Pictured above: Alfred Ross holding his winning 35 lb trout
Over half of the residents of God’s River, MB, joined in on its annual all-day fishing derby on July 2, despite scorching hot weather from the summer heatwave.
Registration for the event was handled by God's River Jordan Principle staff and volunteers, with more than 300 attendees competing for one of 25 prizes, including a 16-foot Lund boat with a Yamaha 25HP motor provided by the God's River Northern store. With their eyes on the prize, every angler had a reason to persist through the heat and focus on catching some trout.
Starting around 11:30 a.m., contestants came in-and-out to cast lines and wait under the sun for that winning bite. Organizers ensured that all participants remained safe amid the risks posed by high temperatures. Participants were actively encouraged to drink water, take breaks, and have fun in smart and responsible ways.
Spirits ran high throughout the day and well into the evening, as the contestants gathered at 8 p.m. to weigh their catches. Many were astounded by the sight of Alfred Ross’ stunning 35 lb trout, earning him first place and the keys to the brand-new boat and motor. The sight of Ross’ trout served as a conclusion to a day that was just as fun as it was warm.
“I wish I could have joined in myself,” says God’s River Northern store manager Louise Okemow. “But I’m content to just help out. It means a lot to me that I’m able to support the community in any way I can, especially because this is my home town and I want the best for the community that raised me.”