Reel Mania wins Sunset Bay Walleye Shoot Out
A group of 120 teams battled against each other, and against Mother Nature, at the 7th annual Sunset Bay Walleye Shoot Out last weekend out of Irving. When the final fish was weighed at Cabana Sam’s, the Reel Mania team, led by Mark Lewandowski of Lancaster, topped the pack with a six-fish score of 46.08 pounds. The prize was more than $25,000. His team consisted of his father, Mark Sr. of Lancaster, Dave Miller of Lancaster, Ricky Deubel of Cleveland and Chris Rhodes of Fairview, Pa.
Facing rough conditions, the team still opted to head across the lake in Canadian waters near Maitland, Ont. The trip across took 2 hours and 15 minutes. They used a mix of stickbaits and worm harnesses. Colors didn’t seem to matter. To read more about the contest, check out A Sportsman’s Tale in Sunday's News.
Runner-up was Krazy Eyes, led by Paul Earl, with 45.93 pounds of walleyes. Third place went to Jeff Henderson with Fishin’ Technician with 45.65 pounds and fourth was Randy Jaroszewski of Hamburg and his Ice Breaker team with 45.54 pounds. Fifth place was Tom Slawatycki with the Fishknotzee team and a weight of 45.14 pounds. Less than a pound separated the first through fifth-place teams.
Largest walleye for the tournament was an 11.16-pound fish weighed in by Corey Evans with the Envious Sportfishing team. For a complete list of results, visit the Facebook page for Sunset Bay Walleye Shootout. For more information about the tournament, contact Capt. Don Ruppert at 435-4137.
LOTSA tournament with lotsa winners
The Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association held its 16th annual King Salmon Tournament, giving 40 boats several ways to win last weekend. On Friday, Dustin Petersen and his Hooked-Up team won the Curt Meddaugh Memorial 3-Fish Contest, with three salmon weighing in at 67.55 pounds. Second place was 4-Poles, led by Marty Polovick of Lockport, with 62.72 pounds and third place was Vic Rowcliffe of Rochester with the Nina squad at 61.11 pounds.
On the second day of the LOTSA trolling events, the Salmonella team, led by Joe Yaeger of Amherst, had the big salmon for the day at 27.41 pounds. A third contest was the 3-2-3, and it was a struggle to the finish as strategy was involved to figure out which best three fish you were going to keep over two days. In the end, the 4-Poles team with a three-fish total of 70.12 pounds was the winner. Runner-up was the Mean Machine team, led by Kyle Hovak of North Tonawanda, with a score of 70.11 pounds. Third place was Salmonella with 68.25 pounds. The fishing events culminated with a club picnic and awards in Krull Park in Olcott. For more information on LOTSA, visit www.lotsa1.org.
A-Tom-Mik, Roll with It win Sodus Pro-Am
The 16th annual Sodus Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament was held out of Wayne County last weekend, and the fishing action didn’t disappoint. The A-Tom-Mik Fishing Team, led by Tom Allen of Oswego County, bested the field of 29 pro boats in winning the $7,500 purse with a two-day score of 579.80 points based on 10 points per fish and a point per pound. Pro teams could only keep their first 12 legal tournament fish each day. Runner-up was Team Cold Steel led by Capt. Tom Burke of Pulaski with a score of 569.60 points.
In the amateur Division, Roll with It, led by Rich Raidline of Lehigh Valley, Pa., earned the $2,500 check with 356.20 points over two days. A total of 23 amateur teams competed in the tournament. Amateur teams can only bring seven fish to the scales each day. For a complete leaderboard and a list of sponsors, check out Sodus Pro-Am on Facebook or sodusproamlive.com.
Bass Fishing Derby Aug. 4
The 14th annual Bass Fishing Derby coordinated by Independent Living of Niagara County will take place on Aug. 4 out of Lewiston Landing in the lower Niagara River. Registration begins at 6 a.m. and fishing will take place from 7 a.m. to noon. Following the casting, participants can head over to the 3-F Club, 904 Swann Road in Lewiston for an awards ceremony and family barbecue starting at 1 p.m. A variety of raffles and auctions also will be part of the fun.
Here's how to get involved: If you want to go out on a chartered boat for the morning, cost is $150 per person. If you want to fish in the contest on your own boat, cost is $75. If you want to fish from shore, cost is $40. All three options include the barbecue. If you just want to attend the barbecue, cost is $25. For more information, if you would like to register or if you would like to sponsor this event, contact Marykate Waringa at 836-0822, ext. 146.