Sheldon MacNevin at the fishermen's breakfast in Bonshaw, P.E.I. (Julia Cook/CBC)

Federal Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae was up early Sunday morning to catch people in Bonshaw at the annual fisherman's breakfast.

The community meal is a tradition on the opening day of the recreational fishing season.

"Any chance a politician can 'fish' for votes, I think he's going to take it, " Rae joked.   

Rae spent several days in the province, meeting with various community groups. 

But he said everyone put the serious politics aside as they enjoyed the early morning meal.


Allan Morrison fishing in Bonshaw, P.E.I. (Julia Cook/CBC)

"There's lots of people here. It's a great chance to get out and talk to folks and their children and spend time with people. It's a wonderful thing to do," he said.

Some people were up all night preparing the feast, including Sheldon MacNevin.

"Just a great feeling to see everybody laughing and telling stories. Just forgetting all about their every day life, really," he said.

Some people decided to opt out of the breakfast and head right to the nearby lakes and rivers.

Allan Morrison dropped a line first thing in the morning, hoping to catch a trout.

"Winter's over and they want to get out. Sort of a rite of passage, I don't know what to call it. Just getting into that time of year and enjoying the season for what it is," he said.

Rae wrapped up his tour of P.E.I. Sunday.