Pirates take top prize
The second annual Sunset Bay Walleye Shoot-out is history.
When the final basket of six walleye was weighed, the grand prize winner for this year’s event was Team 28 – “Pirates.” The Pirates were Jack Brueckl, Bob Hollingsworth, Dave Morreno, Captain Jeff Jarzynski and Jay Brueckl. Team 28 posted a six walleye total weight of 49.83 pounds. That first-place finish paid out $5,000. When the awards were handed out, Jarzynski brought his dad to the award stand and publicly thanked him for taking him fishing when he was a kid.
Second-place prize money of $4,000 went to Team 31 – “Fishtician.” The team consisted of Dennis Alguire, Captain Scotty Addison and Danny Salansky. Addison’s team took home some extra cash with one of the big fish of the day prizes, by weighing in not one, but two fish over 10 pounds. Their total weight for six walleyes was 49.72 pounds.
Third-place prize money of $3,000 went to Team 15 – “Bad Ju Ju.” The team was led by Jeff Bognar. They weighed in a total weight of 49.66 pounds.
Fourth-place prize money of $2,000 went to Team No. 1 – “Forever-Fishin'”. The team consisted of Gregg Shelby, Steve Ball and Captain Bob Rustowicz. The Forever Fishin’ team weighed in 47.69 pounds and found their fish east of Cattaraugus Creek in about 68 feet of water.
Fifth-place prize money of $1,000 went to Team No. 18 – “Fish Weiser” which was led by Capt. Paul Earl, with a total weight of 47.29 pounds.
Sixth Place through 10th place paid out $500. In descending order were Team No. 13 – “Vision Quest,” led by Pete Alex with a six-walleye total weight of 46.96 pounds followed by Team No. 42 – “South Towner,” led by Al Raro, along with Paul Krajewski and Don Frank with a total weight of 46.77 pounds. Next was Team No. 39 – “G-Man,” led by Greg Marzec with a total weight of 45.39 pounds which included a 10.12 pounder. The next team was Team No. 27 – ” Rock & Roll.” The team consisted of Ralph Eades with a total weight of 44.99 pounds. The final spot was taken by Team No. 26 – “Strictly Fishing.” They were led by Jim Dolly Jr., his dad Jim Sr. and Tom Slawatycki. Their total weight was 44.40 pounds.
Team No. 29 – “Fish Killer” – was led by Captain Jim Skoczyas and had the heaviest walleye for Saturday, weighing in at 10.93 pounds. The fish was caught by Jim Eichinger. Team No. 8 – “Erie Tracker” – weighed in the second heaviest walleye on Saturday at 10.61 pounds. Team No. 8 comprised of Bart Mink, Dave Malloy, Capt. Dan Campbell and Dave Earley. They also caught the heaviest walleye on Friday. Scott Addison of Team No. 31 weighed in the third heaviest walleye at 10.59 pounds followed by Larry Johnson of Team No. 41 with a 10.37-pounder. The fifth heaviest walleye on Saturday was a 10.12-pounder caught by the “G Man” team.
Note that the Captain’s meeting for the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Walleye tournament will take place on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Conservation Club. Their derby will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Today is the last day of the Chautauqua County Fair. Make sure the youngsters stop by at the Conservation Building and visit the Chautauquaa County Federation of Sportsmen table. Everyday during the fair week kids were invited to sign up for a free fishing rod and reel daily drawing. Also, the Federation is selling raffle chances. Money made from this raffle will go towards purchasing FREE lifetime fishing-hunting-trapping archery license for youths under the age of 16. Chautauqa County residents only are eligible.
Cattaraugus County Sportsmen’s Rendezvous will be held Aug. 9-11 at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, Little Valley. The show will feature archery, black powder, trapping, fishing, guns,taxidermy dealers,Big Buck displays, live seminars, food and a Saturday night auction. Camping is permitted. No alcoholic beverages vended. For more information, call 492-0432. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. and 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., respectively.
The Westfield Fish & Game Club located on Ogden Road Westfield, will host a Hunter Safety Training course (gun). It will start on Monday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. The class will resume on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. Students must attend both days and be at least 12 years old. For more information, call 326-3218. On Sunday Sept. 15 they will hold their Memorial Shoot & Gun Raffle.
The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will host a Firearms safety (gun) course on Aug. 21-22 from 5 p.m.- 10 p.m. Two-day attendance is mandatory for certification. The bow course is Sept. 21 from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and the Trapping course will be on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club archery course is Aug. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call Rich at 595-3917 to register.
The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host a 30 3-D target archery shoot on Aug. 11 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The Annual Hunting Expo held at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, located at 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact Jim Buck at 569-6810 or visit www.yorkpennshows.com.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to email@example.com.