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Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Information and Discussion
« on: March 19, 2016, 07:11:29 am »
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Information and Discussion
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2016, 09:05:43 pm »
That is a fantastic web site.  Thanks for posting that. I would not miss this Festival. :)

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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Information and Discussion
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2016, 08:31:57 am »
Here's also the official site with some more details...
http://www.ontarioslakecountry.com/event/36th-orillia-perch-festival
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Information and Discussion
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2016, 06:28:59 pm »
Just got back from the perch festival.   I searched couch and northern simcoe.   In the narrows and didn't find them.
Seems like all boats out there were scratching their heads. 

Sure enough though as I'm heading back to ramp I decide to check one more place and sure enough I followed a big school into where they were all hiding. 
Honestly I couldn't see bottom. I pulled a few into the boat but they seem very uninterested I'm assuming because of the water temp. 39 f.     But they are at this moment moving in and the next few days should be a hot bite


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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Information and Discussion
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2016, 09:18:20 am »
Where is a good place to shore fish?

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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Information and Discussion
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2016, 10:31:42 pm »
Where is a good place to shore fish?
The narrows (Under the bridge) is been a proven area for years now.

I was there today, I was told by one of the organizers that a TAGGED "Pennzoil perch" worth $500 was caught already. Meaning "only" 71 perches to go, providing no Walleyes or Pikes have them for supper first.  LOL
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - 1st tagged Perch
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2016, 06:21:06 am »

The 36th Orillia Perch Festival had fantastic weather to kick off the opening weekend. The anglers responded by coming out in large numbers (+2000) to try their luck. Fish seemed hard to find for many opening day Saturday. By Sunday afternoon that had changed as schools of perch, enjoying the sunshine warming the waters, produced good size jumbos and lots of impressed anglers. The first Tag Perch , Sponsored by Orillia’s Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change for $500.00, was caught Sunday afternoon by Kevin Hunt from Orangeville. Tagged Perch were seen by numerous anglers but catching them wasn’t that easy. The fishing will only get better through the week as the annual “perch run” ramps up. Traditionally the real activity of the run lasts 10 to 14 days.


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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - 2nd tagged Perch
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2016, 06:24:58 am »

Perch Fishing is steadily improving with jumbo showing up in large schools.
[/color]Excellent Weather conditions has been a big factor.[/size]
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[/color]Early Bird Winners[/size][/u]
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[/color]Melissa Cairns from Orillia won the Adult Draw for[/size]
[/color]$300.00 worth of Berkley Products from Trombly’s Tackle Box[/size]
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[/color]Jacob Ewing from Smithville won the Kids Draw fro[/size]
[/color]$200.00 worth of Berkley Products from Trombly’s Tackle Box[/size]
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - 3rd tagged perch
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2016, 06:28:26 am »

Orillia Perch Festival update
Tuesday April 19, 2016

Tag #3 was brought in to PHQ at 1:15 pm
The $500.00 Tagged Perch was sponsored by NORDIA, Customer Contact Centre
The lucky angler was Nick Sansone from McKean, Pennsylvania
Which is just outside of Eire, PA
There a number of American anglers participating in this year’s Festival
Nick and fellow angler Dave had not been here for a number of years.
The American dollar and the good perch fishing reputation in our area
Was a factor.



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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - 4th tagged perch
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2016, 06:32:19 am »
Tag # 4  Third one today!.....so far.
[/color] [/size][/color]Tag # 4 was brought in just after 2:30pm
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This $500.00 Tagged Perch was Sponsored by The Sarjeant Company Ltd.[/font][/size][/color]The lucky angler was Gary Meir from Hamilton, ON[/size]
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Seems the tagged perch are hungry. We should have fed them?[/font][/color]
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - 5th tagged perch
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2016, 06:35:44 am »
The Tags just keep on coming…on “Lucky Tuesday”
[/color] [/size][/color]Tag # 5 came in at 3:30pm and is a $500.00 tag sponsored by the Hammock Harbour R.V. Park
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The lucky angler is Owen Tomchick (R) from Strathroy, ON with his fishing Partner and Great Uncle Herman Deruiten[/font][/size][/color] [/size][/color]4 tags today and counting[/font][/color]
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - 6th tagged perch
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2016, 06:38:52 am »
Tag perch #6 Sponsored by Orillia Natural Gas
[/color]Got caught  just before closing Tuesday making the total number [/size]
[/color]of tag fish caught Tuesday April 19 at 5. [/size]
[/color]The Lucky Angler was Bob Schumacker from Selkirk, ON , which is on Lake Eire south of Hamilton[/size]
[/color]His wife Susan is pictured with him with the attachment photo.[/size]
[/color] [/size][/color]SPONSOR APPRECIATION NIGHT is Thursday , April 21st[/size] at KELSEYS starting a 6pm.[/color]
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - 7th tagged perch
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2016, 06:42:59 am »
Orillia Perch Festival update Thursday April 21 , 1030am


Perch Fishing continues to be quite good but the perch are starting to move again as their
main food source minnows have also started to move out of shallow waters to the shoals in the lakes

Tag Perch #7 sponsored by Lures and Tours Fishing Directories for $500.00
Was caught Wednesday afternoon by Frank Takacs from Orillia.
Frank is the first local angler to reel in one of the 68 $500.00 tag perch




Perch Fishing continues to be quite good but the perch are starting to move again as their
Was caught Wednesday afternoon by Frank Takacs from Orillia.
Frank is the first local angler to reel in one of the 68 $500.00 tag perch
BIG NEWS!!!!
10AM  Thursday April 21Shawn Duff of Orillia is one happy angler.The Tagged Perch he brought in was Sponsored By KITCHEN TIRE of Orillia
This TAGGED PERCH IS WORTH $3000.00For more details call BUNKER705-330-1202
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - 9th tagged perch
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2016, 06:49:53 am »
Friday , April 22, as of 12 noon
[/color]Perch Festival Update[/size]
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[/color]Tag number 9 came in at noon today[/size]
[/color]Shawn Duff from Orillia caught a $500.00 Tagged Perch[/size]
[/color]Sponsored by Century 21 Don Campbell Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage[/size]
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[/color]If his name and picture look familiar it’s because Shawn is one lucky and skillful angler.[/size]
[/color]He also caught the Orillia Kitchen Tire $3,000.00 Tagged Perch the day before![/size]
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[/color]There is a record of Three Tagged Perch caught during a Perch Festival. [/size]
[/color]Chris Jones from Mount Albert holds that title with $1,500.00 in winnings.[/size]
[/color]Shawn does have a bit of an up because his total is now $3,500.00 in cash winnings.[/size]
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - 10th tagged perch
« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2016, 06:51:14 am »
Anglers seem to be cashing in big this year with 10 tags in, so far, and we are only at day 7.

The Lucky Angler who caught the Fresh FM Radio $500.00 Tagged Perch
Was Herman Deruiten from Strathroy, ON.

Herman was pictured earlier in the week with his great nephew Owen Tomchick who caught the Hammock Harbour $500.00 tagged perch.
H.H. Owner Greg Long emailed this following Owen’s big catch picture release;
“Herman has been staying at the Hammock for years and years.  Has always been the first one here every year, stays in a little tent often here before the festival starts and sets up in the snow and breaks the ice in our canal with his little boat.  He has sure put in his time and deserves the tag (even though it was his nephew that actually caught it) especially since it was our tag.

I put their picture on the home page of our website - http://www.hammockharbour.com/index.htm

Greg”

Herman did get what he deserved. He and his great nephew also have a great fishing story and memory….and some money to boot.
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Tag 11
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2016, 04:39:42 pm »

Tag 11
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[/color]Friday evening brought in a third tag for the day.[/size]
[/color]Brady Mulvihill from Orillia brought in the [/size]
[/color]Sunshine 89 FM $500.00 Tagged Perch [/size]
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[/color]Near closing Rob Gordon from Oro-Medonte [/size]
[/color]Brought in the fourth tag of the day[/size]
[/color]He caught the Monteith Building Group $500.00 Tagged Perch[/size]
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[/color]After 7 days of fishing , the Tagged Perch tally stands at 12 tags brought in.[/size]
[/color]1 x $3000. + 11 x $500. For a payout of $8,500.00[/size]
[/color]Still 2 weeks of fishing left.[/size]


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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Tag #12
« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2016, 04:43:28 pm »
Near closing on Friday April 22, Rob Gordon from Oro-Medonte
[/color]Brought in the fourth tag of the day[/size]
[/color]He caught the Monteith Building Group $500.00 Tagged Perch[/size]
[/color]12 Tagged Perch in to date[/size]
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Information and Discussion
« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2016, 08:34:32 am »
This has been a fantastic festival so far! Thanks for covering it!
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Information and Discussion
« Reply #19 on: April 25, 2016, 10:33:56 am »
Great Reporting John nice to see all the results coming in, maybe next year I'll finally get up for this event.
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Information and Discussion
« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2016, 05:22:06 am »
The stats now stand at 13 tag perch caught as of 7pm , Sunday April 24th.

Just before closing Sunday tagged number 13 came in. Lucky angler was
Ian Richardson from Barrie who said this was his first year in Orillia Perch Festival
but he’ll be back every year from now on.
His tagged perch was Sponsored by Tourism Simcoe County
And was worth $1,000.00.

Weather has been a big boost for this year’s 36th Orillia Perch Festival.
Anglers and fish came out in big number to kick start the festival for its first week.
It’s estimated that registration is up over 30%.
A number of American anglers are returning to take in the great fishing and dollar value.
Lots of “Jumbo” Perch are being caught.
Earlier morning angler numbers are up as many fish before work or school.

Kids Day with the O.P.P. is this Saturday at Tudhope Park from 11am to 1pm.

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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Information and Discussion
« Reply #21 on: April 28, 2016, 07:05:32 am »
As of 12 noon April 27th
 
Below zero mornings and a little snow (wouldn’t be the Perch Festival without some)
didn’t stop anglers from fishing but no Tagged Perch Since Sunday.
Weekly Draw winners for week one were
 
Adult
ORILLIA HOME HARDWARE $136.00 Gift Certificate
Winner – Bill Stewart from Severn
QUANTUM ROD & REEL
Winner – Melissa Cairns from Orillia.
Melissa also won the $300.00 Early Bird Draw Shopping Spree
From Berkley Canada & Trombly’s Tackle Box
NORMARK RAPALA FILET KNIFE
Winner – Jeanne Vaillancourt from Orillia
 
Kids
TROMBLY’S TACKLE BOX – TACKLE BOX
Winner – Brock Jeffels from Orillia
RAPALA NORMARK FISHERMANS KIT
Winner – Bailey Maukoner-Lalonde from Oro Medonte
SOUTHBEND ROD & REEL
Winner – Junior Stinson from Coldwater
 
Weather is predicted to steadily get warmer with lots of sunshine into the weekend
 
O.P.P. KIDS DAY IS THIS Saturday April 30th from 11am to 1pm for kids 3 up to 12(*)
 
(*) slightly enforced by attending officers
 
Please observe the LIVE RELEASE RULES of the Orillia Perch Festival
Conservation Club Members and Perch Festival Committee Staff have had
to disqualify some Perch from the draws as they do not meet the conditions of LIVE RELEASE.
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Tag #14
« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2016, 01:00:50 pm »
The tags just keep on coming! Tag # 14 arrives late Wednesday afternoon.
[/color]Lucky angler Tom Graham, from Midland, was out fishing with the family [/size]
[/color]when he reeled in the Pride Marine Group’s $500.00 tagged perch[/size]
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Information and Discussion
« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2016, 03:36:41 pm »
Shore fishing since that snow has been pretty crappy. Talking with a few folks, there's been catches but not like it was. I think it's time to get the boat ready and see where they've moved to.
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Tag 15 and 16
« Reply #24 on: April 30, 2016, 07:21:29 pm »
The weather during this year’s 36th Orillia Perch Festival  has been the best in years. The number of participants fishing and attending OPP Kids Day have also been some of the best ever. Kids Day hit a record 346 kids!!!. The perch not wanting to be outdone responded with two Tagged Perch coming five minutes apart late Saturday afternoon.
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[/color]Tag 15 was caught by long time Perch Festival Participant Albert Guiler from Wainfleet ON. He caught the $500. Tagged Perch sponsored by Lefroy Harbour Resorts and Kon Tiki Marine.[/size]
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[/color]Tag 16 came in minutes later with William Murfin (in orange safety fishing gear) from Hamilton ON. He caught the $500. Tagged Perch Sponsored by O.D.A.S. Park.[/size]
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - tag 17 and Kids Day
« Reply #25 on: May 02, 2016, 02:00:17 pm »

It was a great weekend for Perch Fishing and Kids Day with the OPP. Weather was again perfect for both on Saturday.
Two Tagged Perch were caught on this sunny Saturday afternoon bringing the count up to 16 tags.
Sunday seemed quiet at first but anglers showed up despite the damp morning.
Just before closing Tagged Perch #17 came in.
The angler Richard Merrikin from Orillia caught the Georgian College $500.00 Tagged Perch.
Richard said he had worked till 5pm and then decided to drop line and catch a few perch for the Draws before the Perch Headquarters closed at 7pm. Though he doesn't get to fish as often as he would like, he really loves the sport and fishing from his kayak. Richard also now holds a unique title as the first Tagged Perch Sponsor to catch a Tagged Perch. His business is Speedy Signs in Orillia and is a $500.00 Tagged Perch Sponsor.
 
Fishing continues daily till Saturday May 7th at 4pm.
There are still 53 X $500.00 tagged perch and a $1,000. Tagged Perch from Geneva Charity Bingo swimming out there.
Closing Ceremonies are at O.D.A.S. Park starting at 7pm.


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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Tag 18
« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2016, 08:56:30 am »



The  last day of the 36th Orillia Perch Festival managed to squeeze one more tag
[/color]Bringing the total to 18 for this year.[/size]
[/color]Long time Festival angler Chris Jones of Mount Hope On[/size]
[/color]Brought in the Sandy Cove Marine $500.00 Tagged Perch just a couple of hours before closing.[/size]
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Information and Discussion
« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2016, 09:14:11 am »
So who won the boat? it wasn't me as I didn't get a phone call last night.  On a side note if the marina's block everything off, next year could be the death knell for this derby.  I think the organizers should release the perch in the Port of Orillia next year, it would give more access for shore anglers(kids) and boaters alike.
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Information and Discussion
« Reply #28 on: May 08, 2016, 09:33:01 am »
So who won the boat? it wasn't me as I didn't get a phone call last night.  On a side note if the marina's block everything off, next year could be the death knell for this derby.  I think the organizers should release the perch in the Port of Orillia next year, it would give more access for shore anglers(kids) and boaters alike.

Apparently I didn't win the boat either. There are tagged fish at the Port of Orillia. In spite of the marinas blocking anglers out I think the tag catch rate was the highest in a while. Ever since Pride Group bought Hot Knots everything is blocked.
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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Information and Discussion
« Reply #29 on: May 09, 2016, 02:48:46 pm »
So who won the boat? it wasn't me as I didn't get a phone call last night.  On a side note if the marina's block everything off, next year could be the death knell for this derby.  I think the organizers should release the perch in the Port of Orillia next year, it would give more access for shore anglers(kids) and boaters alike.
I fished this year with Wormdunker and the fact the marina's blocked everything off, and us being out of towners and not knowing where to go, made for a couple of days of frustrating fishing.  This tournament seems not to be favorable to out of towners but if it was located somewhere else, it would be a good thing.
We would be back for sure

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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Information and Discussion
« Reply #30 on: May 09, 2016, 04:29:22 pm »

The fully list of winners and some of their pictures will be on the Perch Festival Face Book Page shortly.
We will be updated as soon as all the names and pictures match.
 
This one picture is of one happy angler who won the draw on the LUND Fury Sport 1625 XL Fishing Boat with 50 HP MERCURY Outboard with a custom trailer and a Cummins Canvas Custom Tonneau Cover
 
Left to Right at Closing Ceremonies
Doug Bunker, Festival Director - Winner Brad Simpson from Caledon East - Bill Eckland Jr., Festival Co-Chairman
 
The Closing Ceremonies had standing room only!
Most of the Grand Prize Award Winners were in attendance.
Lots of great pics of happy anglers!


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Re: Orillia Perch Festival 2016 - Information and Discussion
« Reply #31 on: May 12, 2016, 05:44:58 pm »
I thought I'd share an article I wrote for my site, which has a few pictures of me and my son to go with it - I had a great time during perchfest!

This year was a bit different for me than the others. Maybe I'm going through some girlish changes that my body isn't ready for yet... either way it had a lot more family involvement than the years past which was fantastic. My son absolutely LOVED getting out and playing with sticks and rocks while watching his bobber in between. Hey, he's three, his attention span is only a few seconds longer than mine. I am lucky enough to have a wife who understands my love for fishing and I got out about the same amount of days as last year, although I stuck to shore this year (until the very last day that is).

If you would like a bit more background on how the perch festival transitions from the opening ceremonies to the closing ceremonies, please check out my previous years articles: Perchfest 2014 and Perchfest 2015. This festival is run amazingly well and everything seems to be running smoothly, I can't imagine the amount of time those guys must put into making sure it runs that way. If any of you are reading this - I tip my newly sponsored Ardent hat to you!

This year was really a great year for my prize collection too! During the opening ceremonies I was drawn for a sack of baits, a new spinning rod and reel combo and a case of pop (yes you americans, we call soda "pop")! The ceremonies ran as smoothly as they normally did and they had the grand prize boat sitting out front to drool over. The boat this year wasn't as geared as years previous, due to the dollar conversion. Don't get me wrong, it was an amazing Lund boat, but unlike last year, it didn't include the electronics and trolling motor. It was still an amazing boat that would easily outrun the smaller Legend ProSport I'm currently using! Throw a top tag prize of $3000 and this was a great chance at some amazing prizes!

The ice was off the lake this year, which was nice. The first few days were still pretty cold, my girlish hands had to have gloves on them. I was able to catch fish almost every day this year, until the freak snow storm that happened about halfway through. After that I had a hard time catching. I was fishing in the back of creeks for most of the festival, right across a homeowner that I said "hi" to every evening after work. I think we must have had more people this year than normal. I couldn't get to the front of the creek like I did a few years back - well until towards the end, or when it was rainy. The best part of the whole festival was when I was fishing the front of the creek on a cold morning and some guy just came up and asked if we wanted to hear a song on his harmonica. Man, he rocked that harmonica! The prizes are pretty great but the people you meet or the things you see are what really make this fun.

While I was out with my wife and son we saw a guy across the creek chasing and yelling at geese to get them off his well manicured lawn. I went out a few days later and he had put motion detectors on some sprinklers. Every time the geese jumped up on his dock, they shot out water and scared the birds away... for about 30 minutes. After that I literally laughed out loud when I saw one of them jump up on the dock, wait for the sprinkler and then open his mouth to receive a filtered wet drink. No more dirty creek water for THAT bird!

Anywhoo, the last week of the festival really sucked for shore fishermen, or so I heard from the people I talked to. We all know how truthful fishermen are around successful areas. Even the guys on the front of the creek were saying the fish were getting picky. I did get out on the boat on my last day and noticed that the marinas have fully barred boats from going into the slips. I can't blame them, I heard so many, what must have been, 1 ounce (seriously guys, that's too much weight) drop shot weights smack into fiberglass hulls. Unfortunately, that meant less space to fish if you didn't get there early. In front of Blue Beacon, it was still chalked full so I had to leave and find another spot. I tried some shoals and even took a try in front of the creek mouth I was fishing from shore. The last day let me down hard.

The kids day was a bust for me, which was a bit sad but it happened to fall on my wife's birthday so we decided to still have fun downing cakes and snacks all day! DQ - IceCream cake was your best invention no matter what those bathroom scales tell me.

I wish I could have made it to the closing ceremonies, this was my first year missing it. I really wish I could give you a good reason but I can't. I was up looking at lake maps for a pike fishing trip at Dalrymple the next day and just lost track of time. Watching the facebook page for the festival there were a LOT of tag winners, a bunch from the US even! It shows how far this festival reaches in popularity and it's not even a guaranteed pay like a tournament! If I remember my updates correctly, the guy who won the $3000 tag also scored a $500 tag, that lucky bugger! I believe the $1000 tag didn't get scored but I might be wrong on that one. That was the last update I saw on the simcoe message board I think.

I hope you were able to fish it this year with me and I hope you walked out with some great stories and memories like I did! I'd love to hear them, leave them in the comments below.
- Learning to fish, one cast in the trees at a time.