The rain held off for Fishing in the Park on Saturday, making the annual event a cool and pleasant experience.
Many families turned out, sitting on the stone wall around the City Park duck pond, dipping their lines into the water as ducks swam past.
Kevin Fields and Melinda Putnam brought nephew Haydn Fields to the event. “He loves fishing,” Kevin Fields said. “It’s good to get him out with a pole in his hand.”
While Haydn prefers fishing for bass or perch, he didn’t mind catching a few trout.
Shirley Anderson brought her grandchildren to dip their lines in the park’s duck pond. Her grandson, Nolan Davidson, 11, caught his trout and placed them in a bucket, proud of his accomplishment.
The bait used during the event may have been a bit nontraditional — kernels of sweet corn and miniature marshmallows — but the trout seemed to like it.
“Corn is a cheap and quick bait,” said Cove resident Gary Tondre. Another type of unusual bait trout seem to like, he’s found, is the soft cheese bought in tubes. “You ball it up and put it on your hook.”
Steve Boynton caught his limit of five trout early. His granddaughter arrived later to catch her limit. “We fish here every year,” Boynton said.
The trout would go home with the families to be cleaned and cooked. Boynton spoke of using a filet knife and expertly slicing the trout and pulling out the bones.
Some of those fishing just enjoyed watching the children beam as they pulled the trout from the water.
Others were more serious, even wearing waders and standing in the water along the shoreline.