AMA Sportsmen Association

ACRG hosts the candidates, public asks their questions



By Ron Giofu


The group known as the Amherstburg Citizens for Responsible Government (ACRG) hosted an all-candidates event last Thursday night at the AMA Sportsmen Club and the public got to ask their questions.

The 20 candidates vying for spots in the 2018 municipal election met with voters and voters seemed to like the opportunity.

“I think it’s OK,” said Jean Allen. “It’s hard to get to talk to some of them. I learned a few things about a few people that I didn’t know so it’s good.”

“I thought it was good,” added Wayne Marenger. “I got to meet a lot of people didn’t know and got to ask questions.”
Marenger said he found it more personable than the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce “Meet the Candidates” nights as there was more of an opportunity to discuss issues with the candidates.

“You get to meet the people,” he said.

Mayoral candidates Aldo DiCarlo (above) and Glenn Swinton (below) chat with voters at an all-candidates event put on by the Amherstburg Citizens for Responsible Government (ACRG). That event was held Oct. 11 at the AMA Sportsmen’s Association.

For Tiffany Cote and Sandra Fox, it was a chance to see where candidates stood on whether or not to build a new pool locally.

“It’s been very good. I got to ask all of my questions,” said Fox. “They answered them pretty well. We’re trying to keep a pool if it’s not at the same location.”

Cote agreed that they were looking for a replacement for the Lions Pool, which is expected to have a new public high school built on that part of Centennial Park. Cote said they were able to get some answers and talk to the candidates face-to-face.

“It’s going well,” said ACRG member John McDonald. “It’s interesting to see the candidates speak to the crowd. I thing people are getting their questions answered.”

McDonald said that the event gave people a chance to speak with candidates that they’ve been following and get answers. He hoped the event would return in four years and thanked fellow ACRG members Beth Hobbs, Jennie Lajoie, Marcie Graham, Jim Broderick and Tim Brown.

“Hopefully, we’ll find a way to keep this going,” McDonald stated.

Roughly 700 people attend wrap-up party for AMA Sportsmen Association’s walleye tournament


By Jonathan Martin


The AMA Sportsmen’s Club’s 35th annual walleye tournament drew around 700 people out of their air conditioning for the event’s wrap-up party, according to Luc Tremblay, chairman of the club’s fishing committee.

The tournament runs for 10 days and participants can win awards for the largest walleye, sheephead, catfish and perch.

One of the event’s largest attractions, though, is the final day’s draws.  First prize, as in previous years, was a whopping $10,000, which comes from the event’s ticket sales.  Second prize was a fishing kayak, two fishing rods and all the trimmings, valued at around $4,000.  Third prize was a selection of door prizes.

Doug Mackenzie (right) accepts his winnings from AMA Sportsmen’s Club fishing committee chairman Luc Tremblay. Mackenzie won the draw at the club’s annual walleye tournament.

Tremblay said he’s “extremely grateful” for the support the club’s sponsors afford the organization.  He lauded the way local businesses and community members come together.

This year, first prize went to Doug Mackenzie, who said he’s been attending the tournament for around 20 years.  With the money he plans to do “a whole lot of fishing.”

“This is a really great club,” he said.  “I like to support them every year.”

Larry Muller reeled in the event’s largest fish, which stretched out to 30.5 inches.

Charley Akers’ fish caught him second place and Alyssa Little swam into third.

The 2018 walleye tournament winners pose with their trophies outside of the AMA Sportsmen’s Club in Amherstburg on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Full results are:

Grand prize: $10,000 winner was Doug Mackenzie

2nd big prize was : Fishing kayak Ron Mitchel

1st place winner for the longest walleye: Larry Muller, June 22, 30.5”

2nd place winner for the longest walleye: Charley Akers, June 25, 29 ¾”

3rd place winner for the longest walleye: Alyssa Little, June 29, 28 ¾”

ladies winner: Nancy Ridsdale, June 23, 28”

Youth winner: Tyler Gignac, June 25, 27”

longest catfish: James Miller, June 24, 29”

longest sheephead: Tracey Bezaire, June 29, 29”

Longest perch: Mike Boussey, June 26, 12.5”




Bob Meloche Memorial Fishing Derby popular again with kids


By Jonathan Martin


By now, local fish must shudder at the mention of the name Bob Meloche.

According to Meloche’s son, Gord, the annual Bob Meloche Memorial Fishing Derby has been going on since he was seven or eight.  That means the derby has been an ongoing tradition for around half a century.  Still, it shows no sign of slowing down.

According to Luc Trembley, chairman of AMA Sportsmen’s Club fishing committees, over 250 kids signed up for the Father’s Day event.  The young fishers packed King’s Navy Yard Park, which the Town of Amherstburg offered up for derby use.

For the first time, fish were measured on-site at the Navy Yard Park, which allowed for fish to be released back into the Detroit River.  In previous years, measurements took place at the AMA Sportsmen’s Club facility, which sits a few kilometres away on Lowes Side Road, a long journey for a fish out of water.

(From Left) Olivier Gemus, Shanell Schmidt, Sebastien Gemus, Archer Schmidt, Aubrey Schmidt, Avery Semitic, Avery Maiter and Tom Mailloux pose for a photo in King’s Navy Yard Park. The youths fished out of the Detroit River as part of the Joe Meloche Memorial Fishing Derby. Avery Semitic caught the fish pictured.

The sportsmen’s club is still the place to be after fishing is done, though.  Free food, free games, contests and awards kept excited children busy into the afternoon.  Trembley said the event was funded through donations and sponsorships from local businesses.

“We couldn’t do this without the generosity of the community,” he said.  “We’re truly grateful.”

Gord Meloche said the AMA Sportsmen’s Club’s generosity shouldn’t be understated, either.

“The club has always been good about giving to the children,” he said.  “They have so much youth programming here.  Every year I see club members work harder and harder to give these kids the best experience they can.”

This year, the children laughed as they watched their released fish zoom off into the river.  Tembley said it was an opportunity to teach the kids about environmental preservation.

The children seemed to love the idea.  After having their fish measured on a little table set up on the lawn, they waddled over to the railing to launch their catch into the river.

A little blurp and the fish were gone, off to tell the Legend of Bob Meloche to all their fishy friends.



AMA Sportsmen Club’s Walleye Tournament tickets now on sale


By Ron Giofu


The popular AMA Sportsmen Club walleye tournament is back for another year and tickets are now on sale.

The 35th annual walleye tournament runs from June 22-30 and tickets and hats were delivered to the River Town Times office late Thursday afternoon. Other ticket vendors are the AMA Sportsmen Club, the Village Shoppe, Happy Days Boating Centre, Racicot Chrysler, Coopers Marina, Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157, and the Village Country Store in Colchester.

Tickets are $30 and only 1,000 are being sold. No tickets will be sold after June 21 at 6 p.m. Ticket buyers will get a free AMA Sportsmen Club walleye tournament baseball cap as supplies last.

All entrants are eligible for a chance at over $40,000 in cash and prizes. The first ticket drawn at the July 1 awards party will win $10,000 while the second ticket drawn will win a fishing kayak.

The prize for the overall largest fish is $500, with that donated by the Amherstburg Firefighters Association.

There are three prizes for catching the biggest perch with the first prize being $250. The second longest perch will net the person who caught it $150 while catching the third longest perch will be $100. Those prizes are sponsored by Big Creek Farms.

The tagged fish prize, sponsored by the AMA Sportsmen Association, is $500. That goes to the person who catches the tagged fish.

The first-place longest fish will be mounted by True to Life Taxidermy, sponsored by Jack Lazar. The first-place youth longest fish will be mounted by Taxidermy by Robert Beneteau.

The AMA Sportsmen Association advises that all winning tickets must be at the awards party.

For further information, contact the AMA Sportsmen Club at 519-736-5706 or visit The AMA Sportsmen Club is located at 468 Lowes Side Road in Amherstburg.

“Big Buck Sunday” held at AMA Sportsmen Association


By Jonathan Martin


A long-standing AMA Sportsmen Association tradition has notched another year in the ol’ belt.

Big Buck Sunday has been giving local hunters the chance to get their racks measured for around two decades, according to club member Brian Beattie.

This year, the antlers were measured by Jim Branch, a Foundation for the Recognition of Ontario Wildlife official.  He said the day saw antlers that scored in the 130s and 140s.  Those who brought in antlers were given the chance to submit their score to the periodically-released Big Game Records of Ontario book.

Foundation for the Recognition of Ontario Wildlife (FROW) official Jim Branch measures a pair of antlers at AMA Sportsmen Association’s annual Big Buck Sunday event. Local hunters had a chance to get their racks scored last Sunday.

Big Buck Sunday also hosted vendors, whose products ranged from crossbows to scones.  Beattie said AMA had hosted a craft show the day before, so a few of those involved stayed behind for a second day.  There were oil candles, animal pelts, woodcarvings and more.  Even a charity showed up: Archers Against Cancer, which holds archery events to raise funds that offset the costs associated with cancer treatment.

Most archers kept to the outdoors, though.  The first 3D shoot of the year was held just across the road.  Thirty three-dimensional targets, shaped like animals, were erected with scores attached to different body parts: 10 for the heart, eight for the lungs, five for the body and zero for a miss.  The next 3D shoot will be held April 8.

“I like the 3D shoots because what it’s really about is getting a few people together to go out and have a few laughs,” Beattie said.