Nearly 60 anglers to be recognized for their fishing achievements during 2011
Six new state record holders, including the new striped bass world record holder, to be honored
The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) hosts the ‘Fourth Annual Trophy Fish Award Ceremony’ at the Northeast Fishing and Hunting Show in the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. Fifty-seven anglers will be presented certificates recognizing their achievement of having caught or landed the largest fish in one of several species categories during 2011.
The Annual Trophy Fish Award Ceremony is a recent addition to the Department’s Trophy Fish Award program. This program recognizes anglers for catching freshwater and saltwater fish of qualifying size. Anglers complete and submit an affidavit with an attached photo of their catch. The program has evolved in the years since its inception. There are now youth (anglers under the age of 16) and adult categories for both catch-and-release fishing and for those who harvest their catch. Among the anglers being recognized for their 2011 achievements are a number of new state record holders.
“Fishing in Connecticut in 2011 was truly exceptional, as new state records were set for a total of six species, in three cases breaking records that had stood for twenty-five years or more,” said DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty. “Most notably, these new records include a striped bass that has been confirmed by the International Game Fish Association as a new world record. We are hoping that anglers from around the country will take notice and make Connecticut their fishing vacation destination.”
Attending the ceremony to help recognize Greg Meyerson, the angler who caught the new world record striped bass, will be Jack Vitek from the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). The IGFA, a nonprofit organization committed to game fish conservation, maintains definitive worldwide game fishing records and has certified Myerson’s catch as a new world angling record.
In addition to the six new state record fish (four inland and two marine), there were also ten records set in the marine off-shore, youth, catch-and-release and exotic species categories. “These many awards demonstrate the excellent fishing opportunities that we have right here in Connecticut,” said Bill Hyatt, chief of DEEP’s Bureau of Natural Resources. “Fishing is a great outdoor activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family and it can be done close to home.”
DEEP will also again be recognizing several anglers as “Angler of the Year”. Special recognition will be awarded to one freshwater and three saltwater anglers who received Trophy Fish Awards in the widest array of categories in 2011. “This award is intended to promote the diversity of fishing opportunities found in Connecticut waters and to make anglers aware of some of Connecticut’s less familiar species,” explained Dave Simpson, Director of DEEP’s Marine Fisheries Division.
More information about the Trophy Fish Award Program is available in the 2012 Connecticut Angler’s Guide, on the DEEP website (HUwww.ct.gov/deep/fishingUH), or by contacting the Inland Fisheries Division (860-424-FISH) or the Marine Fisheries Division (860-434-6043).
Fishing opportunities now abound year round in our inland and marine waters, and anglers are reminded that fishing licenses can be purchased 24/7 on-line at: HUwww.ct.gov/deep/fishinglicenseUH
Below are the new state records (species, angler and water body) set in 2011:
|tiger trout (7 lb 14 oz)||Gerald J. Barth Jr.||Lake Quassapaug|
|common carp (41 lb 8 oz)||Nigel Griffin||Connecticut River|
|striped bass (81 lb 14 oz)||Greg Meyerson||Long Island Sound|
|tautog (23 lb 9 oz)||Kendall Owens||Long Island Sound|
|kokanee salmon (2 lb 14 oz)||Thomas Pasko||East Twin Lake|
|brown trout (18 lb 5 oz)||Anthony Urbanowicz||Saugatuck Reservoir|
A list of award recipients can be found on the next page.
Below are the names and hometowns of anglers being recognized for their achievements during 2011:
|John C. Allgood||Redding||Jared Macha||Baltic|
|Ron Barbour||Bloomfield||Sean Marek||Killingworth|
|Jeffrey Barstis||Manchester||Brian Martel||Coventry|
|Gerald J. Barth Jr.||Torrington||Phil Medeiros||Glastonbury|
|Jerry Benoit Jr.||Lisbon||Greg Meyerson||North Branford|
|Bryan Bottone||North Haven||John K. Mikita||Oxford|
|Jamie Brignolo||Winsted||Alfred J. Miller III||Durham|
|John H. Brycki Sr.||Oakdale||William M. Miller||New Rochelle(NY)|
|Bonnie Carr||Winsted||David Murawski||Wallingford|
|Tina Credit||East Haddam||Judy Muszynski||Middlefield|
|Seth Davis||Thompson||Rollin Nye||Lisbon|
|Joseph Deledda||North Stonington||Kendall Owens||Enfield|
|Vincent Deledda||North Stonington||Thomas Pasko||Collinsville|
|Justin Dudley||Plymouth||Fred Plouffe||Bristol|
|Jacques Dulac||Coventry||Jeff Puglise||Granby|
|Paul Faucher||Brooklyn||Valinn Ranelli||Old Lyme|
|Marc Fontaine||Voluntown||Michael Reischerl||North Franklin|
|Jesse Frederick||New Haven||Heather Romagna-Hock||Old Lyme|
|Nigel Griffin||Milford||Stephen Ruggia||Terryville|
|Roland J. Groleau||North Grosvenordale||Joseph Santiago||East Haven|
|Justin Harrison||Greenwich||Jonathan Schmedlin||Stratford|
|Michael Holdridge Jr.||Madison||Bob Silva Jr.||Waterford|
|Kyle Joseph||Broad Brook||Andrew Smith||South Windsor|
|Stephen Kaufmann||North Salem (NY)||Carlina Spadaccini||Old Saybrook|
|Danny Keeler||Stratford||Chase Tessman||New Britain|
|Daniel E. S. Kornegay III||East Hampton||Anthony Urbanowicz||Easton|
|Shawn LaLond||Milford||Dean Vogel||Milford|
|Andrew Lautenberger||Griswold||Michael R. Wolod||West Haven|
|Ryan Lynch||New Milford|