By Fred Wallace
With all the whoosh of the Masters, the NHL Playoffs, hockey pools, the OHF " Peewee " A " Championships, the Raptors, baseball season and poker games, I somehow overlooked a significant event in our backyard.
The annual Georgian Triangle Spring Trout Derby started Saturday and runs this year through May 1st.
This derby is significant on a number of levels.
One, to me, it launches the yearly sportfishing season, as it's the first of three major derbies in our region.
The Chantry Chinook Classic along the Lake Huron Shoreline & the annual Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular follow and make a terrific threesome to celebrate and participate in the natural assets we enjoy.
Second, the history of the Georgian Triangle derby is significant as this year marks their 30th year.
Yes, through time there have been alterations and like every aspect of life as we knew from the 80's to now, there has been downsizing and cutbacks, yet still, the derby motors on.
Third, the proceeds from the derby go back to the Georgian Triangle Anglers Association, who in turn use these funds in a variety of ways to maintain and improve the sportfishing industry in the Georgian Triangle.
And finally, the geography involved here is pretty staggering stretching from Owen Sound around to Wasaga Beach.
Enjoy the 30th annual Georgian Triangle Spring Trout Derby
I'm Fred Wallace