Chil­dren in­vited to derby

Port Morien Wildlife As­so­ci­a­tion hosts an­nual free fish­ing event

Cape Breton Post - - News - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

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.”

Peach

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