Archived Home Page for February 18, 2014

A fun day for all at the Oziles' ice fishing derby

It was what some would call a perfect winter day, and a perfect day for an ice fishing derby. All kinds of folks hit the ice at Petrie Island for the annual Ice Fishing Derby on family day weekend.

Yves Grandmaitre and Christian Racine

There were actually 3 derbies held during the day: a kids derby; a hut owners derby, and an open derby in the South Channel.

As with any ice fishing derby at Petrie Island, there was be tons of prizes with the profits going to a good cause.

Twenty-three kids participated in the kids derby; twenty-seven people participated in the open derby and 37 huts registered for the hut owners derby in Baitshop Bay.

Winners of the derby were Jean Raymond with a 35" northern pike; Aston Vanderburgg with a 12" walleye and there was a tie for the smallest fish. Mario Croft and Mario Leroux split the prize, each pulling in 6" perch.

There were lots of other prizes. Notables were Christian Racine who won the Rapala Nitro auger and Clay Young who won $158.00 in the 50/50 draw.

The day was in benefet of Blue Fish Canada who will receive $1420.00 from money raised during the day. Profits from the 50/50 draws will be donated to CHEO.

Thanks to everyone who made the day happen including Yves Grandmaitre and the boys in the baitshop; The Scouts who raised $120 from the hotdog sale and The Undead Bureaucrats for putting on a great show after the derby plus the many sponsors who chipped in.

Outdoor Journal Radio
Big Al on The Outdoor Journal Radio Show

Just when we thought the hype of Wally the Walleye was dying down, Wally is now proving that he is larger than life. The Outdoor Journal Radio show with Angelo Viola picked up on the story of Wally and talked to Big Al on derby day. It's a great interview with Big Al and really worth listening to.

Sure, the story of Wally the Walleye hit a few national papers a few weeks ago, but being featured on The Outdoor Journal Radio show, we can now safely say that Wally and PIIFA have truly gone national.

The Outdoor Journal Radio program with Angelo Viola can be heard Saturday mornings on sports radio stations across Canada including 1310NEWS in Ottawa and The Fan590 in Toronto.

Great Pics from the 2014 Season

We're getting some great photos from the ice fishermen of Baitshop Bay but we want more photos for our 2014 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.

Rodrigo's friend
Christine Tessier

The Photo of the Week

Car Vandalized after Derby (Photo by Kyle Heaney)

The end result of a vandalized car after the Petrie Island derby on February 15. As the photographer put it: "The people that did this were obviously twenty-something drinkers."

More Photos of the week