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Sabins' youth fishing event puts family memories on ice

By Ken Waltz | Feb 24, 2013
Photo by: Ken Waltz Stephen Dearborn, 9, of Rockland lies on the ice to check his tip-up and fishing hole during the Mike Sabins Memorial Youth Fish & Game Association's bi-annual "Hooked on Fishing" event Saturday, Feb. 23 at Ayer Park on Seven Tree Pond in Union.

Union — The day was overcast, with 30-degree temperatures, but the ice was plenty thick — 18 inches in some spots — which made it perfect for Midcoast youngsters to enjoy a few hours of outdoor fun during the Mike Sabins Memorial Youth Fish & Game Association's bi-annual "Hooked on Fishing" event Saturday, Feb. 23 at Ayer Park on Seven Tree Pond.

The four-hour event was sponsored by Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and attracted dozens of youngsters and their families.

Instruction, equipment and ice-fishing refreshments were provided. There was no fee to attend as families enjoyed their time in the Maine outdoors — and caught a few fish in the process.

Click for photos from the event.

Scot and Mary Sabins again were the event's hosts. The Sabins are the parents of Mike Sabins, a young man who had a passion for the outdoors, who died in motorcycle accident several years ago.

The Sabins also sponsor a summer youth fishing event at the same venue. The next one will be June 1.

Mary said the event began in 2004 as a summer/spring event and she and her husband started doing a winter event as well a couple of years later. Last year was the first time the winter event was not held due to dangerous ice conditions.

The Sabins have held 15-16 youth fishing events over the years.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Sandra Savage | Feb 25, 2013 07:35

What a wonderful event for the area's young anglers.  Many children have been "hooked on fishing" because of the efforts of the Sabin family.  Thank you to Mary and Scott for continuing this wonderful tradition.  I am sure Michael smiles down on all who attend.

 



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