“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy! Fish are jumpin’…” goes the old Gershwin tune, and at the 6th annual Consultants’ Invitational Fishing Derby on August 20th the J.E. Anderson team made the most of the sunny weather, while raising money for charity.Â
This year, the derby enjoyed both excellent weather and record attendance – our late summer gave us warm sunshine and still waters. 260 participants took part this year, so the Prestige Oceanfront Resort was chosen to accommodate us all.Â
We’re particularly proud of our team member Ashley Lloyd, who caught the largest bottomfish, a 6.7 lb. lingcod, pictured here. No it’s not as pretty as a salmon, but the taste is still great! And the J.E.A. team was extra lucky since farther out on the water, one of our competitors, Dave Brewer of Team Robar, pulled in a whopping 57 lb. halibut. However, he didn’t make it in to the weigh scales on time, so the victory is ours.Â
Of course, the real winners at this invitational derby are the charities that we raise money for: the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society and the Goldstream Volunteer Salmonid Enhancement Association. Particularly after the devastating fuel truck accident in Goldstream Park last winter, the salmon need all the help they can get. Together with the other participants, we raised $10,000 for Sooke, and $5000 for Goldstream. What a great accomplishment!Â
Fellow engineers, we hope you can join us next year for another great event!