Anglers have chance to reel in big money
Saturday, May 5 is the final day for the 2012 Port Dover Perch Derby. The derby is jointly managed by the Port Dover Board of Trade and Port Dover firefighters. One of the volunteers at last year’s event, at right, was Port Dover firefighter Ken Stevens.
There have been so many signs of summer mixed with spring dating back to the winter that it is hard for most everyone to orient themselves in time.
If it is of any help, the Port Dover Board of Trade’s 15th annual Perch Derby kicks off this Saturday. That means the spring of 2012 is still in its early days.
Derby organizers kick off the event early Saturday when they ladle 40 tagged perch worth $23,500 into the harbour. The dispersion zone is an area from the Port Dover Yacht Club south to the east and west pier. Fishing officially begins at 7 a.m. Saturday and ends on Saturday, May 5.
Eighteen of the 40 perch will have yellow tags, meaning they are worth $1,000 apiece. The fish with a yellow tag stamped with the number 12 is this year’s Super Perch. Don’t eat him because he’s worth $2,000 cash.
The fish with a yellow tag stamped with the number 15 is this year’s anniversary perch. Don’t eat him either because he’s worth $1,500.
Another 20 perch will come with gray tags. These are worth $100 each. The odds of reeling in a perch with a gray tag are a little better than they appear because the board of trade will honour gray tagged fish from previous years.
“It’s the tag colour that counts,” says Jan Overend, manager of the board of trade. “We have never had anything turned in after the derby. But you know, a gray-tagged perch is a gray-tagged perch. The board of trade has the money to cover that.”
The 40 perch dumped in the harbour last year were also worth $23,500. Of these, four $1,000 fish were caught. Another $1,000 in total was awarded for the 10 perch caught with gray tags.
Anglers can’t win unless they register. The cost for adults is $15 while the fee for children is $5.
Adults who enter automatically have their name entered into a draw for a Zodiac Cadet with a Yamaha outboard motor and custom trailer. The prize comes courtesy of Bridge Yachts in Port Dover.
Junior early bird and grand prize bicycles are provided by Stoney’s Home Hardware in Port Dover.
The fishing starts Saturday morning, but the fun kicks off Friday at the Lions Community Centre on St. George Street. The Cast Off Party begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature games for kids, penny draw tables and a chicken wing buffet. There will also be early bird draws for anglers who purchase their registration before April 20.
There will also be draws every day of the derby for great gifts donated by area merchants. All anglers have to do to enter is show the volunteers staffing the event a perch they have caught in the harbour. Children qualify simply by presenting any fish they have caught.
Derby registrations are available at Stoney’s Hardware, Burcham’s service centre, Bridge Yachts, the Dover Dairy Bar, the Fisherman’s Catch, Well’s Bait & Tackle, Perch Derby headquarters and at the pier.
1-519-426-3528 ext. 150