Family Fishing Festival

Bayside Anglers Group
13th Annual Family
Fishing Festival

Kissena Park Pond
Saturday, June 23
11am - 1pm
Registration starts at 10:30
(Rain or Shine)

            Bayside Anglers held its 13th annual Family Fishing Festival. Great weather and just over 60 children registered, the rail next to the pond was full of happy and eager Jr Fishermen and Fisherwomen cheered on by their families. Thank you to all that turned out and made this another great event. Their where lessons on baiting the hooks, using the tackle, and releasing the fish to fight another day. Unfortunately not as many shouts of “Fish On!” were heard from all quarters as we would have hoped but some nice fish where caught. DEC's Melissa& her assistant Nim had a great table set up with Fish identification, Rules & Regulations and more. As usual, local bait shops are ready to provide a helping hand First Fishing of Flushing supplied all the bait and some nice giveaways., and thanks go out to The_Angler party boat of Howard Beach came through once again, donating passes for a free half-day fishing trip on the boat for each participant/child accompanied by an adult. In addition to giveaways and raffle prizes, first, second, and third place trophies are handed out for the largest fish.  All fish are quickly and safely returned to the pond.

A special thanks goes out to Councilman Tony Avella for his continued support and for coming down and helping out once again!

This year the US Coast Guard Auxiliary 'Fort Totten 12-08' - Flotilla Commander presented us the Bayside Anglers with a most generous Certificate of Appreciation for BAG's "Vigorous efforts and successful promotions of Marine Environmental Conservation"


We at the Bayside Anglers presented Melissa Cohen "DEC - Bureau of Fisheries" with a Certificate of Appreciation for all the years of helping us with our events.

As always, Bayside Anglers Group wishes to acknowledge the support of the Melissa Cohen - NYSDEC Bureau of Fisheries, the NYC Parks Dept. Partnership for Parks, US Coast Guard Auxiliary - Susan Macinick, Special Projects Manager and the Urban Park Rangers, Councilman Tony Avella each of whom supply assistance in every facet of these events from the planning to the execution, and to The Fishing Line & The Fisherman magazine for their help in promoting these events.

This Event was made possible by special donations from generous fishing companies such as Frabill, Gary Yamamoto Baits Capt. Steve Fallon and the Swedish_Princess, Super_Hawk / Princess Marie, Top Brass, Phase II Lures, Stanley Jigs, TTI Blackmore Fishing Group, Bill Lewis Lures, Eagle Claw, Chaos Rods, Pure Fishing, Cortland Line Co and Plano Molding Co.

This date coincided with the New York State "License Free Weekend" so that you would not be required to Posses a Fresh Water Fishing License to fish.

Kissena Park Lake is located on 164th Street, 3 Blocks North of the Long Island Expressway
and the lake is wheelchair accessible.

For further information E-mail Event Chairman Stanley Reichlin Jr

Check out the our next free kids event, August's Bayside Snapper Derby.

Due to our own recording error 3rd place was awarded to Erin Relos - We will mark it as a tie and another thropy will be presented.
Sorry for the mix up Raymond Monteleone.
1 st Place.........Timithy Dow.......33 1/2 " Carp........ Est. Weight.18 Lbs.
2 nd Place........Danny Wohlers....7 ".......Blue gill...
3 rd Place.........Raymond Monteleone......6 1/2 " Blue gill...
3 rd Place........Erin Relos..........6"......Blue gill...

5 th Place,.... Tie........Lucas....51/2 " Pumpkin seed...
5 th Place.....Tie............Alexandra Liu....51/2 ".........Pumpkin seed...
6 th Place..........Paul Spezza...........5 3/8 " ............Pumpkin seed...
7 th Place..Ashley Pasalau........5 " Pumpkin Seed...
8 th Place....Malimie Persaud..............4 1/2 " Crappy...

Raymond Monteleone (3rd place 6 ½ “ Bluegill)

Photo By Jackie "Peanutz"

Photo By Angel V.


Thanks so much to all of the Bayside Anglers for a lovely morning of fishing!!!  And what a finale! See you next time.... Bia & Donna