PLYMOUTH â€“ The Terryville Fish & Game Clubâ€™s Ice Fishing Derby drew wide attendance this year and a good time was had by all, according to organizers.
Tony Orsini of the Terryville Fish & Game Club said 120 people attended the fishing derby Saturday, heading out onto the frozen Middle Pond on Harwinton Ave. for a day of fun and camaraderie.
Orsini said thankfully, this year, the weather cooperated to allow the event to take place.
â€śThe weather was perfect; with blue sky, cumulus clouds, a gentle breeze and cold, but comfortable, temperatures,â€ť he said.
For those who participated, Orsini said it was a â€śfantastic experience.â€ť The derby began with Ron Plourde, a club member, singing the National Anthem, after which the enthusiastic fishermen got out their drills and lures.
â€śCamaraderie and sportsmanship filled the air,â€ť he said. â€śEveryone was helping each other, either drilling holes in the ice for those without an ice auger to sharing bait with those that needed bait. It was a perfect event.â€ť
In total, Orsini said 16 trout and about 40 other fish were caught, including bass, pickerel and perch.
â€śPrizes were awarded for the heaviest trout, the heaviest non-trout, the longest trout and the longest non-trout,â€ť he said.
The Terryville Fish & Game Club also served breakfast and pulled pork sandwiches to participants, which Orsini said only added to their enjoyment of the event.
Founded in 1905, the mission of the Terryville Fish & Game Club is to improve hunting and fishing for the members of the club, promote good sportsmanship, maintain social activities for the promotion of good fellowship, cooperate in obtaining proper respect for and observing the fish and game laws of Connecticut, to support sound conservation practices and to promote and maintain friendly relations with land owners and the residents of the Town of Plymouth.
For more information, visit terryvillefishandgame.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.