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Local kids reel in fish at Marysville's Fishing Derby


Christopher Andersson

Participants in the May 5 Marysville Fishing Derby surround the Jennings Park pond as they're fishing.

Children reeled in fish, sometimes their first catch ever, at the annual Marysville Fishing Derby held on May 5.

The event, held at the Jennings Park pond, provides a local free option for families to introduce their kids to fishing.

The Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club helped to stock the pond with around 1,500 fish for the event the day before.

"We try to promote fishing and family fishing. This is a way to introduce people to fishing," said John Martinis, a member of the club and owner of John's Sporting Goods in Everett, one of the sponsors for the event.

Martinis said that it's a good event for the family and a good event for kids to try their hands at fishing, as the pond is full of fish.

"It introduces the children to fishing, and it's just the excitement of being with their dads or mothers or grandparents," he said.

For some kids, it will be their first catch ever.

"It's been great. She caught her first fish of her life and it's been something super special," said local parent Paul Swain.

"Grandpa is here, too, so it made for some good family fun," he said.

The event has be held in the city for multiple decades now.

"It's awesome. I used to come here when I was a kid," said local parent Jayme Wampler, who brought his own son this year.

Martinis said that even people who are experienced fisherman enjoy the event.

"It's just a good community event where you can fish right inside your city, especially here in Marysville, such a great place to have this," he said.

The convenience of the location and the lack of cost for the event help bring in a lot of families, he said.

Christopher Andersson

Ivy Swain, left, and Benjamin Swain, sit at the end of the Jennings Park Pond with their lines at the Marysville Fishing Derby on May 5.

"They like it because it's local, they don't have to drive out to a lake, and you don't have to have a boat to participate," said Martinis.

"The nice thing about the Jennings Park event is that everything is free," he said. "There's not many events that are free these days, as you know."

Uphill from the park's pond was the Marysville Kiwanis Club who provided pancake breakfasts for participants as a fundraiser for their programs.

Donations are collected for the Marysville Community Food Bank and participants were encouraged to bring food.

"We encourage people to support Marysville Parks and Recreation and enjoy the event," said Martinis.


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