KIDS MAKE NEW MEMORIES AT BPSA DERBY:
It was a RAINBOW TROUT celebration West of Wiarton.
More than a hundred fish were caught by excited youngsters as they made new memories at the annual Kids Fishing Day Derby staged by the Bruce Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association (BPSA). Action was fast and furious at the event on a recent Saturday morning.
The trout pond at the BPSA hatchery had been specially stocked for the derby which attracted an enthusiastic crowd. Many participants caught 3 fish. Most were catch and release. Rods, reels and bait were provided at no cost to participants.
Taking first place for girls with a handsome 6.2 pound rainbow trout was 12-year-old Kennedy Jones of Hepworth. Kennedy went home with a special trophy marking the occasion and several prizes. Kennedy said she had been practice casting at her uncle’s cottage. It obviously paid off.
First place for boys with a 3.2 pound rainbow was 7 year-old Lachlan Harders. He took home a trophy and several other nice prizes.
Also among the top anglers with a 2.4 pound trout was 7-year-old Isaac Wood of Owen Sound. Ryle McCallum of Kitchener had the honour of catching the first fish of the derby, a half-pound rainbow trout. Check the expressions on the kids’ faces to gage how much they enjoyed themselves.
35-BPSA volunteers helped run the derby. Club Vice-President Kevin Harders and partner Dianne McCartney did a stellar job organizing the prizes and assigning volunteers. Thanks to our generous sponsors every participant went home with a souvenir prize.
Among corporate and individual sponsors supporting BPSA so far this year are:
The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), MP Larry Miller, Brett Miller, Frosty Freeze Wiarton, the McCartney family operators of MPM Limited, Dirk Dekker of Country Baits Dew Worms, Jamie Rudolph of Thomboys Power Sports, Ram Trophies and Sports Wiarton, the Wiarton District Chamber of Commerce, the Town of South Bruce Peninsula, J&S Tackle Port Elgin, Jordan Myles of the OPP, San Burrows of Burrows & Son Construction, Lures & Lines Fishing Rod & Reel Repair of Grey Road One Georgian Bluffs, Jim McKane of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and Giant Tiger Owen Sound.
In announcing financial support for this derby an OFAH official said “we do this for the kids”.
BPSA President Jim Martell thanked the volunteers for staging what he called “another stupendous club event”. He noted that the kids taking part will eventually be the stewards of our natural resources. He said he hoped this derby introduced many of them to recreational fishing, one of the most popular sports in Ontario.
BPSA is best known for its fish stocking. Since the sixties our volunteers have planted more than 4-million trout in Great Lakes waters. We operate the longest running community/volunteer fish hatchery in Ontario. Many of those taking part in our derby toured our hatchery marveling at thousands of baby rainbow and brown trout in different stages of growth. It costs more than 10-thousand dollars a year to operate our fish stocking program.
Our largest fund-raiser of the year, the annual Bruce Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association Pork & Beef Barbecue, is set for Saturday July 14 from 4-7pm.