DEEP: DEEP Announces Trophy Fish Award Ceremony

February 15, 2012
 
DEEP Announces Trophy Fish Award Ceremony
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) will be hosting the ‘Fourth Annual Trophy Fish Award Ceremony’ at the Northeast Fishing and Hunting Show in the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 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.
 
Greg Myerson (North Branford) displays his 81.88 lb striped bass, caught August 4, 2011 in Long Island Sound off Westbrook, CT. Not only was this fish a new state record, but it is also a new world record. Greg is one of the anglers who will be recognized at a ceremony on Saturday, February 18th   {Striped Bass}
 
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 (www.ct.gov/deep/fishing), 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: www.ct.gov/deep/fishinglicense

Below are the new state records (species, angler and water body) set in 2011:
 
species Angler name location
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
 
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