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2017 Annual Veteran's Fishing Derby

For over 30 years, Armed Forces Day at the Marlborough Fish & Game (MFG) Ponds has been a day reserved for one purpose: to honor and thank our Veterans for their service.

With the help of other local organizations like AmVets and Mass Wildlife, MFG is able to stock the pond, offer fishing equipment, provide lessons and give away cash prizes for catching a golden fish. “We invite veterans from all over the state-disabled, not disabled-to come down for a fun day of fishing & excitement, and we provide free food through donations, fish stocking, etc.” says Jason Grimes, Fishing Commissioner. "It is very important here at the MFG to honor our veterans on a day like today, and this is how we do it.”

In addition to a great atmosphere, food and good company, volunteers like Joe Bisol of the Mass Angler Wildlife Education program was standing by to offer lessons for those who could use extra guidance in fly fishing & bait casting. One of the best perks of the day? You get to keep what you catch! Yet regardless of if you come home with a full pail or a single trout, the message from MFG Club President David Devries is clear: “We’re out here today to say thank you and honor our Veterans."

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