Annual Fisharama fun never wears off

Sherry Martell
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TRURO - Kevin Vance couldn't help but smile as he watched his daughter's mouth drop open and her giddiness erupt when her patience paid off at Kiwanis Park Saturday.
After two hours of fishing at the annual Fisharama, Emily, from Truro, nabbed a fish estimated to be about 10 inches.
"It was really strong ... dad casts for me and I help him pick the worms but dad takes the fish off the hook," said Emily. "I don't like to take it off the hook because it's bloody and I feel sorry for it."
Emily has attended the Fisharama with her dad since she was four years old and the fun never wears off.
"I like fishing here but not anywhere else. I like spending time with dad and you need some days with your parents so you can bond with them easier," said Emily admiring her fish. Although the fish was not tagged, and not worthy of a prize, Emily was thrilled with her success.
Kevin said the annual event is something they look forward to every spring.
"It's become a family tradition," he said, adding his 19-year-old Matt went to the Fisherama for many years as well.
"I used to fish with my dad every chance I got ... and it's important (Emily) enjoys nature."
Six-year-old Mitchell Ellis, of Glenholme, was all business and did not have much time to talk with the Truro Daily News Saturday. The youngster was busy splashing into the water in his high rubber boots, scouting out the perfect location.
"I like playing with worms, and I like fishing," he said as he tried five rods in an attempt to catch the big one.
The Cobequid Salmon Association hosted the event for the 24th year. Co-ordinator Nelson Rogers said it's more than a day of fun.
"There's not enough outside activities here and if you don't have good experiences in nature when you are young you tend to not enjoy it when you're older," he said.
There is one drawback about the event, he said, that continues to happen yearly.
"Adults sometimes fish before the event begins (but) it's for the kids," Rogers said.
He anticipates next year's 25th anniversary will include some extra prizes and surprises.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Truro Daily News, Cobequid Salmon Association

Geographic location: Kiwanis Park

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