• 2013 Hank Gibson Qualifer (Quinte) update

    Hello all OBN members,

    The 2013 OBN Qualifier Committee would like to give you all a few updates on some recent Qualifier news. Please share with your membership.......

    Official Hotel

    Travelodge has come on board as the official host hotel(s) of this years Qualifier. Not only have they stepped up with a special rate for us, they've given all OBN members the special rate for the entire summer! With all the pre-fishing and club events that have already been planned by many clubs, this extended rate plan will definitely save the membership some serious dollars. Details to follow......

    "Take A Soldier Fishing" event

    What can I say about this event aside from it very well may be the highlight of the week-end! We have several updates in the works that we can't share as of yet but I can say the planning has gone flawlessly to date.
    One update that I can share with you all is that Simax Rods has come on board as the official rod sponsor of the 'Take A Soldier Fishing' event. Every single soldier participating in this event will receive a rod from Simax! This is an incredible sponsorship from Simax Rods as there could be 30-40 soldiers participating! Also.....the top 5 Anglers in our Sr. Qualifier will receive a rod from Simax!

    Kids event

    Rapala has stepped up as an official sponsor of the kids event out of OG Buster Alyea Park. Rapala has stepped up huge with rods/reel combos (60), hats, baits, etc and will also be donating some goodies for the Soldiers event.
    We have a couple more exciting announcements for the kids event that hopefully we can share with you all shortly.

    Friday Night Meeting

    Location - Royal Canadian Legion #110 which is right beside OG Buster Alyea Park. Food and registration start at 5pm with the meeting starting at 6pm. Food details to follow.
    Note: The OBN Tournament Director and Exec have deemed this meeting mandatory and if you plan of fishing the Qualifier you MUST be at the meeting. From my understanding, the 'Mandatory' aspect of the meeting will be enforced this year.

    Qualifier Shirts

    As always, official qualifier shirts will be on sale at the Friday night meeting. This year the shirts will be designed and provided by Fishbum! Can't wait to see the final design.

    Official Marina

    Bay Marine in Trenton has stepped up to the plate and become the official Marina of the Qualifier. We are finalizing all the exact details but please expect an 'OBN Spring Tune-Up Special', an on-site mechanic for the Qualifier, preferential service treatment during Qualifier and pre-fish, special deals on oils and accessories. When the exact details are finalized, another e-mail will follow......

    A request to all clubs......

    The Qualifier Committee is asking all clubs to please, pretty please get entries in early.....NOW please. We need to assess the early bird entries to help determine the amount of volunteers needed, budgeting dollars, Soldiers event anglers, etc.
    With the buzz that has been created for this Qualifier, we're expecting an increase in field size and the early bird entries will be a key tool we need to use. Please get your club entries in ASAP!!!!

    If there's any questions of concerns, please feel free to contact me.

    Many thanks,
    Craig Butler