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Scattershots (May 29)

Local high school fishing duo sets record

Local Sweet Home High School seniors Alex Gauld of Tonawanda and Ryan Scheitheir of Amherst set a New York State high school record for a single bag of bass with a five-fish limit weighing in at 25.7 pounds. They were fishing on Owasco Lake last weekend, competing in the Bass Nation High School Team Trail contest. Included in their catch was a 7.18-pound largemouth reeled in by Gauld and a 7.51-pound largemouth reeled in by Scheitheir. Both were using spinnerbaits.

“This win has given us confidence going to the State Bass Nation High School Championship this Sunday on Cayuga Lake,” Gauld said. “We feel confident with our spots and simply do what we’ve done before. The win last weekend, our first, gives us confidence.”

There will be 30-35 teams in the State Bass Nation competition.

SWA derby scheduled for June 8-16

The Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY will hold its popular walleye contest on Lake Erie from June 8 to June 16. For its 35th anniversary, derby organizers will offer more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.

This year, the first person to catch a walleye 13 pounds or better and win a Sunset Bay Beach Bounty Fish courtesy of Cabana Sam’s Sunset Bay Grill. Additional prizes will be offered, including $7,000 for first place in the derby. There are numerous corporate sponsors, sponsor bonus prizes, calcuttas and more.

You must be a Southtowns Walleye Association member to participate. You can register at the club’s next meeting on June 6 at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. There are some other registration outlets. However, you must be register prior to the start of the derby on June 8. For more information check out

Orleans Open tournament is June 8-9

The Orleans County Open, slated for Lake Ontario out of Point Breeze and the Oak Orchard River, is scheduled for June 8-9. The tournament offers a twist for salmon and trout trollers, meaning a different strategy is needed to get the tournament limit of 10 fish per day. Only half five fish of the daily limit can be salmon. The other half must be trout, but no more than three of those can be lake trout. And you must do this for two days in a row.

Entry fee is $450 will be accepted until Friday at midnight, although a late entry fee of $100 will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday. There are no limits on the number of team members, but eight rods is the maximum. This is a cull tournament, meaning you can release fish to get your best 10 fish. To register, visit

National Fishing and Boating Week

National Fishing and Boating Week, a celebration across the country coordinated by the Recreational Boat and Fishing Foundation ( is June 1-9. In conjunction, there are several kids fishing derbies throughout Western New York scheduled for June 1.

  • Youth Fishing Derby at Ringneck Marsh at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in Basom. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Fishing is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Call 585-948-5445 for more information.
  • Teach-Me-To-Fish event at the East Aurora Fish and Game Club, 1018 Luther Road, East Aurora, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Dave Barus at 597-4081 for more information.
  • Take-A-Kid-Fishing event at Dunkirk Memorial Park/Conservation Club from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information contact Gene Pauszek at 366-1772.
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