2016 Juan De Fuca fishing tournament

bcprofisher

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The organizers of this years Juan De Fuca Fishing Tournament would like to put an invite out to recreational anglers south of the border. We are inviting you up to the Victoria and Sooke waters on Vancouver Island for some fun and friendly fishing competition over the father's Day weekend. There are approximately 120 of the 500 total tickets available that are still up for grabs to the general public. Tickets are $150.00 (CDN) per rod for members of the South Vancouver Island Anglers Coalition. (annual membership is $40.00 to become a member) or $200.00 (CDN) per rod for non-members. At the time of this post the current currency exchange rate means a 38% discount for US participants. Those who are lucky enough to get tickets are grandfathered into the following years event with first right of refusal. This will become an invitational fishing tournament once all 500 tickets are spoken for.
The angler who registers the largest Chinook salmon will win $20,000.00 in cash. There are expected to be over $100,000.00 in total prizes available. The top 10 salmon win major prizes, as will the largest halibut, largest Chinook salmon by a female angler, largest Chinook salmon by a junior angler and also the largest hatchery Chinook salmon. There are also major prizes awarded by draw to those who simply register a catch. We also offer winner take all team jackpots of $100, $250, $500 and $1000.
All participants will receive tournament t-shirts, hats and a free meal at the wind up awards banquet which is held in a local dry ice recreational centre. The banquet is licensed for liquor sales and we will also offer raffles, 50/50 draws and a live auction.
The derby headquarters and official tournament weigh scale is at Pedder Bay Marina. (Oak Bay Marine Group) Fishing is open from dawn on Saturday the 18th until 5pm and from dawn on Sunday morning the 19th until noon. Information can be found at
www.anglerscoalition.com. Tickets and memberships can also be purchased online. If you have any questions please private me here.

Tournament proceeds are destined for a local Sooke River Chinook project. The project will greatly increase Chinook production and the goal is that these fish will provide additional food for our local resident (J, K &L pods) killer whales.
 
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bcprofisher

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LOL well guys we have both types of killer whales up here. Resident whales that are strictly salmon feeding Killer Whales and Transients which feed on mammals. We like the latter ones as they do thin out the pesky seals/sea lions. Our project has the population depressed resident whales as the beneficiary of our Chinook project for two reasons. The first is as advertised to provide them with more food becuase if we don't raise more fish to help them we know that anglers will be forced to stay away from their food. (fishing restrictions) We also know we will have more fish to catch. The 2nd reason is that politicians are put on the spot...it is very difficult for them to come out against a project that is intended to help Killer Whales....and it is working!!! We have made way more progress using this tactic and in a short period of time.
 

bcprofisher

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We might be able to take a few more sea lion refuges so long as they aren't packing. The last thing we need is them shooting back! :D
 

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LOL well guys we have both types of killer whales up here. Resident whales that are strictly salmon feeding Killer Whales and Transients which feed on mammals. We like the latter ones as they do thin out the pesky seals/sea lions. Our project has the population depressed resident whales as the beneficiary of our Chinook project for two reasons. The first is as advertised to provide them with more food becuase if we don't raise more fish to help them we know that anglers will be forced to stay away from their food. (fishing restrictions) We also know we will have more fish to catch. The 2nd reason is that politicians are put on the spot...it is very difficult for them to come out against a project that is intended to help Killer Whales....and it is working!!! We have made way more progress using this tactic and in a short period of time.
A few of the Biggs (transient) Orcas visited Florence last May and they were welcome visitors, we hope to see them back on a regular basis...
 

bcprofisher

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Just an update, we have secured a new space this year for our awards banquet ceremony. We have moved to the brand new Songhee's (First Nations) Wellness Centre which is a first class facility. The room is large enough to seat our 500 participants at round tables, has an excellent sound system, was built with acoustic tiles on the walls for excellent sound, large stage, podium and large commercial kitchen. This year we will have live entertainment with the Consenting Adults playing a mix of classic rock and some very recent hits. The meal this year will be a full roast beef dinner with all the trimmings, including deserts. Pedder Bay Marina our derby weigh scale headquarters is also once again offering all tournament ticket holders a 25% discount on RV sites in their campground, boat rentals etc. The prize board is expected to have $100,000.00 in prizes available to be won.
 
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