Nashua's Horse Pond Fishing Derby hooks young anglers
Maggie Nelson, 7, of Nashua, gets some help from her mom unhooking her first catch of the day at the fishing derby in Nashua. (BARBARA TAORMINA PHOTO)
The annual derby for 5- to 12-year-olds — sponsored by the Horse Pond Fish & Game Club, with some help from the U.S. Fish Hatchery, Nashua Recreation Dept. and the Nashua Police Athletic Association — draws families from in and around Nashua and gives kids a chance to experience one of the favorite activities of New Hampshire sportsmen.
Although the catch-and-release derby has been growing each year, Smith credits Saturday's break in the stifling heat for bringing out a record 104 participants. Even Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau stopped by to chat with the crowd of kids and parents.
"I like fishing because it's relaxing," said Hall-Lavoie, who added that last year she caught some sun fish and, possibly, a bass.
And everyone who fished during the two-hour contest also received a certificate and an invitation to a post-derby cookout.
"Kids love the fact that they're outdoors and they love bringing up their fish and having them weighed," said Smith, who added that for a lot of the kids it's also a learning experience about the types of different fish.
"I like that the derby shows that not all kids want to stay home and play video games all the time," said Smith.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Early summer rental benefit as winter takes its toll - 0
- Susan Dromey's Down to Earth: The winter of our fashion faux pas - 0
- Deb Baker's The Mindful Reader: 'The Half Brother': complex, thoughtful - 0
- Forest Journal: Winners & losers: Keeping score of wildlife in winter - 0
- Dick Pinney's Guidelines: Ice fishing great under right conditions - 0
- Stacey Cole's Nature Talks: Thrush sighting brings rush of excitement - 0
- Win tickets to see Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo - 0
- Win tickets to see Black Label Society - 0
- Last Week's Rare Bird Alert - 0
Harrigan closes up camp
Win tickets to see Black Label Society
Judge: State wrong to round blood-alcohol level; license of teen charged with hitting women restored
Donna Powers: NH needs casinos