Gord Ellis holds up a token of being named into the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame

For Ontario OUT of DOORS (OOD) Senior Editor Gord Ellis, being inducted into the Canadian Angler Corridor of Fame was like being added to a Canuck Mount Rushmore.

“It’s a humbling factor to see you all right here and know that I’m on this corridor of fame,” the author, broadcaster, and information informed greater than 60 open air trade representatives gathered on Friday, Feb. 22 at an awards ceremony that kicked off the Spring Fishing & Boat Present at Mississauga’s Worldwide Centre.

The honour received Ellis occupied with how his profession started after befriending the late John Kerr, former OOD editor, after assembly him at an open air convention within the early Nineteen Eighties. They bonded over Nipigon brook trout and Ellis started writing for the journal.

Gord Ellis speaks during his induction into the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame
Gord Ellis speaks after being inducted into the Canadian Angler Corridor of Fame. (Images by Jason Bain)

He recalled assembly legendary open air columnist John Energy at a convention in 1989. “He was like Thor. A legend…I used to be a child from Thunder Bay. It felt bizarre, however I used to be there.”

Ellis praised the assist of his household, together with his spouse, Cheryl, for his or her assist, and his mother and father for introducing him to fishing.

“I’ve had a extremely nice profession,” he stated. “I simply love the whole lot about fishing…I’ve been very, very fortunate and I actually do respect it.”

Ellis units instance

Ellis was nominated by long-time Shimano govt and 2012 inductee Phil Morlock. In introducing Ellis, he identified that exemplifying the optimistic points of fishing and searching, significantly to youth and new Canadians, is extra necessary than ever. Exemplifying messages of conservation and household values is a communication problem.

“For my part, Gord is likely one of the greatest folks at placing that message and that picture ahead,” Morlock informed these gathered.

Ellis, who has received greater than 20 Outside Writers of Canada (now generally known as the Skilled Outside Media Affiliation of Canada) awards, was named to the Wisconsin-based Freshwater Fishing Corridor of Fame in 2018. He’s additionally been honoured by the Ministry of Pure Assets for educating youth on open air challenge.

Others honoured

Two others have been additionally honoured. Andy Pallotta, who created and operates the corridor, was shocked to be taught he had additionally been inducted. His household, together with his spouse, Vita, run quite a few match fishing occasions and client exhibits, together with the Spring Fishing & Boat Present. The Pallotta’s obtained information of the beginning of a grandchild at about the identical time.

Retired Shimano govt Tom Brooke, in the meantime, was awarded the Rick Amsbury Award of Excellence for his contributions to sportfishing and fisheries conservation.

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