Once again, the Canadian Law Enforcement Games were being hosted by the Ontario Provincial Police. With bass season only days old in the eastern Ontario region, Sydenham Lake was the choice location to host the bass tournament portion of the 2012 Games competitions on 28 June.
38 Anglers from a variety of law associated departments across eastern Ontario showed up early in anticipation of a great day of friendly competition in support of a variety of charities. We were greeted with warm temperatures and calm winds – the day was off to a great start. I was teamed up with my Petawawa buddy, Travis Surette – he was anxious to start after a 3 hour drive earlier in the morning to participate in the event.
Upon completion of registration, the anglers blasted off to various spots throughout the lake in hopes of catching the top weights at the end of the day. The lake has some great bass to target: either largemouth or smallmouth can win on this lake. As the 3:00 pm weigh in approached, a steady trail of boats was observed blasting down the lake to meet the deadline. Once at the dock, anticipation and chatter was at a high as the anglers all started asking each other “how did it go”?
The common theme heard from most anglers was that it was a tougher day than usual on Sydenham Lake. However, as usual, someone always figures it out and produces a quality sack of fish to weigh in. The team of Jeff Desloges and Shawn Bough came out on top, with great weight of 18.11 lbs of largemouth bass. Following up in 2nd place were Travis Surette and myself with a healthy bag of smallmouth weighing in at 16.51 lbs. 3rd place was secured by Lenny Devos and Kevin Weir, who weighed in a quality bag of largemouth topping out at 14.28 lbs. As a bonus, Travis and I won the big fish of the day award with a meaty smallmouth, tipping the scales at 4.60 lbs.
Travis and I mainly fished a weed bed in the main lake basin in between 12 and 25 feet of water. Our main technique was drop-shotting Bassmagnet Lures “Twitch’s” and the big fish came off a 5” Bassmagnet Lures Quiver Stik (wacky rigged). We were amazed at the thousands of bluegill around the weed shoal we were fishing – this may have been a prime source of feed for the bass in the area.
This event was deemed once again a success. With the outstanding donations we were given from the angling industry supporters, everyone was presented with prizes which were extremely well received by the anglers. In addition, funds were raised that will be distributed to a variety of charities at a later date.
A very sincere thanks to the following organizations for their support of the event:
Radioworld – Jack Summers
Shimano Canada and GLoomis – Bob Mahoney and Cindy Koshowski – www.shimano.com
Bassmagnet Lures – Mike and Mary Nabulsi
Pro Advantage Sports and Hobbies – Jamie Erwin
The Rod Glove
As a final note, a great thanks to Bryan Quincey, Colin Friel and our weigh-master Jim McCartney: their volunteer efforts were key in the successful conduct of this event. The success of the event was certainly a direct result of their outstanding dedication.
The Ontario Law Enforcement Athletic Association (OLEAA), was incorporated in the Province of Ontario in 1987 as a non profit organization. Under different names, the games have been held annually since 1977.
To promote, manage and govern the Canadian Law Enforcement Games (CLEG).
To Promote participation in athletic competition by members of the law enforcement community
To promote physical fitness among law enforcement officers
To promote a spirit of benevolence, friendship, sportsmanship, goodwill and camaraderie among law enforcement officers.
To provide assistance to members participating in other law enforcement games.
OLEAA supports the community by donating dollars and supplies. We have donated to the following organizations:
Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run
Youth Drug & Alcohol Treatment Centre
Canadian Cancer Society
Muscular Dystrophy Ottawa Chapter
Ontario Special Olympics
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
MADD— Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Our Missing Children
Teams Weight Big Fish
GOLD Jeff Desloges & Shawn Bough 18.11 4.22
SILVER Pepe Parisien & Travis Surette 16.51 4.60
BRONZE Kevin Weir & Lenny Devos 14.28 4.50
4 Mike Tebo & Larry Demoney 12.35
5 Colin Friel & Bryan Quincey 11.67
6 Rob Mills & Paul Downey 10.11 3.51
7 Dennis Lees & Dean Thompson 10.10
8 Pat Comeau & Chris McKinnon 8.40
9 Joe Augustyn & Marc Roussel 6.23
10 Larry Jewell & Dwayne Brame 6.01
11 Rob Colangeli & Corey Stanton 4.90
12 Jeff Hendry & Marcel Dumolin 3.55
13 Barry Mark & Ryan Portwine DNW
13 Steve Ouimet & Justin Bannon DNW
13 Larry Harper & Danny McMullen DNW
13 Peter Harper & John Clayton DNW
13 Jim McCartney & Barry Batson DNW