The CIFC 2013 has new champions
The 19th season for the Canadian Ice Fishing Championships were held off Lake Simcoe’s Jackson Point in Georgina to crown a new team as Canadian Champion Ice Fishing anglers in 2013.
Friday night’s meet n greet was held at the Georgina arena to go over CIFC rules, regulations and sign in.
Forty nine two person teams competed over two days in both shallow & deep water challenges.
Perch were the targeted species during Saturday’s event just north east of Jackson Point. Water depth ranged from 14 – 20 feet in the fishing zone.
The 8am start had decent weather with good ice conditions and low wind.
Conditions got windier as the day progressed till the 2pm deadline.
Teams members with ATV and snow sleds checked into the entry point at Bonnie Boats for gear and bait regulations at first light. Actual fishing could not begin until 8am.
Each 2 person team had to catch 15 perch in total plus keep them alive for release after weigh-in at 2pm. Any bait could be used with no more than four hooks allowed. Only one rod per angler was allowed and team members could only be up to thirty paces apart.
Day one perch fishing started off fast with many anglers catching their quota. Most however decided to go after those jumbos and live released many of their smaller catch. The perch started to shut down on the easy bite around 8:30 am and catching a limit after that stretched all the anglers arsenal of tips and tricks.
Numerous teams failed to catch a limit by the 2pm shutdown.
Perch fishing was tough all day for everyone,
both pros and and amateurs .
Day two started out with great weather as anglers proceeded three kilometers off shore to the big fish zone. Three times the area as the previous perch zone. Depths ranged around sixty feet.
Most anglers hugged the perimeter of the zone marked off by blaze orange cones. Two lines were allowed per angler and again only up to thirty paces apart was permitted. Many of the larger pop up hut had both anglers huddled inside with two holes drilled outside.
White Fish, Lake Trout were targeted by most anglers with various typical set ups of jigging or tip-ups. White Fish were caught by a few anglers and many marked fish on the electronics.
Team 24 had two White Fish for a total of 188 points. Fifty for the fish, fifty for a live release and one point per inch.
Two Ling were also caught by Calvin Perry of Team 24 in the late morning.
That propelled them into the lead.
Never missed an CIFC Joe Montgomery 90 years young
Thanks to the volunteers and sponsors for all their help during the weekend
and of course the huge year long effort of
Lures and Tours Team Rosa Sharpe and Charlie Ross
With out the Volunteers it just doesn’t happen
THE AWARDS and CIFC CHAMPIONS FOR 2013
SHOW ME THE $$$$$$
Please go to the Lures and Tours Website for all the pictures and scores over the two day CIFC weekend
For all the final scores of all the teams click on the links below