No li­cence re­quired for derby

New Water­ford Fish and Game As­so­ci­a­tion host­ing an­nual event

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

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

100 par­tic­i­pants.

“Most were young kids and had lots of fam­ily mem­bers also with them in­clud­ing broth­ers and sis­ters, par­ents or guardians.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO/MAY­NARD BATES

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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