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Robert Downey III only caught one fish at Saturday’s Ogdensburg Seaway Festival Children’s Fishing Derby at the Greenbelt Docks.

But it created lifetime excitement as he hauled in a 23” Freshwater Drum to claim top honors.

“The fish just stopped his pole dead. We had a real battle getting it in,” said the young angler’s dad Robert Downey Jr. “It was his only fish but a what a fish. We had never seen that kind of fish before”

Rounding out the top six who received trophies and new bicycles were: Sharon Szfranski with a 18” smallmouth bass, Mark Barr with a nice Walleye, Merrick Jackson with a 13” bass and Weston Bouchey and last year’s winner Maddox Haynes with bullheads.

Luke Whiteford won the Oddest Catch Award for landing a string of zebra mussels and Ella Bateman earned the Sportsmanship Award.

Angel Maroney and Julie Hooper coordinated the event which presented each child with a momento and members of the St. Lawrence Valley Sportsman Club handled the weigh-in duties and provided worms as bait for all of the anglers.

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