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Scattershot: Outdoors news and notes

Sullivan, Ferguson Electric set pace in BassEye contest

The 16th Annual Greater Niagara BassEye Celebrity Challenge was held on Lake Erie last Friday out of Buffalo Harbor. On a day when a northeast wind created some tough conditions on the main lake, it was the Ferguson Electric team consisting of Mike Sullivan of Grand Island, Mark Jacobs of Eden and Dave Kowalewski of Cowlesville taking the top team trophy while fishing with Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island. The team scored 1,750 points to more than double their closest competitors as they focused around the Buffalo harbor with a spinner and a worm. Sullivan was Grand Champion and Jacobs was runner-up for the fun trophies. Top female angler was Margaret Grieshober of North Tonawanda, who was led by Tim Duffy of West Seneca. Most bass releases went to Ron George of Williamsville, fishing with Capt. Barry Schultz. Largest bass was a 23-1/2-inch harbor hog caught by Steve Hossenlopp while fishing with Capt. Don Ruppert (see a picture of the fish in the online gallery). Most walleye released was Sullivan with five. Largest walleye reeled in was a 28-inch lunker hauled in by Chris Wahl of Ontario, captained by Jim Tunney of Irving.

The real winner for this event was the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western New York. For this particular contest, more than $140,000 was raised for CF - bringing the 16-year total to $1.9 million raised to battle this debilitating disease.

Reelin’ for a Cure Aug. 18

Calling all ladies: The Second Annual Reelin’ for a Cure ladies fishing tournament on Lake Ontario will be held out of Wilson and Olcott harbors on Aug. 18 from 6 a.m. to noon. If you’ve always wanted to fish salmon and trout in Lake Ontario, this is the perfect way to give it a go. While some of the funds collected will go towards some cash prizes, a majority of the money raised will be earmarked for fighting cancer. Female teams will be put onto boats for the morning if you don’t have one available to you. And if there are any boats out there that would like to volunteer your time and help the cause, simply give Stephanie Pierleoni a call at 481-6388. It’s a great opportunity to help a most worthy cause.  After a weigh-in of teams at Krull Park in Olcott, participants will be heading to Schulze Winery and Live Edge Brewery for awards and festivities. This year’s tournament will benefit the Breast Cancer Network of WNY.

'Last cast' results in $10,000 (and change) derby payday

Fish Odyssey Registration

The 41st Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby is gearing up for another fun-filled event Aug.19-27 and registrations are now available at many registration outlets. In addition, the website at is now live for registrations. It’s business as usual for this popular contest, offering up a huge focus on the kids. Junior registrations are free for ages 15 and under. Adults can register for the nine-day contest any time during the derby for $20, but all must be registered before any fishing can take place. Six different species categories are available for adults and kids. For the adults, the categories include salmon, brown/rainbow trout, lake trout, smallmouth bass, walleye and carp. For the kids, the categories are salmon, walleye, bass, carp, panfish and trout. The Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association (LOTSA) is offering up a $500 prize for the largest salmon caught by a member (and $200 for the witness) and the Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY is offering a $500 prize for the largest walleye caught by a member. Grand Prize is $3,000 and you don’t know who wins the big check until the awards ceremony. All of the first place winners are put into a hat and drawn by a representative from the Primate Sanctuary. It could be a monkey or it could be Carmen Presti. The kids are competing for merchandise prizes and gift cards from Cabela’s. Check it out.

WNY Reels in online fish map

Looking where all the fish are at a particular time of year? Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Erie County Environment and Planning Department Commissioner Thomas Hersey, Jr. unveiled a new tool to help Great Lakes fishermen out – especially for anglers from outside the area. The Western New York Hotspot Fishing Application  is the next generation of fishing map that will allow anglers to pinpoint specific areas for a variety of species, during a particular season. Other information will also be available, from charter captain listings to launch ramps to bait and tackle shops. Want to find a shore fishing spot? Just open up the application and search out the information you are looking for. The online map covers from the Pennsylvania line in Chautauqua County to the Orleans County line in eastern Niagara County along Lake Ontario – Lake Erie, the Niagara River and Lake Ontario. Members of the Erie County Fisheries Development Board worked closely with Hersey to develop the new concept.

“What we now have made available to the public is a user-friendly internet mapping tool that helps promote the Great Lakes fishing resources we have along the shoreline of Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties,” said Poloncarz at Niawanda Park in Tonawanda last Tuesday morning. “This gives us an online presence that reaches out to the more technological advanced population. This application will further enhance the enjoyment of the Western New York fishing experience.”

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