Children invited to derby
Port Morien Wildlife Association hosts annual free fishing event
Stan Peach said there are always moments to remember at the annual children’s fishing derby.
“I don’t know if the highlight for me is the smile on the kids faces or the one on our president Robert Boutilier’s face when he is giving away fishing rods to the little kids,” said Peach, treasurer of the Port Morien Wildlife Association.
“He’s a big kid at heart.” The 41st annual Port Morien Wildlife Association’s children’s fishing derby will take place on Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Morrison Lake, Birch Grove.
Peach said the event has been free for the last six years.
“It’s all with the help of donations from the wellness grant funds, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality event fund and private contributions including from people in the fishing industry.”
He said last year 181 registered for the event, up from 170 the previous year.
“We’re aiming for 200 this year,” Peach said.
“It’s a day away from the computers and a healthy day with fresh air, a kids day like the olden days.”
There will be fishing rod giveaways in several age categories — seven and under, 8-12 and 13-15.
Youth ages 16 and up can fish but must have a fishing licence.
There will also be free hotdogs, healthy snacks and water.
“We are fortunate to get money from the wellness grant so we make sure we have healthy snacks on hand,” he said. “It’s all about getting kids out for a healthy activity.”
Peach said there will be a limited number of rods available for any child who might not have one.
“We don’t want not having (a rod) to keep any children away,” he said.
Peach said money received from the CBRM events fund was used to purchase extra rods and reels for that reason.
“We’re getting them ready for anyone who shows up without gear, maybe looking (who wants) to try fishing for the first time.”