Wall Township hosted their annual Kid's Fishing Derby held at Lower Kessler Pond off of Hospital Rd in the Township on Saturday October 2, 2021. (MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE OCEAN STAR)

WALL TOWNSHIP —  More than 80 participants took part in the township’s first Kids Fishing Derby held since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Oct. 2 event was held at the secluded Lower Kessler Pond, located off Hospital Road off of the Edgar Felix Bike Path. Family members fished a pond stocked with bluegills, sunnies, crappies, largemouth bass, catfish and tiger trout.

“The response from the parents bringing their kids, it’s just a good sense of relief from the normal grind,” Michael Thompson, Wall Township recreation director said. “This is definitely classic Wall Township. The best thing I love is seeing the kids coming with their families and watching the families interact with each other.”


There was no need for fish stories following the derby, as there were no prizes given to the size of catches. Instead, some participants were randomly selected and received a new fishing rod for coming out.

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