A Great Day for Fishing in Chatham at the Fire Department's 52nd Annual "Small Fry Fishing Derby"

Meghan O'Neill, 9, waits for a bite at the annual fishing derby held at Kelley's Pond Credits: TAP Chatham
Ken Ruggiero and his 11-yea-old son, David, started fishing at 7:30 a.m. Saturday Credits: TAP Chatham
Christopher Hock, 8, shows off a trout he just reeled in Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department members Steve Smiley and Dan McGookin at the 52nd annual fishing derby Credits: TAP Chatham
Ben Summers, 11, reeled in the first fish of the day at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at Kelley's Pond Credits: TAP Chatham
Drew and Justin Ferguson, ages 4 and 7, respectively, join in during the Small Fry Fishing Derby at Kelley's Pond Credits: TAP Chatham
Meckenzie Lee, 6, brought her fishing chair with her to Kelley's Pond on Saturday for the annual fishing derby Credits: TAP Chatham
Ben Summers, 11, holds up the three trout he caught by 10:30 a.m., including a two-pounder, at the Small Fry Fishing Derby Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - According to his father, Ben Summers was up and ready at 5 a.m., anxious to get to Kelley's Pond for the 52nd annual "Small Fry Fishing Derby" sponsored by the Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department.

The Chatham youngster won a prize for catching the first fish of the day at 8:15 a.m., and had reeled in three fish before 10:30 a.m. at the 52nd annual "Small Fry Fishing Derby" sponsored by the Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department.

There are 300 trout stocked in Kelley's Pond, located behind Milton Avenue School, for the event and prizes are given out to the boys and girls from both the borough and the township.

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"We opened it up to the township for all kids 13-and-under, boys and girls," Dan McGookin, chairman of the event for the Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department, said. "The Chatham Borough DPW did an amazing job down here, adding stone, clearing out debris and making it perfect for us."

Summers loves to fish and he used cheese-flavored power bait to pull in his catch.

"Just wait for the bobber to go down and reel it in," Summers said. "Reeling it in and seeing the fish is what I like about it."

Summers, who fishes with his father, Reese, whenever he can, convinced his parents to take him to a pond in Florham Park, where he caught a bass on Feb. 23.

"He started out asking his mother if he could go for a walk," Reese Summers said. "Then he suggested walking to the pond to Florham Park and asked his mother if I could come. Then it was, "Can we bring our fishing poles?' It was a 15-minute conversation that led to us taking him fishing."




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