DRACUT — “This is what it’s all about,” said Dan Croce, vice president of the Centraville Sportsmen’s Club, pointing to two young children approaching a table near the clubhouse to get their freshly-caught trout officially weighed. “I just love seeing the smiles on their faces after they catch a fish.”
The Centraville Sportsmen’s Club, located on Wheeler Road, held its annual two-day trout fishing derby over the April 18-19 weekend. Croce said the club’s two ponds have been stocked with close to 800 trout of all sizes. Prizes are awarded on each day for smallest fish caught, as well as largest and second-largest.
Inside the clubhouse, kitchen help worked feverishly preparing breakfast and lunch for the anglers.
“The turnout has been tremendous,” Croce said. “We had to order extra food and it’s been an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ situation. I had to get extra kitchen help. But you couldn’t ask for a nicer weekend. The sun’s out and the weather is perfect.”
Nobody seemed to know how many consecutive years the annual fishing derby has taken place. Some said 25 years. Others said 50. One gentleman said his father took him and his buddies to the derby back in the 1970s.
“Just look around,” Croce said. “Grandparents are here with their kids and their grandkids. Everybody is having a great time. Fishing relieves stress.”