Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve

Junior Fishing Tournament at Caleb Smith Preserve

Youths and Nature Prevail at 2015 Fishing Tourney

Twenty-seven youths, age 5 - 12, enjoyed the tranquility and excitement of fishing during the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve’s 13th Annual Junior Angler Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Nearly forty fish were caught and released into Willow Pond at the Smithtown state park, and six anglers received large fish trophies, while all received ice cream, and goody bags loaded with fish-related items.
Meanwhile, a snapping turtle, undisturbed at the activity around her, dug a nest and laid her eggs at Site #10 as the young anglers fished at other marked sites around Willow Pond.
 Winners at the morning session [ages 5-8]:
Lena Umbrino, 8, Kings Park, first prize: catching the most fish [3];
Anthony Ross, 6, of Seaford, second prize: largest pan fish [an 8-inch blue gill];
Dennis Steele, 6, of Lake Grove, third prize, largest other fish caught [an 11-1/2-inch bass].
 Winners in the afternoon session (ages 9-12):
Timothy Glover, 11, of Center Moriches, first prize: most fish caught [four]
Christopher Belanger, 10, second prize: largest pan fish [8-1/2”]
Edward Belanger, 12, of Smithtown, third prize: largest other fish [12-1/2” bass]
Special thanks to Fred Golofaro, from the Fisherman who donated the worms, hooks and bobbers. Carmine Petrone and Dylan Sobina from Camp-Site Sport Shop who were judges. Also, thank you to Carmine for donating 3 fishing rods that we raffled off. 

Click photos below to view. 

1. Anthony Ross, 6, of Seaford, with dad Irving, happily shows off his 8-inch blue gill for which he received a trophy for the largest pan fish caught.
2. Judge Dylan Sobina of Huntington notes the length of Anthony Ross’ bluegill after releasing it back into the lake. 
3. Winners in the morning session (ages 5-8) at the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve Junior Angling Fishing Tournament held on June 6, 2015: Anthony Ross,  Lena Umbrino, Dennis Steele. 
4. Morning session anglers.
 5. Snapping turtle laying eggs, undisturbed, all morning at Site 10.
6. Hayden Glover, 9, [foreground]; dad Timothy; brother Timothy, 11, of Center Moriches, fish on the peninsula. Timothy won first prize in the afternoon session for the most fish caught [four including an 11-inch bass]. 
7. Nicholas Churanai, 9, of East Northport gleefully reels in a 6-3/4 inch blue gill. 
8. Ryan O’Connor, 9, of Smithtown and dad Chris, wait for a bite. Seen in the background are anglers at the peninsula sites on Willow Pond. 
9. Winners in the afternoon session: Edward Belanger, Timothy Glover, Christopher Belanger. 
10. Afternoon session anglers.

Upcoming Nature Program and Hike with Naturalist Jan Porinchak

Sunday, June 14th at 1:00 PM

Naturalist Jan Porinchak  will lead an in-depth exploration of the natural wonders of Caleb Smith State Park Preserve on Jericho Turnpike in Smithtown on Sunday, June 14, at 1:00 p.m. Reserve by calling (631) 265-1054. The walk will take approximately two hours, and is not recommended for children under ten years old. The event, sponsored by Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve is free, however, the preserve’s parking fee of $8 will be in effect.
An avid naturalist and environmental advocate, Mr. Porinchak will lead participants on a walk through the many landscapes of the park, offering tips on identifying the various plants and animals that will be encountered.   
A hike leader for the Long Island Sierra Club, he is also an art teacher at Jericho Middle School and an award-winning natural science illustrator. 

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