Charlotte Hall, MD—When is the last time you went fishing with a person you care about, spending your day talking with that person, wishfully hoping for a nibble on your fishing line?

Well, in Charles County, the 2015 Annual Fall “Fishin’ Buddies” Derby at Gilbert Run Park supplies all the fun fishing memories a family could want.

This family- oriented fishing derby started in the wee hours of the morning, 7 a.m., and lasted until 12:30 p.m. The anglers compete by teams, however, the teams must consist of an adult at least 21- years of age and a child of the age six through fifteen.

Trophies are awarded in two different age divisions. Many different local businesses have donated numerous fishing- related prizes.

“This program has been running for 29 years. It is really just about the community getting involved. A lot of times we have families that have never fished before. This is a great opportunity to be together as a family,’’ said Casey Jones, who is the Park Manager at Gilbert Run Park.

Morgan Halbert was having a wonderful day with her dad, Dusty Halbert.

“It is great to be spending this time with my daughter,” said Halbert.

Halbert showed off his catch, and then went back to showing his daughter some techniques on fishing. 

Approximately 56 teams were competing this year in the Fall “Fishin’ Buddies” Derby, all hoping for a trophy.

“We have six different trophy categories that everyone is competing for. The six fish that will win a trophy are largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, and trout. Trophies will be determined by the most caught and the largest in each category,” said Jones.

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