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The Friends' 2018 Take Me Fishin' Family Festival took place on September 29th.

Blue skies and cool temperatures brought a big crowd of fishing families to Fearing Pond. Almost 400 registered to fish. The biggest fish of the day was a 16 1/4 inch trout. The winning fish was caught by James Rogers Jr. of Raynham.

The trout had just been stocked two days earlier by MassWildlife. A total of 21 fishing kids won prizes.

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Photos provided by Donna McBrien Photography. Many more on display at Donna's website

The Friends want to thank all of the volunteers who came out to help us and all of the Derby sponsors, including Massachusetts DCR and Mass Wildlife, along with our generous prize donors.

The Friends' 2017 Family Take Me Fishin' Festival took place on September 30th.

Despite very threatening clouds, the rain held off all day and more than 100 people registered to fish. The winning fish was a 17 inch rainbow trout caught by a little girl. She took the 4-pack of tickets to Edaville Railroad as her prize.

Fishing Derby Winnerfishing derby winner with prize The Friends want to thank all of the Derby sponsors, including Massachusetts DCR and Mass Wildlife, along with our generous prize donors. fishing derby sponsors

2016 Fishing Derby

The 2016 Take Me Fishin' family fishing derby took place on September 24th. The water was too warm for trout to be stocked but more than 50 fish were caught during the day.

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Many more pictures on our Meetup site photo gallery.

2015 Fishing Derby

9th Annual Fishing Derby

fishing derby signThe Friends' Take Me Fishin' event took place at Fearing Pond on September 27th. Approximately 350 participants took part. Thanks to all our sponsors for providing great prizes to the winning entrants and to all our volunteers who helped the event run smoothly

It was a very fun event in partnership with the DCR and Mass Fish and Wildlife. Mass Wildlife stocked the pond with trout several days ahead of time for this event but trout remained difficult to catch. Mass Wildlife also supplied more than 100 fishing poles for anyone to use. Morrison's supplied boxes of worm. Generous prizes from Cabelas, Captain John's and other sponsors were awarded in four categories this year- bass, trout, sunfish and perch.

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2014 Fishing Derby

September's highlight was our 8th Annual Family Friendly Fishing derby at Fearing Pond. kid castingderby prizewinner

A magnificent day brought hundreds of entrants trying to catch the just-stocked trout in Fearing Pond. Visit our Meetup site photo album for 80 photos of the 2014 Fishing Derby.

We received 67 entries to this year's photo contest. View the prize winners here.

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