1st Annual Trotac Marine Winter Fishing Derby 2016


Victoria Fundraiser for Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society

Sunday, February 28, 2016 marks the beginning of what is expected to become an anticipated annual fishing derby event.  The 2016 Winter Trotac Fishing (“WTF”) Derby hosted by Trotac Marine Ltd. dives into its inaugural year with a day long derby that culminates in dinner and chances to win great prizes from local donors.

Help Trotac Fundraise!

This derby is a fundraiser for the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society.  This long-standing organization has managed hatchery and stream enhancement projects through a dedicated volunteer base since it was founded in 1954.

Trotac Marine has a goal to raise $2,000 for the SSES during the 2016 derby, and is looking for your help to make this goal a reality this weekend.

PEETZ and Trotac

PEETZ Outdoors is pleased to donate a 5 Inch Steel Wheel Stainless Steel Fishing Reel with one-way drag, along with a with a Flasher & Lure Package for Trotac’s raffle draw during dinner at Lido Waterfront Bistro.


Derby tickets are $50 per rod and include:

  • Derby entrance
  • Weigh in of 1 fish per ticket
  • Appetizers and passed plates dinner at Lido Waterfront Bistro
  • A WTF derby t-shirt
  • A day of excitement and (mostly true) fishing tales!

A cash bar will be available at the bistro. There will also be a 50/50 Draw and many raffle prizes. Tickets can be purchased exclusively at Trotac Marine offices:

370 Gorge Road East (corner of Gorge and Jutland Rd)
Victoria BC V8T 2W2
Phone: (250)-386-2341
Contact: Chris Gurr

Lido Waterfront Bistro is located at:

1234 S. Wharf Street
Victoria, BC
Phone: 250-385-5436

Last day to purchase your derby tickets is Saturday, February 27, 2016 by 5pm.

Derby Rules

  • Derby entrants will be allowed to weigh in one fish per ticket
  • There are no boundary restrictions for this derby -fish wherever you want – as long as DFO regulations permit.
  • Start time for the derby is sun up.
  • Derby Weigh-In will be at Lido Waterfront Bistro at 3pm on February 28, 2016.
  • Weigh-in time is limited. You must be checked into the weigh in by 3:30pm – no exceptions!

About Trotac Marine Ltd.

Trotac, which is a contraction for “trolling and tackle”, was founded by Pete Thomson in 1972 as a family-operated, west coast commercial fishing fleet business. Trotac Marine Ltd. expanded its building and staff in the early 80’s to supplying:

  • Workboats (tow, inshore freighter, pilot boats)
  • Scientific research vessels and projects (Neptune, Venus and many other projects around the world)
  • Shipyards for ship construction and maintenance products Search and Rescue (Canadian Coast Guard, Auxiliary Coast Guard, Canadian Navy)
  • Pleasure marine (sport fishing, sailing, motor boating and live a-boards)

Today, Trotac has grown to be a major supplier of marine products. The company operates from a 16,000 sq ft warehouse/sales area, with 15 knowledgeable staff members that offer hands-on practical experience to assist you to purchase the best products for the job the first time.

About the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society

The Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society (SSES) was founded by the late Jack Brooks. His vision and tenacity aimed to find long-term solutions for the sustainability of local salmon.

In 1954 he persuaded the DFO to construct the fish trap and dam on DeMamiel Creek beside Young Lake, which the Society continues to maintain and operate. By 1966 efforts had turned to hatching salmon in homemade gravel boxes that were set in Mary Vine Creek. In 1981 the hatchery began operations at its present location on Rocky Creek – just above the confluence of the DeMamiel and Rocky.

Today, the activities of (SSES) include the operation of the Jack Brook’s Hatchery, carrying on education activities in schools and the community with respect to salmon enhancement and stream keeping, and stream enhancement in the waters of the Sooke river and its tributaries. SSES operates entirely with volunteer labour whose activities include trapping of brood stock in the fall, taking and rearing eggs and alevin, daily feeding of fry, hatchery maintenance and summer feeding of smolts in the sea and lake pens.

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