EASTON — The Kids Fishing Derby drew over 20 families to come out and enjoy the Waterfowl Festival’s sunny, cool weather on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Bay Street Ponds.
Members of the Mid-Shore Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association gave kids the opportunity to catch their first fish. Volunteers, with the assistance of members of the Easton Elks Lodge #1622, instructed children on how to cast and reel in their line.
“I think the turnout is amazing. It takes a village to raise a child, so we are so happy we can all be here, helping, teaching and fishing,” said Maggie Hughes, assistant director of Coastal Conservation Association Maryland. “It is such an important part of not only our community here but specifically Maryland. What the kids are doing here is learning a skill that they can take in to the rest of their life.”
Hughes said the Maryland Department of Natural Resources stocked 250 rainbow trout and raised them for the pond. Patrick Womer, Coastal Conservation Association volunteer, said there also were sunfish, one big catfish, trout and large mouth sea bass.
The fish were thrown back, but each kid took home a certificate of their “first catch.”
The Coastal Conservation Association also had its habitat trailer, which allows kids and adults to get an up-close look at building reef balls and gives them a good understanding about the need to improve habitat in the Bay.
Brett Ewing of Easton brought his kids — 2-year-old Lucas Ewing and 5-year-old Aubrey Ewing — to enjoy the family event.
“I have been attending these things for as long as I remember,” Ewing said. “We come out here, its pretty nice to let them enjoy these things. We do these things pretty often, so to have them see all the events is pretty cool.”