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WEEK 7 DAY 6 GOSD 2018

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*Important please note: that FRIDAY & SATURDAY the last days of the 2018 GOSD if you happen to weigh in a salmon at any of our 10 weigh-in stations and it becomes *

1) The OVERALL LEADER OF THE DERBY or
2) The NEW WEEK 7 LEADER
Please contact us at gosd@sportshows.ca or ask the weigh-in station attendant to
call my cell BEFORE you leave the weigh-in station.

3) *NEW (great practice for next years Derby)
If you weigh-in a salmon and it’s heavier than the 10th place fish on the Raymarine
Daily Updates board you always receive a receipt. Check that ALL the
INFORMATION ON IT IS CORRECT. KEEP IT AND TAKE A CLEAR CELL PHONE
PICTURE OF ALL THE INFORMATION ON IT.
In the event that the Marina/weigh-in station loses, destroys or fails to report your
Top 10 worthy Chinook all you have to do is send the picture of your receipt to us
and we will verify your catch.

Everyone seems to happy that the GOSD adds on an extra day the 7th week of the Derby to make it a 50-day event. Funny isn’t it, our Great Grand Prize leader Steve Lombardi and Weekly leader Will Sampson told me they aren’t too thrilled about it!

Best Location: Bayliner Point & Bronte
Best Lure: Flasher/Fly, Meat

WEEK 7 DAY 5 GOSD 2018

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Yesterday’s heavy rains have drawn deep water matures into staging areas.
Although it was lumpy reports are that it was worth it. Chinooks were staged up in front of the Credit this morning and later today off the Spit.

The successful father and son team of Don and Will Sampson aboard their Charter boat Detour landed the new Week 7 leader early this evening. Detour is also a GOSD Charter Boat ticket holder and is now leading the Charter boat division as well.
Something tells me the 2018 GOSD is far from over!

Make sure everyone on your vessel has a ticket. DAILY tickets are available online
greatontariosalmonderby.ca

I remember 3 luck changing things that I used to do when it came to this point in the Derby and I hadn’t made the board…by the way, that was most of the time.
1) I predominately took salmon sandwiches so I switched to ham.
2) that lucky hat and shirt, I changed them.
3) I always wore rather old running shoes so that I wouldn’t worry about getting them
slimy with a big King thrashing on the floor of my boat. I Put on a brand new pair.

Best Location: Spit and Credit river mouth
Best Lure: Flasher/Meat

WEEK 7 DAY 4 GOSD 2018

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I will be investigating further and I’m sure I’ll find out that our Derby leader Steve Lombardi is related to Mother Nature. I bet he was smiling like a cat that just caught a canary today.
Heavy rain, thunderstorms and brisk south easterlies made for complete washout today.

There are still 4 full days of Chinook chasing to go and with three 28 plus pound salmon already weighed in this week the TOYOTA 4RUNNER, the $10,000 weekly and 3 portions of the $17,880 SUPER TICKET are still within reach.

Best Location: In bed
Best Lure: Umbrella

WEEK 7 DAY 3 GOSD 2018

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It’s hard to believe that the summer of 2018 is starting to leave us. Daylight hours are noticeably shorter and we have only 5 full fishing days left in the Derby to try and land that GOSD worthy Chinook.
Although our salmon have been significantly lighter this season it’s been one of the most competitive years that we’ve seen. The difference between 1st place and 10th place for example Week 4 of the Derby was 1.18 lbs. Last week we had 21 RAYMARINE Daily Updates board changes.
We’ve had winners spread across the north shore this year with every port having big fish at their doorstep sometime during the 50 days of the GOSD.

As the last week of the 22nd GOSD continues we really would like to thank each and every one of our sponsors for their support. Your generosity has been instrumental in the $270,000 in cash and premium prizes that have been made available to our winners. We are truly fortunate to have your support with this great annual Ontario fishing Derby.

Best Location: Bronte & Bluffers
Best Lure: Flasher/ Fly

WEEK 7 DAY 2 GOSD 2018

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I must admit I’m not the biggest proponent of fishing in an east wind especially from mid-Lake Ontario and into the western basin. When boat control is a problem it usually equals difficulties in presenting baits properly. As a result, significantly fewer entries were recorded from Whitby to St.Catherines.

Time is becoming a factor for any vessels that have a 2018 Charter boat ticket
and are hoping to cash in. As it stands now DUTCHIES SPORTFISHING has the heaviest entry at 29.84 lbs. followed by WE POUND’EM SPORTFISHING 29.12 lbs. and GREAT BLUE SPORTFISHING could earn $1,000 with their 28.54 lb. entry.

We would like to clear up any misconceptions regarding the GOSD Awards Day at JC Saddington Park in Port Credit on September 15th. The event is more than the 70 winners picking up cash and prizes. The event is a celebration and closing of the 2018 GOSD for the Lake Ontario salmon fishing community. We want you to be part of it and if you’ve purchased any kind of a GOSD ticket this year come and join us for a complimentary slice of Pizza Pizza and a beverage. If you haven’t done as well as you had hoped this year most of the anglers are very approachable and you may pick up on something that could help you achieve loftier goals next year.
The ISLANDER Championship Shootout will take place before the awards and ISLANDER will have a fish fighting simulator at the awards for you to try their premier single action rod and reel.

If you are NOT one of the 70 2018 GOSD Winners and are planning to attend the awards please
bring your 2018 GOSD ticket or receipt with you to the awards as we will be drawing a name from the non-winners only for a DAS KING NAUTILUS 2 kayak.
that includes a 36 lb. thrust electric motor. Retail value $3,299.
Visit  www.das-king.com/kayaks-paddleboards/kayaks/  for more details
You must be present when the draw takes place to claim your prize.

Best Location: Newcastle
Best Lure: Multiple choices…warm water J-plugs and Lyman’s

WEEK 7 DAY 1 GOSD 2018

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Better get out there, multiple entries from most ports with widespread rumours of chewed off bait heads hooks and disappearing flies. Don’t discount very shallow water especially early and late in the day as several matures were landed in less than 40 feet. A RAPALA J13 took a beauty today.

They must have heard me talking about the poor success that was coming out of Bronte this year as it was definitely the hot spot today.
We now have 60 of our top 70 for the 2018 ISLANDER CHAMPIONSHIP SHOOTOUT that will take place at the Credit Village Marina on Saturday, September 15th. Followed by Pizza Pizza, Beverages from Molson and the GOSD Awards.

We will be announcing an awesome draw prize that will be presented to a GOSD ticket holder who has NOT been fortunate enough to be in the top 70. To qualify you’ll have to bring your 2018 GOSD ticket to the awards day to enter the draw. You will have to be present to WIN.

Several GOSD Chinook entries went under the knife today as random checks continue.
Several that I checked were loaded with partially digested bait fish, take the hint the bait was small.

Best Location: Bronte
Best Lure: MC Rocket and flies

WEEK 6 DAY 7 GOSD 2018

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Rough seas and the constant threat of thunderstorms kept anglers either onshore or watching the sky.
Chris Curry called me with an interesting story today. Chris is a hard-working member of the Metro East Anglers Association and is the big cheese when it comes to the very important Bluffers pen project.
He was aboard the SURE THING SPORTFISHING  Charter today helping captain Vito Cirone with a group of guys that were visiting from Chicago and attending a bachelor event. The group landed an honest 27 lb. Chinook but were insistent on releasing all their fish including what would have been a 6th-week prize winner.

Looks like the $10,000…Sorry Parker, CANADIAN $ from Week 6 of the GOSD is going South of the border in the pocket of 14-year-old Parker Knowlton who’s originally from Santa Barbara California but now resides in Virginia. Parker and his family will be making a stop on his way home to fish for walleye in Lake Erie.
I wonder if there’s any tournament money he can win there… tariff-free!

Best Location: Bronte
Best Lure: Meat

WEEK 6 DAY 6 GOSD 2018

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And what a day it’s been…dynamite fishing in most locations.
With the threat of rain and thunderstorms looming, mature Chinooks made their way into shallow water today waiting for Mother Nature to give them the signal to run our north shore rivers.
I’m afraid the result isn’t great for last nights leader Tony Bolger. Tony is one of the GOSD’s most decorated anglers and with a Top 10 position this week he will have been in the top 70 no less than 5 times since 2015.

Today belonged to the very excited 14-year-old, Parker Knowlton from Santa Barbara California. While visiting Toronto, the Knowlton family chartered WE POUND’EM SPORTFISHING with captain Ryan Hare and after a lengthy struggle off the Bluffs, Parker landed the new weekly leading 29.12 lb. Chinook.
Not too far down the Lake in Newcastle, avid female angler Michaela Goulbourne who has documented her hunt for a GOSD worthy Chinook since day 1 of #gosd18 on Instagram @fishergirl_ had her persistence pay off while fishing with Scott Richardson on SCOTTY’S SPORTFISHING. Michaela was rewarded with a 27.78 lb. mature and has found a spot on the RAYMARINE daily updates board with 1 day remaining in week 6.

If your entry was held by any of the weigh-in stations today that we’re keeping fish for random internal examinations please pick up your fish at your earliest convenience. Thank you!

Best Location: Bluffers, Newcastle, Cobourg & Bronte.
Best Lure: Flasher/ Green Fly,MC Rocket & Meat

WEEK 6 DAY 5 GOSD 2018

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Wow… another close call eh Tony!
Finally tonight we’ve received another top 10 Chinook from Bronte. I realize this hasn’t been a typical year on Lake Ontario. But as I tabulate results from different weigh-in stations and compare this year to past years, where are those entries from Bronte?

Generally, the Bronte trolling grounds hold some of Lake Ontario’s heaviest Chinooks and some of the GOSD premier anglers target that area. SO FAR only 2 of our 50 winners have come from the beautiful Bronte Outer Harbour Marina weigh-in station.
Where are those entries, Chris Miller, Brent Letual, Tyler Lancaster, John Nixon,
Ed Newton, George Dede’s and of course the Urbanski’s.
“Come on let’s get at it”.

Best Location: Cobourg
Best Lure: Flasher/Meat

WEEK 6 DAY 4 GOSD 2018

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Week 6 Day 4 GOSD 2018
 
Before I was honoured to be selected from the 3,678,435 applicants to help with the GOSD several years ago I was an addicted Lake Ontario Salmon troller. But even with 11 days left in the Derby as there are now I still had the confidence that making the Top 10 board was only a matter of time mixed in with patience and the odd extra hour here and there.
After all, there were still 2 full weekends remaining and I had anticipated that big Chinooks would be honing in on north shore rivers mouths before their final journey and one of them would make a mistake and take a swipe at my offering.
 
There was a point however when severe desperation and panic began to set in. I started calendar watching, I realized the days were getting shorter, I cursed after every bite off, broken line or missed strike,I was changing lures and bait presentation so much that when I finally sat down to drive the boat I forgot what I was running.I’d be at the boat ramp earlier and staying later. I couldn’t even think of the fact that if I didn’t get a qualifying salmon it would be almost a calendar year before my next chance.
Every year I subconsciously had that day imprinted in my mind and yes it’s coming this Friday when the big ferris wheel starts rotating at the CNE.
 
-Bill Barootes
GOSD Manager