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 during the included Julz Legris who won the 50/50 draw.
Thanks to our many supporters, sponsors and volunteers who made our event such a memorable event including Yves Grandmaitre and the guys from the Oziles Baitshop. 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.