The fish were certainly biting Saturday for the Andover Sportsmen’s Club’s 65th annual Children’s Fishing Derby.
Avid and amateur anglers got a jump on the day, casting into Sudden Pond inside Harold Parker State Forest as early as 6 a.m.
The event was open to youngsters ages 15 and under who competed for trophies, including one for the biggest catch of the day. The Sportsmen’s Association supplied all bait and provided food as well.
The weather may have been damp and raw, with temperatures in the 40s. But it didn’t stop the fish from taking the bait — hook, line and sinker.