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Jimmy Jackfish Derby, great weather, a great time

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The Jimmy Jackfish Derby was held on March 9th, 2019 at Rocky Lake East Shore and was a success according to organizers. Over 619 fishers from all over Manitoba, Saskatchewan and from as far away as Olds Alberta attended and fished for over $40,000 cash and prizes.
The day started with a light dusting of snow that quickly burned off as the sun rose higher in the sky. Entrants started arriving at 8 am and waited patiently for their chance to pick their favorite hole. At the 12 noon start most of the 619 fishers were at their spots and the fishing began in earnest.
The first fish was recorded just minutes after the shotgun start and was soon followed by a steady stream of fish.
New prize this year was a Pop-up Ice Shelter prize donated by 2001 Manitoba Shiners which was won by Kenzie Shamanster. She was participating in her first fishing derby in her life!
The first 30 fishers who registered a fish received an ice fishing rod and reel donated by Quantum Zebco which were quickly given out.
Midwest Karate Club served up a steady stream of Chili, smokies and Hot Dogs, while on the other side of the center The Pas Kinsmen satisfied the adult beverage needs of some of the participants.
A special appearance was made by the Professional Ice Fishing team of James and Rene from CKMD radio in Dauphin. Dubbed the Slaughter under Water, they are making appearances in a number of fishing derbies in the Province. While they did not catch a fish, they enjoyed themselves at the event. James commented “‘We’ve gone to derbys all over the Western Manitoba and this was one of the best we’ve experienced. Not only was it a beautiful day and place for fishing, everything was well organized that there was a fun time to be had for all’
50-50 ticket sales were brisk as were ticket sales on the five augers supplied by Petes Pro Tackle.
Fish were caught throughout the derby right until the end with over 70 fish being registered and measured! It was unknown how many fish were caught as the minimum size fish was announced throughout the derby allowing people to return smaller fish to the water at their holes.
The winning fish was caught at 1.57 pm by Steven Yellowega and it stayed in that spot against all contenders! Steve, a well know person from The Pas, naturally took home $20,000 and was excited about his catch. Steve commented “ Still cannot believe that I was able to pull that one off. I give thanks to first Johanna McLauchlan and to all of the organizers that worked so hard to make the derby such a success. It was a great day with beautiful weather and lots of good laughs. The derby was very well organized, and I enjoy going every year and will continue to go for years to come”
Second and third place fish were the same size with the second place prize of $7000 going to Jaret Ouilette and third place a $3000 prize was won by Bernard Dyrkaz of The Pas
A complete list of winners and more photos can be found on the Facebook page of the Jimmy Jackfish Derby.
The 50-50 was an astounding $3788 and was won by Alan Personius who also won the Wilma Walleye side bet!
Dustin Ross, from Cross Lake came to his first derby and registered six fish, the most of any fisher in the derby!
Of special note the one thousand holes were drilled by just two young men, Rylan Bartley and Tanner Barbeau. The derby organizers had put a call out to a group to drill the holes and these two energetic men took up the call. “One thousand holes?, no problem we can do that” with that statement they started their drilling at noon, finishing up the job as the sun went down. Totally exhausted, they returned the next day with two more friends to “chip out” any ice which had formed over night. The dedication of these young people has not gone un-noticed by both the organizers and the area as a whole!
The organizing committee would like to thank all the volunteers who helped out with the derby. We had volunteers ranging in age from 7 to 88 years! Without this team of un-selfish workers this derby would not have happened.
The organizers would also like to thank the many sponsors of the derby, without which we could not have a great derby of this magnitude. Please support the derby sponsors who can be found at www.jimmyjackfish.com
The derby supports several organizations and activities. The majority of the proceeds will go to supporting recycling activities in the area and community enhancements on Rocky Lake East Shore. Organizers would like to thank all who attended. Plans for next years derby are well underway.
Winners List
1. Stephen Yellowega $20,000
2. Jaret Ouilette $7,000
3. BernardDyrkaz $3,000
4. Treden Duliak Snow Blower from RAG
5. Dustin Ross floater suit from Northland Leisure
6. Barry Wasik floater suit from Northland Leisure
7. Roy Head 3 night cabin rental from Caribou Lodge
8. Cheryl Kostick_$500 cash from Rocky Lake Resort
9. Mike Dumas- $250 plue knives from We-Ste_ store
10. John Cook- Bluetooth speaker from Shanes
11. Angus Sewap bar fridge from Profits
12. Armand Cote $250 cash from Jimmy Jackfish Derby
13. Peirce Roberts $250 cash from Berschieds Meats
14. Dustin Ross $250 gift certificate from Timbermart
15. Barry Anderson $250 cash from Lianne Newman Royal Lepage
16. Jeff Reben $250 cash from Rocky Lake Birchworks
17. Kris Flanagan 2 gift boxes of hooks and $250 gift
certificate from Hooges Hooks
Side Bet “Wilma Walleye” - Alan Personius $953
1st burbot- Kenzie Shamanster - $850 pop up shelter from
2001 Manitoba Shiners
1st Burbot from an angler K-12 Haiden Mayiuk $50 cash
from Bill Lozinski
50-50 – Alan Personius- $3788.

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Jenn
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