Families fall hook, line and sinker for fishing day

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - Talk about the 'reel deal' - the Raisin River Conservation Area (RRCA) hosted its annual Family Fishing Day on Friday, and over 100 local residents took the bait.

Dozens of families casted out their lines at Gray's Creek Conservation Area & Marina Complex during a day of licence-free fishing.

Brendan Jacobs, RRCA fish and wildlife biologist, said thanks to the 21 sponsors families were supplied with fishing rods, bait, and ate free BBQ. Prizes were handed out to the anglers who caught the three biggest fish and through a raffle draw.

"I hope people experience fishing today, whether it's their first time this summer or first time ever," said Jacobs.

Cornwallite Brenda Miseferi and her two grandsons Jayden and Preston Price sat quietly by the edge of the marina, fishing rods in hand.

"It's a great day outdoors to teach my grandchildren the importance of catching and releasing fish," said Miseferi. "I hope they do events like this more often."

Jayden, 5, was beaming, feeling victorious after making his first catch of the day.

"It's nice being outside and learning how to fish," said the budding angler.

Preston, 3, enjoyed the boats passing by and spending time with grandma.

Katarina Pavlica, RRCA wildlife technician, thanked local businesses and organizations for their incredible support.

The Cornwall Lunker Club and a representative of the Ministry of Natural Resources were also at the event to lend a helping hand.

More to come.

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