The third annual PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby was held February 11, and was another smashing success. The derby raised close to $1500.00 which will be donated to CHEO at their annual telethon in June.
This is our second 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.
Fishermen at this year’s derby were rewarded by the appearance of "Big Jim" Mclaughlin from Just Fishing Magazine. Big Jim's visit was brief because he had two other derbies to attend in the Eastern Ontario area. He stayed long enough for a few photos with the organizers and to drop off gifts of lures, rods and flashlights which were handed out at random to lucky participants during the derby.
Derby winners included Mario Nadeau for the largest fish, a 6.1 pound sturgeon; Yvon Martin with the largest panfish, a 10 ounce perch; and Guy Leclaire for the smallest fish, a 5.5 inch perch. All fish caught on derby day were released alive and healthy which is one of the regulations set by the derby organizers.
Thanks to our many supporters, sponsors and volunteers who made our event such a memorable event including Yves Grandmaitre from the Oziles Baitshop; Big Jim McLaughlin from Just Fishing Magazine; Marc Joly from Wiznia and the good people from CAA. Check out our complete list of our supporters, sponsors and volunteers who made this event possible.
We plan to do it all over again next season. If you have ideas on how we can improve the event or your company can offer support with door prizes, do not hesitate to contact Us.