March 1, 2014 - Sibbald Point Provincial Park
In only its 4th year, Perchin For MS has become a major event to take note of. On March 1, 2014 the 4th Annual Perchin for MS Ice Fishing event took place at Sibbald Point Provincial Park in the Town of Georgina celebrating another great success. Dubbed Lake Simcoe's Premier Ice Fishing Event by the fishers themselves, this event has become the place to be in the fishing community. This year saw over 460 competitors coming out for a day of fun and to fish for a cause, a cause near and dear to Doug Poirier the founder of the event.
Doug himself suffers from MS and can't thank his friends, family and supporters enough. The amazing support of the sponsors, volunteers, local community and that of the fishing community as a whole in Ontario really stands out at such an event. People of all ages and walks of life come out to take part and make a difference. This year's fishing was slower than usual…but still saw some great weights.
Teams took to the ice at 8am and fished until 1pm. Once all teams were weighed in…The winners of this year's Jack Link's Jackpot 1st place were once again TEAM ICE FISH consisting of Roman Runo and Janusz Kawalec with a weight of 7.16 lbs for 10 perch. 2nd place went to Team Ram Rod - Rob Spragg and Jesse Burdin with a very close weight of 7.085lbs and 3rd place went to the Slab Slayers - Chris Liddle and Chuck Hopkins with a weight of 6.63lbs.
The big fish award went to the Perch Commanders - Jesse King and Mike Parma with a jumbo perch weighing 1.33lbs. This perch was 14.5" long with a girth of 9.75". The guys will get a replica of the fish from Advanced Taxidermy and a trip to Chaudiere lodge.
The Humminbird Mystery weight this year was only hit by one team. The Fat Joe Jiggers won themselves to brand new fish finders from Humminbird.
The Rapala Mystery 36 prize which consisted of a $1000 prize pack from Rapala went to Team Get the Net, while team Rev 'N' Hank took a great photo of themselves using their rapala gear to win the Rapala Show Us Your Gear Prize also a prize pack work $1000.
The HT "Anything's Possible" prize went to the last team to weigh in fish this year. Showing that it doesn't always mean you have to be first to still win some amazing prizes. Brian and Olivia McLeod walked away each with a Polar Ice Power Auger.
It's not all about the prizes though. The main focus is on MS - Multiple Sclerosis. This event not only is to raise money for MS, but is to also raise awareness. Doug Poirier was diagnosed in late 2009 with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Doug's MS unfortunately has continued to get worse and he now is using a walker most of the time. It hasn't stopped him though. Doug continues to keep the fight going and to try and show others that life doesn't stop just because you have a disability. "That is what this tournament is all about" - says Poirier.
To date Perchin for MS has raised over $31 000.00 towards helping people with MS and finding a cure! At this time…preliminary count indicates this year's event will add close to $15 000 more to that number.
|Place||Team Number||Team Name||Weight (lbs)|
|2||143||Team Ram Rod||7.085|
|4||103||Team Big Will Lee||6.28|
|9||98||Niagara Buck Boys||5.695|
If you would still like to make a donation to this event…please visit www.perchinforms.com