2011 Law Enforcement Fishing Classic

On June 5, 2011, I fished my first "open water" tournament of the season. It was the 2011 Law Enforcement Fishing Classic (LEFC) on Lake Simcoe and was hosted by the Toronto Association. Ninety two participants came to fish this Northern Pike tournament and support the Nolan Russell trust fund.

Nolan is the son of slain Toronto Police officer Sgt. Ryan Russell. Fishing within the Law Enforcement Division were members of the Toronto Police Service, York Regional Police Service, Durham Regional Police Service, OPP, Toronto EMS and conservation officers with the Ministry of Natural Resources. In the Pro division there were several top-notch anglers from various bass clubs, as well as TV personalities like Steve Jojos of In Line Fishing.

Aurora Bassmasters Sweep Pro Division

Last year I fished this event for the first time with fellow Aurora Bassmaster Bob Kendal. Each angler was allowed to weigh-in just one pike, for this catch and release event. Bob caught the biggest pike of that 2010 tournament within the pro division.

This year, I fished with my son Izaak and Bob fished with Randy Dulude — also of the Aurora Bassmasters. After all the pike were weighed along the Boston Pizza docks of Keswick’s Maskinonge River, the 2011 results showed Aurora Bassmasters placed first (Bob Kendal), second (me) and third (Randy Dulude).

Fishing for many anglers was tough ... including the father and son duo of Wegman and Wegman. Our biggest pike — just a 4.5 pounder — came from a Terminator spinnerbait in eight feet of water with a rock/weed transition. It was a completely different set up than last year, when an advanced spring season saw pike already in the 12- to 14-foot depth range along nicely progressing weedlines. I threw Rapala DT14s and had plenty of action. This year, the pike were still shallow because of the colder, wetter spring that provided only marginal new weedgrowth.

Rumour had it that jerkbaits, such as the Rapala X Raps, were the hot ticket.

As with the 2010 tournament, the 2011 Law Enforcement Fishing Classic was a fun event for a very worthy cause. There were some fantastic prizes, thanks to a host of dedicated sponsors. Special thanks go out to tournament director Corrado Rabbito for putting this event together. More information on this tournament can be found on the Toronto Police website here.

In the photo: Izaak (left) and his dad, Wil Wegman, represented Lake Simcoe Living Magazine at the 2011 Law Enforcement Fishing Classic. This relatively small 4.5 pound pike was good enough for second place.

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