There were 19 anglers in the morning session who caught a total of 116 fish, and 11 in the afternoon session who caught a total of 143 fish. All participants received a free tee shirt and goodie bags. 

The Fisherman Magazine provided worms, bobbers, hooks and two rods for prizes.

From left, Christopher Bellinger, Matthew Cira and Eric Trovitch celebrate a successful day of fishing during the afternoon session.

Photos from past Events of the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve

colonial crafts and games were popular fun at last year’s event.

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historical structures and collections 
of one of the last great places on Long Island

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