C.J. Smith, son of Robbie Smith, watches as his catch of trout is measured at the recent Sackville Rod & Gun Club youth fish derby.
ROCKPORT, N.B. â€“ Yet another Youth Fishing Derby has come and gone, and from all reports the event on June 7 was a very successful day. Held by the Sackville Rod & Gun Club with the support of the New Brunswick Conservation Officers Association, the 65 registered anglers, aged 5-15, caught a total of 107 trout. Although the day was cold and cloudy with rain forecast and a heavy wind, nature cooperated in holding off the rain although wind gusts made casting a worm a bit difficult. Not everyone caught a fish yet several caught their five fish limit.
The longest fish with a length of 14 inches was caught by Chris Smith, while Reilly Atkinson and Logan Thompson tied for second place with fish 13.75 inches in length. The longest string of five fish was caught by Landen Carter had a total length of 62 inches, while Dalton Thompson came in second with 58.5 inches and Stephanie Turner placed third with her fish having a total length of 57.5 inches.
Due to the weather forecast, the club was a bit concerned not all contestants would come but were pleasantly surprised at the turnout. Fishing commenced at 10 a.m. and ran until noon, at which time prizes were handed out and both contestants and accompanying adults enjoying the barbecue of hamburgers, hotdogs and juice drinks served up by the conservation officers. The club made sure every youngster that attended went home with a prize and noted that of those that attended, 11 were but five years of age and nine were only a year older.
The club very much appreciated the local businesses that supplied prizes and food at cost. Ron White won the canoe draw.