Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


September 13, 2012

'Sudden' attraction: New anglers get feet wet at festival

For the 25th year, groups of kids from Andover and surrounding towns learned how to fish safely at a pond in Andover's state forest.

The Harold Parker State Forest Annual Fishing Festival was held last Saturday morning at Sudden Pond. This was the 25th year this event has been held at Harold Parker, parts of which are in Andover and North Andover.

The event is meant to "introduce beginner and veteran anglers alike to fishing in one of our most beautiful and scenic ponds," but it draws heavily from new, young anglers and their parents and grandparents. It is sponsored by both the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Mass Wildlife Angler Education Program.

The event is helpful for those new to fishing because no license is required, and all equipment and bait is provided.

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