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Sackville Rod & Gun Club’s annual Youth Fishing Derby planned for June 2

Participants in last year’s Sackville Rod & Gun Club Youth Fishing Derby try their luck on the banks of a privately stocked pond located in Rockport.
Participants in last year’s Sackville Rod & Gun Club Youth Fishing Derby try their luck on the banks of a privately stocked pond located in Rockport. - Submitted

Event will take place at privately-stocked pond in Rockport

ROCKPORT, N.B. – This year the Sackville Rod & Gun Club’s annual Youth Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, June 2, rain or shine, and as in previous years will be at a private stocked pond located at #241 Rockport Road, Rockport.

The event is limited to 65 participates ages 5 to 15. Those under age 12 are required to be accompanied by an adult. All must pre-register by calling Shirley Branscombe at 506-536-3539 between May 22 and May 31.

Participants must bring their own fishing rod, bait and chair. As in years past, other family members often also attend so as to enjoy some quality time together. There is no registration fee, although it’s requested that if possible to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the local food bank

At the event, signing in starts at 9 a.m. with the fishing between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. The catch limit is five fish per angler, with fly casting not allowed due to safety concerns. At noon, prizes for the longest string of fish, the longest fish, and the youngest participant will be awarded, along with many other prizes supplied by Cabela’s. That’s also when the free BBQ lunch of hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks will be served by members of the New Brunswick Conservation Officers Association. The general public is frequently not aware of the efforts of these officers in protecting the province’s wildlife and catching poachers, and often work alone, and in the remote areas of this province where backup is not always available.

A double sized, handmade quilt featuring a wildlife scene and sponsored by the Club will be raffled at the event. Tickets are available from Roger Estabrooks (506-364-0091). Only 150 tickets are being sold.

The Club very much appreciates Rose’s Independent Save-Easy grocery store’s support of this event, and their contributions to every Derby since its inception.

The Club has obtained funding from the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund to assist in paying expenses. Those expenses include the buying and transporting of 200 trout, paying the insurance, obtaining additional prizes, etc. etc. Five dollars of the cost of every hunting, fishing and trapping licence is given to the Trust Fund. That money is then designated for such events as this Derby where youngsters can catch trout and be encouraged to develop a lifetime love of fishing. Once hooked, anglers often develop a lifetime interest in being in the forefront in protecting and enhancing our fish and wildlife, and their environment.

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