|1ST Annual Kids Summer Fishing Derby
July 11, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
McLean Ave Beach/Park
This is a community event organized by the Arnprior Fish & Game Conservation Club for the children of Renfrew County, Ottawa and the surrounding areas. Every child participating will be going home with a goodie bag full of great stuff. There will also be hot dogs and drinks for the kids and parents alike. The Derby is being held during the province’s Free Family Fishing Week meaning the adults accompanying the kids will not need a fishing license to take part.
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In Ontario, each year in winter and summer, there are two fishing days, when people have opportunities try fishing without licences. This year Chen noticed that in Arnprior, the small town where he worked, the Arnprior Fish & Game Conservation Club (AFGCC) was offering the first Kids Summer Fishing Derby.
We went there with little preparation. I grabbed two fishing rods left by my father, and sneaked in a pair of Crocs sandals. When we arrived, we saw a booth where people weighted and logged the fish caught. A gentleman who sat in the booth gave me a float and a hook and fixed my fishing tool. He also helped me hook up the earth worm.
Rose asked for my sandals (I regretted that I forgot to ask the twins to wear sandals. They then could only go into the water one by one using the only sandals I had worn) and walked into the river to start fishing but with no success. Then she came back to take some hot dogs and drinks offered by the organizers. So Cherry got her chance. There was a gentlemen, a father to two teenage boys, who showed cherry how to keep the bait out of water before she reached the fishing spot, and how to do the casting. With a few tries, Cherry was very excited that she could cast far away. She was even more excited when she finally caught a fish. It was about 6 inches long. Unfortunately, on the way back to shore, the fish managed to escape as Cherry didn’t know she should hold the fish above the water. Everyone in my family was excited. It was the very first fish our family had ever caught.
After a few moments, Cherry caught another one. This time, Sebastian, the son of the gentleman who guided Cherry, helped Cherry walk back to the shore to get the fish weighed. Cherry won a medal offered by the AFGCC.
I also obtained a booklet “Catch fishing!” by Rick Amsbury. The information inside is sufficient enough for a beginner who has never tried fishing to get into the sport.
Chen also discovered the Ontario Family Fishing website. We are looking forward to next year when it will offer the fishing camp.
Sebastian, the teenager shown in the pic, helped Cherry to manage the second fish she caught. In the picture you can see a red dot to the right of Sebastian’s hat, and it is Cherry there fishing.
It was a nice day, in a nice small town with some nice people.