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New Canadian Angler Hall of Fame inductees


The first day of the Spring Fishing and Boat Show got off to a busy start before the gates even opened yesterday morning. Many of the who’s who from the fishing community were on hand at the annual industry breakfast to honour the latest inductees into the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame.

This year’s inductees include:


  • John Kerr, conservationist, outdoorsman, Toronto Sun outdoors columnist and editor of Ontario Out of Doors magazine.
  • Bruce Park, southern Ontario pro angler, fishing charter owner and founding president of Muskies Canada.
  • Angelo and Reno Viola, founders of Barklays Outdoor Store, and the founding hosts of the Fish ’n Canada TV show and radio’s The Outdoor Journal show.

As well, the 2010 Rick Amsbury Award of Excellence was presented to Facts of Fishing host Dave Mercer for his work in launching the Casting for a Cure, a non-profit group raising money for cancer research.

Congrats to all.

To anyone heading down to the show this weekend (on through Monday), don’t forget to drop by the Outdoor Canada booth to check out our Rapala prize pack giveaway. Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer will also be on hand to sign autographs and hand out some valuable fishing wisdom.