Gone Fishing

Jamie Heap
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Angling Enthusiasts Enjoy Free Fishing Weekend

ELLIOT LAKE-Young and old came from near and far this past Saturday to enjoy fishing, food and prizes to show their continued support of a good cause.

Held in conjunction with free angling weekend, the Westchester Fire Department raises money through the sale of such barbecue items as hamburgers each year.

“Out of the 21 years that the Westchester Fire Department has held this event on Elliot Lake, last year was the busiest ever,” stated Harvie Montrose. “We already have 128 people registered so far today and we expect to reach at least 150.”

The annual event, which runs from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm on the first Saturday of June each year, has benefitted from some great weather over the years.  

“Only once did rain drive people off the lake early (1:00 pm),” said Montrose.

As for the fishing that took place Saturday on Elliot Lake, Sam Miller, a youth from Antigonish, caught a fish that weighed two pounds and thirteen ounces.

Rob Smith and Jim Millman, two fishing and golf enthusiasts who have made a weekend out of this event for the past 16 years (‘Finns and Skins’ trophy play), encountered some technical difficulties with their boat on Elliot Lake on Saturday.

“On Friday afternoon, we play a round of golf in Debert before fishing on Elliot Lake, something we’ve been doing for the past 16 years or so,” stated Smith, a former Salmon River firefighter. “While Jim and I each caught a fish this year, we had stop fishing early because our boat started to take in water,” added Smith.

Smith and Millman safely navigated their boat back to shore. “We will fix the leak so that we can come out and support the fire department next year,” said Smith.

The Westchester Fire Department, which received donations from businesses throughout Cumberland and Colchester Counties, held prize draws during the day.

On Saturday, July 20, the Westchester Fire Department will be hosting a Beer Garden at its fire hall that will be taking on a Duck Dynasty style-theme.

“Free fishing weekend is a great event,” said Montrose. “Everyone has fun.”

Organizations: Westchester Fire Department, Gone Fishing

Geographic location: ELLIOT LAKE, Antigonish, Debert Salmon River Cumberland

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