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Bill Hilts Jr.


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Despite another phenomenal year for walleye fishing on Lake Erie, bass will be in the spotlight this week as the Costa Fishing League Worldwide Series invades Buffalo for a Northern Division contest Thursday through Saturday. With more than 170 boats heading out of Safe Harbor Thursday and Friday, expect some impressive catches at the weigh in each day starting at 2 p.m. W…

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Costa Fishing League Worldwide Series in Buffalo, Lake Erie Its crunch time for more than 170 bass boats and over 340 anglers as the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) brings its Costa Series Northern Division to Buffalo for three days of competitive bass fishing. Expect some big bags of bass to come to the scales at Safe Harbor Marina starting at 2 p.m. on Thursday and Fri…

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If there was a theme song for the Erie Canal Fishing Derby (held July 5-16 this year), the tune “We are Family” by Sister Sledge would be at or near the top of the list for consideration. Every year, hundreds of families converge on this recreational waterway from the Niagara River to Albion to fish every July. Just by participating in the canal contest you become part of …

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As we transferred our mother, Sylvia, to Niagara Hospice via ambulance, I couldn’t believe the brilliant sunset and picturesque cloud formations that greeted her. My thoughts were on the pearly gates preparing for a grand entrance. If anyone deserved to walk the stairway to heaven, it was my Mom. “When I find myself in Times of Trouble, Mother Mary comes to me …” Lik…

July 19 – Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY monthly general membership meeting, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg starting at 7:30 p.m. Guest speakers will be Mark and Jake Romanack with Fishing 411 TV Show that appears on the World Fishing Network. July 19 – Kayak Tour at Stella Niagara Preserve with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper at 6 p.m. Register at www.bnwaterkeepe…

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Sunset Bay Shootout blasts off Saturday The 8th Annual Sunset Bay Walleye Shoot Out, the “Super Bowl” of Great Lakes walleye fishing and the highest-paying walleye shootout in the country, is slated for Saturday at Cabana Sam’s in Sunset Bay (Irving). The tournament will award more than $150,000 in cash and prizes for the fleet of 110 boats and more than 400 anglers who…

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Get ready for back-to-back big events on Lake Erie starting with the Sunset Bay Shootout on Friday and Saturday followed by the Costsa FLW Series event July 26-28. On Lake Ontario, the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association will be holding its club tournaments Friday and Saturday, and the Wilson Bicentennial tournament is Sunday. The Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Derby co…

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It’s a great time to be a tournament walleye fisherman on Lake Erie. Just ask the Mid-River Fishing Team led by Jeff Bognar of Grand Island, Roy Hryckowian of North Buffalo and brothers Andrew and Eric Pytlik of Buffalo. The foursome brought in their best five walleyes to the Dunkirk scales last Saturday, weighing in 42.70 pounds of fish, to win the 5th Annual Rayzor’s Big…

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Lake Erie is still on fire for walleye action and Lake Ontario salmon fishing is keeping close pace as we head into the hazy, lazy days of summer. Fishing contests certainly help keep things interesting this time of year. Remember that the 23rd Annual Southtowns Walleye Kids Fishing Derby is July 14 at Chestnut Ridge Park from 8 a.m. to noon with hot dogs and awards to fol…

July 4-15 – 28th Annual Stephen C. Harrington Memorial Erie Canal Fishing Derby from the Niagara River to Albion. Seven divisions: bass, sheepshead, northern pike, bullhead, walleye, carp and catfish. www.eriecanalderby.com for more information. July 12 – Kayaking with Tina and Kelly at Beaver Island State Park from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Also on July 19, 26, August 2, …

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Wilson Bi-Centennial Tournament July 22 The community of Wilson along Lake Ontario will be celebrating its angling heritage with a special bicentennial one day salmon and trout fishing tournament on July 22. According to tournament organizers Dan Evans and Mike Johannes, the contest will be a simple Big Fish, 3-Fish contest with $10,000 in prize money being handed out f…

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The loss of Will Elliott of Pavilion is still sending shock waves throughout the outdoor fraternity. At 78, he still had plenty of hunting and fishing plans on his outdoor calendar, especially with his wife Jean, who had recently retired. Elliott died peacefully in his favorite recliner last weekend. Elliott made his mark writing for The Buffalo News for more than 30…

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For Ron Kucinski Jr. of Clarence, it was a dream that started as a kid growing up in the Silver Creek area. Fishing with his brother Jeff in the waters of Western New York, they explored the area’s liquid natural resources with rods in hand. Along the way, their father and grandfather passed along their angling knowledge, as well as a passion for fishing. More than 40 y…

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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 tak…

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Lake Ontario is seeing more fishing pressure with the start of the Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Derby and some decent fish have already started to show up at the scales. Lake Erie walleye fishing has slowed a bit but look for some good catches for Rob Ray’s Big Dawg Tournament out of Dunkirk on Saturday, with a big fish Friday to help kick things off. Lake…