The Dublin Up Sportfishing team had two days of consistent fishing out of Point Breeze in Lake Ontario to win its first tournament, outscoring a field of 23 boats on the way to the Orleans County Open title last weekend.
The tournament was different in that you can only bring 10 fish to the scales, half salmon and half trout. Only three can be lake trout. As a result, a different strategy must be employed to catch 10 fish and try to locate bigger fish two days in a row.
The Dublin Up crew, consisting of Capt. Carl Martin of Pendleton, Capt. Tyler “Taz” Morrison of Appleton, Kyle Duncan of Newfane and Tracy Lynn of Newfane, was in second place after the first day with a 10-fish weight of 124 pounds and a score of 224 points, 11 points behind the Legacy team led by Capt. Rob Wescott of Hilton.
Dublin Up changed its strategy slightly for the second day by targeting salmon and lake trout at the same time. It worked because they caught 4 salmon and 1 lake trout in shallower water. When they slowed their speed, they caught an 18-pound laker and were on their way to victory. The prime fishing area for the team was 10 miles west of Point Breeze. They earned $5,000 for the tournament win.
Summer youth archery camp deadline extended
The deadline for the 25th annual Youth Archery Camp slated for Aug. 2-4 at the Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, Elma, has been extended to June 15 to accommodate more kids. The camp is designed to provide up to 30 kids ages 12 to 15 an opportunity to experience bowhunting and outdoor camping while attempting to achieve a state Bowhunter Education Certification. Young people who reside in Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming and Allegany counties are eligible. Junior hunters already who have earned their bowhunter education certificate need not apply.
The camp is free. Applicants are selected based on the content of an essay submitted with the application. Essays should be no longer than two pages and the content should address the following questions: 1. Why do you want to attend the camp? 2. How do sportsmen assist the DEC in managing wildlife populations and why is this important? If you are selected, bring your own archery equipment, if you have it. Otherwise, equipment will be provided. For more information, contact Don Trzepacz at 863-4774.
Fly fishers talk musky at June 20 meeting
The Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International will hold its next meeting June 20 at the American Legion Post 735 on Legion Drive in West Seneca. Guest speaker for the evening is Brad Green, who will give a presentation on musky fishing on the fly at 7 p.m. He also will show off and tie some musky flies.
Prior to the presentation, fly casting will be held for new members from 6 to 6:45 p.m. at the Cazenovia Creek Access Site on Leydecker Road in West Seneca. The American Legion will serve hot dogs and hamburgers from 5 to 7 p.m. for a donation.
LOTSA speaker to focus on summer kings
Lake Ontario is open for business, despite the high water levels. Spring salmon fishing has been good to excellent, and if you would like to learn how to fish for king salmon in the lake as we transition from spring into summer, attend the next Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday. The featured speaker will be Capt. Paul Czarnecki of Tri State Charters. He has chartered on the lake since 1988. Paul will share proven tactics and answer questions.
The meeting will be held at the North Amherst Fire Company, 2200 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. The seminar is free and open to the public. Visit www.lotsa1.org for more information.