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Kids, adults get thrills at annual fishing derby

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TRENTON – Trout was on the supper menu in many households in the area following the Pictou County Rivers Association’s annual fishing derby at Steeltown Park last Saturday.
Nearly 400 people of   all ages took part in the event, association member Kevin Dean said.

“It’s a great opportunity,” he said. “It teaches kids to fish and to have fun. It’s great to see the smiles on their faces.”

The association generally stocks one pond at the park, but the large registration prompted its members to stock two ponds with 1,600 fish of varying size and length.

Prizes were awarded based on the length of the trout. At one point, Andrew Ferguson caught the longest trout at 44 centimetres, while Ava Matte caught one 43 centimetres long and Lola Timmons’ was 42.5 centimetre in length.

Dean and a fellow member did their customary thing, spending the night beside the pond guarding the fish before their usual breakfast – rabbit pie.

The association was formed in 1990 by a group of Pictou County residents who have been dedicated to protecting and conserving Pictou County rivers with their volunteer work and education.

It helps the province stock rivers and streams with trout species raised at a hatchery near Antigonish.

The fishing derby takes place each Saturday of the Victoria Day long weekend. Each participant is permitted to catch up to five fish.

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