Ice Fishing Derby in Naples will benefit Maine groups

Posted Jan. 23, 2013, at 2:13 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 24, 2013, at 11:31 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Naples Town Beach, Long Lake, Naples, ME

For more information: Mathew Welch; 207-885-2664

NAPLES, Maine — Several hundred anglers looking for fun, prizes and a chance to help Maine organizations will come together for the fifth annual Hannaford Ice Fishing Derby on Feb. 9, at Long Lake in Naples.

“Last year, more than 350 people registered to fish, between the children’s division and the adult contests,” said Michael Nale, co-chairman of the Derby and one of the Hannaford associates who originally organized it. “Everyone has a great time, whether they are in contention for a prize or just taking spending a day outside at a family friendly event.”

The 2012 Hannaford Ice Fishing Derby raised $23,000, with 90 percent of that total going to the United Way of Greater Portland and the remainder supporting the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The Derby has raised $67,000 in its first four years.

The winner of the adult pickerel division last year caught a fish that was 28 inches long and 5.27 pounds; the adult salmon/brown trout contest was topped by a 21-inch, 3.43 pound brown trout.

“The Hannaford Ice Fishing Derby has become a highlight for what is always an exciting weekend of winter activities in the Naples area,” said Mathew Welch, another event founder and co-chairman. “Many people now see the Derby as a special day for themselves and their family each year, in enjoying the Maine winter.”

What: 5th annual Hannaford Ice Fishing Derby

When: Saturday, Feb. 9, sunrise to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Naples Town Beach, Long Lake, Naples

Highlights: Children’s and adult’s divisions; cash and gift-card prizes for anglers with the largest fish, nearly $2,000 in total value between the four contests; $1,000 door prize, sponsored in part by Cabela’s; raffles; food sales; and a free sample bag while supplies last. Winner of the children’s division will have his or her picture put on a Wheaties box for presentation at their school.

Registration: Pre-register at the Bridgton or North Windham Hannaford customer service desk prior to Feb. 9 or at the Naples Town Beach the morning of the derby. Registration is free for children under 16; $15 for anglers who are 16 or older; $10 for Hannaford associates.

More Information: mnale@hannaford.com, dsawyer@hannaford.com or mwelch@hannaford.com; or call 885-3028, 885-2292 or 885-2664

Sponsors include Kittery Trading Post for the children’s division; Pilsbury Totino’s, Dean Foods, General Mills and Constellation Wines for the adult division. The gift cards being provided to winners come from Kittery Trading Post in the children’s division and Cabela’s for the adult division.

“I appreciate all the Hannaford associates who volunteer their free time to create this wonderful community event and the sponsors who join us in making this possible,” said Dean Sawyer, Derby co-chair and co-founder. “Everyone should come and see for themselves what a great time they can have by participating in the Derby.”