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Middle Cove magic: Capelin frenzy begins as fish finally start rolling

The capelin are finally rolling at Middle Cove Beach, and dozens of people enjoyed a gorgeous day catching the silvery fish with nets, buckets and fishing rods.

The long wait for capelin at the beach is finally over

Families look on as the capelin begin to roll on Middle Cove Beach on Saturday. (Andrew Sampson/CBC)

The capelin are finally rolling at Middle Cove Beach, and dozens of people enjoyed a gorgeous day catching the silvery fish with nets, buckets and fishing rods Saturday.

It was a true multigenerational event, with one mother watching her grown son catch capelin and many young parents bringing their children to witness the annual event for the very first time. 

Take a look at some of the action in the photo gallery below. 

Jamil Hossain and his wife Shaina Nipa run NJ's Kitchen in St. John's. He says the annual capelin roll reminds him of the rainy season when fish are in strong supply in his home country of Bangledesh. He plans to incorporate capelin into the menu at his restaurant. (Andrew Sampson)
Clem Smith, centre, says he collects capelin to feed the fish at his pond. Here he is showing three young children the ropes and how to bring capelin to shore. (Andrew Sampson/CBC)
Paula Marner and her sons Elias, left, and Malachy gear up to go fishing for capelin. Elias says his strategy this year is to reel in as many capelin in as possible and then eat them for supper. (Andrew Sampson/CBC)
A bucket full of capelin sits next to a fishing rod on the beach in Middle Cove on Saturday. (Andrew Sampson/CBC)
Barry Fordham and his mother Trythena celebrate the arrival of capelin on the beach. Barry says he plans to donate all the fish he gathers to the Salvation Army. (Andrew Sampson/CBC)
Fordham shows three young women how to pull in a fishing net full of capelin. (Andrew Sampson/CBC)
Dave O'Dea and Tara and Myra Walters fish for capelin at Middle Cove Beach. It's one of the first times they've been out together to catch the fish. (Andrew Sampson/CBC)

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