Bobby Messick Memorial Youth Fishing Tournament this Saturday in Milford

MILFORD — The great outdoors.

There was nothing Lincoln resident Bobby Messick loved more.

Bobby Messick (Special to the Milford Chronicle)

Bobby Messick (Special to the Milford Chronicle)

Unfortunately, Mr. Messick’s life was cut short three years ago at the age of 56, the result of a tragic boating accident. But the Three River Bassmasters fishing club, of which Mr. Messick was a member, is looking to keep his memory alive.

Next Saturday (June 13) from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m., the club will host the first annual Robert “Bobby” Messick Memorial Youth Fishing Tournament at Goat Island Nature Area in Milford. The goal, event organizer Kevin Pase said, is to honor Mr. Messick while introducing local children to the sport he loved.

“This tournament has been established to remember and reflect on the life of Bobby Messick, who loved fishing,” Mr. Pase said. “It’s in his honor that we hope to introduce the youth of our area to the sport of fishing and the concept of catch and release.”

Memorializing Bobby with a fishing tournament aimed at younger anglers is fitting, said Karen Messick, his wife of 38 years. Not only did the former Nanticoke Homes crane operator and City of Milford employee enjoy the sport, he loved being around people.

“If he was here with us, he’d be right down there on the banks with everybody else,” Ms. Messick said. “Getting excited for the kids because they caught a fish… He was the type of man who never met a stranger. He could talk to anybody. The more people around him, the happier he was. He made the best of life.”

Tournament information

Participation is free to the public.

Participants will be split into three age groups: 4-7, 8-11 and 12-15. All children must be accompanied by adults.

Winners will be determined by the weight of the largest gamefish, regardless of species, caught by each participant.  Tiebreakers will be determined by the length of the fish. Participants may enter more than one fish, however, only the largest will be considered.

All fish must be weighed and released as soon as possible. While weighing a fish, the participant’s line must be out of the water.

Rod and reel only, and only one rod per participant in the water at a time.

Fishing gear must be provided by the entrants, but live nightcrawlers will be provided.

No alcohol or drugs permitted.

All participants are asked to abide by the rules of good sportsmanship.

Family fun

Not only will the day be for anglers.

Other activities at the park will include a moonbounce and dunking booth. Popcorn, drinks and cotton candy will be available for everyone, as well as pizza and hotdogs during the awards ceremony from 1-3 p.m. Door prizes will also be awarded throughout the day (winners must be present).

“Please don’t stay home due to lack of experience,” Mr. Pase said. “There will be plenty of helpful and experienced anglers to assist in any way they can.”

For more information or to help sponsor the tournament, call 302 387-5758.

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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