Paul J. Stoos Flea Market Sale on Saturday
Longtime Erie County volunteer Paul Stoos died earlier this year, leaving behind a legacy … and a pile of hunting and fishing stuff. Members of his family will hold a flea market sale Saturday to sell his outdoor gear at the Elma Conservation Club (600 Creek Road, Elma) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the very least, it will be like taking a trip down memory lane.
In addition to a tremendous amount of hunting and fishing equipment, he also was a collector of knives, baseballs cards and wildlife art. As an electronics technician, he had hundreds of tools of the trade. He manufactured his own Paul-Eye lures and there will be plenty of lure supplies available. He had boating equipment and boat motors. Stoos also had reloading equipment. All proceeds will be used to help pay for outstanding medical bills.
Former TBN Outdoor Writer Elliott Dies
Will Elliott, former outdoor writer for The Buffalo News for many years, died peacefully in his home on Sunday. His first column for The News was April 25, 1986. His last was Aug. 28, 2016. Elliott, 78, lived in Pavilion with his wife, Jean. He continued to freelance for other publications and had a regular column in NY Outdoor News, a publication he had written for since its inception. He enjoyed life to its fullest, traveling with his wife to fishing and hunting adventures around the state, around the country, around the continent and even around world.
A Sportsman’s Tale will be dedicated to Elliott in Sunday's News, giving some insight and reflection to a man who was many things to many people in the outdoor community.
Ferguson Electric, Cinelli double up with BassEye win
The 17th Annual Greater Niagara BassEye Celebrity Challenge Tournament was held out of Safe Harbor Marina in Buffalo last Friday and like Yogi Berra used to say, “It was déjà vu all over again.” Ferguson Electric, a Buffalo company that has supported the cystic fibrosis event for many years, made it two in a row when the team of Mark Jacobs of Eden, Mike Sullivan of Grand Island and last-minute fill-in Patrick Ryan of Buffalo combined to score 2,200 points based on 50 points for a bass and 100 points for a walleye. If an angler catches both species (for a BassEye), the person earns an additional 150 points.
Boat captain for the team was Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island, no stranger to the winners circle. In fact, this year’s win makes it five CF BassEye titles for the Grand Champion charter guy.
The overall Grand Champion Angler was Jacobs with 1,100 points – two walleye over the 18-inch tournament minimum and a dozen smallmouth bass over the 14-inch minimum size for a total of 800 points. Throw in 300 bonus points for two BassEye scores and you have his leading total that bested the 22 fishing boats competing in the friendly competition. Sullivan was the Grand Champion winner last year.
Other winners were Teresa Belbas as the Grand Champion Female Angler with 300 points. Capt. Vince Costello of Buffalo was her guide for the day. Grand Champion Celebrity Angler was Buffalo Bills alumnus Ken Jones of Niagara Falls with 500 points.
Jacobs had the most bass releases for the day with 12. Robert Ray Jr. of East Amherst released the most walleye at five. Gavin Persel, grandson of former Sabre Danny Gare, caught the biggest walleye for the day at 31 inches while fishing with Capt. Vince Costello of Lewiston. Big bass went to Greg Zaepfel with a 21-inch bronzeback. He was fishing with Capt. Jim Rores of Grand Island.
The tournament raised $105,000, bringing the 17-year total to $1.9 million. “With the research and medical advancements we have made over the years, we want to thank the Western New York community for being part of this,” said Tiffany Rollek, senior development director for CF.