Makenzie Boyd and father Paul Boyd pose with a freshly caught catfish at the Canada 150 Fishing Derby on Monday, July 3 (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).
CORNWALL, Ontario - Cornwall's Canada 150 Committee, the Cornwall Optimist's Club, the Lunker's Club and the Cornwall Community Police (CCPS) Service got together to organize a fishing day for the local kids.
The Fishing Derby kicked off with some lessons on water safety from the CCPS and the Optimist's Club provided lunch before everyone got set to fishing along the banks of the St. Lawrence River behind the RCAF Wing on Water Street.
All the kids received fishing rods and tackle boxes that they were allowed to keep and the Lunker's Club was on hand to give them a few angling tips.
In all 51 kids got to participate.
"A lot of kids today never had a chance to do this," said Luc Richer a volunteer at the event. "Kids on a day like this might be inside watching T.V. or playing video games, but it doesn't take much to fish. Just walk down to the water and do it for an hour."