Spring Fishing Derby 2012
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Seasoned angler John McGill of Georgian Bluffs beat the odds and took top honours in the 2012 Bruce Peninsula Sportsmenís Association Spring Fishing Derby.
A proud John McGill wins a $300 Walker Downriggers reel and professional downrigging rod & line donated by Lorne Fletcher of Fletcher Sports and also took home a 75-dollar gift certificate from Wiarton Marina.
Jaxon Gawelís salmon got him a tackle accessories package presented by Karen Van Nest BPSA Archery leader and member of the 2012 BPSA Prize Team
Junior member 7-year-old Jaxon Gawel of Mallory Beach came first in the salmon category taking home a special tackle package from Pure Fishing.
In spite of their many hours on the water, most participants discovered that generally, the fish were hiding or if you prefer, had lockjaw, during the 3-day event held annually for BPSA members and their guests.
But the derby is designed as a fun event and fun there was at the wrap up fish fry and awards party at the BPSA clubhouse west of Wiarton.
Each year, the Wiarton- based Bruce Peninsula Sportsmenís Association (BPSA) attracts generous corporate and individual sponsors. Supporting our 350-member conservation club for 2012 are:
Fletcher Sports-Lorne Fletcher, The Green Door Restaurant, The Toronto Sportsmenís Show-Walter Oster, Thomboys Power Sports & Equipment, Wiarton Home Building Center, Sadlerís Home Hardware Wiarton, Tigwell Marine & Cycle-Alvanley, Pure Fishing Tackle Distributors, Wiarton Video, Legend Boats, Lund Boats Ė Brunswick Corporation, Caframo, Gilberts Shoes, Watsonís Tackle, Silver Fox Lures, Larry Miller MP, Bill Walker MPP, Millerís Home Building Center-Sauble Beach, Hair Solutions-Wiarton,Great Cuts-Wiarton, HOTFISH Lures Action Fishing Adventures/Boat Cruises, Horned Booby lures, Giant Tiger-Owen Sound, Murray's Sharpening & Tool Service-Owen Sound, Karenís Creations-Wiarton, Baywest Toyota-Owen Sound, Garry Stewart wood crafts, Wiarton Frosty Freeze, Lucky Strike Baitworks, Frank Coletta, Royal LePage RCR Realty, Wiarton Marina, Paterson Media, Real Pros Sportfishing/luremaking, The Co-operators Insurance-Wiarton, Paul Shirley, Pinkertonís Auto Supply-Wiarton, Kingís Service Center and Grant-Bradley-Low RMT.
Stu Pattterson MC(s) the wind-up
Derby chair, Jack Seatter, and his crew did solid work manning the weigh scale. Martha and Jim Martell and their volunteers did a splendid job pulling together the Sunday fish fry.
The BPSA is one of dozens of community clubs operating volunteer-based fish hatcheries in co-operation with Ontario's Natural Resources Ministry (MNR). Their work produces huge benefits. The sports fishery generates 2.5-billion dollars a year for the province's economy. Tourism and economic studies show that since the 1960's, BPSA stocking has helped pump $16-million into the Grey-Bruce economy alone.
To join one of Ontario's respected conservation groups, the BPSA, please contact membership chair Larrilee Leckie at email@example.com or at 519-534-0377. If you have questions about the BPSA check our site at http://www.bpsportsmen.com/about_us.htm
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Sunday, May 13, 2012