Ontario Carp Championship

Is Ontario the Carp fishing capital of the world?

If Ontario is indeed the "Carp Fishing Capital of the World" then why can’t the province compete on the world-stage level?

Well, the answer is a bit complicated and in this Fish’n Canada episode, we try to explain.

Enter the World Carp Classic, probably the richest freshwater fishing tournament in the entire universe. This event draws competitors from all over the globe and gives them a chance at great prizes, as well as a shot at the $1,000,000 plus first prize payout. Now THAT’S a fishing tournament!

With such a great name in the world of fishing, shouldn't Canada get that baby over here? In addition, with Ontario having a huge population of gigantic common carp (as well as a nice batch of Mirrors), it’s a no-brainer, right?

Well, get this people: the only thing holding back the World Carp Classic from venturing to this part of the world is what we call “the 1-rod rule” in our fishing regulations. In Ontario, shore anglers can legally only use one fishing rod at a time. Everywhere else globally, two or more rods are allowed. With the Carp Classic wanting to take full advantage of huge weights to obviously generate great viewing numbers, they will not run the event with one rod per angler. Now here is the kicker—the Ontario fishing regulations actually allow two rods per angler—as long as they are on the Great Lakes and in a boat offshore.

Wake up MNRF! This is revenue just waiting to happen!

So, if the Classic will not come to Canada, does that mean we can’t go there…no matter where it is?

The answer is no, according to Len Perdic, who, in our opinion, is Canada’s #1 Carp angler.

Len has taken on a huge project in organizing and starting Canada’s inaugural and hopefully annual Canadian Carp Championship. This event is essentially a qualifier for the world championships. That’s right—we can’t host the tournament, however, we can send participants—the next best thing.

The venue for the Canadian Classic was the St. Lawrence River in the Long Sioux / Upper Canada area—THE perfect water to hold such an event. The first reason it's perfect is that the carp population is incredible and, second, there is fantastic shore access to this great number of fish.

aerial view of st. lawrence river
An aerial view of the beautiful St. Lawrence River.

The Canadian Carp Classic lasted 53 hrs with 13 two-man teams competing. After many sleepless periods, Andrew Walker & Jarry Monohan ended up with a landslide win catching 105 carp for 1877 pounds! Can you believe that?

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Canadian Carp Classic organizer Len Perdic still gets time to fish during his busy schedule.

With that win, the Saint Marthe Sur la Lac duo earned a berth in the World Carp Classic.

How does this young team feel about how they will fare in the Classic?

“We have an idea as to what lake it will be on,” says Andrew. The location was kept secret at the time of writing this. “It’s a massive lake that fishes very differently than the rivers we fish here. We have the potential to do well. But no matter how we end up finishing, it will be the experience and expertise we gain after all is over that will ultimately put us in a winning situation.”

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Andrew Walker custom ties up a carp rig.

Best of luck to our optimistic Canadian entry.

In closing, we hope that this episode will open the eyes to Canadians, as well as the world, of just how positive and economically valuable a fish like the carp can be to a nation.

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Len and carp fishing buddy Pavaloaia Vali holding up a great doubleheader.

Ontario carp—they are classic!

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The modern-day rod pod. Gone are the days of a y-shaped stick jammed in the mud.
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Andrew Walker “on the run” heading for his bite alarm’s signal
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This is a small example of what the St. Lawrence Long Sioux area has to offer in the carp department.
weighing carp
A huge part of the Canadian championship was a weighmaster moving to all participants and keeping a running tally on the weights. As you can see here, Carpers take their sport seriously.

SHOOT ACCOMMODATIONS:

We have to mention here one of the most unique facilities we have ever stayed in during a shoot. It’s called the Robins Roost Treehouse. Yes, that’s right—we had a treehouse for accommodations. However, this is not any ordinary backyard kid's treehouse. As you can see from the pictures, it's even nicer than most cottages. It is brand new, modern, very functional and, above all, spotless!

If the treehouse happens to be booked, the cabins are a great second choice. Check out the link below.

The Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Robins Roost Treehouse

treehouse accommodations
This is the most unique accommodations we have ever stayed at… the nicest treehouse on the planet! See below for details on how to book. The treehouse interior is incredible. How awesome is this? If the treehouse is booked there are other extremely nice cabins available. Perfect for the vacationing family or a couple of hard-core carp anglers.

SPECIAL THANKS:

Andrew Walker, Cast & Conquer - www.castandconquer.ca

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As one of the original pioneers of Canadian adventure television, the Fish'n Canada Show has been broadcasting their pursuit of the ultimate adventure for over 30 years. Hosts Angelo Viola and Pete Bowman educate and entertain audiences with their passion and enthusiasm for fishing. Both are inductees in the Canadian Anglers Hall of Fame. Check out their episodes and video on the Fish'n Canada YouTube Channel and like them on Facebook!

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