Fishing for Tyler event manages to reel anglers

Tourney goes ahead, despite less than ideal conditions

INNISIFIL – Elisa French thought about cancelling the annual Fishing for Tyler Ice-Fishing derby. It’s named for her 15-year old son Tyler, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, and raises funds to help offset the cost of therapy for the Innisfil family.

With thin ice offshore at Innisfil Beach Park for the Winterfest weekend, cancellation seemed likely.

“The weather isn’t co-operating. The ice isn’t co-operating,” Elisa said – but the support from the Ontario Fishing Community was still there, and the family was urged to hold the annual event. “I thought we’d have to cancel it, but the people wanted it. They were willing just to come out and pull up lawn chairs, and talk about fishing! It’s all for Tyler.”

Fishing for Tyler went ahead as planned on Saturday, but instead of fishing off Innisfil Beach Park, anglers signed in, then headed south to safe ice, in the Lefroy-Gilford area – coming back for the weigh-in and prizes.

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