PRINCE COUNTY

Fish for fun

Journal Pioneer - - FRONT PAGE - BY DE­SIREE ANSTEY New­room@jour­nal­pi­oneer.com.

Over 55 fish were caught when fam­i­lies flocked to cast their lines into the Alysha Toombs Me­mo­rial Park pond in Kens­ing­ton dur­ing the an­nual fish­ing derby.

Fam­i­lies flocked to cast their lines into the quiet Alysha Toombs Me­mo­rial Park pond in Kens­ing­ton, for the an­nual fish­ing derby Satur­day morn­ing. “We put 500 fish into the pond last fall, and we have more than 70 kids reg­is­tered this morn­ing,” com­mented Kens­ing­ton Po­lice Chief Lewie Suther­land, who spear­heads the two-day fish­ing derby. “It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for us (po­lice) to get to know the kids and their fam­i­lies – we love it,” con­tin­ued Suther­land. “We have peo­ple from all over the Is­land to­day fish­ing.” Youngsters got to see po­lice in dif­fer­ent shoes, as many of­fi­cers threw on their fish­ing gear. The fun-filled event gives po­lice, kids and fam­i­lies an op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act in a dif­fer­ent way. Quinn Ban­field, aged 8, joined in the fun with other mem­bers of the Sum­mer­side Jiu Jitsu Club. “I’ve caught three fish so far and I’m re­ally en­joy­ing it,” he an­nounced, with a smile as he re­leased a fish back into the pond. “I’ve been fish­ing be­fore in New­found­land,” he noted. Brook trout is the most com­mon type of fish that habi­tats the pond. “They typ­i­cally range from two to 16 inches in length,” said Suther­land. Other than catch fish, a free bar­be­cue and prizes were on of­fer. “It costs quite a lot to put the event on, and we have around $1,000 of fish­ing rods to give away, plus bar­be­cues, and prizes. All the money comes from do­na­tions, and even the fish are do­nated by the province,” ex­plained Suther­land. More than 55 fish were caught by youngsters Satur­day morn­ing. “I want to thank all my spon­sors that help ev­ery year be­cause we can’t do this with­out them,” con­cluded Suther­land. The depart­ment’s next event will be the an­nual Kens­ing­ton Po­lice Ser­vice Bike Rodeo on Satur­day, June 16, at the Com­mu­nity Gar­dens Com­plex in Kens­ing­ton. Reg­is­tra­tion is at 8:30 a.m. The fun-filled fam­ily event will give participating youth the chance to win a bi­cy­cle.

DE­SIREE ANSTEY/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Quinn Ban­field, aged 8, reels in his third catch of the day.

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