2011 Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open

Husband and Wife Team Win 2011 Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open


Orillia, Ontario Canada: A full field of 110 boats with 220 anglers blasted off on a beautiful Saturday morning October 22nd  to try and catch the heaviest five bass they … or anyone else, had ever seen weighed in during a Canadian Bass Tournament. Last year, the same could be said … and the winning team of Mark Moran and Joey Muszynski set the all time Canadian record with an incredible 31.5 pounds worth of smallmouth bass.


The Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open, hosted by the Aurora Bassmasters capitalizes on one of the world’s finest smallmouth fisheries. Like no other, this event offers hard core tournament anglers a realistic opportunity to win one of the highest cash payouts in the country, and at a time of year when records are made to be broken. In 2011, that 31.5 pounds was not surpassed, but the eventual winners of Wayne and his wife Gail Misselbrook of Brooklin Ontario still amassed a huge sack of bass weighing in at 28.5 pounds, for a $20,000 first place prize.  They also tacked on the Shimano Pay to Play win worth almost $5,000.  In an incredibly close 2nd was Scott Murison of Stroud and Paul Hecking of Bradford with 28.2 pounds for a $6,000 cash payout.


Veteran late fall smallmouth specialists like Scott Murison readily admit that in order to consistently do well in this tournament “you need to pay your dues.”  By all accounts the Misselbrook’s are the epitome of hard work and proved to everyone that dedication pays off.  Murison was the first to point out how deserving their win was,  “It was a heart breaker to come so close that’s for sure! But I’ve been on the other side and won by.03 as well, so this is all part of the game!! Plus I know Wayne, and he has worked hard to win so this was meant to be for him and Gail. The Misselbrook’s certainly do work hard out there to stay on top of their game.   “We spent four full days prefishing and even during the event we didn’t waste time eating or drinking.” We had several waypoints that produced big bass in pre fish and we ran to about a dozen of them during the day.  We’d give the area 15 or 20 minutes and if it didn’t produce we’d be off,” Wayne explained.


In an interview following the event, Wayne told us that when they weighed in 29.50 lbs for a 4th place finish last year the fish were grouped up. “This time however the catchable fish seemed to be spread out. We hit many of the spots where I had caught big fish in the past, which were all GPS’d.  Not all the spots had fish on them that would bite, but the ones that did had big fish on them”.


Almost all anglers reported a very tough bite compared  to last year. “We only caught six bass all day – and the one we culled was actually a tagged bass*. When asked what the win means Wayne responded, “To win a premier tournament like the Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open is something that you dream of accomplishing.  To be able to do it with my wife who has supported my fishing for the past 20 years, allowing me to go out and prefish and prepare for these tournaments, is even better. I’m sure over time, we’ll invest the money back into the sport of tournament fishing, including next year’s Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open.


As title sponsor Bass Pro Shops has offered the greatest contribution both in cash awards and their marketing and organizational expertise. Additionally platinum sponsors Jack Links Beef Jerky, BoaterExam.com and Toyota Canada were a big player once again in 2011.   Shimano supplied their live release boat and in water weigh-in system. Additionally, they kicked in $2,000 seed money for the Shimano Pay To Play pot and provided rods and reels for prizes. Rapala contributed $2,000 towards the 36th X Spot award. Humminbird/Minn Kota supplied the top team using their products with 2,000 in cash.  Berkley Canada provided all teams with merchandise in their grab bags, gave out product to spectators during the weigh-in and supplied $1,000 cash to the team weighing in the heaviest largemouth bass. Mustang supplied four floater suits and Maple Lodge farms offered a BBQ during the weigh in.  Supporting companies like CL Lures, X Zone Lures and Set the Hook  supplied hidden weight prize packages or contributed to the grab bags for the anglers. Time On The Water Canada organized several draw prize packages for the weigh-in, including a day on the water for three lucky winners with well known tournament anglers Mark Kulik, Dave Chong and John Whyte. Ice fishing guides from “We Pound Em Charts” donated a day on the ice this winter. Sunshine Radio 89.1 FM in Orillia was there to cover the event and promoted it daily all week prior.


Total cash payouts for the 2011 BPS Lake Simcoe Open were over $53,500. This was better than a 100% payout in cash and prizes. Anglers paid a $400 entry fee to compete – with an additional optional $40 per team to enter the Shimano Pay To Play. Competing anglers, sponsors, the host City of Orillia and the Canadian tackle industry all recognize the Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open as the premier one day bass fishing tournament in the country.


The tournament organizers would like to thank the many volunteers from the Aurora Bassmasters along with support from several Barrie Bassmasters who helped make everything run so smoothly during the morning blast off and during the weigh in. Weigh-in hosts Mike Brown and Jeno Huber.  Additionally, they’d like to thank the Competitive Sport Fishing League (CSFL), led by Andy Pallotta and his wife Vita for their expertise, logistical support and tournament equipment.  Both anglers and tournament organizers always love coming to the fish-friendly community of Orillia and appreciate their excellent no charge launching and parking facilities. A key figure who helped with so much of the behind the scenes work in Orillia was Doug Bunker of the Orillia Chamber of Commerce.  Finally, organizers of the 2011 Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open are pleased to announce that they will contribute a total of $1,000 to the local Orillia Big Brothers and Sisters organization.
The Aurora Bassmasters brought back the extremely popular Live Streaming video of the weigh-in event.   The 2011 weigh-in can still be seen at www.simcoeopen.com  and www.aurorabass.com . Media and others can also access photos of the event, by clicking on the Lures and Tours website and this link: http://www.luresandtours.com/coppermine/thumbnails.php?album=154 . High res photos can be obtained by ordering them thru the website with the proper ID number


* The Tagged bass was part of a five year research program spearheaded by the Aurora Bassmasters in cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources.  This fish was originally caught and tagged during the 2010 BPS Simcoe Open – showing that catch and release really does work.

                                            2011 Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open – Top 20 Standings

Position/Angler/Co-Angler- Top 20


5 bass limit

Cash Prize


Big Fish




Shimano Pay to Play (just under $5000.00)









Humminbird/MinnKota $2000.00










































20.2(4 fish)









Big Gulp $ 1000.00 & Mustang Survival Suit




Mustang Survival Suit


18.55(4 fish)






17.3(4 fish)



Big Fish was won by Bob Boomer and Paul Bryn with a 7.05 smallmouth bass that was worth $2,200 cash             

The Rapala Prize for the team weighing in 36th spot was Patrick Lamour and Frank Rotundo who weighed in 9.2 pounds of bass for a prize of $2000.00 cash


For More information, please contact:

Wil Wegman, Aurora Bassmasters



          Wil Wegman

     “Focus On Fishing”



Conservative Government Ends the Long-Gun Registry Act

CFI media release – Ottawa, Ontario– In the House of Commons, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, introduced the Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act

The Minister made the announcement alongside the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), and Candice Hoeppner, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety, in Richmond, Ontario, where they met with various stakeholders who support the long-gun registry’s abolition.

“The Harper Government has always been clear; by eliminating the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry, we can instead focus our efforts on measures that actually tackle crime and make our streets and communities safe,” said Minister Toews. “Our Government will continue to uphold our commitment to effective gun control measures that help keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and off our streets.”

The legislation introduced today will:

  • Repeal the requirement to register non-restricted firearms (long-guns);
  • Provide for the destruction of all records pertaining to the registration of long-guns currently contained in the Canadian Firearms Registry and under the control of the chief firearms officers; and
  • Maintain controls over restricted and prohibited firearms.

Under the proposed reforms, firearms owners will still require a valid firearm licence to purchase or possess firearms and to purchase ammunition. They will also be required to undergo police background checks, pass a firearms safety training course and comply with firearms safe storage and transportation requirements. In addition, individuals will continue to be required to register prohibited and restricted firearms, such as handguns.

The introduction of this legislation is consistent with the Government’s efforts to ensure our firearms laws target real criminals and protect the safety of the public.

For an online version of the intended legislation, visit:  http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/259440/c-19-act-to-amend-criminal-code-and-firearms-act.pdf 

Belleville Licence Issuer Fined $2,000 For Non-Compliance

MNR NEWS- Wooler sport shop fined for non-compliance of issuing proper licences


A Wooler sports shop owner has been fined $2,000 for non-compliance with proper hunting and fishing licence issuing procedures.

Eric McLennan pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to comply with the Licence Issuing Manual under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.


The court heard that while selling hunting and fishing licences out of Quinte Outdoor Sports in Belleville, McLennan issued two cheques to the Ministry of Natural Resources totalling $21,931.51. Both cheques were subsequently returned to the ministry due to non-sufficient funds. McLennan also failed to submit copies of hunter accreditation for non-resident hunters.


Justice of the Peace Ernie Parsons heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Belleville, on October 11, 2011.

To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Stealth Electric 4×4

 Stealth 72 Volt “Hybrid” Nighthawk- 4×4 ALL ELECTRIC VEHICLE


The Stealth Night Hawk “Hybrid“ is the most innovative multi-functional vehicle ever designed and manufactured in the United States. Our company’s objective was to innovate the highest quality and most versatile vehicle on the market. The goal of the design was to have the ability to serve all market segments to include hunting, industrial, commercial, estate, agricultural and recreation. The key features of the product combine styling and versatility not found in any other vehicle:
 An electric powered vehicle equipped with on the fly charging using the Stealth “Hybrid” technology
 Superior range from the “Hybrid” technology
 Shift on the fly 4-wheel drive
 2 on demand mobile power outlets
 On demand 12 volt outlet
 A patented convertible “3-in-1” dump bed with the conversion capability for carrying 2- passengers The development of these key features built upon the electrical foundation of the Stealth 72 Volt Night Hawk has eliminated the limits of performance.


Check out the Hunt Talk podcast




The Night Hawk Hybrid is the one vehicle for the user who wants :
 A sporty side-by-side look with shift-on-the-fly four wheel drive!
 A range over 70 miles that is greater than that of any gas or diesel side-by-side.
 A range of up to 30 miles in Stealth mode exceeding other electric side-by-sides.
 The capability of a cargo bed and dump bed for work or play with a large payload!
 An on-board power plant to operate any electric tool or appliance you may need!
 Capability of carrying four passengers comfortably and safely!
 The towing ability to get the job done! Whether you want to hunt in silence, carry your friends and family, haul firewood, dump top soil, use as a portable power plant or worksite, play in the mud, or simply joy ride with no fear of how far you can go, the Stealth Night Hawk Hybrid is the only vehicle you will ever need to own.

Anglers Fined $3000 for Too Many Bass

MNR NEWS – Two anglers fined for too many smallmouth bass in possession


Two Newmarket anglers have been fined a total of $3,000 for possessing too many fish.
Sokhon Kim and Channy Kim each pleaded guilty to possessing more than their legal limit of bass and were each fined $1,500.

The court heard that on September 10, 2011, a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer on patrol checked the couple as they were loading their vehicle. Further inspection revealed that they had 23 smallmouth bass in their possession. Sokhon Kim produced a sport fishing licence and Channy Kim produced a conservation fishing licence allowing Sokhon Kim to possess six bass and Channy Kim to possess two bass. The couple also forfeited their fishing equipment to the Crown.

Justice of the Peace Jason Mariasine heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Peterborough, on October 13, 2011.
Anglers are reminded that each individual is responsible for being aware of limits and fishing within them.

For further information about fishing regulations, please consult the 2011 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary, available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, licence issuers and at ontario.ca/fishing.

To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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:


Hunters Helping the Hungry- CFI

Canadian Firearm Institute- Hunters Helping the Hungry


If You hunt , think about helping those unable to enjoy hunting

As we head into the 2011 hunting seasons let’s not forget those less fortunate than we are. Thanks to this great initiative, hunters can donate deer and moose meat to food banks and meal programs throughout the province.

Hunters, on average provide 750 kilograms of deer and moose meat each year for hungry people in Nova Scotia. That’s a significant donation since it translates into 6,500 servings of Protein – a much needed food group. And it was made possible through Hunters Helping the Hungry, a joint initiative of FEED NOVA SCOTIA and the hunting community where hunters can donate deer and moose meat to food banks and meal programs across the province.

How does the program work? When hunters bring their deer/moose meat to a participating licensed meat cutter, they simply tell the meat cutter they want to donate and then specify the amount. They will then prepare it as ground or stew meat and package it in pre-labeled bags that have been provided by FEED NOVA SCOTIA.


FEED NOVA SCOTIA’S food distributors make regular deliveries to food banks and meal programs in the province and will pick up donated moose/deer meat on scheduled runs. It will then be distributed to food banks and meal programs who have expressed interest in receiving the meat and are capable to handle and store it safely at their facility. From there it is given out to clients who require food assistance.

Click the link for more Information: http://www.feednovascotia.ca/howtohelp_donatefood.html

Stealth Electric Utility Vehicle Revealed Podcast#1142

Michael Williams VP Sales Stealth Electric Utility Vehicle reveals the new 72 volt Night Hawk Hybrid side by side 4×4. In the Gear n Gadget segment Keith Adams, Great Day Inc talks about the 250 Power Loader to get your game loaded.

Episode Resources

Ripple Outdoors