Fishing tournament to catch youth in memory of Bob Messick

MILFORD — The family of Robert Messick asked for one thing from his fishing club when he passed away: a fishing tournament in his memory.

“When dad died, the only thing we asked for from them was a fishing tournament. He’d never be able to take his grandkids fishing and he loved to fish,” Mr. Messick’s daughter, Barbara, said.

The Three River Bassmasters Fishing Club cast their lines in Milford, reeled in youth from around the area and caught fish together in 2015. They plan to do the same this year.

The second annual Bob Messick Memorial Youth Fishing Tournament will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to about noon at Goat Island near the Vineyard Shipyard.

“Out of respect to the family, the fishing tournament was started in honor of Robert,” club member Kevin Pase said. “The family thought it would be a nice thing to do and we did as well.”

He said the club hopes it is a family day for participants. Children must be accompanied by an adult for that and safety reasons. To help maintain the family-friendly atmosphere, lunch will be provided free of charge including hot dogs, popcorn and drinks.

“They really enjoy the extras,” Mr. Pase said.

Four age-groups can enter the tournament including children aged 4-7, 8-11 and 12-18.

“Even better is all they have to bring is themselves and the fishing pole. We have the bait, a professional looking weighing station which the kids all love and people to help. They don’t even need to know how to fish,” Mr. Pase added.

Although last year’s event was successful, he said, it needed just one small tweak for this year.

He explained, “We shortened it by one hour. Four hours was a long time for the little ones to sit on the banks.”

To sweeten the tournament for participants and families, the Three River Bassmasters Fishing Club has received more than 400 gift certificates to give out to participants and winners, including a “special” $200 grand prize gift certificate.

“These are great because it keeps the people there for the awards program,” he said. “We want them there for the speeches and a reflection period after all the fishing is done. We want people to remember Bobby and realize that it’s in his honor that’s why we’re doing it.”

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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