Digby fisherman wins jumbo lobster contest with 19.6 pounder

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Published on July 04, 2014

John Morehouse had a 19.6 pounder, Chester Richard caught a 19.2 pounder and Jason Melanson entered a 16.2 pound jumbo lobster for the opening competition of the 2014 Lobster Bash in Digby.

Published on July 04, 2014

Chester Richard caught this 19.2 pound lobster aboard the Fundy Mariner, good enough for second place at the Lobster Bash jumbo lobster contest.

Published on July 04, 2014

Jason Melanson of the Millenium Mariner shows off his 16.2 pound lobster at Lobster Bash.

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Jason Melanson maneuvers his lobster onto the scales.

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The entrants and sponsor Dean Kenley take a close look at the scales when weighing Chester Richard’s 19.2 pound lobster.

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John Morehouse wrestles his 19.6 pound lobster onto the scales.

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Some people bring home a dog or a cat for pets, but Chester Richard brought his boys a pet lobster.

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The Richard family poses with the Dockside’s new sign.

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All calm and peaceful in Digby harbour on Friday night, July 4.

Published on July 04, 2014

All calm and peaceful in Digby harbour on Friday night, July 4.

John Morehouse of Digby won the Lobster Bash Jumbo Lobster contest with a 19.6-pound lobster.

Morehouse beat out two other lobsters at the weigh in on Friday night, July 4, the first night of the second annual Lobster Bash in Digby.

Morehouse’s lobster, caught aboard the Rip’n’Tear just the day before, was in the trap with another 15-pounder.

Chester Richard of the Fundy Mariner had to settle for second this year after winning the inaugural contest last year with a 16.85-pound lobster.

This year Richard caught a 19.2-pound lobster.

Jason Melanson also entered for the second year in a row and like last year came third. This year’s lobster weighed 16.2 pounds.

Dean Kenley sponsors the event and awards a $350 cash prize for first place plus a $350 package of gift certificates for accommodation and food at the Fundy Complex.

The Dockside also sponsors the Brenton Merrit lobster crate run which has been postponed till Sunday because of the storm forecast for Saturday.

Registration starts at 4:30 p.m. Sunday and the runs start at 5 p.m.

The Fundy Complex awards $350 in prizes at the event including a $100 cash prize for first place male and female.

Note because  of the impending storm, most of Saturday’s Lobster Bash activities will take place at the Digby arena.

The Mud Dash 3km run is still starting on the beach just north of the wharf at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, with registration starting at 10:30 a.m.

For more information on the Lobster Bash, check out lobsterbash.ca or the Lobster Bash Facebook page.

For more information on the storm, check out the Digby Courier's storm tracker and liveblog.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

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