Kids cast and catch in Lake Riviera Fishing Derby


BRICK — Forty-two contestants packed up their rods and tackle boxes Saturday morning to try their hand in the annual Lake Riviera Fishing Derby. The young anglers, ages 14 and under, enjoyed beautiful weather for taking their spot along the lake, each hoping for a bite.

The annual derby, presented by the Brick Township Recreation Department, was held Saturday Aug. 19, beginning at 6 a.m. and concluding at 10 a.m. 

Prizes were awarded to the top four fishermen with the heaviest catch. Winners included: Jason Heiser, age 9, and Charles Reidy Jr., 12, who tied for fourth place, each weighing in with .66 pound catches; Christian Kuhl, 14, came in third with the catch of a .7 pound pickerel; Nico Cobello, 14, was near the top with the catch of a .74 largemouth bass; and Matt Kirkpatrick, 14, with the largest catch of the day, a 2-pound pickerel.

Kevin Burdge, dockmaster at Trader’s Cove Marina, supervised the event, keeping a tally of the fish reported and their weights. The event was sponsored by L& H Woods and Water. The company also donated six rods that were awarded to the top four contestants.

Mayor John Ducey, who attended the event with his 5-year-old son, Jack, said, “It’s the largest turnout we’ve ever had,” recognizing the turnout of 42 contestants.

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Alexa Carini
Alexa Carini is a Reporter at The Coast Star. She can be reached at or at 732-223-0076, ext 49.