The World Fishing Network (WFN) officially awarded Port Colborne as the 2013 Ultimate Fishing Town. As the top voted community, the city receives a $25,000 grand prize from the WFN, which will be invested into the future of fishing in the community.
On June 28, The World Fishing Network (WFN) held its Ultimate Fishing Town Celebration at Sugarloaf Marina, a municipal marina in Port Colborne. Mayor of Port Colborne, Vance Badawey, was present to welcome Mariko Izumi, the spokesperson for the Ultimate Fishing Town Contest and host of Hookin' Up on WFN. Izumi presented a cheque for $25,000 to the city.
"We're surrounded by water being on Lake Erie, where people can fish from shore or boat,' describes Mark Minor, Sugarloaf Marina's Assistant Manager, on why Port Colborne is an attractive destination for anglers. "There are also rock quarry ponds and canals, offering people a lot of places to fish.'
Runner ups in the competition included Gananoque, Ontario, The Pas, Manitoba and Hampstead, New Brunswick. Each township received a $3,500 community donation.
In late June, Sugerloaf Marina partnered with a local fishing outfitter to host a walleye fishing derby tournament. The event included over $24,000 in prizing.
The marina also hosts a seasonal walleye tournament from May to August for its members. "Whenever our customers are out there fishing, they can bring in their catch at the end of the day,' says Minor. "We weigh it and mark it down. Whoever has the top total three weights for the year receives money off their dockage for the following year.'
The Ultimate Fishing Town contest annually determines which Canadian and US cities are the ultimate fishing destinations.