Wayne Izumi was born in 1949 and has been fishing competitively for over 50-years. He won his first fishing competition, the Rondeau Bay Rod and Gun Club youth fishing derby, when he was nine years old and went on to win it for the next six-years. Wayne has been winning fishing tournaments ever since and he has hundreds of individual and team titles to his credit.
“My brother, Wayne, is one of the most intuitive anglers I have ever fished with. Fishing by the seat of his pants allowed him take back to back wins at the Canadian Open in 1992 and ’93, and he won the first Ontario Place Open held out of Toronto on Lake Ontario, in 2004.” -----Bob Izumi
When discussing the highs and lows of a career in the fishing industry, Wayne points to the largely unpublicized charitable work that has been done by the Izumi organization over the years as some of his proudest achievements. The youth leadership camp at Bark Lake and the Fishing Forever foundation are two initiatives that Wayne has spent countless hours on over the years. Since its inception, Fishing Forever had raised and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to various fisheries projects throughout Ontario – everything from small scale fish hatcheries and stocking programs to scientific studies and, most recently, the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration project. In 2003 he organized a partnership with the Police Association of Ontario and Canadian Tire to develop the Kids, Cops and Canadian Tire Fishing Days program. To date the program has provided thousands of youngsters with the opportunity to enjoy a no-cost, supervised day of fishing.
Wayne is also a member of the Canadian Fishing Hall of Fame.