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I can’t believe we are less than a month away from the beginning of this years  GOSD. Early spring fishing reports were very encouraging with Chinooks testing tackle in the western end of the lake. As we approach June, activity is starting to pick up on the north shore with reports of screaming drags east of Toronto.

I don’t know where to start when talking about this year’s event but I guess we should start at the top. In the past, the Great Grand Prize Toyota 4Runner has been used for promotional purposes. This year we will be keeping the 2019 4Runner as close to absolutely brand new as possible by using it primarily for display purposes.

Double the money for 2nd place and 50% more for 3rd place along with an extra $100 if you’re fortunate enough to end up in the 6th to 10th position for each of the 7 weeks of the Derby. Thanks to our new and returning sponsors all 10 positions will be rewarded with great prizing in 2019.

Our new sponsor Garmin has made it possible for Charter Boat/ Boat ticket holders who enter the heaviest 3 Chinooks over the course of the 50 day event to win bonus cash and an exceptional prize from Garmin.  Click  HERE  for the exciting details!

Having trouble landing a Raymarine leader board worthy salmon? That doesn’t mean you can’t be a $$ winner. This year take a creative photograph of any size Chinook salmon that you’ve caught along with a Freedom Tackle Cutbait Trolling Lure. Post your photo on Instagram or Facebook and tag @greatontariosalmonderby and @freedomtackle.  You also need to use the following hashtags #GOSD19; #freedomtackle; #howdoyouroll and #herringcutbait.    At the conclusion of the Derby our panel of judges will pick the best 3 photographs and they will win $1,500 , $500, or $250.   Click HERE to learn more about this awesome addition to the Derby.

Also new for 2019 will be Berkley’s Big Fish Sunday! Every Sunday during the Derby if you enter the heaviest Chinook between 9am and 8 pm you will win a $1,000 prize package courtesy of Berkley.

Don’t forget purchase your tickets on line before June 14th and be eligible to win the $670 prize package.  Click HERE to buy your tickets!

As always thank you to all of our sponsors and participants…the countdown is on to GOSD19!

Bill Barootes
Tournament Manager

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