The 17th annual Port Dover Perch Derby gets underway Friday evening with the popular Cast-Off Party, followed on Saturday by 15 days of fishing for 40 tagged perch fish.
The 40-tagged fish will be dropped into the water starting at 6:30 on Friday evening and people are able to watch as a tug moves along the Lynn River and into the harbour casting the perch into the water. Then join in the fun at the ‘Cast Off Party’ in the community centre. It is free admission with games, prizes, music by Bruce ‘House’ Milner and a Penny Table. There will be a Wing Buffet and Hot Dogs available from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $13 for adults and $6 for juniors.
The next morning, Saturday, April 26 the fishing begins. The Derby is organized by the Port Dover Board of Trade and Port Dover Firefighters.
The prize money for landed tagged perch this year totals $23,500 (if caught according to regulations).
Chairperson Katrina Ferguson reports there will be 18 perch fish each with a green tag worth $1,000. However, if the landed fish has green tag #14 that is the ‘Super Perch’ and it pays $2,000 … and there is more good news, if the landed fish’s green tag is #17 that ‘17th Anniversary Perch’ pays a total prize of $1,500. Plus, there will be 20 grey-tagged perch each paying the angler $100.00
There will also be daily prizes presented for both adult and children anglers. All the prize cash money and merchandise is made available by the generosity of local businesses.
The big draw prize will be a new 14-metre Nader boat with a 9.9 hp Yamaha outboard motor and a EZ Load trailer, total prize value is $6,800. Anybody can buy a ticket to win without participating in the Perch Derby.
The places to buy tickets for the Perch Derby are Stoney’s Home Hardware, Bridge Yachts, Burcham’s Service, Wells Bait & Tackle, Fishermen’s Catch Restaurant, Dover Dairy Bar. Cost is, adults (age 18 and older) $15; Intermediate (13 to 17) $10; Junior (12 years and younger) $5. Tickets for the boat and motor are available at the same places.
Major prizes or sponsorships are provided by Tim Horton’s, Stoney’s Home Hardware, Port Dover Service Centre Auto Pro, Lower Lakes Towing, Labatt Brewery, Port Dover Storage Solutions, Scotiabank, Bridge Yachts, Naden, Yahama, Arbor Restaurant, Brimage Law Group, Cobb & Jones LLP, Dr. Shawn Suprun, Chiropractor, Erie Beach Hotel, Fisherman’s Catch Restaurant, Good Redden Klosler Chartered Accountants, Great Lakes Off Shore Services, Greg McHugh Chartered Accountant, Lakeshore Fish Company, Port Dover Kia, Port Dover Maple Leaf, R. E. Mann Brokers Ltd., Royal LePage / D.A. Brown Realty, South Coast Dental Care, Wentworth Financial Services Inc., Willie’s Restaurant.