Sixty-one teams take part in 27th annual Lake Kagawong Smallmouth Bass Derby

Joan Brough, centre, presents the first place Steven Shank Vincent Memorial Trophy to the team of Pat and Brent Leveille at the 27th annual Lake Kagawong Smallmouth Bass Derby. A total of 61 teams took part in the derby. The Leveille’s team, as well as most if not all the teams and individuals who also won cash prizes in the derby, donated the proceeds back to derby sponsors, to present to the Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada.

PROVIDENCE BAY—Despite the inclement weather on Saturday, the annual Lake Kagawong Small Mouth Bass Derby was once again a huge success this year. Funds raised from the event will benefit the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and in turn local families.

“I would like to welcome everyone to our 27th annual Lake Kagawong Smallmouth Bass Derby,” said Linda Taylor, one of the main organizers of the event at an awards ceremony held at the Providence Bay Community Centre. She praised the many sponsors, volunteers, organizers and helpers who help put on and run the event.

“We had a total of 61 teams take part in the derby,” said Ms. Taylor, “which, considering the weather we had, was very good. We had a total of 122 fishermen and fisherwomen take part.”

Ms. Taylor noted with some of the proceeds from last year’s derby, “we provided badly needed wheelchair ramp for Maxim Bell, who has cerebral palsy, and his family in Gore Bay. We also made a donation toward an entertainment unit that was installed at Health Sciences North for children admitted to the hospital, through the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Bria D’Amours, fund development coordinator for the Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada, told those on hand for the awards ceremony, “you guys are amazing. Thank you so much for your support. We have been around for the past 25 years and during that time we have supported 250,000 children in Canada and 30 hospitals in Canada.”

“It is because of people like you that provide so much support, corporate donors, corporate donators, and companies. It is because of you that all of this happens,” stated Ms. D’Amours.

Anna Orford, and other members of Ride Manitoulin (with volunteer support of the Providence Bay/Spring Bay Lions Club) made a donation of $3,500 to the Starlight Foundation, from the proceeds raised from this year’s Ride Manitoulin event, which the Lions helped run. 

In the derby, taking first place and the Steven Shank Vincent Trophy was the team of Pat and Brent Leveille, who caught a total of six fish that weighed 25.85 pounds. Second place went to the John Kada and Brad Leveille team, with a total catch of 22.40 pounds. David and Garnet Pearson finished third, with 20.80 pounds of fish.

The Joshua Montgomery Trophy for the largest bass caught in the derby was won by Brent Leveille with a catch of 5.48 pounds while the John Wright trophy for having caught the largest perch was won by Derek Stephens, with a catch of .79 pounds. The latter also won the Bob Haskett Trophy for the largest fish other than bass caught  by a male.

The mystery weight prize and Nora Weadick Memorial Trophy was won by the team of John and Liesge Laurensen with a catch of 12.68 pounds. The mystery weight chosen was 12.69 pounds.

The largest three perch caught by a youth and the Art Breathat Trophy was won by Kohan Campbell of .83 pounds.

Ms. Taylor also presented a cheque in the amount of $500 on behalf of the derby and Starlight Foundation to Makenna Lentir and her family in Mindemoya. Ms. Lentir has been very ill having spent three months in an Ottawa hospital.