Fishing festival lures family, friends to Belmont Lake State Park

Jeff Esposito and son John, his 6-year-old hands covered by mittens, didn’t let the cool weather keep them from casting their lines into Belmont Lake. The father and son were among the healthy-sized crowd that showed up Saturday at Belmont Lake State Park to fish and have a few laughs with family and friends.

As he looked out over the lake on the 41-degree day, Esposito, 40, of Lynbrook, wished for warmer weather. Still, he was glad he was at the 27th annual Spring Family Freshwater Fishing Festival. “It was something to do for the kids,” Esposito said. “I wish this was done a little later on, the weather’s a little hit or miss. I guess winter doesn’t want to leave.”

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