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Your Time: The 30th annual Kids’ Junior Trout Fishing Derby, Easthampton

  • Barry Brzoska, with son Jacob <br/>
  • Measuring fish for length <br/><br/>
  • The catch
  • Justin Evans, left, with son Wyatt. In back, Sean Krause,  Jackson Krause. At right, Joeey Krause.<br/><br/>
  • Heath Marney, with his fish<br/><br/>
  • Aaron Blanchette, left, Craig Marney, Heath Marney<br/>
  • Jackson Kanelong, casting a line<br/>
  • Carter Blanchette, Heath Marney<br/><br/>
  • Bryan Giulina<br/>

The silence of early morning was broken by a group of adults and children as they formed a ring around Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton last Saturday. Several brightly colored kayaks and canoes, carrying young passengers hoping to catch fish, drifted through the still water.

The 30th annual Kids’ Junior Trout Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Easthampton Rod and Gun Club, drew a mix of returning participants and many new faces.

Heath Marney and Carter Blanchette, 8-year-old Cub Scouts from Pack 701 in Williamsburg, were there with their fathers to earn fishing badges. Asa Thomson of Leeds, 11, said he hoped to experience “the thrill of the catch.”

The pond was stocked with rainbow, brook and brown trout. The fish were larger than those they’d stocked last year, according to Michael Carenzo, the club’s vice president. “Instead of an 8- to 10-inch fish, they are catching fish around 17 inches,” he said. “That’s a pretty big difference for a little kid.”

Community members pitched in by donating kites, bicycles, fishing gear and other items.

“You get to listen to country music, and fish,” said Bob Gardener of Westfield. “Really can’t ask for a better day,” Carenzo added.

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