White Point, Nova Scotia (May 19, 2015) — Fishing has a long and storied past in and around White Point Beach Resort. Thanks to a partnership with the Nova Scotia Guides Association they’re returning to their roots as they host the 1st Annual White Point Kids Fishing Derby on Sat. May 30, 2015.
An invitation to locals and guests alike has been extended to families, and especially kids 15 years of age and younger, to participate in the Kids Fishing Derby. Working alongside the Resort in hosting this inaugural event are local fishing guides Vinal Smith, Carroll Randall and the Nova Scotia Guides Association. While the entire family is welcome, this event is all about the kids having fun while fishing along the edge of Five Rivers at White Point.
The Derby has three age categories which include: 5 years and younger, 6 to 12 years and 13-15 years. In keeping with traditional Derby practice, children participating in the event will have their catch measured and weighed for prizes. For each age category, 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded. Everything from Lunker of the Day, Largest Catch of the Day based on the weight and Largest Catch & Release will be awarded.
Vinal Smith has been working with the Resort for many years. Sharing his passion for fishing on the lakes and rivers in Queens County with guests from around the world, Smith says he’s helped land many fish, and laughs, over the years. “I love fishing, being outside and seeing families enjoying time together, chatting and having fun either as an experienced or beginner fisherman, it’s a real treat for me.” Smith adds “helping to create and host this Kids Fishing Derby is a great way to help introduce a new generation to a very sustainable and relaxing lifelong sport.”
Images of fishermen holding up their trophies hang all over the walls of White Point. Rekindling interest and enthusiasm for fishing has continued to be an area of focus for the Resort. Joanne Veinotte, White Point’s General Manager, says the Kids Fishing Derby is about families having fun outside together and sharing our rich heritage and great location. “Philip Hooper Moore, who established White Point Lodge originally, hosted visitors from all over North America nearly 90 years ago, most came for the fishing and hunting experience as an escape from their day-to-day lives. Guests still come to escape, and while fishing isn’t their motivation for coming, we want them to know that they can, and that we even have a fishing package now” says Veinotte.
The 1st Annual White Point Kids Fishing Derby will kick off with registration at the Boathouse at White Point from 8am – 8:45am. The first cast by Mayor Clark of the Region of Queens to mark the start of the event will be at 9am. A full morning of fishing along Five Rivers will continue until noon. Immediately following the morning of fishing, everyone will gather at the Lakeside Lawn and Firepit for the Prize Awards Ceremony and Fish Fry.
Rallying behind the Fishing Derby are many 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.
This year, in addition to the Kids Fishing Derby, in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Guides Association, White Point once again hosted a ‘Gone Fishing’ Day during March Break, partnered with the Nova Scotia Guides Association at the Atlantic Sports and RV Show in Halifax, and have just introduced a 2 night Fishing Package as part of their annual offerings to attract visitors to the area.
Registration for the May 30th Kids Fishing Derby is free and open to everyone to enjoy as a day event, or an overnight getaway. For more information about the event and register, visit www.whitepoint.com or call 902.354.2711 Ext 1.
PRESS RELEASE SOURCE: White Point Resort
Vinal Smith Licensed Guide & Member of Nova Scotia Guides Association
Phone: (902) 356-2498
Communications & Promotions Assistant
White Point Beach Resort
Phone: (902) 354.2711 ext. 181