Archived Home Page for December 17, 2009
Welcome to the 2010 Season
With Big Al Macintyre
Welcome back for what we hope will be another great season on the ice. When I bump into fellow ice fishermen at this time of year, it's not the usual hi or hello, it's "have you jacked up your hut yet?" I can not tell you how important it to have your hut jacked up at all times.
Keeping your hut jacked up in the storage area before the season begins will prevent it from being locked in the snow and ice. This makes it so much easier to tow out when the ice fishing season begins.
It doesn't stop there. Many people don't realize it, but you must jack your hut regularly while it is on the ice. A hut locked in by ice is almost impossible to dig out and will certainly do damage. With snow, rain and melting, a hut will eventually get locked in and almost impossible to remove at season's end.
Take it from me, get your jack out and get those blocks out and jack up your hut. Please remember to pick up any unused building materials that may be lying around near your hut. Oziles is planning to have the entire back area bulldozed and cleared soon. If you need help or have questions, do not hesitate to approach me on the ice. That's why I always put my photo here, just so you know who I am!
During the summer the gang at PIIFA have been working hard to get the website fully bilingual and we have finally completed this huge task thanks to a big effort by Francine Martin, Danielle Myre and our webmaster RKR in Montreal.
Not by popular demand but by just a few simple requests, we welcome the return of the Buy-Sell-Trade page on our website. We are continually tweaking the website by adding new pages and dumping the unpopular ones. The Buy-Sell-Trade page was dumped a few years ago because there were very few ads and not many page hits. We have had a few requests to bring it back, mostly from people who would like to rent their huts.
Do you have stuff to buy, sell or trade? Advertising on the page should be related to fishing and is totally free, so go nuts and advertise your stuff!
Other additions to the website include a revamped map page with links to various maps of Petrie Island and of course, the 2010 Angler's Gallery.
We will be holding the second annual PIIFA Fishing Derby In February and we are counting on everyone who enjoyed last year's successful event to participate again in 2010.
There are a lot of new huts this year and many of the older huts have been completely rebuilt and are looking good. We look forward to another fun filled season with lots of great activities, stories, fun and perhaps if we are lucky we will see some big fish.
Please let us know what you think of the website, we want your feedback and we want you to send photos and stories that we can publish on the site. Have a safe and happy Christmas and we'll see you on the ice in the New Year.
Facebook and Twitter?
Francine Martin has set up a Facebook group for the friends of PIIFA. It sort of rivals this website but we will work together.
At the same time, we have set up a Twitter account for PIIFA but don't expect it to last long. We don't really need a Twitter account as most people get their updates directly from this website. We'll try it for a while but you can probably expect our Twitter account to be dumped and replaced with Big Al's blog.
Getting ready for the 2010 Season
All huts stored at Petrie Island should be put up on blocks before the ground freezes. This facilitates moving the huts at the beginning of the ice fishing season.
When the ice in the Bay reaches a minimum of 30 centimetres, Oziles will start hauling huts out on the ice. Depending on the weather, this usually begins in late December or sometime in January.
Your hut storage fees must be paid in full before the boys from Oziles will even think about hauling your hut on to the ice.
Contact Oziles at 613-841-0778 to make arrangements to get your hut hauled on the ice.
Send Us Your Early Season Photos!
Your photos and stories are what makes our website work. When the ice gets thick enough to walk on and you catch some nice fish, we wanna see 'em! Let's get an early start on the 2010 Angler's Gallery with some of your early season photos.
The Photo of the Week
Looking Back at The First PIIFA Invitational Ice Fishing Derby (Photo by Carole Lalande)
As the 2010 season gets going, we take a look back at one of the highlights of last season: The first ever PIIFA Invitational Ice Fishing Derby. For the first ever derby organized by a few PIIFA members who have never done anything like this before, we have had many great compliments. Carole Lalande emailed us this great photo of some of the participants celebrating at Pee-Wee's hut after the derby.
The 2010 PIIFA Invitational is scheduled for February 27, 2010 and is open to everyone who owns an ice hut at Petrie Island and their guests.