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GOSD 2019 – Week 4 Day 2 Update – July 21

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And you wondered why we call it BERKLEY Big Fish Sunday. Big bruisers were hitting the scales in the east, the west and central Lake Ontario today.
Sure fooled me,I thought for sure all that west wind would have left us with the cupboard bare for a day or two. How wrong was I… AGAIN. Port Credit was on fire Today.
Our Great Grand Prize leader young Keryanne Gagnon was ready to cancel her driving lessons when she heard that Cher Dawson who was fishing with her husband Cam on their charter boat Major Impact Angling were racing to the Port Credit weigh-in station. As it turns out Cher’s giant Chinook weighed in at 32.06 lbs. and Keryanne from Montreal still holds the keys to the new 2019 TOYOTA 4RUNNER.

No doubt about it, Congratulations Cher Dawson your 32.06 lb. Salmon caught on Major Impact Angling is this weeks Winner of BERKLEY BIG FISH SUNDAY.Your Chinook is also the week 4 leader of the GOSD.

 

Best Location: Humber Bay & Port Credit
Best Lure: Oki Flasher/ Rhys Davis bait head & Flasher / Green Fly

Bill Barootes, Tournament Manager

GOSD 2019 – Week 4 Day 1 Update – July 20

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I’ve always believed that if you give, one day you’ll be rewarded. Jason Noble and Matt Parent are active members with the Halton Region Salmon and Trout Association;  in fact Jason is a Director. This morning they headed out on their charter boat Witching Hour Sportfishing with friend Garry Knowling and they were rewarded with a beautiful silver 29.74lb. Chinook that now leads the 4th Week of the GOSD.
Does it remind you of anything?  Last year’s Week 2 winner was Malcolm Jarvis who is a volunteer with the Metro East Anglers Association and helps keep a watchful eye on the Whitby Pen Project. As Lake Ontario anglers we owe a debt of gratitude to all the associations and pen project volunteers who continue to give their time to help support our Lake Ontario fishery. Thank you

The Raymarine Top10 Leader board is a bit lean tonight but it doesn’t mean that chinooks weren’t being boated. During my visits to several ramps and weigh-in stations today our participants figured after seeing last week’s posted weights that their Kings weren’t going to last on the board so they were released.

TOMORROW:  BERKLEY Big Fish Sunday

Best Lure : Spin Dr. / Fly
Best Location: Toronto Islands 220′ of water

 

Bill Barootes, Tournament Manager

GOSD 2019 – Week 3 Day 7 Update – July 19

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Its been a long week with sleepless nights for Bronte angler James Marek. His 30.48 lb. Chinook landed aboard Knot Reel Sportfishing had a bit of a scare last night but his Chinook managed to hold down the number 1 spot on the Raymarine top10 leader board . James is the UNOFFICIAL Winner of week 3.His entry will be weighed, photographed and undergo an internal examination tomorrow morning before it becomes official. We won’t have to worry about GOSD tickets in this case because Knot Reel captain Ryan Harrison has a Charter Boat / Boat ticket and anyone who fishes on his vessel is covered.

Best Lure: Green Spoons & Flasher /Fly
Best Location: Hamilton and Pickering

Rapala Angler of the Week : Congratulations Ethan Caley your 28.78 lb. Chinook entered at Wellers Bay Campground has earned you a $1,000 tackle prize pack courtesy of RAPALA.

Bill Barootes, Tournament Manager

GOSD 2019 – Week 3 Day 6 Update – July 18

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UPDATE: The GOSD tries to be as diligent as possible to investigate leader board entries.Unfortunately it was not understood by Aleksanir Levkovitch that everyone on board was required to have a valid GOSD ticket.When I spoke to him this evening he was very open and honest that the other person in the boat did not have a derby ticket.Therefore we have had to disqualify his entry.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but this week a few plump Chinooks have been plucked from the west in the Bronte and Port Credit area and today was no exception. Aleksanir Levkovitch weighed in a beauty in Port Credit and is our new Weekly leader as the curtain falls on the 3rd week of the GOSD tomorrow at 8pm.
No need to panic yet if you haven’t made the board there’s still plenty of time to qualify for the ISLANDER Championship Shootout and the list of phenomenal draw prizes including a MERCURY 9.9 four stroke outboard.
If you’re starting to feel the pressure though It wouldn’t hurt to plan on a grabbing the evening bite. Pick up a pizza from PIZZA PIZZA, load up your YETI cooler with some non alcoholic beverages make it the 110 cooler in case you get a Raymarine leader board fish, and oh don’t forget your COSTA sunglasses for when that sun starts to set.
Weather permitting I may run into a few of you tomorrow as me and my extremely sharp RAPALA 9″ fillet knife might make a few weigh-in station visits.

Best Lure: flasher / Fly
Best Location: Port Credit  & Pickering

 

Bill Barootes, Tournament Manager

GOSD 2019 – Week 3 Day 5 Update – July 17

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What happened? I know by the social media posts that those who ventured out were rewarded some nice looking Kings. None however were able to find a spot on the Raymarine Top 10 Leader board.

The weekend is fast approaching and we are very aware that there are several other tournaments and derbies taking place over the course of the next few weekends. The GOSD is a sponsor of several of these events and we applaud all the volunteers and recognize the value of these events. We do want to be very transparent however, as stated in our rules if you are weighing a salmon into ANY other derby or tournament you may NOT enter that fish into the GOSD. If you catch a Chinook that you decide to enter into the GOSD instead of another event be very sure everyone on the vessel you’re fishing from has a valid GOSD ticket.

Best Lure : Flasher / Fly color it green
Best Location: Bluffs to the Islands

Bill Barootes

Tournament Manager

GOSD 2019 – Week 3 Day 4 Update – July 16

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Windy, stormy it just doesn’t seem to matter.I was concerned that the Raymarine top 10 leader board wasn’t going to see any changes tonight but 3 big boys or girls have hit the scales from various locations.
I’m sure after the weekend that several of you were certain your top 10 positions would hold on for the week. Better not spend your winnings yet as our Chinooks have been packing on the weight recently.
I also see our Friend With A Boat Charter captain Martin St.Louis has a pair of Chinooks on the board from Cobourg this week.

Best Lure: Flasher /Fly
Best Location: Port Credit & Cobourg

Bill Barootes

Tournament Manager

GOSD 2019 – Week 3 Day 3 Update – July 15

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It was certainly slower on the big lake today after a weekend when we couldn’t get the ink to dry on the Raymarine leader board with so many top 10 changes.
A beauty was entered at Wellers Bay today and for the 17th straight day the leader board has had a least one addition.

I would like to thank GOSD sponsors Rob Alcock from GIBBS-DELTA, Steve Rennalls from ISLANDER and Craig Gebicki from SCOTTY for letting me join them on a charter hosted by generous Jim Stevenson Captain of Unreel Charters.
All 3 gentlemen took the time to venture east from the west coast of Canada to experience our Great Lakes fishery, boating a mixed bag of Steelhead, Coho and even a few nice Chinook. This is the first year that GIBBS-DELTA was approached to support the Derby and they have graciously done so.This is the 2nd year for ISLANDER and not only do they support our 3rd place Weekly position but they will again be sponsoring the exciting ISLANDER CHAMPIONSHIP SHOOTOUT on August 24th that has our 70 top
10 winners trying to capture part of the available $5,000 in cash. Last ,but certainly not least is SCOTTY.  SCOTTY Products have been supporting the GOSD for many years with their precision high speed down riggers.The popularity of their product is visible in every marina that berths fishing vessels on the Great Lakes and they are once again the highly valued 2nd place Weekly prize for the 2019 GOSD.

We all love this great 50 day summer event and we hope that our participants show their appreciation to ALL our Derby sponsors by purchasing their products.

Best Lure: Gibbs / Delta Flasher  (new colour) with a Rhys Davis anchovy head Best Location: Wellers Bay

Bill Barootes

Tournament Manager

GOSD 2019 – Week 3 Day 2 Update – July 14

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What a weekend…James Stanlick was crowned our official 2019 gosd Jr. Angler Winner, the RAYMARINE top 10 leader board has changed multiple times this weekend, the GARMIN Charter Boat / Boat standings are in flux and last but not least the SUPER TICKET Jackpot has exceeded $16,000.

Scott Richardson from Scotty’s Sportfishing has it dialed in the last week or so. 2 Chinooks on the Raymarine top 10 leader board last week with 2018 top 70 winners Michaela Goulborne winning last weeks BERKLEY Big Fish Sunday and they were at it again this morning when Michaela weighed in a 28.32 lb.Chinook.
Don’t tell anyone I told you but he’s been running GIBBS Flashers with Rhys Davis bait heads off ISLANDER premier series rods with TR3 reels. Serves him right for making me do all those internal examinations on his entries.

Congratulations James Marek who’s our Week 3 BERKLEY BIG FISH SUNDAY Winner. Jim was fishing on KnotReel Sportfishing with Captain Ryan Harrison out of Bronte. His 30.48 lb. Salmon has won him a fantastic prize pack courtesy of BERKLEY and he’s
our new Week 3 leader of the GOSD.The top 5 positions on the Raymarine leader board were replaced

Best Lure: Flasher / Green Fly
Best Location: Bronte

Bill Barootes

Tournament Manager

GOSD 2019 – Week 3 Day 1 Update – July 13

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Week 3 is off to a great start and if you haven’t noticed the average weight of the Kings making the Raymarine top 10 leader board are increasing daily. Most of the Chinooks that we’ve done internal checks on are loaded with various sizes of bait.

Well the never boring GOSD had another first today. We want to congratulate Joanne & Sean from the Kirkland Lake area who were married on Thursday. Joanne’s wish was to land a salmon in her wedding dress and she did just that today aboard Fishing 4Tails Charter with Captain Greg Amiel.

We would like to thank all the adults who took the time to get our young anglers on the water today to compete in the Great Ontario Salmon Derby’s 2nd Junior Angler Day. Many junior entries showed up at our weigh-in stations today and we consider all our Junior Angler participants as winners.  We would like to UNOFFICIALLY congratulate 9 year old James Stanlick from Orangeville, Ontario who landed a 21.44 lb. Chinook aboard Reels Are Blazing.

Our Junior Angler winner will receive a $300 gift certificate from GAGNON SPORTS in Oshawa, JB’s FISHING DEPOT in Toronto and NATURAL SPORTS in Kitchener. Long time sponsor of the Derby PIZZA PIZZA will provide our Junior Angler winner with a pizza for a year voucher.

Best Lure: Meat & Enticer spoons

Best Location: Bluffers

Bill Barootes

Tournament Manager