• 2013 BPS Lake Simcoe Registration Underway

    2013 Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open
    General Registration Opens March 8

    Vaughan Ontario: March 8th 2013 and the Spring Fishing Classic at Bass Pro Shops begins. The annual Mega Sale lasts until March 24 and also offers a host of free fishing seminars by some of Canada’s top anglers. The first one will be by Wil Wegman at 6pm on March 8th and will start off with a special announcement. Wil has been on the organizing committee of the annual Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open since its inception and he will begin his in-store seminar (on late season ice fishing) by announcing the general application and registration process for Canada’s premier one day bass tournament has officially begun.

    The date of this year’s BPS Lake Simcoe Open will be Saturday, October 19th and will again be held out of Orillia. Thanks to continued support from our generous sponsors, entry fees will remain unchanged at $380 per two person team; plus $20 for the Big Fish pot ($400 total) for 2013. The organizing committee of the 2013 Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open have already been hard at work planning this year’s event. “In previous years we have had well over 100% payout in cash and prizes and this year’s event will be no exception”, said Ms DeBartolo of Bass Pro Shops.

    Anglers wishing to register should forward a completed 2013 Application Form (available at www.simcoeopen.com ) accompanied with a signed copy of the last page of the rules and a $400 non-refundable cheque payable to: SIMCOE OPEN, and mail, courier or deliver it to the customer service desk at: Bass Pro Shops, 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive, Vaughan, ON L4K 5W4. Ms DeBartolo has the following advice for anglers considering entering this popular event, “ The earlier you register the better your start position!” For a short period last fall, anglers who fished the 2012 tournament were provided an opportunity to register early. Thirty teams signed up – meaning another 70 open spots are still available, plus an additional 10 for sponsor teams.

    The annual Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open, hosted by the Aurora Bassmasters has long set the bar for premium bass tournaments in Canada. In the coming months, the organizing committee will strive to secure additional sponsorship in order to maintain exceptional paybacks and incentives that are unique to this event. As well as the great paybacks and full fields, one of the key reasons anglers keep coming back is the world class trophy bass fishery of Lake Simcoe. In 2010 this tournament set the all time Canadian record for the heaviest five bass ever weighed in during a Canadian bass tournament at 31.5 pounds. That same year, an 8.05 pound monster smallmouth was weighed in that also set a Canadian record … for the heaviest single bass ever weighed in during a tournament in our country. The event continually yields winning weights between 27-31 lbs and many anglers who fish it end up catching their “Personal Best“ bass ever!

    For more information and to obtain a 2013 application form (under downloads) please visit: www.simcoeopen.com Anglers are reminded that all correspondence will be complete by email … and in previous years, some applications had email addresses and names that were very difficult to decipher. Organizers therefore urge anglers to please print clearly on the application form.