Bob Meloche Memorial Fishing Derby draws record attendance


By Joel Charron

Another chapter was written in the annual Bob Meloche Memorial Fishing Derby.

The AMA Sportsmen’s Club hosted the annual event last Sunday with children and their parents taking to the lakes for a relaxing morning of fishing before heading back to the club with their fish in hand so measurements could be taken. Fishing derby

“The word gets out about this fishing derby,” said AMA Sportsmen’s Club president Rodney Ferriss. “It’s a good deal for the kids. Everyone gets a prize and they get a free hot dog, chips and pop.”

Ferriss said it’s also a good way for sons and daughters to spend quality time with their father on Father’s Day. While Canadian Tire donated a portion of the prizes, Ferriss mentioned that it’s the fundraising efforts of the club members that are the driving force behind all the prizes.

“We spent roughly $4,000 on prizes for the children,” he said. “The members here work very, very hard to make this a huge success. We want the kids to come out an enjoy this experience.”

The annual fishing derby is named after Bob Meloche, who passed away in a tragic car accident three years ago. Meloche’s three sons – Mike, Gord and Greg – serve as guest judges and they are the ones who measure the fish. However, since Greg resides out west, he was unable to attend the tournament this year.

The Bob Meloche Memorial Fishing Derby has been going on for so long, no one really knows how long it has been since the first one. Mike remembers when his father started the fishing derby out of his backyard and then later moved it to the Sportsmen’s Club when it attendance became too great for his backyard.

“I remember when we only had 13 kids come out to fish,” said Mike. “It means the world to us to come and see the kids having fun.”

He added that his father would be “ecstatic” about this year’s attendance.

“He’s up there smiling that’s for sure, “ he laughed. “He’d be thrilled.”

In the 0-5 age division, Emily Crosby took home the title with a fish of 27-1/2 inches, Lorelei Gatti placed second with a 26-¼ inch fish and Simon Gignac picked up third place with a 21-¾ inch fish.

In the 6-10 age division, Makaela Iacovone’s 25-1/8 inch fish was good enough for first place, Brittnee Meloche took second with a 24-3/8 inch fish and Steele Lajoie grabbed third place with a 23 3/8 inch fish.

In the 11-15 age group, Brendon Davidson’s monstrous 31-¾ inch fish gave him the top honours while Brandon Leclair’s 25-1/8 inch fish picked up second and Jacob Wistuba placed third with a fish of 25 inches.

One response to “Bob Meloche Memorial Fishing Derby draws record attendance”

  1. Kathy Iacovone says:

    Way to go kids… especially our grandaughter Mikaela Iacovone.. Nona and Papa are proud of you. What a great thing the club does.