ITS AN HONOR FOR ME TO BE THE WFN AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR
I was recently contacted by WFN, they were calling to let me know I was selected as the WFN Ambassador of the year. I was so surprised and happy that I told Anthony from WFN he was lucky we were speaking on the phone, otherwise I would have picked him up and started to spin him around. I was extremely excited.
Me with my new HP Laptop and a Fuji XP 10 waterproof digital camera, courtesy of WFN.Its been an absolute pleasure for me to be part of the WFN community. I have made many new friends and gained a ton of fishing knowledge since becoming an ambassador. I enjoy reading all the blogs and information that is posted daily on the WFN website. WFN is the complete one stop shop on everything fishing, whether your watching on tv or browsing the website.I could not have been the ambassador of the year without all of the support I received from the many good folks of the fishing industry. From Scientists to Professional Anglers to Event Organizers, I was embraced as an Ambassador to WFN and treated with the utmost respect, which allowed me to see the fishing industry as a whole, from top to bottom.It all starts with the environmental issues and thanks to the St. Lawrence River Institute, Ontario Power, and Dr Steven Cooke I was able to grasp many environmental issues that face the fishing industry in my area. Without the management and conservation efforts of these people the fishing industry would not be what it is today. Ontario Power plays a very important role in the restoration of the American Eel, which is a key component to a balanced water way, and helps to control invasive species. The St. Lawrence River Institute is dedicated to education and research of large waterways. Dr. Brian Hickey introduced me to the first man made Chinook Salmon spawn on the St. Lawrence River, which was a great experience. He also showed me how they were tracking Pike. In recent years the pike population has declined somewhat in my area. Its good to know that the River Institute is already working on this issue. Dr. Cooke is an instrumental leader when it comes to catch and release fishing, as well as fish behavior. Dr. Cooke gave an excellent presentation and I have a better understanding of the effects and importance of a healthy release when fishing.
Dr Hickey and Myself
At Ontario Power
Dr. Cooke and MyselfIt was an exciting year on the professional fishing scene, Thanks to Renegade Bass, Canada Pro Bass, Berkley B1, and the FLW. Event organizers allowed me full access to the tournaments which was awesome to see. From start to finish I was able to see the preparation and work that goes into these events. It takes a lot of people and work for these event to run smooth. I was able to watch the Renegade Bass Shimano Live Release crew in action. The care and professionalism that is used for live release is amazing. That is why we can continue to have major angling tournaments.The professional anglers were a pleasure to be around. I was able to meet, talk, and do one on one with many great anglers. Scott Martin took the time out of his schedule to talk with me for quite a while and he also did a one on one interview with me. I am a huge fan of the Senko, so when Gary Yamamoto talked and spent time with me it was a real treat.
Scott MartinOther Pros like Charles Sim and Bob Izumi were a lot of fun to be around. These guys are always the life of the party at fishing tournaments. Bob I know about your secret boat house on the Raisin River and I promise to knock the next time I enter. Ben Woo, Berkley B1 organizer was also gracious enough to allow me full access to the B1.
Ben Woo, the man behind the B1A huge thank you to Mark Melnyk and camera man Darryl for taking the time to chat with me and thanks for getting me on your tv show Reel Jobs. They also introduced me to the Yo Mama Big Bite Bait which was an instant success for me.
Filming for Reel Jobs with Mark MelnykDave Chong is one of Canada's top tournament anglers and I was fortunate enough to spend quite a bit of time on the water with Dave. When Dave offered to take me out on the water, I knew it was a great opportunity and was excited to get the chance.
Dave ChongDave is a master of the drop shot and he taught me the technique. He also taught me about GPS, locating fish, the importance of prefishing, tournament fishing, and respect and ethics of tournament angling.
Thanks Dave, the time on the water was an excellent learning experience. Very Much appreciated.
I have to also thank for my wife for understanding and allowing me to be on the water five days a week. When May comes around family members rarely see me until October. I have a passion (obsession) for fishing and I am lucky to have a family that understands and supports it.
FISHING, GOTTA LOVE IT!!!!!Thank you WFN and thanks to all who helped me along the way.Jamie Antoine