Miles Mac Angling Club has fun day on the Red!

Miles Mac Angling Club holds Annual Derby on the Red
By Don Lamont

 A freshwater drum looks surprised to get caught

It was a cold wind blowing off the Red River as more than 35 students from the Miles Mac Angling Club tried their luck from shore as part of their annual fishing derby. Tim Au, who has been running the club for a number of years, was surprised by the coolness of the wind, but not of the spirit of his club members.
 Educator Tim Au keeps track of the catch

Students were constantly casting their lines and checking up to see how other members were doing. You could see the excitement in their faces every time someone hooked into and landed a fish. While the action was not and heavy because of fast current and really muddy water, the enthusiasm was still there.
Global television was out at the event, recording the moment. Au gets a lot of media attention because of the work he does. Now he has spawned interest in a number of other schools to get clubs working in their high schools. Daniel McIntyre has 40 students this year in the program, the first year of its existence.

Meantime Tim Au hopes these types of programs continue to grow all over the province, eventually one day turning into a provincial high school event.

Au says the program will wrap up with a donation to a couple of charities including the Kids Fishing For a Cure program. The students finished off their annual derby with a shoreline cleanup.
 John keep the hotdogs warm despite the chill!


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