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2nd Annual Mike Cirino Memorial Charity Perch Derby
Have fun and fish for a great cause!

Date: Sunday May 3rd, 2015
Time: 8:00am-12:00pm

Where: Bayfront Park

Tickets for adults: $15

Tickets for children (12 and under): $10
Tickets can be purchased at the shop and at the event.


First Prize: $1,000 – Biggest perch wins!

Second prize: fishing rod with a voucher for rod imprinting with a name/words of your choice


Plus lots of raffle prizes, tons of kids prizes and a 50/50 Draw!



Come out on Sunday May 3rd 2015 for the 2nd Annual Mike Cirino Memorial Charity Perch Derby.  Rain or shine!  Bring your kids, come with your buddies or fish solo.  All proceeds go to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFP).


In 2013 we lost a great member of the community.  Mike Cirino was a devoted husband, son, brother, great friend and special human being.  He passed away at 47 years of age after a courageous battle with cancer…but it was Crohn’s Disease that he suffered with for more than half his life.   Mike loved life and the outdoors, was an avid fisherman and loved going to fishing derbies.   To honour his memory we have organized a charity derby to raise money for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada.

1 in every 150 Canadians is living with Crohn’s or colitis – a rate that ranks in the highest worldwide.  The mission of the CCFP is to “find the cure” for this disease.  The CCFP is at the core of inflammatory bowel disease research in Canada.   Your funds will go towards this mission of helping the over 223,000 Canadians with Crohn’s or colitis.

See you on May 3rd!

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Lake Ontario in the spring can offer some shallow water monsters. Trolling planer boards with shallow running lures will offer up some local trophy fishing.  Planer boards are a crucial part of catching these fish.  They get your body baits out and away from the boat.  Trolling in water as shallow as 5 feet can produce everything from big browns to early season salmon. 

It doesnt take much to put a trolling pattern together and catch double digit fish very close to home.  Shorelines from Hamilton to Niagara have great fishing opportunity.  One of the most exciting parts of fishing these waters is you never know what you are going to hook into.

Tight Lines.

Great lures to start with are Rapala floating  and jointed series.  Live target and the original AC Shiner also deserve a spot on the top shelf of any tackle box. 

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I recently had the chance to visit the "sunshine" state to do some field testing and relaxing with family.  We were fortunate enough to fish the Gulf of Mexico and the brackish water of the backcountry shallows.

Upon our arrival to the beautiful Fort Myers we realized we were in for a treat.  It didn't take long and we were hooked into a variety of salt water species.  We caught everything from small yellow fins and ladyfish for bait to big kingfish and stingrays. 

After a day of fishing the Gulf we ventured inland to fish backcountry snook.  These hard fighting, acrobatic fish offered us a different challenge on light tackle.  Having never fished for these, the experience offered us some heart pumping excitement. 

If travelling south for a vacation or just looking for a great fishing getaway, Florida offers a variety of fishing and outdoor adventures, and Fort Myers will not disappoint.  

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