Bass Angler

7th Annual Kid’s Charity Fishing Tournament.

Another event is in the books.  Although the weather did not cooperate with us this year as it was warm but raining in the morning until about noon.  At which time it started breaking and the sun came up as we were handing out the prizes.  The fish did cooperate as evident in the amount of fish that was caught this year.  The top 3 only from all 4 categories caught an impressive 364 panfish.  That is an average of 36.4 fish per angler.  Not bad for 3 ½ hours of fishing.

Although, the turnout was not what we were hoping for and I am blaming it on the rain in the morning, the 37 anglers that did come out all had smiles on their faces, a belly full of hot dogs, prizes to go home with and like all anglers stories to tell.  All in all we raised $500 for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.  Thank you to the parents for bringing your families out and making the most of the event.  Pictures are posted on

The winners of each age group are as follows:

Age 5 and Under
Gold Medal Zach with 36 fish
Silver Medal Tatianna with 13 fish
Bronze Medal Sarah with 10 fish

Age 6 to 8
Gold Medal Garrett with 24 fish
Silver Medal Hannah 21 fish
Bronze Medal Joey with 17 fish

Age 9-12
Gold Medal Kaleb 87 fish
Silver Medal Issac with 40 fish
Bronze Medal Jake with 30 fish

Age 13 and Up
Gold Medal Joshua 85 fish

The winner for the most fish caught, receiving a trophy for his efforts, Kaleb with 87 panfish.  Great job Kaleb!!

All of this would not be possible without the support of the community and the volunteers. Below is a list of the companies/retailers that generously donated great prizes:  

George’s Marine and Sports
Gambler Lures
Rainbow Sports
Nitro Boats
Andress’ Your Independent Grocer
Bennetts Bait and Tackle
Bait Casters
NAP Fish Internet Solutions
Rideau Lumber Home Hardware
Bits and Baits
Tammy’s Nails
Sequoia Communications
Esterline CMC Electronics
Bass Pro Shops
RJnBirdess Outdoor Adventure
Just fishing With Big Jim McLaughlin

Please, if you are in the market for any of the products and/or services that they offer, I encourage you to give them the opportunity to earn your business.

Also, the list of volunteers:
Robin Coyle
Sylvia Sherman
Harold Coyle
Madge Coyle
Skip Lafreniere
Zach Lafreniere
Dave Bradley
Greg Gervais
Andrew Schenk
Katrine Sauvé
Darrell Medaglia

It was a great event and I hope that all the kids will always remember this day. This is what it is all about. It’s about bringing awareness and support to a local children’s hospital but it also to bring awareness to the children that outdoors is a whole other playground that is not computer generated and if taken care of will be here for all of us to play on for many years to come.

Lord willing we will each and every one of you out next year. Until then take a child out fishing and they will remember that for the rest of their lives.
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