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Scattershot: Outdoors news & notes

Ray’s Kids Day is May 20

For youngsters between the ages of 9 and 15  interested in learning more about the art of fly fishing, the Lake Erie Chapter of the International Federation of Fly Fishers will be holding its annual Ray’s Kids Day event at Reinstein Woods and Environmental Education Center in Cheektowaga starting at 9 a.m. May 20. Named in honor of the group’s founder, Ray “Marks” Markiewicz, this is an all-day instruction on fly tying, fly casting, entomology and even some fly fishing using the flies you tied! There is a limit of 36 students and each student must have a chaperone age 21 or older. Cost is just $20. There are only a few openings left. If you are interested, give Dave Rosner a call at 675-4766.

Pro-Am deadline, tournament week

The 33rd Annual Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament will be held out of the ports of Wilson and Olcott May 19-21. The Pro Division will be going back to the old format of best 12 tournament fish each day with a total score for three days earning the top prize. In the Amateur Open contest, best three fish each day is the focus. Each single day is a contest by itself. Best two scores combined earn a special Cup and an extra cash prize. These are all 100 percent payback events. In addition, any sponsor money and prizes are all given back to the teams competing.  There’s nothing like this contest and it’s a true test of the best. In the Pro Division, an observer from another team actually goes on board another team’s boat to make sure the rules are observed. This is serious stuff. Deadline to register is May 15 at 5 p.m. You must sign up online at

Ladies’ Day Out weekend at Cabela’s

For all you women out there looking to get started with outdoor activities but don’t know where to begin, one way is through Cabela’s Ladies’ Day Out weekend at the Cheektowaga location starting at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. In the fishing arena, Capt. Joe Fonzi of Thumbs Up Charters and his wife Dawn will be sharing basic fishing techniques. It’s a great day for mothers to learn – for themselves or to take their kids. Also on Saturday at 11 a.m., there will a seminar on Ladies’ Archery 101 – again the basics to get you pointed in the right direction. On Saturday at 2 p.m., a Ladies’ Shotgun 101 seminar will be held to help teach gun safety and the basics of guns, shells and more. The first 10 participants will receive a gun-cleaning sample kit. For details go to

Record catfish caught

Eric Scordo of Watertown caught the first state record fish for New York on April 29 when he out-battled a 35-pound, 3-ounce channel catfish while fishing in Lake Ontario. The fish stretched 38 1/4 inches on the tape. The fish blew away the old record, caught in Brant Lake in Warren County, by nearly 2 1/2 pounds! Scordo releases all of his fish so after he caught it, he took it to Chaumont Bay Marina in the eastern basin of the lake. They had a tank to hold the fish until the Department of Environmental Conservation could verify the catch. After it was all documented and weighed on an official scale, he took the fish and released it back into the lake. To find out more about New York’s record fish program, visit

SWA Perch Tourney May 20

Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY will be holding its annual perch tournament, an event that is for members only. You must sign up at club meetings and the last meeting is next week on May 18 at the SWA clubhouse located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg starting at 7:30 p.m. As far as the perch contest, heaviest five fish take home the bacon. Minimum length is 8 inches; fishing is from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the weigh-in taking place from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Entry fee is $10. For more information call Jerry Lesinski at 649-8202.


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