On Sunday, May 27, 2012, the Law Enforcement Fishing Classic had their annual Charity Pike Tournament. It was my great pleasure to host this year’s tournament for members of the Toronto Police Service, York Regional Police Service, Durham Regional Police Service, OPP, Ministry of Natural Resources, and Toronto EMS.
The LEFC was founded in 1998 when four officers of the TPS- 31 Division “D” platoon got together and had a friendly wager on the water during a relaxing day of fishing. This tournament has grown beyond my expectations. This year there were 109 participants, 42 boats and some great Northern Pike were caught.
Participants of the Amateur and Pro division fished the great waters of Cook Bay on Lake Simcoe. This year we were privileged to have Chief Bill Blair (TPS) and Chief Eric Joliffe (YRP) participate in the first-ever LEFC Chief’s Challenge. The participants of the LEFC were humbled by both their attendance, congratulations to both Chief’s of Police for a successful day on the water.
The great sponsors that helped make this day such a success included: Randy Dulude “Randy’s Appliances”, Molson Canada, Toronto Police Association, Toronto Police Amateur Athletic Association, York Regional Police Association, Boston Pizza, Steve Jojos “Ouzo Baits”, Jack Summers “Radio World”, Andy Pallotta- “Canadian Sport Fishing League”, Wil Wegman- “Lake Simcoe Living”, Kelly Dean - Edge Point Inc.,Vito Barone – Barone Transport, Jim Venilakis- Tracker, Ofah, “Sail” Vaughan, Normark Inc., G And G Electronics, and Pizza Nova.
This year, all proceeds of this event will be given to the OFAH Children’s Tackle Share Program and to the Melissa Styles Trust Fund and her children Meredith and Nolan, family of P.C. Garrett Styles #1405 of the York Regional Police Service. P.C. Styles made the ultimate sacrifice in July 2011 when he was killed in the line of duty. It is with great sadness that I and the rest of his colleagues come to the realization that his young children will not be able to go fishing or enjoy the great outdoors with their father ever again. It is our pleasure to show our support for Melissa and her children and make this significant donation.
The Aurora Bassmasters hosted the weigh-in portion, and for the first time, all pike were weighed on stage on the club’s scales. This made for lots of entertainment for onlookers.
Congratulations to all the participants for another successful year. The following are the results for this year’s tournament:
Chief Eric Joliffe 6.10 Lbs.
Chief Bill Blair 5.44 Lbs.
1St Place- Tai Dang 10.70 Lbs.
2Nd Place- David Macinnis 9.80 Lbs.
3Rd Place- Gary Miller 9.78 Lbs.
1St Place- Chris Kowaluk 8.68 Lbs
2Nd Place- Chris Slywchuk 8.40 Lbs.
3Rd Place- Dorian Tillack 7.88 Lbs.
Don Mahar 1.84 Lbs.
Delyan Bachkov 7.82 Lbs.
V. Zvezdonkin 7.80 Lbs.
Michael Street 7.62 Lbs.
David Chong 7.46 Lbs.
Chris Plante 7.38 Lbs.
Colin Hunter 7.28 Lbs
Looking forward to seeing you all next year for a bigger and better year!
Released By: Director Of The LEFC-C.Rabbito
In 2010 Wil fished the event with fellow Aurora Bassmaster Bob Kendall who won the event with this nice pike.