Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A fantastic derby weekend!

This past weekend was the 2015 Ecological Adventures NB Paddler's Derby.    This is the second year that I have held the organizer role for this event, and while it is a ton of work, it is also tremendously rewarding.    This particular derby, moreso than any I've ever been involved with before was the most special for me as Rowan, my 4 year old, wanted to compete as well, and he did an amazing job!

The weather was wonderful from Friday afternoon through to the end of the event Saturday evening.   Many anglers opted to camp on site again and I had a great time catching up with friends I don't often get to see.

The event went off without any major issues through the day.   None of the 39 anglers tipped over, everyone caught fish, and there were 13 species caught in total through the day.   After getting through the paperwork, we ended up raising $650 for the Oromocto River Watershed Association to put towards the protection, conservation and enjoyment of the river sytem.

Some of the guys found a nice spot to take a break
Come the end of the day, all the prizes had been laid out among 4 tables, with a kids table, a table for larger prizes, then shirts/hats, and finally an assortment of lures, glasses, line, and other smaller items.  First the kids came up and collected their prizes and then each participant from first place down to  35th came up and selected one item from each of the other three tables.    This approach, while not initially planned, ended up working out as a great format for presenting prizes!
Some of the guys pre-fishing on Friday

As usual Ryan Anderson won the event with 10 species.   I came in a very respectable 6th place with 8 species, but would have gotten third if only the huge pickerel that got off my line just as I was getting my net in the water was landed.

Andrew with his sons Caleb and Jayden

The star of the show was Rowan.   At 4 years old he landed 6 species (including a pickerel which I couldn't get), and would have come in 11th place among the adults.    He easily won the youth division and was overjoyed to select a fantastic snorkelling set, along with a Cabela's Rod and his medal!   Rowan wore his snorkel set home in the Jeep, then took it into the tub and finally wanted to sleep with it on that night!  :-)

My first ever Red Brest Sunfish

The winner of the kayak which was once again generously donated by Paul Wright of Eco-Logical Adventures was Bob Duchesneau who was the original organizer of this event.   It's great to see Bob win the kayak after all he contributed to the event over the years!    We had a lot of new faces this year, and everyone seemed to have a great time.   I'm sure as word of mouth continues to spread, next year will be bigger and better once again!

If you missed out on this event, we are doing it all again on August 22nd, this time on the Hammond River.   Old Town has donated a Predator XL to give away at this one, and I've already lined up even more great prizes, so make your plans and register today!    Oh, if you register and pay by July 15th you'll be entered into the early bird draw of a rod/reel and line combo!


  1. Sounds like you had a great event there Joe. Sorry that I had other obligations.

    Who won the lunker and what was it??

  2. Pleasant weather and right fishing buddies can certainly be a great fun! Right fishing tackle brings success and comfort too!