No licence required for derby
New Waterford Fish and Game Association hosting annual event
Anyone wanting to participate in an upcoming fishing derby can leave their fishing licence at home.
The New Waterford Fish and Game Association is holding its annual fishing derby Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., which is part of the provincial Department of Fisheries and Agriculture’s free sport fishing weekend.
Maynard Bates, secretary of the New Waterford association, said they try and run the annual derby to coincide with the provincial sport fishing weekend.
He said the provincial government encourages people to become involved in recreational fishing by waiving the requirement for a fishing licence.
“This means that everyone can enjoy the fishing for the derby weekend including those who don’t have a fishing licence,” Bates said.
The seniors derby will take place at Fisherman’s Memorial Park on Lingan Bay while at
the same time the junior derby will be going on at Collierylands Park in New Waterford.
Prizes will be awarded at Collierylands Park at 4:30 p.m. Everyone who catches a tagged fish will win a prize and those who have an entry ticket will be eligible for draws for the remainder of the prizes.
Entry is free for association
members and membership cards and pins will be available at the venues for anyone wishing to renew a membership or join.
A yearly membership costs $1 for anyone age 15 and under and $3 for those ages 16 and older.
“We keep the memberships as low as possible because we want the community to become an important part of our club.”
Bates said the event helps build the membership, allowing the organization to have a larger voice to speak on behalf of the community about important issues.
However he said just as important it’s a great community get-together.
“It’s a yearly ritual that the community enjoys.”
Bates said last year they had
“Most were young kids and had lots of family members also with them including brothers and sisters, parents or guardians.”
People are seen at Collierylands Park in New Waterford during the New Waterford Fish and Game Association fishing derby last year.
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