MIDDLEBURY, CT – A 7-year-old Middlebury whose father says he has fished for most of his life recently won a statewide fishing contest.
Noah Savin won first place in the 2021 Connecticut Youth Passport Fishing Challenge: a competition run by the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection that ranks entrants by number of fish species that they captured over the course of a year.
Anyone under the age of 16 could participate. But Savin, who was 6 when he entered, caught 17 species of fish to become 2021 Young Angler of the Year.
Savin is in first grade at Middlebury Elementary School, his father, Harris Savin, told Patch, and he has lived in Middlebury all his life.
In fact, Savin said, about half of his son’s catch came from Middlebury’s lakes and ponds – three species of trout caught around the corner from his primary school, five species from a park behind the town’s police department, two more in a lake across the street. .
Savin said Noah found out he had won on Monday and his son was “insanely excited”.
“He’s been fishing like this since he was old enough to hold a kid’s fishing rod,” Savin said. “The minute he could hold a fishing rod, he was holding a fishing rod.”
To enter the contest, Savin uploaded pictures to the DEEP website of his son holding various species of fish he caught, including summer largemouth bass, spring trout, autumn and an autumn tautog.
And as the first-place winner, her son will receive a fishing rod and reel, lures, several books, a gift certificate and more as prizes, Savin said.
Savin said Noah would likely continue to enter the contest for as long as he was eligible.
“He’s going to want to keep fishing as much as he’s fishing now,” Savin said. “He will definitely participate every year – probably, I would say.”