Vision Clinic wins Innovative Outdoors Walleye Challenge
The 'eyes had it as the 4th annual Innovative Outdoors Walleye Challenge was held out of Dunkirk last weekend. In the main event, with 48 teams, Team Vision Clinic, led by Nick Nekoui of Niagara Falls, Ont., walked away with the top prize with a six-fish (a tournament limit) weight of 36.23 pounds. Their big fish was 8.25 pounds. Runner-up was the Eye-Con team led by Rob Oram of Franklinville with a six-fish weight of 33.49 pounds and a big fish of 8.84 pounds. Third place was the Ziekertail team led by Shawn Barrett with a score of 32.16 pounds and a big fish of 9.90 pounds. Biggest fish for the tournament was a 10.17-pound walleye weighed in by Team Clearwater, led by Chris Green of Lowbanks, Ont.
In the Big Fish Friday event, Darin Baron of Freedom and his Fishin’ Tradition team caught the top fish, an 8.11-pound walleye, just 1/10 of a pound better than Ron Duliba and the Dance with Fish squad at 8.01. For a complete listing of winners, visit innovative-outdoors.com. Check out the Fishing Beat to find out how and where they were fishing.
Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey results
The 43rd annual Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby for Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties ended Sunday, and it was a battle to the final minutes for some species categories. In the drawing for the grand prize, the biggest fish of the tournament was the lucky winner of the $3,000 check, a 36-pound, 12-ounce carp that Paul Natiella of South Lima reeled in while fishing the Oak Orchard River. This year’s contest remembered the late Jamie Brolinski of Lewiston. He passed away earlier this year.
The carp category was drawn from a hat with other first-place winners included Lindsay Yaeger of Amherst with a 26-pound, 7-ounce Point Breeze salmon. She also won the $700 prize for the largest salmon caught by a LOTSA member. Larry Wills of Lewiston caught the first-place rainbow, an 11-10 fish he reeled in on the first day of the derby while fishing out of Wilson. Eric Bickel of Newfane hauled in the top brown trout, a 12-4 fish he caught off Olcott. Marty Polovick of Lockport had some last-minute heroics with a 20-10 lake trout he caught from Lake Erie and weighed in with 13 minutes to spare to beat Pat Barber of Niagara Falls, who reeled in a 20-1 fish, also on the last day. Big smallmouth was a 6-7 Lake Erie smallmouth by Brendan Walsh of Niagara Falls. Top walleye was a 12-pound lower Niagara River fish reeled in by Richard Barber of Niagara Falls.
Grand prize in the junior division went to Dominic Jeffords of Ransomville with an 8-3 lower river walleye. Other first-place winners who were included in the grand prize drawing were Braylee Lukehart of Reynoldsville, Pa., with a 24-4 king salmon; Taven Lukehart of Reynoldsville, Pa., with an 11-15 trout; Gabriella Geiger of Lackawanna with a 5-5 smallmouth bass from Lake Erie; Megan Walsh of Niagara Falls with a 2-3 carp; Abby McGrath of Niagara Falls with a 1.01-pound panfish (perch); and Alyssa McGrath of Niagara Falls with a 7-14 sheepshead she caught from Lake Erie.
Ladies Shoot ’N Hoot hosts outdoors event
The 10th annual Women Conquering Outdoor Adventures, held by the Ladies Shoot 'N Hoot group at the North Forest Rod and Gun Club, is set for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 14. This is a perfect opportunity for women to learn more about the outdoors through qualified instructors in a relaxed setting. More than a dozen options exist, including archery (compound and crossbow), air pistol, basic shotgun, basic rifle, fly fishing, kayaking, transporting firearms and more.
Cost is $65, which includes lunch. Choose four different classes in which to participate. Preregistration is required with a deadline to RSVP by Sept. 1. For more information, contact Colleen Gaskill at 628-9023.
Goose season opens Sept. 1
A nuisance Canada goose season will start on Sept. 1 and run through Sept. 25. The daily limit in Western New York (in the South and West-Central areas) is 15 birds per person per day. You must obtain a Harvest Information Program number before you can hunt. There is no charge. Sign up at newyorkhip.org or call 888-4ASKHIP. If you are 16 years of age or older, you must also purchase a federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (duck stamp) for $25 from the post office, some sporting goods stores and National Wildlife Refuges.
For a concise brochure on waterfowl regulations, go here.