Oxford Lions, NBT put fish on ice

NEW BERLIN Landing a small fish is never fun. Spending a day braving February temps on an ice-covered lake has even less appeal, but hook the two ideas together and you end up with a fish tale of an event that has turned into a success story.

Soon enough, anglers from all points of the county will have the opportunity to get their winter fix of rods, reels and friendly competition at the 17th (mostly annual) Chenango Lake Perch Derby.

The much anticipated event has been scheduled for Feb. 7 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a postponement date penciled in for February 21.

The Derby of 2015 that is regularly enjoyed by a dedicated group of sportsmen was conceived in 1975 by the late Ed Caputo of Norwich. It was originally chartered as a fundraising event and the net proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

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