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.Check out the photos from the event >>>
We're getting some great photos from the ice fishermen of Baitshop Bay but we more photos for our 2012 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.
This year's Ontario Family Fishing week-end is set for the week-end of February 18 to 20. The winter version of Ontario Family Fishing week-end coincides with the Ontario Family Day Week-end. It is a time where the Ontario government and MNR designates several days during which Canadian residents can fish license-free in any body of water in Ontario where fishing is allowed.
The week-end is a great chance for people to experience the fun of ice fishing in Ontario without having to purchase an Ontario Outdoors Card and Fishing license. If you have been checking out our website and thinking, Gee, I'd like to try ice fishing", this is your big chance! To reserve an ice hut at Petrie Island for a day or the entire week-end, contact the Oziles Baitshop for more information. They have a minimum of 6 ice huts for rent during the season. To experience a day like the locals of the Baitshop Bay ice fishing village, check out The Petrie Island Ice Fishermen's Association's executive hut which is available to rent on certain week-ends.
Go to the Ontario Family Fishing Week-end website for more info on OFFW.
While waiting for the PIIFA ice fishing derby to start Saturday morning, Steve Barnett looked out across the bay and snapped this great photo of a boy trying his best to help dad drill some holes!
See all the photos from the derby >>>