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Jennifer Allaby

February Update

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The days are flying by and the Derby countdown has started.

The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show is just around the corner and I’m really hoping to see many of you at the GOSD booth. I will be at the show daily and would be pleased to speak with you regarding this years event that promises to be a beauty.

Many of the Derby’s sponsors will be attending the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show and it’s a great opportunity for all of us to thank them for their support.

If you want to experience the awesome Islander products you’ll be able to try them in the GOSD booth while fighting different species hooked up to a simulator.

The fully loaded Great Grand Prize courtesy of the Ontario TOYOTA Dealers Association will be on display. The MERCURY 9.9 four stroke draw prize, a SCOTTY high performance electric down rigger and our new sponsor YETI the best in the business for coolers and drink ware will also have product in our booth.

Whatever you do don’t forget Valentines Day. Remember all the extra time your significant other gave you last year to chase Chinooks during the GOSD.

Better build up some brownie points for this year.  Getting a romantic gift might help.

Nothing says I love you more than a new reel, flasher/fly combo or the new FREEDOM trolling bait.

These products and all your salmon tackle needs are available at JB’S FISHING DEPOT, GAGNON’S SPORTS, PRO TACKLE Bellville or NATURAL SPORTS in Kitchener.

 

HINTS: Every sponsor from the 2018 GOSD is returning and as far as additional  2019 prizing we are pleased to announce that ……

Sorry I have to go and shovel the snow!

Bill Barootes
Tournament Manager

 

Happy New Year!

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I just wanted to wish all the Great Ontario Salmon Derby enthusiasts a Happy New Year.

I hope Santa brought you all the flashers, flies and spoons that were on your list.

The count down has started to the 23rd GOSD that will start on Saturday June 29th.   We wanted include the July 1st long weekend as part of the first week of the Derby, hopefully some of us will get that extra day on the pond to try and secure a spot on the Raymarine Top 10 Leaderboard

Also from June 29 to July 7, 2019 is license free fishing week in Ontario and it will give new salmon trollers the opportunity to experience this exciting sport fishing.

If you’re a novice the best way to be introduced to salmon fishing is on a Charter boat. Make sure the Charter you choose has a Great Ontario Salmon Derby ticket. If the Charter you hire has registered with the Derby all its clients are eligible to win any of the $270,000 in cash and prizes that are available.

Great news for our Eastern Ontario participants, Bill Cunnell and Rhonda Turk from Wellers Bay Campground will be hosting our most easterly weigh-in station in 2019. Boat launching and docking will be available at their weigh-in station. Our other 9  fantastic weigh-in stations will remain the same as last year.

I’m afraid you’re going to hear this in repetition over the course of the year but I hope it will help ensure that we can get the proper top 10 leaders on our leader board in a correct and timely fashion each night. I know how difficult it is to make the leaderboard and we want to make sure you get the credit you deserve when your entry is top 10 worthy.

NEW for 2019

1) Make sure at the weigh-in station that you complete all the required information on the entry form and its LEGIBLE.

2) Make sure you leave the weigh-in station with your completed LEGIBLE copy of your entry form and KEEP IT. (The weigh-in station will also keep a copy)

3)  With your cell phone take a photograph of your LEGIBLE completed entry form.

4)  After the Raymarine leader board is updated at the end of each fishing day if your  entry isn’t posted on the leader board and your entry is heavier than the 10 place           salmon, send a LEGIBLE photograph of your entry form to gosd@sportshows.ca so we can verify your entry and correct the leaderboar

Charter Boat Ticket/ Boat Ticket

We‘ve had many requests over the last few years regarding a ticket that covers all  persons on vessels for the duration of the GOSD that are not classified as charters for hire. To clear up any misconceptions you may purchase a Charter Boat /Boat ticket at the SAME price as a Charter Boat . However you may NOT request a listing on the GOSD Charter Boat page unless you are a member of the OSGA or have a business number proving you are a Charter for hire.

By now I’m sure you’re saying enough…where’s the prize list for 2019.

Sorry we’re still in conversation with several new and exciting partners and we  aren’t quite ready to make it public yet. We can tell you that a great majority of our amazing 2018 sponsors are once again supporting this incredible summer salmon fishing event .

 

STAY TUNED

Bill Barootes
Derby Manager

 

4 MORE SLEEPS!

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4 more sleeps until the 22nd GOSD becomes a reality. Don’t forget if you have  already purchased a 7 week single ticket and are contemplating going all in and changing your ticket to a SUPER ticket it can only be done online and before midnight Friday July 6th.

As of of early Tuesday, July 3rd the jackpot is over $8600!

If you haven’t purchased any kind of a Derby ticket yet all ticket options are available to you anytime during the Derby. HOWEVER you must purchase your ticket at least the day BEFORE you fish. The ticket purchase date and the date you enter a salmon into the event will be verified for ALL our 70 winners.

If you have purchased your ticket online, print the ticket and sign it beside your name.

When you go to the weigh-in station to enter your giant Chinook make sure you bring your ticket and your Ontario Outdoors card. If you do not require a fishing license please bring some identification with a photo and/or signature on it.

Bill Barootes
Tournament Manager

BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE BY JUNE 30TH AND YOU COULD BE A WINNER!

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Purchase your #GOSD18 tickets online by June 30th to be entered to win a fishing prize pack valued at $685 from Canadian Tire!

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