TRURO – Hundreds of young anglers are expected to line the shore of Kiwanis Pond on Saturday for the 28th annual kids’ Fisherama.
The free event for kids 16 and under is hosted by the Cobequid Salmon Association. It runs from 7 a.m. to noon. Registration gets underway at 6:30 a.m.
“It’s an opportunity for kids from (age) two to 15 to catch their first trout,” said Bill Yarn, president of the Cobequid Salmon Association.
More than 1,200 speckled trout will be released into the pond, located on Juniper Street, on Friday morning. About a dozen of those fish will be tagged, and catching a tagged fish will net anglers small cash prizes.
“There’s some dandies that come every year,” Yarn said of the fish. “I’ve seen them three, perhaps even four pounds, which is a big trout for Nova Scotia.”
Yarn, who will attend the event, said the Fisherama is as much fun for parents as it is kids.
“I enjoy watching parents when they see their three-year-old or four-year-old pull in his first fish get excited and then come up and hold it for a picture or a prize … it’s really priceless. In a child’s life, it’s a big moment.
“The thing with hunting and fishing and all the outdoor sports, they’re going by the wayside,” he added. “So it’s a way to maybe get a few kids interested in the outdoors and interested in fishing.”
Longtime Cobequid Salmon Association members Peter Hamilton and Jack Rudolph started the popular Fisherama in 1986 as a way to introduce young people to fishing.
“It’s become a tradition,” said Yarn. “They started it and built it up to what it is today, so they’re the two that really deserve all the credit for it.”
In addition to cash prizes, draws will be held for Registered Educational Saving Plans (RESPs).
Adults are asked to not fish the pond on Friday after the trout have been released or on Saturday morning prior to the Fisherama in an effort to give young anglers the best chance at catching a fish. Officials will patrol the pond to ensure compliance with the request.
The Fisherama will be held rain or shine.