Aurora Bassmasters To Host Pike Tournament & Transfer

For Immediate Release: May 6, 2010

 The Aurora Bassmasters would like to invite anglers with a boat and working livewell to compete in their annual pike tournament on Lake Simcoe.  The open event will take place Sunday May 30,  2010 out of Pasadena Marina in Keswick on the pike filled waters of Cooks Bay.  Entry fee, payable beginning at 6am the morning of the event, is only $110 per team and includes "Big Fish" and launch at Pasedena.  The Heaviest three pike win the tournament and Payout will be 80% of entry fees.

As part of an ongoing MNR Community Fisheries and Wildlife Involvement Program, several of the pike caught during this event will be chosen for an adult pike transfer to nearby Fairy Lake and the upper reaches of the Holland River in Newmarket.  Here, the pike will become the top predator and will play an important role in balancing the small aquatic ecosystem of this Urban Fishery.

Herb Quan president of the club, explained that "This annual pike tournament and transfer is an excellent example of how our Ministry of Natural Resources and tournament groups can work together to benefit our fisheries”.  He, added “Lake Simcoe currently has an incredibly productive northern pike fishery that at one time included those upper reaches of the Holland River and Fairy Lake where we release our annual 20-30 pike. With dams and obstructions however in the river,  the pike from the lake have a tough time making it south to Newmarket without our help."  

For the past several years, the Aurora Bassmasters have been proud to host Canada’s premier one day bass fishing tournament – the Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open at the end of October. Earlier this month they hosted another successful pike tournament on Canal Lake ... their first one there and 33 teams showed up to compete. The Aurora Bassmasters are proud members of the Ontario Bass Federation Nation which is made up of about 30 B.A.S.S. chapter clubs across the province. The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) is the world's largest fishing organization, with over 600,000 members and  federation nations in 46 states plus Japan, Zimbabwe, Mexico, South Africa, Italy and of course here in Ontario.

More details in the attached entry form.

Media Advisory prepared by:
Wil Wegman, OBFN Conservation and Media Director

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For more information please contact:
Dave Meadows
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Download: Lake Simcoe Pike Tournament Form