Perchin for MS - Lake Simcoe's Premier Ice Fishing Event

2012 Event Winners: Jesse Burden and Rob Spragg 2012 Event Winners: Jesse Burden and Rob Spragg Photo: Kris Jaśkielewicz

Sibbald Point Provincial Park, Lake Simcoe: Despite huricane force winds and unbearable fishing conditions, an astounding 200 teams competed in the Second Annual Perchin for MS Fundraiser Perch Fishing Tournament on Sat. March 3, 2012.

"I was shocked once again to see so many people willing and eager to go out and fish in such unbelievable weather” - said host and organizer Doug Poirier. “ Everyone knew the winds were going to be terrible and yet teams started arriving at 5:30 in the morning, ready and excited to go... they all went out and still managed to have a great time" - he said.

Unbelievable Success with $10,000 Raised for MS!

Each team paid a $40 entry fee of which half is donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The 10 heaviest perch would win the tournament.

At 8 am, all anglers had found their own little hot spots and at the sound of the began within the 1.5 x 2 km designated zone marked with pylons! Many teams stayed in one area as the wind was just too strong to keep moving...or they had already found the Xspot, such wa the case for the Winning Team of Rob Spragg and Jesse Burden of Sutton and Jackson's Point. "We used the depth chart to find some deeper water where we had been catching perch throughout the winter. We used minnows as our choice of bait and just played with different weights to help us find bottom and keep our lines effective as the current was so crazy!" - said Rob.

The team calling themselves "Team Ram Rod" weighed in 6.980lbs worth of perch for their win taking home $1200.00 cash and choice of Prizes from the amazing prize table!

There was also a separate Pot that anglers could enter for 3 additional contests. Big Fish, Argo Dream Fish and Humminbird Mystery Weight!

The biggest fish of the event was caught by Greg Lunn who caught a beautiful 1.355 lb, perch with his partner Joe Pilatzkie. They won a weekend getaway to Chaudiere Lodge on the French River. One Mystery weight was also hit with the Team of Kelly and James Dean winning Humminbird Fish Finders each! Unfortunately though the Provincial Record Perch was not caught, so the Argo will continue to be a dream for many fishermen for another year!

The tournament was more than just about the fish or the wind. Poirier started the event to educate about MS and to try and make a difference and show people that life can still go on, even with a disability.

"I wanted to do this tournament to encourage people to get out and enjoy the outdoors and to keep active! I also wanted to raise awareness and some money to help find a cure for this dreaded disease" I am pleased to announce, that with such amazing support and generous donations we raised $10,000 that will go directly to the MS Society” - said Poirier.

Anglers who fished the Perchin For MS Fundraiser came from all over Ontario...some driving 6 hours or more and others even came from the United States.

The tournament also once again drew all types and abilities...from families with kids to hard core competitive anglers.

One of the bigger stories though would have to be the prize table and amazing support of the sponsors and community!

"This year's prizes and auction items supplied by companies and individuals was amazing and exceeded expectations" - said Poirier.

Our community and that of the fishing world really showed amazing support for such a worthwhile cause! We especially would like to thank our top sponsors Sandy Young and Laura Rackham - Prudential Realty Brokers, RMC Argo in Beaverton, Upper Canada Sod and Landscape, Maple Hyundai and Maple Toyota, DW & Sons Bait and Tackle, DC Marine, and South Paw Trading Post.

TOP TEN and Their Weight

Place Team Weight (lbs) Prize
1. Jesse Burden and Rob Spragg 6.980 $1200 cash and choice of prize
2. Doran Tillack and Rick Smith 6.680 $700 cash
3. Jay Downey and Wil Wegman 5.555 $500 cash
4. Joe Pilatzkie and Greg Lunn 5.39 $400 cash
5. Aaron Kennedy and Rob Kennedy 5.39 $400 cash
6. Wojciech Bak and Zdzislaw Calik 5.24 Choice of Prize
7. Kevin Smith and Nathan Salisbury 4.765 Choice of Prize
8. Rocky Madsen 4.675 Choice of Prize
9. Wayne Doner and Cody Doner 4.630 Choice of Prize
10. Joe Grixti and Joey Grixti 4.615 Choice of Prize

Early Bird Draw:
Congrats to Kevin Summers our earlybird Draw winner. Kevin has won a week away fishing compliments of Horwood Outpost Camp in Timmins/Foleyet.

Humminbird Mystery Weight:
Congrats to Kelly and James Dean. They were the winners of one of the Mystery Weights and won themselves each a Humminbird Ice 35 Flasher Fish Finder

Big Fish:
Congrats to Greg Lunn our Big Fish Winner. Greg and partner Joe Pilatzkie brought in a perch weighing 1.355lbs to win a weekend getaway to to Chaudiere Lodge on the French River. Congrats!

Top prizes included portable clam fish huts, fish finders, power ice augers, Tedford knives, Fishing Gear and much, much more....Teams after the TOP 10 were raffled for a chance to pick a prize off the prize table!

Doug Poirier and his entire family would like to thank all the generous contributions of all those who supported this event!


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