It's unlikely that the tagged brook trout, that was released into Roxbury pond wednesday, knew just how many anglers would be pulling out ever stop to lure it back up through the ice. Whatever sentimental value its peers might have when they are caught, there's no doubting that this one brookie is worth two grand in cold hard cash.
Every year, in the Larry Mercier Memorial Annual Ice Fishing Derby, a $2,000 prize is offered to the angler that can catch the one tagged "money fish."
In 32 years, it's never been caught. The odds are in favor of this 2-pound, 17-inch fish, or are they? It's only a matte of time before the luck of the tagged fish runs out, right?
The tournament raises money to provide eye glasses for people that can't afford them, and all proceeds are distributed locally. A total of $1,150 dollars of additional prizes is paid out for the largest pickerel, bass, perch and trout. Last year there were more than 500 fishermen trying to catch the tagged brookie, to no avail.