Archived Home Page for February 1, 2018
Update on The 2018 PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby
The 2018 PIIFA ice fishing derby is just around the corner. We already have dozens of sponsors and supporters who have come forward with door prizes and donations and there are more on the way!
Cost to pre-register for the event is $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children aged 16 and under. Pre-registration kicks off Monday February 12, 2018 at noon and ends Friday, February 16, 2018 at midnight. Cost to register on the day of the event is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for children aged 16 and under. Registration takes place at Big Al's hut.
A friendly reminder: This is a closed event organized exclusively for the hut owners of Petrie Island, their invited guests and the hut renters of the Oziles’ Marina and Bait Shop.
100,000 Website Hits
Our website started back in 2004 as a security and information portal for the ice fishermen of Petrie Island. We originally created the website to offer on-ice security information and ice conditions.
The website was an instant success and we started expanding it with fishing news, stories, information and photos.
Within years, The PIIFA website became larger than life and we discovered that we had created a monster that everyone liked.
The PIIFA website is now visited by people from all over the world who want to see photos and read about ice fishing in Canada's capital.
On February 1, 2018 at 12:38 AM, our little website reached 100,000 unique hits. That person remains unnamed but we can tell you that he is local and lives in Orleans. His internet provider is Teksavvy Solutions and he searched on a desktop PC with Windows 10 using Yahoo Search.
Congratulations, whoever you are and a huge thanks to the other 99,999 unique visitors who have visited piifa.ca in the past 14 years!
Read the story of PIIFA TEN YEARS from 2014 >>>
Great Pics from the Current Season
We're getting some great photos from the ice fishermen of Baitshop Bay but we want more photos for our 2018 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.
More photos in our 2018 Angler's Gallery >>>
PIIFA on The Chinese Travel Channel
A documentary crew was on the ice on Sunday, February 7, recording for an upcoming series of television documentaries for Chinese television on winter in Canada.
Beijing Yaoxing Communication is a television documentary production company from Beijing. They were filming for the TV Series “Traveler” and the online series "Be Wild". The Traveler television series broadcasts on the Chinese version of the Travel Channel; Be Wild is an online video series following concepts of natural wonders, the outdoors, gourmet segments, festivals, and indoor activities.
The crew's 14-day filming itinerary started with 3 days in Niagara Falls, then moved on to the Toronto area, Blue Mountain and finished up with 3 days in the Ottawa area. The Petrie Island segment was hosted by Big Al on their second day in the Ottawa area.
They tell us that the Traveler series gets up to 700 million viewers for each new broadcast. The series on Canada will be divided into three 25-minutes broadcasts, so we can expect Big Al and our ice fishing village to get at least 5 minutes of fame on Chinese television.
At the point, we do not have release dates for any of the productions and probably unlikely that we ever be able to see a show from the Chinese Travel Channel. There is an outside chance that we might be to see the online version of Be Wild. We'll let you know if and when the information becomes available, only because we would love to see Big Al with sub-titles.
The 2018 PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby
The 2018 Petrie Island Ice Fishermen's Association Derby is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 on Baitshop Bay at Petrie Island, Ontario.
This is an invitational event organized exclusively for the hut owners of Petrie Island, their invited guests and the hut renters of the Oziles’ Marina and Bait Shop. This event is coordinated with Ontario’s Family Fishing Week-end and Ontario Outdoors cards and fishing permits are not required to participate.
The derby starts on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM and finishes at 4:00 PM. Winners and prize presentations will take place immediately after the event at 4:15 PM.
Registration for the derby at Big Al's hut. You know Big Al's hut, it is the beige and green hut usually located near the center of the ice hut village on the south side. Still can't find Big Al's Hut? Ask someone!
Cost to pre-register for the event is $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children aged 16 and under. Pre-registration begins Monday February 12, 2018 at noon and ends Friday, February 16, 2018 at midnight. Cost to register on the day of the event is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for children aged 16 and under. Registration closes when the event begins.
Show us the Money!
Big Al is collecting Canadian Tire money again this season to help buy one more door prize for the Petrie Island ice fishing derby on February 17. Al has bought some great door prizes over the past few years and it was your donations of Canadian Tire money that helped!
Check your drawers... check your pockets... check your glove box... and drop off your spare Canadian Tire money at Big Al's hut whenever you can.
Remember, it's all for a good cause because all profits from our derby go directly to the CHEO Foundation to help kids in our area.