19th Annual Canadian Ice Fishing Championship a Huge Success

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The CIFC looks ahead to 2014 after a huge success this year.

Jackson’s Point, ON: Lake Simcoe is home for the annual Canadian Ice Fishing Championship (CIFC) and on February 23rd and 24th 2013 the team of Ken Prentice (Cedar Valley) and Calvin Perry (Newmarket) were crowned Lake Simcoe and Canadian Ice Fishing Champions. For their victory, they take home a total of $3,456. They weighed in a nice limit of 15 perch on day one but it was truly day two that stood out for them.

With 48 two person teams fishing in the controlled one square kilometer zone out off of Jacksons Point, you would think that it would be anybody’s game out on the ice. “Anglers knew the average depth throughout the zone was about 65 feet and there really weren’t any shoals or key areas within that zone. However our champions did everything right- from picking the right spot to place their portable hut to choosing the right lures,” said Rosa Sharpe, CEO of the CIFC. Of all ten big fish that day Calvin Perry caught four of them – two big ling and two whitefish … truly a remarkable catch.

In second place were Denes Szvercsok and Chris Hiltz. They were leading after day one with 4.51 pounds of yellow perch and caused some excitement the next morning by calling out for an official measurement of a beautiful 34 inch lake trout, barely into the second hour of competition. All big fish at CIFC tournaments are measured on the spot and released. For their efforts Denes and Chris took home a $1,440 cheque … plus an extra $530 for the big lake trout caught by Chris. In third were Kyle Perry and Lance Boyd who were given $960. The biggest perch of the event was worth $600 cash, weighed 1.03 pounds and was caught by David Cordeiro.

In addition to the cash awards totaling over $10,000, about $23,000 in prizes were given out during the entire event. Nobody went home empty handed. During the final evening of the event, anglers gathered in Sutton for a roast beef dinner and the awards ceremony.

The following notables were recognized that evening:

Spiro Agouros of On Tour Productions acted as Master of Ceremonies throughout the weekend.

Wil Wegman received the Bill Bond Memorial Award, presented by Ken Hackenbrook, Town of Georgina Councillor and a previous recipient of the award. This is presented annually for dedication to conserving and promoting the fishery of Lake Simcoe.

Wil Wegman for his years as ambassador of Lake Simcoe also received fisherman’s artwork by Murray Henderson.

A special thank you is due to Charlie Ross for his valued assistance. Charlie has dissolved his partnership with CIFC and Lures & Tours, but will continue to stay on as an adviser and work on special projects.

Rocky & Laura Madsen received a Murray Henderson painting as part of the presentation acknowledging their passing of the CIFC torch to Lures and Tours.

Joseph Montgomery received a special award from the CIFC for his years of dedication and service to the CIFC, plus a custom painting by Murray Henderson portraying Joseph on the ice. He also received a framed certificate from the Mayor of Georgina. All anglers celebrated Joe’s 90th year, 84th year fishing – with the presentation of a large birthday cake. 


Teshuan Tran received honours as the youngest angler at 13 years of age. He fished with his uncle Barry Swales – both first time competitors from Toronto. York Simcoe MPP Julia Munro presented Teshuan with a recognition certificate.

Both Teshuan and Joseph Montgomery were the subjects of broadcast news coverage on the ice, which must have been a memorable experience for this novice angler at his very first ice fishing competition.

Husband and Wife Team – Mike Riendeau and Lesley Stefek Riendeau of Jackson’s Point. Female Team – Leona Creber (Kirkfield) and Sandra Chiovitti (Toronto)
U.S.A. Team – Ross Benton and son Paul from North Tonawanda, NY
Out of Province team category – Kevin Page and Dale Page from Quebec.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

HT Enterprises, Berkley, Town of Georgina, Lucky Strike, Williams Lures, Rapala, SAIL Outdoor Superstores, Reno Viola Outdoors, Briars Resort, Merland Park Resort, Happy Days Houseboats, Lower Twin Lakes Lodge, Kashaga Lodge, Murray Henderson Art, Heat in a Click, RMC Argo Sales & Service, McDonald’s Keswick, EverStart, Sarox Heating and Air Conditioning, Somerville Construction, Aztech Communications, Three Islands Motel, Georgina Music, Gypsy by the Lake, Hank Heyink Fish Huts, the Home Hardwares of Fenelon Falls and Sutton, Lake Simcoe Arms, Bridgenorth Sports & Marine, Outdoors Plus, Portable Toilet Rentals, Red & White Diner, Anchor Restaurant, Best Buddy LLC, Magna Sportfishing, Bonnie Boats Marine, South Paw Trading Post, Trombly’s Tackle Box, Port Bolster Inn, Randy’s Fish Huts and Black River Contracting & Equipment Rental.


Doug Carr, Tyler Evans, Kevin Gittens, Wayne King, Brandon Levesque, Rocky Madsen, Laura Madsen, Steven Marles, Ted Rennie, Bob Swain, Dave Wheeler, Tom Hunt, Wendy Hunt, Ruthann Wilson, Estelle Lemaire, Marilyn Pelley, Monica Nagy, Gerry Heels, Peter Worosz, Karen Freels and Joseph Capobianco.


Weigh-In Services: Top Bass Catering: River Garden Restaurant

Media and Communications:

Bill Schwarz – Outdoors Unlimited, KC Colby – CTV News Barrie, Heidi Reidner – Georgina Advocate, Bob Sexton – Outdoor Canada, Tom Otto – Angler & Hunter Radio, Wil Wegman, Karen Palmer, Reno Viola Outdoors Radio, Peter Wood – Ripple Outdoors, Phoebe Ho – XinHua News Agency, Suzanne Sholer, Grant Smith.

Municipal and Regional Representatives:

Julia Munro, MPP York Simcoe

Town of Georgina Mayor Robert Grossi, Councillor Ken Hackenbrook, Economic Development officials Karyn Stone and Karen Palmer.

Official results and photos can be found at www.cifc.org

For more information on this event please contact:
Rosa Sharpe,
C.E.O, Canadian Ice Fishing Championship and Lures and Tours
rosa@cifc.org www.cifc.org Ph: 705-304-1320 Ph./Fax: 705-738-5757 Cell: 905 251 5624



CIFC Photo Album – http://www.luresandtours.com/coppermine/thumbnails.php?album=179&page=1

CIFC Facebook with posts of photos for comments and sharing – http://www.facebook.com/Canadian.Ice.Fishing.Championship

CTV News Barrie segment on the CIFC – http://ctvnewsbarrie.ca/videos/1165/sunday-february-24-2013-ctv-news-at-6-webcast   advance the timeline slider to 5:15 minutes

XinHua News Agency – Photos – http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2013-02/25/c_132190747_4.htm

Ripple Outdoors on location podcast – https://www.rippleoutdoors.com/podcast/2013-canadian-ice-fishing-championships-and-the-briars-podcast/

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