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Standing in the front row, from left to right, are Hayley Puerschner, Kurt Loeser, Ben Schmick, Parker Schmick and Amanda Morabito, all of whom were winners at the ice fishing event held last Saturday at Washington Lake in Yulan. Standing in the back row, from left to right, are Beaver Brook President William Hofaker, Beaver Brook Treasurer Ray Weber and Beaver Brook Member Jim Hanson. Missing from photo is winner Kaitlyn Potter.

Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Club holds its annual Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby

By Susan LeBar
YULAN — January 22, 2010 — Last Saturday, the Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Club held its annual Kids’ Ice Fishing Derby.
But the event was held at a different location, which proved to be a hit with both the kids and the fish.
In the past few years, the club held the event on Lake La Barr in the Town of Tusten. But the fish just were not biting as much as club members wished.
So this year, thanks to the community and the Hanson family, the club brought the event to Washington Lake in Yulan.
The Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Club held the event on property donated for the day by member James Hanson and his wife, Doreen. The Hansons’ property borders on Washington Lake, and with the approval of the Town of Highland, the club hosted the event at the location.
“It really has worked out well here today having the event here,” said J.P. Lang, one of the event organizers.
“We had an 800 percent increase in the catching of fish over last year,” he said with a chuckle.
“In all honesty, the kids have been catching fish, the lake is solid and it is really great to see all the kids out there with their parents and that is what really makes it a good day,” Lang said. “On behalf of the club, I would like to thank the Hanson family, as well as the town, for letting this event happen here today. The kids are having such a great time.”
Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Club President Bill Hofaker said, “Washington Lake is about a 60- acre lake with a lot of fish in it and the kids are catching fish and having fun. The club today provided bait and refreshments, as well as some of the prizes. We are also thankful to the Barryville Sportsman, Hagermans Sport Shop,  the Hanson family and the Yulan Country Store for all their donations to this event. If it was not for their donations, this event would not be as great as it is today. All of our events are free to kids 16 and under and it is great to see so many kids out there today, we have over 50 kids participating in the event today and that is fantastic!”
More than 15 members of the Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Club assisted people on the ice with drilling holes and setting tip-ups if they were not familiar with the process. Every child who participated in the event received a prize.
Special prizes were presented to the top anglers in certain categories.
Hayley Puerschner of Jeffersonville won the Largest Pickerel division by catching a 20-inch pickerel.
The Largest Perch Division had several winners: Ben Schmick of Vernon, N.J. with an 11 3/4-inch perch, Kurt Loeser of Hampton Bay, Long Island with an 11-inch perch, Kaitlyn Potter with an 11-inch perch, Amanda Morabito of Shohola, Pa. with a 9 3/4-inch perch and Parker Schmick of Vernon, N.J. with a 9 3/4-inch perch.

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