Kids set to Cast-off at White Point’s 2nd Annual Fishing Derby
May 19, 2916 – White Point, Nova Scotia
Baited with visions of landing the biggest catch, kids and their families will be hooked on fishing after Saturday May 28th. White Point Beach Resort, along with their partners from the Nova Scotia Guides Association and the Queens County Fish and Game Association will host their 2nd Annual Kids Fishing Derby.
Reaching back to its beginning in 1928 as a hunting and fishing lodge, fishing has been an integral part of White Point’s storied past. Given the success of last year’s event with more than 50 youth joining them, the Resort and organizers Nova Scotia Guides Vinal Smith and Carroll Randall suggest an annual tradition has been born.
Open to the public, welcoming guests and locals alike, families and especially youth 15 years of age and younger, are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Fishing Derby. From the shoreline of Five Rivers Tidal Estuary within White Point, the Derby begins with an orientation to fishing, followed by a morning of fishing with prizing and a fish -fry.
The Derby has three age categories including: 5 years and younger, 6 – 12 years and 13-15 years. Children participating in the Derby will have their catch measured and weighed by Guides who are volunteers from the partnering organizations. In addition to taking home their catch, prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for Lunker of the Day, Largest Catch and Largest Catch and Release.
Kids loved the Fishing Derby last year, says Vinal Smith, who has helped the Resort create and host the Derby. “To see the kids enthusiasm, from toddlers to teens, and to share in the excitement when they land a fish for the first time in their lives is priceless, it’s so rewarding” says Smith. A passionate Fishing Guide and advocate for youth and preservation of fishing habitats, Smith has introduced many of White Point’s guests to fishing in the area and is helping to fuel another generation of fishing.
Creating opportunities for families to spend time together, sharing in experiences that they’ll treasure for years to come is at the heart of the Kids Fishing Derby says Joanne Veinotte, White Point’s General Manager. Pointing to the historic photos on the walls of the Main Lodge, Veinotte says fishing is a part of the history of White Point. “We are delighted to be partnering with our local Guides to create and host this new annual family event. Seeing kids lined up along on the banks of the river and families having fun together is magical” says Veinotte adding, “we hope to see them there more often than just one day a year.”
The 2nd Annual White Point Kids Fishing Derby will kick off with registration at the Boathouse at White Point from 8am – 8:45am. The first cast will be made at 9am marking the official start to the event. A full morning of fishing along Five Rivers will continue until 11:30am. The Prize Awards Ceremony and a fish-fry will take place immediately following at the Lakeside Lawn and Firepit.
Rallying behind the Fishing Derby is the Inland Fisheries Division of Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and several local businesses who are champions of fishing in the area including MacPhersons Fly & Tackle Shop, Brady’s Home Hardware, Queens Auto Clearance Centre and Liverpool Home Hardware who have donated many of the prizes to be awarded.
Fishing continues to be enjoying a renaissance at White Point. In addition to hosting the Kids Fishing Derby in May, their partnership with the Nova Scotia Guides Association also includes a ‘Gone Fishing’ Day during the Resorts’ March Break line-up, and offers a 2 night fishing package that attracts visitors to the area.
Registration for the May 28th Kids Fishing Derby is FREE and open to everyone to enjoy as a day event, or an overnight getaway. While Derby participants are welcome to simply show up on Saturday, White Point requests that kids be registered in advance. For more information about the event and register, visit www.whitepoint.com or call 902.354.2711 Ext 1.
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