Marcus Hook Councilman Joe Flynn has spent the last seven Father’s Days surrounded by fishing rods and a multitude of happy faces at the fishing derby he organizes for local children.
This year more than 100 children, accompanied by parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, descended Sunday on the Marcus Hook pier to enjoy a morning of fishing and camaraderie.
“There are so many nice people here,” said September Grier, “and, I really like being with my dad, too.”
Flynn, an avid fisherman, hosts the popular event to honor his late father, Elmer “Joe” Flynn, who, when he was a young boy, taught him how to fish.
“This derby gets bigger and better every year,” said Flynn. “It is a beautiful day and it’s so nice seeing everyone enjoying themselves.”
Flynn buys a number of fishing rods as well as trophies and other prizes for the excited children. Special prizes are awarded to the winners; however, all of the child participants are given rods at the end of the event.
Justin Tezla was on the pier fishing with his “Pop Pop,” Mike Tezla, and by the look of things, was having a pretty good day.
“I’ve caught seven fish already,” Justin beamed. “I’m beating my Pop Pop.”
Derby winners included: Mike Roche, 22.5 inches; Bubba Hughes, 20.25 inches; and William “Scooter Bill” Thomas, 20 inches.