Matt Maupin Memorial Fishing Derby for Kids
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7, 2018
CONTACT: Mark D. Motz, Community Relations Manager
OWENSVILLE – The Clermont County Park District hopes to hook some aspiring young anglers for its annual Matt Maupin Memorial Fishing Derby.
The Park District has stocked the pond at Pattison Park, partnered with the East Fork Bass Anglers and gotten sponsorship from Bass Pro Shops and Hamilton Bait in preparation for the May 12 event.
“It’s an excellent family event, an excellent community event,” said Steve Statman, President of the East Fork Bass Anglers. “It’s always fun to see the kids on the water. Some of the little ones, it’s the first time they’ve held a fishing rod. Some of the older ones have been coming for years. We just want it to be fun for everybody.”
“This is a great day for us,” said Mark D. Motz, Park District Community Relations Manager. “It will be nice to see kids and families in the park having fun fishing, of course, but we also get to celebrate the memory of Matt Maupin, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”
Keith Maupin, Matt’s father and executive director of the Yellow Ribbon Support Center, said his late son took up fishing at about age 13. Keith enjoys remembering Matt’s days as a fisherman.
“You had to pry the rod out of Matt’s hand,” Keith said. “He knew the next bite could be a five pounder. He loved to fish. Loved it. This is a great partnership for us, a great fit.”
– WHO: Hosts – Clermont County Park District, East Fork Bass Anglers
Sponsors – Bass Pro Shops, Hamilton Bait
– WHAT: Matt Maupin Memorial Fishing Derby for Kids.
(Ages 15 and younger)
– WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
(registration begins at 10 a.m.)
– WHERE: Pattison Park Lakeside, 2228 U.S. Highway 50, Batavia, Ohio 45103
– PRICE: Free
– WHAT ELSE: Three age groups – 7 and younger, 8 to 11 and 12 to 15 – with prizes for biggest fish, smallest fish and most weight in each category.
Casting contest with prizes for two age groups – 11 and younger, 12 to 15.
Food, drinks and door-prize raffle.
The Clermont County Park District operates six parks, three nature preserves and several greenspaces encompassing nearly 800 acres around the county. Founded in 1970, the Park District’s mission is “to acquire, plan, develop, program and maintain park property in the county for residents and nonresidents alike” and “secure the preservation of open space and places of scenic or historic value.”
Matt Maupin was a Gen Este High School graduate and served in the United States Army. He was captured in Iraq in 2004 and went missing in action for four years before fellow soldiers eventually found his remains and returned him home in 2008. The Yellow Ribbon Support Center honors his memory and seeks addresses of currently deployed military to send care packages to soldiers in the field. The Support Center also offers scholarships to area high school seniors.
The East Fork Bass Anglers enjoy the sport of bass fishing and competing in a friendly, open environment with about 12 tournaments a year. The small club is active in enhancing the public knowledge of the sport by sharing experience, educating youth, practicing catch-and-release and demonstrating innovative environmental and conservation methods.
Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.