Tatamagouche teens skip school, head to the banks of the Waughs River
I'd rather be fishin'
TATAMAGOUCHE - Playing hooky isn't something two Tatamagouche teenagers would normally do, but Wednesday was a special day.
Colton Cameron and Travis Heitkemper were the early birds who got the worms. They took them to the Waugh's River, where at sunrise, the banks were lined with fishermen on the opening day of the tidal recreational
"We had to get up at 5 a.m. to get a good spot on the river and to wait for the tide to come in because you usually catch them when the tide is coming in," Heitkemper said about the catch of the day - brown trout.
The boys packed submarine sandwiches for lunch. But by 11 a.m. they had to clean out the cooler bag to make way for a prize catch landed by Heitkemper.
Cameron said he has traditionally gone to the river on the opening day of the season since he was taught to fish by his father.
"I've been fishing since I was about three (years old)," he said. " It's pretty fun. It gives you something to do."
The boys still had plenty of bait left by mid-afternoon when they switched to the opposite side of the river and planned to fish until at least 4:30 p.m.
Around noon, about a dozen fishermen had staked out spots on the bank of the Waughs River, visible from Lockerby's Bridge. Many people make the occasion a day-long event, carrying with them folding chairs and lighting small bon fires to cook lunch or stay warm.
Since April 1, recreational fishermen have been permitted to fish for speckled trout, brown trout, rainbow trout and landlocked salmon in inland waters.
The season for both inland and tidal water recreational fishing will remain open until Sept. 30.