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Catfish Classic

The Field & Stream Catfish Classic held on August 6, in Bridgewater, PA, was a huge success. More than 20 kids participated in the Youth Fish Derby - with Sean Sweeney winning the 2016 Field & Stream Youth Fishing Derby first place trophy, having caught a 6.9” sunfish. Nine wish kids participated with their families enjoying a day of sunshine and fun. Eighty-two teams participated in the adult portion of the Derby, fishing in the Ohio River and its tributaries. The winning team - the Cat Fishing Duo from Milton, West Virginia won a $500 gift card from Field & Stream and $1,200. The event included a Chinese auction, food and prizes. To date, this third annual event has raised $8,000. A special thank you to Ben Sladick who organized the event with help from his friends and family.

  • Wish kid Jaryd on the dock.

  • Make-A-Wish Development Director, Stephanie Pugliese and chair of the event, Ben Sladick.

  • Raffle booth was all ready to go for the day's event.

  • Catfish Classic event chairman, Ben Sladick with his father Robert Sladick.

  • Wish kid Luke ready to reel in a big one.

  • Members of the organizing committee.

  • Wish kid Sierra, waiting for her next catch.

  • The Field & Stream's Annual Catfish Classic kicked-off another wonderful tournament in Bridgewater, PA.

  • Wish kid Luke and his family enjoying the event.

  • Along with fishing and raffles, there were also free cookies courtesy of Eat 'n Park.

  • Pictured here is wish kid James, in honor of his birthday being on Sunday the 7th, everyone sung and wished him a happy birthday.

  • Children at the event celebrated by releasing balloons before the tournament began.

  • Balloons floating in the clear summer sky.

  • Pictured here is winner of the 2016 Field & Stream Youth Fishing Derby - Sean Sweeney, who caught a 6.9" sunfish.

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