Anglers reel in fun memories

Ashley Thompson
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Published on February 29, 2012

Brian Wile, of Union Corner, Falmouth’s Donald Hartt and Alan Wile, of Poplar Grove, sit in wait, hoping to break a four-year, no-catch streak at the annual tournament named after their late friend, and relative.

Published on February 29, 2012

Alicia Russell, 12, watches as Barry Russell, of Canning, drills a hole in the ice at Meadow Pond.

Published on February 29, 2012

Two-year-old Aiden Allen, of Garlands Crossing, gears up to help his father, Dennis Allen, reel in a big on at the 9th annual Everett Wile Memorial Catch the Rainbow Ice Fishing Tournament.

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Nine-year-old Josh vanNostrand travelled to Meadow Pond from Berwick to give ice fishing a try.

Published on February 29, 2012

Dartmouth’s Steve Andrews was the talk of the pond at the 9th annual Everett Wile Memorial Catch the Rainbow Ice Fishing Tournament Feb. 18. Andrews pitched a fishing shack in the middle of the pond and managed to reel in three rainbow trout before most of the anglers on the ice even had a nibble.

Published on February 29, 2012

The Hants West Wildlife Association’s Stephen Jollymore made room in his hut for Hants West MLA Chuck Porter at the 9th annual Everett Wile Memorial Catch the Rainbow Ice Fishing Tournament Feb. 18.

The 9th annual Everett Wile Memorial Catch the Rainbow Ice Fishing Tournament Feb. 18 will be one hard derby to top.

It seems Mother Nature signed on as a partner with the Hants West Wildlife Association (HWWA) to make sure Meadow Pond was a hub of activity Feb. 18.

The wind amounted to little more than a subtle breeze and the temperature was cold enough to keep the pond frozen, and mild enough to lure more than 125 anglers of all ages to Meadow Pond between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

“Thirty-one youth registered with us and this is the main focus for us — to have families participating in outdoor events,” said Gary Marlborough, of the HWWA.

For Brian Wile, a relative of the late Everett Wile, the annual ice fishing derby is an opportunity to set a personal best, which, he jokes, is harder than it sounds.

“Four years in, and I haven’t caught a fish yet,” the Union Corner resident admitted with a laugh.

The fish were sparse, but spirits were high on Meadow Pond.

Eleven-year-old Bergen Gilbert, of South Rawdon, wanted to bring a frying pan to cook the trout as soon as he, or his grandfather Conrad Gilbert, reeled one in. As of noon, there was still no need for the first timers to dig out the cooking utensils.

When it seemed most of the huts on the ice were packed with anglers excited to have the slightest nibble on their line, Dartmouth’s Steve Andrews had already pulled three trout out of the pond using shrimp as bait. It was Andrews’ first time participating in the Windsor-based derby.

Proceeds raised from the fishing derby are used to cover the cost of the Learn 2 Fish Program that sends members of the HWWA to local elementary schools to teach Grade 4 students the basics of angling each spring. Art Vidito won the 50/50 draw at the ice derby and donated his winnings back to the HWWA to show his support for the non-profit group’s cause.

Organizations: Hants West Wildlife Association, Union Corner

Geographic location: South Rawdon, Dartmouth

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  • Mike O'Brien
    March 01, 2012 - 19:14

    Ashley thanks as always for a great job on the tournament.This tournament has become Windsors / West Hants tournament and a special thanks to all who make this possible.Mike O'Brien president HWWA