STEWIACKE - Anglers of all ages and spectators alike are urged to check off May 3 on their calendars.
That is the date of the Shubenacadie First Nation’s 4th Annual Striped Bass Derby and founder Keith Julian said that based on past experience, the day promises to offer a good time for all.
“It’s grown to be one of the biggest derbies around in a short time,” he said. “The main focus of the derby is community relationship building.”
Last year’s event saw approximately $6,000 worth of prizes handed out – including the grand prize of a boat, motor and accessories – despite the fact there is no cost to enter the derby, which is hosted by the Shubenacadie band.
The derby takes place on the Stewiacke River along the old Highway 2, between Brookfield and Stewiacke, with registration beginning at 7 a.m.
Three age categories (10 years and under, 11-17 years and 18 years and over) are included in the prize lineup with all fishing beginning at 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. (8 a. m. to 3 p.m. for kids 10 years and under). Random prize draws will also be held throughout the day.
The derby, which is catch and release only, is open to all, fishing licenses are not required and bait, lures and flies are permitted.
Transporting of living fish is prohibited and boats are not allowed as the derby is for shoreline fishing only.
Prizes are available for longest bass, smallest bass and for the greatest overall length of multiple catches.
There is also a fun category, Julian said, “because you are always going to catch an eel.”
For further details contact Julian at 805-0145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .