Children go fishing for the Kinsmen Fishing Derby
The fish in the marina enjoyed a feast Saturday morning as children cast out their rods for the annual Pembroke Kinsmen Club's catch and release fishing derby.
This year 80 children under the age of 12 registered for the event. Each of them left with a prize, but three children got little trophies. Braelyn Sterling (age 4) won a prize for being the youngest person to catch the most fish. She caught six fish in total. Madison Coulas (age 3) won a trophy for catching the biggest fish, which was a 29 inch sturgeon. And McKayla Campbell (age 10) got a trophy for catching the most fish overall. Her total number of fish was seven.
The rest of the prizes were given out through a draw. Those prizes included hats, tackle and fishing rods.
Before handing out the prizes, Brian Abdallah thanked everyone for coming and the donors for their help. In total they received $900 in donations, which is the cost of operating the fishing derby.
The Kinsmen Club has been hosting the derby since 1983, and about five years ago the Kinsmen Club became involved with Bob Izumi's “Kids, Cops and Canadian Tire Fishing Derby.” Through this program the Pembroke Upper Valley OPP, and formerly the Pembroke Police, come out to the event and donate $500 for prizes.
“The whole premise of Bob Izumi, the reason he started foundation, Forever Kids, Forever Fishing, and the association with the police is to show that the police are your friends and to get kids outside and off the video games,” said Abdallah.
This year they had over $700 worth of prizes. Mayor Ed Jacyno donated $100 from his budget, KI donated $200, and SRB technologies donated $200, and Al's Bait and Tackle donated tackle and other items for prizes. The Red Bargain Barn and Sandstone Imports also donated prizes.
Abdallah expressed his thanks to everyone who donated their money for the event because they were able to break even, which means that the Kinsmen Club will have more money for the other events and projects they take care of throughout the year, such as the Kinsmen skating rink.
Christina Van Starkenburg is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist.