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Contact: Kim Houdlette | A.D. Makepeace Co. |508.295.1000

 WAREHAM – Join the Wankinquoah Rod and Gun Club for its annual Tihonet Pond Fishing Derby, a great day for family, fishing, and fun.

The Derby will be held Sunday, June 3rd. Check-in begins at 4 a.m.  Fishing begins at 6 a.m., and awards are at 2 p.m.  The derby falls on the Massachusetts Free Fishing Weekend, therefore, fishing licenses are not required. 

 “It’s a terrific day, whether you’re a serious fisherman or you just want to enjoy some fun with your kids. It’s amazing to see entire families enjoying the day on the pond,” said Charlie Wade, President of the Wankinquoah Rod and Gun Club. “This event brings back many memories for people who have fished here for years and is also a great opportunity to make new friends,” Capt. Wade continued.

“This event has really grown in the last few years, just like the Associates program itself.  We will offer a free Pancake breakfast, have bait to purchase and Makepeace Farms will have lunch specials on site, and two different raffles to enter.  Best of all, it allows our Associates to show responsibility in planning, promoting, and running a legacy event for the club. I am so impressed that this event is basically run by teenage kids,” said Shawn Clark, Associate Advisor.

Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories for adults and juniors.  Enter the raffle for a chance to win great prizes like a 10’ Tracker Jon Boat with a Trolling Motor (over a $900 value), an Old Town 111 Kayak with Scotty Rod Holder (over $700 value),  and GoPro camera. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wankinquoah Rod and Gun Club Associates, the club’s youth group. Prizes and raffles made possible through the generosity of the following local businesses: Nemasket Kayak Center,   

M&D’s Bait & Tackle, Tom’s Bait and Tackle, Zecco Marine, Sullivan’s Wine and Spirits, Captain Bub’s Marine, Impact Expressions, Malden International, and The Shirt Shack.

Anglers can fish from shore, or bring their boat, canoe, or kayak. Nemasket Kayak Center in Tihonet Village is offering rentals during the derby. Representatives from the Wareham Harbormaster’s Department will be on hand to discuss boat and water safety with attendees. Life preservers are required for anyone who would like to put a boat in for the event, though the Harbormaster will have a limited selection on hand to borrow if necessary.  Also, there are no combustion engines allowed on Tihonet Pond.

The fee is $12 for adults and $3 for children age 14 and younger.  The fee includes breakfast.   

Online registration and more information about the Associate’s program may be found at Forms are also available at The Shirt Shack | 260 Marion Road | Wareham; Nemasket Kayak Center | 146 Tihonet Road | Wareham or M&D Bait & Tackle | 49 Main Street | Wareham.  Pre-registration is highly recommended and is offered online in advance or in person on Saturday, June 2nd, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Box Mill Hall, Tihonet Village, 150 Tihonet Road, Wareham. Anglers may also register the day of the derby anytime between 4 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 508-295-1000.

The A.D. Makepeace Company, host of the event, is the world’s largest cranberry grower, the largest private property owner in eastern Massachusetts, and a recognized leader in environmentally responsible real estate development and land stewardship.