The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

June 15, 2014

Rod and Gun Club sponsors fishing derby

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — More than 100 people encircled a pond at the Ashtabula Rod and Gun Club to enjoy a family style fishing derby.

“It is to get the kids outside. There is a lot more to life than inside a building,” said ARGC President Paul Callender.

The event has been a regular part of club activities for at least three decades, organizers said.

“It has been going on since I was a kid,” said Brandy Hanusosky who organizes the annual event.

While some club activities are open only to members, the fishing derby reaches out to the community. “This is an open event to the public. It is just a good time to come and spend a day at the pond,” she said.

Participants new to the fishing experience can even borrow a fishing pole, she said.

Hanusosky said most of the 85 children came from Ashtabula County.

Tyrone Sircelj, of Madison, brought his daughter Ashley, 11, to the event. He said he is a member of the club.

“I just enjoy being in the outdoors camping and the fishing and the fun event it offers,” he said.

Shawn Jewett, 7, of Ashtabula, said he enjoys fishing. He said he learned that fish eat worms during his day at the club.

Callender said the club has a wide variety of shooting, fishing and other outdoor options on the property. He said the club will be featuring a hunter safety course in late July at the Ninevah Road property.

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