Annual fishing challenge in Westborough will resume after two-year absence

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By Stuart Foster, Contributing Writer

The Westborough Civic Club’s Annual Fishing Challenge will return to Minute Man Park at Sandra Pond this year.
The Westborough Civic Club’s Annual Fishing Challenge will return to Minute Man Park at Sandra Pond this year.
(Photo/Dakota Antelman)

WESTBOROUGH – The Westborough Civic Club will host the 13th Annual Fishing Challenge at Minute Man Park on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This marks the return of the event after the Civic Club was unable to host its previously scheduled iterations in May of 2020 and May of this year. 

A popular attraction for many, the Fishing Challenge has participants compete to catch the biggest fish from Sandra Pond at 91 Upton St.

“The benefit is just the enjoyment of seeing families outdoors with young children, just trying something out that they might not have tried with their family,” said Bill Kohler, the commissioner for the Civic Club’s Board of the Fishing Challenge.

The challenge is split into three categories for different age groups, including a youth group for those eight and under, a junior group aged nine to 15 and an adult group for everyone older than 15. 

The three people who catch the longest fish in each category will win first, second and third-place prizes for fishing tools like tackle boxes and lures.

Braedyn Walsh of Northborough caught a fish on his first cast at the 2019 Fishing Challenge!
Braedyn Walsh of Northborough caught a fish on his first cast at the 2019 Fishing Challenge!
(File photo/Kate Tobiasson)

Whoever catches the single longest fish across all the categories will win a separate grand prize.

The challenge is free to enter, and the only requirement is that people register so that they can be placed in the right age group. Registration is available on the day of the event.

“For us, it’s the thrill of seeing people in the community enjoying a great day and perhaps picking up something they might want to pursue on their own,” Kohler said. 

He added that the challenge is important for developing friendships within the Civic Club.

“It does renew a sense of camaraderie between all the people in the club that volunteer to do this,” Kohler said. “We get a lot of support from a lot of members.” 

 

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