The five heaviest bass – largemouth or smallmouth will win the tournament.


Orillia ON: Canada’s premier one day bass fishing tournament, The Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open hosted by the Aurora Bassmasters is all set to launch on Sat. Oct 22, 2011! A full field of 110 boats each with two anglers fishing as a team, will be vying for a first place finish worth a guaranteed $20,000 in CASH! Although the potential winners will welcome this incredible paycheck for a day’s fishing … what most competitors have their sites on is to break the current, ALL TIME CANADIAN RECORD for five bass weighed in during a Canadian Tournament.  Last year’s winners,  Mark Moran and Joe Muszynski did just that with a sack of smallmouth bass that tipped the scales at an incredible 31.5 pounds! For their win, they also took home the Toyota Record payout, which Bass Pro Shops and Toyota Canada have been paying into for several years.  With the pot accumulating every year … because no one topped the original Canadian record – they were able to amass a grand total of over $50,000 in cash and contingency awards. “This year, we are back to square one with that record payout … so it will be an extra $5,000 over and above the guaranteed $20,000 – if a team weighs in more than Mark and Joey did last year,” explained Herb Quan, president of the Aurora Bassmasters and this year’s Tournament Director.


Free Weigh-In

Large crowds of fishing fans and curious onlookers are expected to enjoy the free entertaining weigh in.  Everyone is invited to come out and support Big Brothers and Big Sisters with a charity BBQ hosted by Maple Lodge Farms. There will also be draws for two Mustang Floater Suits – an item most competing anglers will already have on that day, as well as all kinds of other draw prizes. Bass Pro Shops will have several gift cards.  John Whyte, who is one of the competitors also runs Time On The Water Canada and they will have several prizes available for spectators. “There will a draw for three spectators to fish with myself,  Dave Chong, or Mark Kulik, in a mini tournament this November. Someone will also win a day on the hard water this winter with “We Pound Em Charterss” who have donated a day on the ice”, said Whyte.  Shimano and Bass Pro Shops will also be adding great prizes for the draw.     


We will also bring back the extremely popular Live Streaming video of the weigh-in event; weather and techno-challenges permitting.  As far as we know, we were the first bass tournament in Canada to successfully broadcast the entire weigh-in live at last year’s record setting event. The 2010 weigh-in can still be seen at www.simcoeopen.com  and www.aurorabassmasters.com and these sites will carry the event live in 2011.


For More Information, please contact:

Wil Wegman


Or Herb Quan:


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