Uxbridge Huck Finn winners enjoy fishing trip of a lifetime

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I recently had the opportunity to tag along with good fishing buddy Chris Hockley, a tournament angler and award winning writer. Between you and me he is an exceptionaly truly down to earth nice guy too. But don’t let Chris know!

During the summer at the 2007 Uxbridge Huck Finn kids fishing day numerous kids enjoyed the day fishing.

As one of the organizers for the tournament Chris and his Blitzcreek Pro Fishing  Service gave away all expense paid fishing trip to one of the 1200 kids attending the event  The event itself attracted approximately 2000 people. Pat Higgins of Canadian Tire Uxbridge is the founder of the event and runs it every year.  700 trout were stocked in the local pond for the kids to fish in.  Each year fish  are tagged for special prizes.  The rewarding thing is not only are the fish caught each year but the tags from those that aren’t end up being caught the next season all in all a great event for the kids and the community!!!  

Lucky winners; brothers 6 year old Luke & 4 year old Ryan along with grandparents Oz & Darlene boarded Terry Ward’s 40 foot Super King berthed at Bluffs Harbour in late September. An absolutely gorgeous sunrise greeted us as we slowly edged our way out past geese, swans and mallards at the harbours mouth.

Trolling lines were soon set by Terry as the kids explored his 40 foot fishing machine decked out in teak and stainless steel. This was truly an awesome boat.

Lake Ontario was dead calm with the only ripples come from the boats wake. After what seemed an eternity to the boys ( maybe 20 minutes), Ryan & Lucas each chose a “lucky lure” as Terry changed over the other down-rigged lines.

The first “fish on” had both boys running to the stern as grandpa Oz started to reel it in. Lucas helped out as Ryan searched for the net!

 Everyone aboard had a fantastic time with the few fish caught. Kudos to Terry for finding fish willing to bite on a blue bird day. Chris was engaging as ever and the young fishermen had a blast. Grandparents Oz & Darlene were delighted to participate during this special day out on Lake Ontario.

Afterwards it was mentioned Lucas wanted to buy a boat just like this one for his dad so they could get out and fish anytime they wanted!

Me, well I had the time of my life taking photos of novice anglers catching Rainbows and Kings and enjoying the view from Terry’s awesome boat on a dynamite day with a great bunch of anglers.

Lucas Chris Ryan

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As an avid lifelong angler and hunter, Peter’s outdoor knowledge and experiences keep expanding through his hundreds of hours of hunting and fishing podcast interviews with like minded experts. He has received numerous national writing awards. With thousands of outdoor pictures on Ripple Outdoors and many full-length articles with outdoor magazine and video clips you might say that he not only enjoys his outdoor lifestyle, but he’s quite the fanatic! In 2015 he earned fifth overall on the King of the Wood Contest hosted by Canada In The Rough team, pretty good for a baby boomer deer hunter. His buck was also one of the top bucks taken that season. Through Peter’s deer hunting seminars or by attending outdoor trade shows, like the Toronto Sportsmen Show and The SWOC Big Buck Show, he has connected with thousands of like minded people that love hunting and fishing. As a volunteer or member of local and national outdoor groups like QDMA, SWOC, Outdoor Writers of Canada, Archery Trade Show Association he continues to learn and hone his craft. Read his many articles, listen to his podcasts and rifle through thousands of photos on Ripple Outdoors. Discover Peter’s latest posts about outdoor gear, destinations, how to articles and interviews and you’ll be a better angler and hunter for the experience.

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