By Renee Larr
On May 20, The Fishers Fire Foundation will host its first Fishing Derby at Saxony Park from 8 to 11 a.m. Anglers will compete to see who can reel in the biggest, heaviest and longest fish during the event.
“The event is meant more for families than the avid angler. So you come out, and then as you catch fish we’ll weigh them and size them up. The prizes are based on the overall biggest fish, heaviest fish and longest fish,” Fishing Derby Chair Molly Mohr said.
The cost is $20 per person and $60 per family. Proceeds will go to Fishers Fire Foundation.
“Our foundation has only been around for about a year. We’re a very new organization,” Mohr said. “We exist to assist firefighters and their families whenever they are in crisis. We’re also trying to put together a scholarship to students going into college who are children of firefighters.”
Participants will be treated to a lunch after the event and receive a T-shirt.
“We’re going to be doing a silent auction during the event that will pertain to fishing. Everyone will get a little goodie bag,” Mohr said.
Participants should be prepared for the weather. The event will go on, rain or shine.
“People should bring a lawn chair or camping chair to use. They can bring their own pole, but we’ll have them there for people to use. We don’t want to exclude anybody,” Mohr said. “The Fishers Park and Recreation Dept. are providing poles for people to use that day. Obviously, safety comes first, and we won’t have the event if there is lightning and storms.”
May 20 is free fishing day in the state of Indiana, so no one needs a license to fish in the Fishing Derby. Participants should register in advance at fishersfirefoundation.org.