Kiwanis Ice Fishing Tournament Leaves Everyone Smiling

March 13, 2015

by Mike Falzone

The Kiwanis Club of Hudson held its 29th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament last Sunday at Robinson Pond in Hudson.

Sixty-four adults and 30 children registered to stand in the cold, drill holes in ice up to four feet thick, drop in a line and fight for the largest Pickerel, Perch and Crappies (yes, that’s a fish name).

“We had pretty good weather after all, and we had a decent turnout after rescheduling,” explained organizer Jim Woosley.  Kiwanis postponed the original date from Feb. 14 when the area had one of its many 2015 blizzards.

The anglers competed for 18 trophies for kids under 15, and adults fished for $300 in cash prizes.  “We had 44 fish turned in and measured today,” said Woolsey.

Every derby the Kiwanis give away an Ice Auger as the grand prize.  This year’s winner was Manchester resident Carl Radcliff, who was standing holding his granddaughter.

“This is our 29th year coming to this fishing derby,” beamed Carl Radcliff.  “We have four generations of our family here at this derby.  We love coming; it’s fun and friendly, and everyone wins prizes.”

Winning first place in the adult division was Goffstown resident John Moody with a 19-inch pickerel.  Moody, one of the early birds, was at the pond just after 6:30 a.m., and caught the winner before noon.

In the children’s division, Justin Sundstrom, 14, of Hudson, was beaming after winning the largest perch trophy in one of the children’s divisions.  He came with dad Tim for the first time.

“Kiwanis’ mission is to better the life of kids, one child at a time,” explained President Paul Rousseau.  “Despite the cold, wind, and snow, there are lots of smiles to go around.  Not one child out here isn’t smiling.  That’s what Kiwanis is all about.”

Kiwanis is an International organization founded in 1915 and headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service- and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world.  More than 607,000 Kiwanis-family members in 89 countries make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues.  Through these efforts, Kiwanis truly is “Serving The Children of the World.”

The Kiwanis Club of Hudson invites any interested community-minded person to attend a meeting or two, and join its members in serving the area communities.  Additional information can be attained by contacting, Paul Rousseau at 881-3990.  Proceeds of the tournament will benefit the club’s Charitable Fund, helping support many of the club’s area children’s activities.