Introducing Our National Fishing Week Ambassadors
For the first time ever the National Fishing Week team has recruited a group of passionate anglers from across the country to help promote the fantastic sport of fishing. We are pleased to introduce you to this year’s National Fishing Week ambassadors!
Best known as the founder of the Ontario Women Anglers & Fishing 101 for Women program, Yvonne is a strong advocate of getting women and children outdoors and on the water. Her vision of the ladies’ program started in 2012 when she first became an instructor at “Women’s Outdoor Weekend”, an annual event run by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
As an ambassador with the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association, she promotes National Fishing Week and the Keep Canada Fishinginitiative at every opportunity.
Patrick Campeau is our National Fishing Week ambassador for Quebec!
Patrick has been a professional angler for 30 years, and this is his 10th year as our french National Fishing Week ambassador! Patrick was named a 2014 Canadian Angler Hall of Fame inductee. He is the only French Canadian to ever get this honour. In 2007, he was honoured by the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association for his involvement and dedication in promoting the sport of fishing. According to Outdoor Canada magazine in 2003, Patrick Campeau is one of 30 Canadians possessing the most influence in the hunting and fishing industry in Canada during the past 30 years.
Patrick participates daily in radio broadcasts for more than 55 radio stations. He writes about the outdoors for 14 specialized magazines and newspapers. Since May 2008, he is the Outdoor Writer for the newspaper called Journal de Montréal. My texts are published twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday, in this daily newspaper. Every week in Quebec, the Journal de Montreal connects with more than 3.3 million readers on all platforms combined. Paper, Web and Mobile.
Fishing titles include Pro Bass Québec Champion in 2000, A.P.A.S. Champion in 1996, Pro Bass Québec Champion in 1991, 1st Place – Mercury Pro Bass at Lake Champlain, qualified 44 times in the top 10 at professional tournaments, and qualified 5 times in the top 10 at the Canadian Open.
You can visit him online at www.pcampeau.com.
We all know this face!
Bob Izumi has been a huge supporter of National Fishing Week from the start!
Bob is Canada’s most popular fishing personality and one of the foremost spokespersons on the sport. For nearly 30-years Bob Izumi’s Real Fishing has educated and entertained legions of anglers, both young and old, on the finer points of fishing. Bob’s infectious enthusiasm and approachable demeanour have made him a “TV-buddy” to millions of Canadians and, as anyone who has ever met him will agree, he’s exactly the same down-to earth guy in person.
Bob’s unmatched credibility in the fishing world is due in part to his incredible success as a tournament angler. In 1979 Bob Izumi became Canada’s first full-time professional fisherman and in over three decades of competitive fishing Bob has won more than 70 major events, far surpassing any other Canadian angler. He has won multiple Angler of the Year and Team of the Year titles and he is the only Canadian angler to win the Triple Crown of fishing; capturing the Canadian Open, the Classic Championship, and Angler of the Year title in a single season. In July, 2011, Bob won his first major championship in the USA when he captured first place in the Everstart Series 1000 Islands tournament.
Bob has always been passionate about recreational fishing in Canada, and we thank him for everything he has given back to the sport he loves!
Our next National Fishing Week am-BASS-ador is Ashley Rae – shelovestofish.com!
Ashley Rae is a year-round multi-species angler that resides in Ottawa, Ontario. Ashley shares her passion for fishing through her stories and adventures on her blog (www.SheLovesToFish.com), writing articles for various websites/publications, and through her social media pages.
Make sure to check our Ashley’s page for more chances to win some awesome prizes for National Fishing Week!
Jason lives for FISH! Jason enjoys sharing his appreciation of fisheries research and fishing with everyone.
As a passionate Fisheries Research Biologist, Jason travels acrossSouthern Ontario leading research projects on endangered fishes and invasive fishes in the lower Great Lakes.
As a brand ambassador for Pure Fishing Canada, Jason is actively involved with promoting angling to the public through trade shows and other special events.
Throughout the year Jason is regularly planning angling events and presenting fishing seminars. Jason is also actively involved in many grass roots organizations including the Ontario B.A.S.S. Nation and the Long Point Bay Anglers Association.
You can follow Jason on Twitter and Instagram @BassinBiologist.
Jason and Jeff Matity
Jason and Jeff Matity are our National Fishing Week ambassadors in Saskatchewan!
Jason and Jeff are addicted to fishing! They’re known as Saskatchewan’s multi-species fishing authority for their popular videos on matityfishing.com.Whether they are trying to land the big one themselves or helping others catch their personal best, you are most likely to find the Matity brothers on the water somewhere.
Jason is the man behind the camera for the material you see on matitysgetfishing.com. His extensive experience both filming and producing have lead to the production of adrenaline pumping fishing videos aimed at novice and pro anglers alike. Take the camera out of Jason’s hands and he transforms into an elite angler with experience fishing for nearly every species of fish that swims in the waters of North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Mexico. Don’t miss Jason on CTV Morning Live for his monthly segments promoting fishing and various techniques aimed at improving your time on the water.
Jeff is the host of matitysgetfishing.com, Jeff is not only a world class angler, but also a passionate educator. As a biologist by day with the provincial fish hatchery and seasoned angler away from the office, Jeff has the know-how to help you catch the big one!
Thank you to Jason and Jeff for all of their work promoting recreational fishing in Canada!
Introducing today’s National Fishing Week Ambassador, David Reid!
Introduced to fishing by his father as a youngster, David has been hooked ever since he made that memorable first cast. As his passion for fishing evolved, David began what has become a very impressive tournament career. To this point, David has 1 win and numerous top 10 and 20 finishes, it is safe to say that David knows his fishing!
In 1995, David was one of the first anglers in Northeastern Ontario to receive a manufacturers sponsorship, recognizing both his dedication to the sport of fishing and his undeniable ability to hook the big one!
Not only has David received his fair share of press, but he has also written a number of articles and blogs for, WFN, National Pro Staff, Timmins Today, Exist To Fish Canada and Northern Ontario Walleye Trail.
Meet Jason Gogan, our National Fishing Week Ambassador from New Brunswick!
Jason is obsessed with fishing! Just ask his friends & family.
As an obsessed tournament angler, Jason believes in giving back to a sport that has been so good to him. He has donated rods & reels to local charity groups for under privileged children, staged casting events for young people as well as volunteered at a number of Kid’s Charity Tournament through the New Brunswick Sport Fishing Association.
For the better part of two decades Jason has had the privilege to work with some fantastic companies as a brand ambassador, like Pure Fishing, Freedom Lures and Humminbird to name a few. He has spent countless hours calling attention to his sport and the gear that has helped him succeed at trade shows and seminars.
Introducing Keith Rae, our National Fishing Week Ambassador from Edmonton!
Keith Rae has been the owner/operator of Get Hooked Fishing Adventures in Edmonton Alberta which is Alberta’s only certified freshwater angling guided fishing service for the last 22 years. He also pro staffs for Shimano, Scotty, Lowrance, Gibbs/Delta and Alberta’s own, The Fishin’ Hole tackle shops.
Keith has a real passion for fishing and enjoys sharing that passion with others, especially children and new anglers. As a firm believer in taking care of the fish and the various waterways that he fishes he started a program with the Alberta government where his company collects fish data for Fish and Wildlife that is kept current yearly and also lets his guests feel like they are contributing back to the fishery by helping in the data collection. Sitting on the provinces Fisheries Round Table has allowed him to help make changes that will benefit fishing for everyone.
Fishing has dropped off in interest for many younger people and Keith feels that as an Ambassador for the program he can help to bring more awareness to this great outdoor activity.
Meet Mike Borger, our National Fishing Week Ambassador for Hamilton!
Mike’s passion for the sport of fishing and exploring wild places is strong. For 12 straight years he spent the open water months paddling the far north on lengthy solo canoe expeditions in search of giant fish – many of these trips spanning several months.
For the last 15 years he’s travelled across Canada sampling much of this countries finest angling and documenting his experiences. This has evolved into Canada Fishing Guide Magazine, a publication solely devoted to highlighting the best fishing in Canada from coast to coast. This is Mike’s passion and sharing it with others is his greatest love.
Meet Gord Pyzer, our National Fishing Week Ambassador for the Kenora region!
Forty-seven (47) time national award winning writer, multiple National Magazine Gold and Silver Medal Winner, and recipient of the 2014 Canadian Magazine Cover Award, Gord Pyzer, is widely regarded as Canada’s most scientific angler.
Known in fishing circles as “Doctor Pyzer”, Gord has a Master’s degree in Resource Management and worked for thirty-one years as a senior manager with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, including Policy Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister for Northern Ontario.
While serving as the OMNR District Manager in Kenora, Ontario, Gord established the first conservation-oriented, modern muskie management regulations (for Lake of the Woods) in North America. Using sonic tracking devices and scuba gear, Gord and his team of biologists also initiated one of the most extensive, multi-year tracking studies of smallmouth bass and largemouth bass ever undertaken.
An internationally sought out speaker and seminar presenter, Gord is the Fishing Editor of Outdoor Canada Magazine and the Field Editor of In-Fisherman Magazine and Television.
Gord is also the Co-Host of the Real Fishing Radio Show currently in its 30th year of syndication across Canada and the host of Fish Talk With The Doc, on the Outdoor Journal Radio Show, heard live each Saturday morning on the FAN 590 All Sports Super Station in Toronto, and broadcast live across the Bell ExpressVue satellite television system.
Gord blogs weekly for Outdoor Canada Magazine and bi-weekly for Northern Ontario Tourism.
A keen tournament angler, Gord has won numerous events across Canada and the United States.
A two-time recipient of the Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitter’s (NOTO) President’s Cup and winner of the Northwestern Ontario Tourist Outfitter Association’s (NWOTA) Conservation Award, Gord was named by The Fishing News as, “one of Canada’s most influential people.”
In 2003, Gord was also recognized as one of 30 Canadians … “who have had the biggest impact on hunting, fishing and conservation in Canada.”
In 2009, Gord was inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame. In 2015 he was installed into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in the United States and the Canadian Outdoor Hall of Fame. Gord is the only person ever to be awarded all three honours.
• Thirty-three time winner, National Communications Award
• 2007 Gold Medal Winner, National Magazine Awards
• 2009 Gold Medal (co-recipient) Winner, National Magazine Awards
• Two time silver medal winner – National Magazine Awards
• Winner, Falcon Lake Bass Classic
• Winner, Shoal Lake Fall Bass Classic
• Winner, Whitefish Bay Bass Classic
• Winner, Harbourview Marine (Lake of the Woods) Bass Series (7 tournaments)
• Winner, British Columbia Trophy, World Salmon Championships
• Winner, Molson Big Fish Award, Muskellunge and Northern Pike
• Two Time Winner, Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitter’s Association (NOTO) President’s Cup
• Winner, NWOTA, Conservation Award
• Canadian Angler Hall of Fame
• National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame
• Canadian Outdoor Hall of Fame
Meet our National Fishing Week Ambassador for the Thunder Bay region, Gord Ellis!
Gord Ellis has been working in the outdoor journalism field for 30 plus years. He is the senior editor for Ontario Out of Doors magazine, and is CBC Thunder Bay’s outdoor columnist. He has won two dozen national writing and journalism awards and is a long time member of the Outdoor Writers of Canada. His byline has appeared in magazines and newspapers as diverse as the Toronto Star, Financial Post and Minnesota Outdoor News. He also guides on the Nipigon river system. Gord has been fishing since he was a toddler thanks to his parents, who took him out early.
Meet our Atlantic Canada National Fishing Week Ambassador, Mark Weare!
Mark is a passionate angler and loves hooking into a big one almost as much as he loves introducing new anglers to the sport of fishing!
A long time supporter of various learn to fish programs, Mark currently acts as an instructor with the Atlantic Canada branch of learn to fish. This role brings Mark to a number of schools across Atlantic Canada, introducing children to fishing. Aside from educating in the classroom, Mark also hosts Atlantic Canada’s #1 fish related radio show, The First Cast Radio Show!
Outside of his role as an educator, Mark also plays a significant role in bass fishing across Atlantic Canada. The owner of Atlantic Canada’s biggest and richest bass fishing tournament, The Atlantic Bass Open and also a founding member of South Shore Bassmasters club, Mark’s influence on bass fishing in Atlantic Canada is significant.
Meet Duane Radford, another one of our National Fishing Week Ambassadors who calls Edmonton home!
Duane is extremely well regarded across the fishing industry for both his writing and photography. Credited in over 750 magazines, you would be hard pressed to find a fishing or outdoors magazine in Canada or the United States that Duane has not been featured in.
Duane is the former Director of Alberta’s fisheries branch and also has experience working as a regional director and regional fisheries biologist. He is certified as a Fisheries Scientist by the American Fisheries Society and has fished throughout much of Canada.