The Shane Mercer Memorial family fish derby took place on Saturday, April 7 at Jean Lake in Wabush. This first-time event met all expectations of the kids, parents and event organizers.
It was a beautiful day, with sunshine and a nice, gentle, Labrador breeze and excellent ice conditions - no slush and more than 36 inches of ice.
It was wonderful to see such community support from Labrador West, through participation. We had kids from 1-year-old and up, moms, dads, grandparents and other extended family members, join us for this hard water challenge. Some fish were caught, and in true “fisherman” fashion, some nice ones got away! Most importantly, there were a lot of happy, smiling children who had a great experience with their families. This is what the day was all about.
We had 74 kid fishers and 88 adult fishers. Three fish were caught, weighed and released. The largest was a 7 lb. 11 oz. laker caught by 5-year-old Charlene Dorat, who won $420. Second place went to Roland Pentz, with a laker weighing 5 lb. 15 oz., netting him $250. Douglas Perry took third place, winning $170 for his 4 lb. 7 oz. laker.
There were many random draws for kids 16 and under, and adult categories. A Play Station, iPods and Wii systems were given away, along with a power auger, chain saw and a deep fryer, to name a few.
This event would not have been possible without the support of many businesses and individuals.
After all the expenses and cash prize payouts, a donation of $3105.13 was given to the Labrador West chapter of MADD.