It's that time of year again when I publish the winners of the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club annual year-long fishing and deer contest winners.
The fishing contest is open all year long to members of the club. There is a $10 entry fee paid before going fishing. Entries are from Lake Erie waters and tributaries only. It is a multi-species tournament and patterned after the old Genesee Beer fishing contest, which unfortunately is now defunct and has been for a number of years. The contest often shows a pattern of what species fishermen are keying in on and what species are playing hard to get.
The most popular species this year, judging by the number of entries, was yellow perch. Steve Pomietlasz took first and second place with entries weighing in at 1.6 and 1.4 pounds. There were rumors of a legitimate two-pounder also weighed in.
Photo by Gene Pauszek
Mike Joy displays a 10-point buck taken during the 2012 archery season.
There were no white perch entered. No salmon and No lake trout.
Silver bass were popular in 2012 with Dan Sobczak weighing the top fish at 2.4. The fish was caught during the Con Club walleye derby on Aug. 5, 2012. Paul Pomietlasz entered a 2-pound fish earlier in the summer.
Pete Sherino entered a huge brown trout weighing in at 11.21 pounds on July 16, 2012, with Sobczak taking second place with a 9-pounder caught on Feb. 23, 2012.
Only one rainbow trout was entered, and it was caught by Paul Pomietlasz on Aug. 23, 2012. The fish weighed in at 7.4.
Paul also entered the only walleye that weighed in at 10.4. That fish was taken on June 29, 2012.
Mathew Pomietlasz took both places in the Bullhead Division with 1.4 and 1.0 entries.
Chris Surma took first place with his 4.6 small mouth bass taken on July 29, 2012, while Fred Rosing took second with a 3.4 entry that was taken on July 7, 2012.
Rosing also took home the lion's share of the fishing contest with both places in the Catfish Division, weighing in at 16.4 and 15.6, and the two places in the Rock Bass Division, which paid the same as the catfish entries, even though they both weighed in at .08.
For the rest of us who forgot to weigh in our fish, 'you snooze! You lose!'
The 2013 fishing contest will allow members to take their children and grandchildren fishing and also compete for prizes.
In the deer contest's Archery Division: Heaviest Buck went to John Supple for his 7-pointer that weighed in at 175 pounds. Mike Joy arrowed a 10-point buck, weighing in at 153, and was good for second place. Third place went to Rich Burlett with an 8-pointer that weighed in at 142.
No does were entered in the archery division.
Shot Gun Division: Mike Joy shot a 11-pointer that weighed in at 170. The contest awards points for the most antler points ,plus the weight. Joy's entry had 225 points. Al Burlett entered an 8-point buck that weighed in at 172, for a total of 212 points and second place. Dan Korzenski entered a 6-pointer weighing in at 158 for a score of 188, which was good enough for third place. First place doe went to Matt Pomietlasz weighing 118. Jim Shutt took second place with a 113-pound entry.
Pete Fote took the muzzleloader prize with a 6-point buck that weighed in at 134 pounds. No does were entered. Mike Joy's 11-point took the King of the Club Award. Congratulations to all the winners.
They are back! Willie Fedrick, Ken Hollandar, Monte Kennedy, Jeffrey Rasmus and the rest of the fly tying group will be back again on Monday evenings (6-8 p.m.) at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club. The Con Club Fly Tyers have all the equipment you will need to learn how to tie your own flies. No matter what level you are at - from beginner to advanced - you can come and have a good time - and it's all FREE. They will provide the vises, hooks and fly tying material. Youngsters accompanied by a parent or guardian are most certainly welcome. See You there!
There will be a Gun Show at the Westfield VFD Exempts Building, located at 75 Bourne St., Westfield Today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Sportsman's Show at the Seneca Allegany Events Center (I-86- Exit 20) will be Feb. 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Go to www.yorkpennshows.com for more information.
The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Lake Shore Longbeards, will meet again Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at Liberty Vineyards, located on Route 20 in Sheridan. Agenda will be selection of scholarship winner from local high school seniors and the banquet which will be Feb. 9 at the Kosciuszko Club in Dunkirk. Tickets for the banquet can be purchased on Jan. 22 at the meeting or by calling Bob and Judi Turk at 934-4538.
The NYS Region 9 Erie County Trappers Association Fur Auction will be on Saturday, Feb. 2 at S&S Taxidermy & Archery Pro Shop, located at 455 South Cascade Drive (Route 219) Springville. For more information, call 592-2404.
Fur check in time is from 8 a.m. Auction time at 10 a.m. There is a 5 percent commission fee for all sellers. Food will be available from the Boy Scouts. For more information, call Patti at 337-2556.
A six-week fly tying class will begin on Jan. 23, at the Lake Shore Central Middle School on Erie Road, in Angola, from 6:30-9 p.m. All equipment is provided and you will learn all aspects of the sport. The course is taught by Ray Marks with the federation of Fly Fishers. Enroll at Lake Shore Community Education at 926-2270, or call Marks at 549-1977 for more information. The course fee is $48 plus a lab fee of $10. payable on the first day of class.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to email@example.com.
Announcing the NYS Ice Pro-Am Tournament Series: There are three Main Tournament Events scheduled (If the ice cooperates). The first was on Tupper Lake, from Jan. 4-6. The second is on Chautauqua Lake, and is scheduled for Feb. 15-17. The final event is on Sodus Bay, from Feb. 22-24. There are three divisions: Professional (1-2 anglers per team). The entry fee is $160 per team. There will also be an Amateur Division, which will be for singles or pairs. The entry fee is at $90 per team. The Open Division, which is for single anglers, is the final division. The entry fee is $40. Check the official tournament website at www.NYSiceproam.com. The official Tournament email address is info@FK sportfishing.com.
For those of you interested in taking a NYS Pistol Permit Class, there will be one held locally on Jan. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For information, call Gary Dudek at 366-3397.
The Jamestown Rifle club will hold Pistol classes on Jan. 27, Feb. 24, March 24 and April 28. You must be 21 years of age and a resident of Chautauqua County. All classes begin at 1 p.m. and last around four hours. Call Pat Hayes at 484-9301 for information.