Hundreds of children fish at Michael McBriarty Derby at Milford’s Railroad Pond

MILFORD – The annual Michael McBriarty Fishing Derby was held at Railroad Pond in Milford on a bright Saturday morning, May 31. The event is sponsored by the Milford Police Department.

Hundreds of children and their families lined the pond to drop in their line to “catch the big one.” The Milford Police Department stocked the pond with 350 fish, while the state added another 300 fish for a total of 650 fish. Summer Brook Fish Farm, provided the fish, even threw in a few big surprises, some trout longer than 15 inches.

Michael’s father, Jim, always attends the derby in honor of his son because Michael loved fishing in Milford and this kept his memory alive. Michael, 33, who played football at Milford High School died of leukemia in 2000.

“Michael loved to fish and loved the kids of Milford,” said Jim McBriarty. “It means a lot to us and it’s satisfying to see the young boys who use to chum around with Michael bringing their sons to the derby and the second generation and hearing them talk about the good times they had playing football and fishing.”

“The derby is a great community event. It also helps builds relationships between the kids and the police department,” said Milford Police Chief Mike Viola.