The Denis Bester Memorial Shootout exceeded expectations before the first lure hit the water this year.
Ryan Amyot, who is part of the Shootout’s organizing crew, said the event is about 10 times bigger this year than it has been in the past.
Part of that is because the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular was cancelled. For years, the Bester Memorial Shootout has served as a fishing derby within a fishing derby at that event.
“It was just a group of friends who threw a derby in his honour and it has just grown this year into filling a big void, and turning into a home-run for two local charities,” said Drew Watson. Watson’s Tackle House is one of the event’s main sponsors along with AM Group of Companies and Grey Bruce Builders.
This year, The Denis Bester Memorial Shootout is the big tent in town.
A total of 750 tickets were sold for the derby — a sold-out affair. Amyot estimated over 900 anglers are out on the waters of Georgian Bay trying to land three fish that will tip the scales good enough for the Shootout’s top prize — $1,500 cash and a Traeger Pro Series 575 Pellet Grill.