All the huts are off the ice at end of another great season but Sebastien was caught in this photos getting taking one last shot as the ice melts around him. Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2011-2012 ice fishing season so much fun. Lot's of fish were caught, we had a ton of fun and the weather was pretty good most of the time. I would also like to personally thank everyone who participated in the 2012 PIIFA Derby.
The largest fish we saw this season were a few large walleye caught at the drop-off with one topping the scale at almost 10 pounds. Also, many large pike were caught in the bay with the largest topping the scale at 8 pounds.
We launched our new website design and format at the beginning of the season and it has proven to be quite popular. At the peak of the season, we were averaging over 120 hits a day! We still consider our website to be unique in the world because we have seen any other like it. Sure, there are businesses out there who cater to ice fishermen but a website for an ice fishing association? We have not found any. Being unique, we still want to improve and show everyone how it's done. We are always welcome to your comments and suggestions.
We are still working at perfecting our webcam. We had a constant wifi signal compliments of Oziles but had problems with our battery. We will be working on this during the off-season and hopefully have a constant feed next season.
We still encourage everyone to send in their photos from the 2012 season and we will post them in the Angler's Gallery. We will be taking time off from this website for a while but will return with updates early in December 2012. Have a great summer! - Big Al
Marc Joly of The Bema Shack recently rented a Cessna for a veiw of Ottawa which few people get to see. Along on the flight were his daughter, Mischa and his parents. While they did get to see great views of Ottawa from above, Marc could not resist to ask the pilot to fly east toward Orleans and Petrie Island. These are a few of the excellent photos that Marc took of the 2012 ice fishing village at Petrie Island.
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 >>>
Sylvain Perrier constructed this marvellous road sign directing us to some of the most popular huts in Baitshop Bay but he neglected to add the sign pointing in the direction of home. With the 2012 ice fishing season winding down, some of us might have forgotten where we live. Sylvain? Can you add one more sign?
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