Kingston Canadian Open
Sandy IzumiKingston, Ontario: Derek Strub of Elora, Ontario is $40,000 richer after winning the 3-day Canadian Open of Fishing on Lake Ontario.
Strub used his 22-foot walleye boat to his advantage as he was able to cut across Lake Ontario through 12 foot waves to get to his fishing spots. As a result, Strub was able to bring in 60.75 pounds of bass (15 fish over 3 days) to win the Open yesterday and the first prize of $40,000 in cash.
Rob Laframboise of Sault St. Marie, Ontario placed 2nd with 56.60 pounds and won $15,000 in cash. Chris Johnston of Peterborough, Ontario was 3rd with 53.65 pounds and took home $7500.
In the co-angler or non-boater division, Stuart Naylor of Hamilton, Ontario won a $20,000 boat, motor and trailer package with a winning 3-day weight of 57.80 pounds. This was his first-ever fishing tournament. Darren Izumi placed 2nd with 52.15 pounds and Dave Miller was third with 51.75 pounds. Payouts were made down to 20th spot in the Pro and Co-Angler divisions.
Three lucky audience members won complete vinyl siding packages over the 3-day tourney courtesy of Mitten Incorporated and Buchner Manufacturing. But the biggest winner of the weekend was Soldier On. The Kingston tournament raised $22,000 for the organization that assists injured Canadian soldiers and their families. Hockey celebrity Don Cherry was on hand to present the cheque to Warrant Officer Andrew McLean.
Tournament-caught bass were returned to Lake Ontario each day via the Shimano Live Release System.
The Canadian Open of Fishing tournament was run by the Competitive Sport Fishing League (CSFL). Phone: 905-640-2277; Fax: 905-640-2278; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.