The 27th Annual Frosty Derby on Lake St. Catherine, held March 7, attracted anglers of all ages and proved to be a big success. The Poultney Fish & Game members orchestrated a fun-filled day and could not have been more pleased with the outcome.
The sunshine and warm temperature also helped the event run smoothly.
Not only did the kids get trophies, but also $30 for 1st, $20 for 2nd, and $10 for 3rd. The adults received $150 for 1st, $100 for 2nd, and $75 for 3rd. (See the sidebar for the results.)
One could feel the excitement of the day, as well as the tension, as participants' fish got bumped from first.
Ten-year-old Jared Miglorie of Rutland caught the largest brown trout by noon and held first place for the remainder of the day; he snatched this fish in three feet of water.
Before the awarding of prizes and trophies, Jared said, "I won two years, but last year I got bumped to second."
This year his trout was 20 inches long and weighed in at 2.770 lbs.
Miglorie said he was "sure to find the fish" site. "I like to hang out with my Uncle Jim (Saltis), Capt. Hook (his Uncle John Saltis), and Uncle Dan (Rosmus).
John Saltis said, "They call me Capt. Hook because I know where the fish are." His brother, Jim, won first and caught his trout around 3 p.m.
Also at this site were Ricardo Rafael, a Poultney High School exchange student from Mexico and his host Keith Mahar.
"Connecticut City Slickers," Peter Soltis, who works for Arnold Bread, and Don Hart, a retired police officer join the same crew for ice fishing every year. "We're here every year for the fishing and no fish, but great camaraderie," he said.
What would ice fishing be without a shanty and the main cook; John's other brother, George took over that job along with Chris Hunt.