The Shelter Island Snapper Derby marked the “unofficial” end of summer this weekend. The event, which has taken place for more than two decades, is sponsored by the Shelter Island Lions Club along with many individuals.
Organized by Islander Darrin Binder and his volunteer staff, the derby took place on Saturday, September 5 at the American Legion Hall.
The derby is really two parts — one to measure the fishing prowess of the anglers and the second to see whose logo design will grace the front of the Derby T-shirts handed out to all the participants at next year’s competition.
More details for the Derby can be found on its website: shelterislandsnapperderby.org.
The winners of the derby are as follows: First place with 55 fish, Luke Lowell Liszanckie; Second place with 44 fish, Nicky Marsh; third place with 38 fish, Evan Weslek; Fourth place with 29 fish, Fay Raya and Anya Buhofsky; Fifth place with 21 fish, Andraos Khuri; and sixth place with 20 fish, Jonathan Rivera.
The winners of the largest snapper contest are as follows: First place, Matthew Minikel .970 lbs; Second place, Nicholas Minikel .96 lbs; Third place, Christopher Colavito, .95 lbs.; Fourth place, Anthony Colavito, .94 lbs.; Fifth place, Cooper Renault, .535 lbs.; and Sixth place, Sam Cruise, .515 lbs.
The winners of the largest bluefish contest are as follows: First place, Ella Petry, 9.20 lbs.; Second place, Todd Petry 9.06 lbs.; Third place, Faith Leaning, 8.125 lbs.; and fourth place, Francis Reagan, 1.33 lbs.
See photos below.