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Scattershot: Outdoors news and notes

Veterans fishing outing Friday in Dunkirk

A fishing event honoring Western New York heroes will be taking place this Friday (June 30) out of Dunkirk from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Innovative Outdoors, partnering with, is coordinating this special veterans event as part of the Operation BOOTS Program. Local charter captains from the Eastern Lake Erie Charter Boat Association donate their services for the day. There will be a friendly competition with the veterans, each of them allowed to weigh in one walleye. The day will conclude with a luncheon at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Veterans that are interested in participating should contact Lynn Magistrale at WNY Heroes by calling 630-5020. Licensed charter captains that are interested in donating their services should email Jim or Diane Steel at or call 481-5348.

Monette wins A-Tom-Mik Challenge

Capt. Ed Monette and the Cannonball Runner fishing team out of Oswego, the featured subject in last week’s outdoor column, did it again when they won the A-Tom-Mik Challenge Salmon and Trout Tournament out of Oswego last weekend. Fishing with teammates Hunter Wojslaw and RJ Cruz, the threesome targeted salmon west of their home port to win the competition with a score of 148.75 points. Scoring is based on 10 points per fish and a point per pound. Considering the conditions were rough, a 15 pound average for the 6-fish contest is pretty amazing.

It’s not the first time that the Cannonball Runner crew won this particular event. They won the contest two years ago, but it was all brown trout in their cooler. Runner-up this year was tournament organizer Tom Allen with A-Tom-Mik Flies, coming in with a score of 144 points. Allen’s team has been having a good year, too. His team won the Wilson Harbor Invitational in May. Next contest on the tournament schedule is the Oswego Pro-Am Tournament, set for July 8-9.

Yablonsky talks small-boat fishing at LOTSA

Lake Ontario salmon trollers do not need a big boat to get the job done. A perfect example is Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Youngstown, owner and operator of Wet Net Charters. He fishes the lake out of his 21-foot Lund Tyee Magnum, targeting salmon and trout throughout the lake fishing season. If you would like to hear his seminar on small boat salmon and trout tactics, simply show up at the next Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s monthly meeting on July 13. Meeting location is Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Ave. (Route 78), Lockport starting at 7 p.m. in the 4-H Building.

LOTSA opens its meetings up to the public and they are free to attend. Membership is just $10. If you would like to find out more information about the organization, check out

Southtowns Walleye Kids Contest July 15

The 22nd Annual Southtowns Walleye Association’s Catch and Release Kids Fishing Derby will once again be held at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park on July 15. Registration for the free contest will begin at 7 a.m. at Shelter No. 10. Fishing starts immediately following the sign-in and the last weigh in will be at 11 a.m. Awards and lunch will follow. Participating kids must be 15 years of age or younger. Be sure to bring your own tackle.

Pre-registration is necessary to help determine the amount of food and drink to have on hand. Call Chairman Dennis Stoberl at 861-5687 or Co-Chair Doug Freeman at 930-5858. Catch and release of all fish is encouraged and buckets will be available around the water to carry fish to the scales. For more information call 649-8202 or visit the group’s website at

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