Yarmouth Shark Scramble Cancelled for This Year
Above: Kathy Johnson photo
The popular Yarmouth Shark Scramble is a no-go this year, due to changes in scientific requirements for sampling by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
“In previous years, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has authorized shark tournaments through the issuance of scientific licences under section 52 of the Fishery General Regulations as a way to support the Department’s science requirements,” said Lauren Sankey, DFO spokesperson. “However, the Depart...
Record-Setting Replica Mako Shark Unveiled on Yarmouth Waterfront
Above: A life-size replica of the record-setting mako shark caught during the 2004 Yarmouth Shark Scramble has been installed at Rudder’s Wharf on the Yarmouth waterfront. Kathy Johnson photo
In a lead up to this years’ Yarmouth Shark Scramble, a life-size replica of the record-setting mako shark caught during the 2004 Yarmouth Shark Scramble has been installed at Rudder’s Wharf on the Yarmouth waterfront.
The shortfin mako shark was caught on rod and reel on Aug ...
Yarmouth Shark Scramble Continues to Provide Valuable Scientific Data
The Yarmouth Shark Scramble was back on deck, COVID-19 style, for 2021, attracting 14 boats and 115 participants for the 23rd annual tournament that ran from Aug. 18 to 21.
Each boat was allowed to land three blue sharks of a minimum length of eight feet. Smaller blue sharks caught were tagged and released.
“It was a good all-around tournament,” said Bob Gavel, Scramble co-founder. “The fishermen were extremely happy to be going… We had a good response on sponsorships. Without the ...
Organizers Hopeful Yarmouth Shark Scramble and Wedgeport Tuna Tournament will be a go
Final decisions on whether or not the Yarmouth Shark Scramble and Wedgeport Tuna Tournament will go ahead this year are going down to the COVID-19 wire.
Initially, both events were planned to be a go this summer, but when Nova Scotia went into a month-long lockdown in May, with a phased re-opening starting in early June to help stop the spread of COVID-19, organizers hit the pause button.
“We’re hoping to be able to have the tournament,” said Brandon Doucette president of the ...
2020 Yarmouth Shark Scramble, Wedgeport Tuna Tournament Cancelled
Above photo: Employees at Brown’s Taxidermy in Florida pose with the life-size fibreglass replica of the Canadian record-setting, shortfin mako shark caught during the 2004 Yarmouth Shark Scramble. Contributed photo.
Two signature southwestern Nova Scotia fishing events have been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Yarmouth Shark Scramble and the Wedgeport Tuna Festival and Tournament are both off the books for 2020.
“It is with heavy hearts that we have made ...
Shark Scramble Provides Important Scientific Research Data
Above: The Oceanographic Environmental Research Society was just one of the groups on hand to collect samples and data during the Yarmouth Shark Scramble. Kathy Johnson photos
Another successful Yarmouth Shark Scramble is in the books.
This year marked the 21st annual event for the popular recreational fishing tournament. A total of 15 vessels carrying 116 participants competed in the scramble that ran from Aug. 14 to 17. The maximum 45 blue sharks were landed with a combined weight ...
Another Successful Yarmouth Shark Scramble
Except for a rainy weigh-in, all was well with the 20th annual Yarmouth Shark Scramble, held Aug. 15 – 18, with 50 blue sharks being landed, more than 80 tagged and released and only 1.1 pounds difference between the first and second place prize winning fish.
Chris Cushing aboard the Lurcher Shoal edged out Corey Irons from the vessel Sea Fever III for top place in the scramble, landing a 347.2-pound blue shark. Irons’ shark weighed in at 346.1-pounds. In third spot was Ryan Leblanc from ...
Yarmouth Shark Scramble Celebrating 20 years
Organizers say it promises to be a fantastic year for the Yarmouth Shark Scramble, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary during Aug. 15–18.
The Yarmouth Shark Scramble was started in 1998 by co-founders Bob Gavel and John Boudreau. Gavel approached Boudreau with the idea of organizing a shark derby for Yarmouth. Having been in derbies in other ports, they both thought it was a good idea and the experience gave them an advantage and the know-how to organize and execute a derby that ...