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Rain-dampened North Tonawanda fishing tournament hands out $2,000 in prizes

Despite the rainy weekend, the fifth annual Hooked on the Tonawandas Fishing Tournament last weekend presented $2,000 in prize money to area anglers.

Though registration was down significantly because of the poor weather, moe than 90 adult anglers and 23 junior fishermen participated in the tournament at Gateway Harbor on the Erie Canal in the Tonawandas.

Prizes for the largest fish were awarded in several fish categories.

Bobby Knapp of Williamsville took first place for a 3.2-pound large-mouth bass, with Anthony Henley of Lockport in second and Robert Grant from North Tonawanda third; Charles Young of North Tonawanda took first place with a 17-pound carp, with Carleen Bebak of North Tonawanda second and Matt Steffan, Williamsville, third; Michale Bancore of North Tonawanda won first place with a 15-pound northern pike; Randolph Nestark of Tonawanda came in second.

A half-pound perch also qualified as a first-place winner for Glenn Krupp of North Tonawanda. Dan Phelps or Kenmore came in second followed by Branden Wilfrom of Lancaster, third. The channel cat category was won by Matthew Clarke of North Tonawanda, with a 5.8-pound catch; Mark Heuser of Tonawanda was second and Glenn Krull, North Tonawanda, third.

All prizes are courtesy of business sponsors, with volunteer support from Gastown Sportsmen’s Club and Gateway Harbor Inc. The tournament benefited TNT Boys and Girls Club.