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Seven year old takes home grand prize in Kainen Flynn Fishing Derby



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Young anglers hold up their prized catches in the pouring rain, hoping to have the largest fish in the Gilford Police Departmentís ninth annual Kainen M. Flynn Fishing Derby. (Jeff Ferland) (click for larger version)
June 06, 2012
The rain was pouring down, but the fish were still biting the ninth annual Kainen M. Flynn Fishing Derby, hosted Saturday, June 2 at Gunstock Pond by the Gilford Police Department.

About 100 young local anglers gathered around the pond at the Gunstock Recreation Area, determined to catch the big one, and undeterred by the cold, rainy weather.

A seven-year-old won first prize witht a 25 and a half ounce ,16 inch-long trout — the grand prize winner of the kayak, paddle and life jacket donated by Sports and Marine Parafunalia.

Officer Wesley J. de Sousa, Gilford Police Relief Association president, said the annual derby is held in memory of Kainen Flynn, who was lost during a fishing trip on Lake Winnisquam in June 2003. The department, he sad, felt it fitting to have a youth fishing derby in his memory because of his love for fishing and dedication to youth programs during his time with the Gilford Police Department. According to de Sousa, Flynn was always willing to volunteer for any youth program.

Officer de Sousa explained that the fishing derby helps benefit the Police Relief Association and Gilford DARE program. They awarded prizes to the three young anglers with the largest fish and then those who caught the three largest fish broken into age groups.

Officer de Sousa wanted to thank the sponsors of the event, including MB Tractor and Equipment for helping stock the pond with fish and Sports and Marine Parafunalia for donating the grand prize, a kayak, and Gunstock Mountain Resort for hosting the event. Other sponsors included Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion, Shaw's Supermarket, MB Tractor & Equipment, Broadway North, Nassau Broadcasting and WLNH, Airport Country Store & Deli and D & D Market, Hannaford Supermarket in Gilford, Total Security, Martel's Bait & Sport Shop, New Hampshire Jr. Bassmasters, Sail em Bass Club, Taylor Rental, Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Belmont, Kitchen Cravings, Walmart in Gilford, Ted Williams Museum, Boston Red Sox, Bank of New Hampshire, TD Bank, Franklin Savings Bank and Meredith Village Savings Bank.

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