The season is officially over for the hut owners at Petrie Island. A big thanks goes to all those who organized and participated in the 2016 PIIFA/Oziles' Fishing Derby.
The year was a bit shorter than we would have liked, but it was a lot of fun while it lasted. I hope everyone has a safe and happy summer. I'll see you in December.
- Big Al
The annual PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby was held February 13, and was another great success. For the first time in the history of our derby, it was put on by the team of Richard Beaudoin and Christine Tessier. The weather was unseasonably cold but still, there were 91 people who participated in this year's derby which raised $1,325.00 for The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The money raised will be given to them at their annual June telethon.
This is our sixth derby in support of CHEO which has proven popular among our fellow ice fishermen because the money raised goes to support children in our area. Our money will help fund research, buy equipment, train staff, and add to the pediatric nature of the hospital.
As with previous PIIFA derbies, this was a closed derby limited to the hut owners of Baitshop Bay and their invited guests. Mother Nature did not cooperate, as the temperature hovered around -26 with a will chill of up to -42. Frozen body parts were a big part of the day.
"You know, you come out and you brave it. Go outside for 3 seconds and stay inside for 3 hours," said PIIFA President, Big Al Macintyre.
Lesson one: cold weather fishing fashion is all about hats of all sizes and species, said Louis Cloutier, who wears a coyote hat to keep warm.
Sylvain Michaud, a machinist from the Ottawa area, knew enough to bring out his Barcalounger. "You just tuck back and the wind will kind of go around you," said Michaud.
Winners in the derby included Mike Webber who caught the largest fish of the day, a 4.5-pound northern pike. He won $465 for his catch. Second place went to Paul Milanios, who caught a 2.5-pound northern pike, and won $279. Eli Karam won the $186. consolation prize for catching the smallest legally caught fish, a 3.75 inch perch. All fish caught on derby day were released alive and healthy which is one of the regulations set by the derby organizers.
Other winners in the derby included Julz Legris who won the 50/50 draw. With the flurry of activity during the prize presentations, we negleted to get the name of the person who won the auger from Oziles. We know his first name is Steve but we did not get the last name. It could be Palardi, Paradis, Peladeau or similar. Does anyone know Steve Palardi? Please contact us.>>> See all the photos from the 2016 PIIFA Derby
We're getting some great photos from the ice fishermen of Baitshop Bay but we want more photos for our 2016 Anglers Gallery. How was your week-end? These people had a great time. We wanna see your photos!!! Send us your best pics using the email link at the bottom of the page.
We do this once a year. It's a 360 degree view of the Petrie Island ice fishing village. We do it for fun but we also do it for visitors to the website who can't actually make it to Petrie Island.
This year's version was taken during the frigid weather of the 2016 PIIFA Derby. Not many participants can be seen, so we can only guess everyone is watching their lines from the warmth of their huts.
This Petrie 360 was taken Saturday, February 13 at 2:30 PM.