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June 10, 2005

Gander Mountain Pro Am Salmon and Trout Tournament Scheduled for July 8 and 9

OSWEGO -- The 11th edition of the Gander Mountain Oswego County Pro-Am Salmon and Trout Team Tournament will be held July 8 and 9 in the ports of Oswego and Mexico.

"Last year's tournament, although rocked by windy weather, had 64 teams participate. Anglers caught over 500 fish," said Capt. Troy Creasy of Pulaski, who is organizing the event along with the Pulaski-Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. "We are once again excited that Gander Mountain is the major sponsor of all three Lake Ontario Pro-Am tournaments. Again this year Great Lakes Tackle Supply is the sponsor for the Challenge Cup Series that includes tournaments in Oswego, Niagara and Wayne counties. The Pro-Am event is the perfect stage to present fishing tackle and information to an eager audience of over 400 anglers in our Oswego County event alone."

The tournament will include a Sportsman Flea Market from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 at the tournament headquarters tent behind the Best Western Captain's Quarters Hotel, 26 E. First St., Oswego.

Professional and amateur fishing teams will have the chance to win over $30,000 in cash prizes, with over $5,000 going to the winner in the professional division and $3,000 going to the winner in the amateur division. Payout prizes for both divisions are based on a 50-team minimum. Teams placing up to 10th place in each division qualify for cash prizes.

Both professional and amateur teams compete in the 2-day tournament. Last year, 26 amateur teams and 38 professional teams , including anglers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Vermont, competed in the event.

Teams may fish out of the port of Mexico or the port of Oswego. Weigh-ins, the tournament barbecue and awards ceremony will all be held at the tournament headquarters tent behind the Best Western Captains Quarter's Hotel in Oswego.

The deadline for mail-in registration is Friday, July 1. Walk-in registration ends at noon Tuesday, July 5 at the Pulaski-Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, 3044 state Route 13 in Altmar. Entry fees are $200 for each amateur team, and $400 for each professional team.

Registration forms may be downloaded from the Internet at www.lakeontarioproam.com

Additional sponsors for the eleventh annual Oswego County Pro-Am Salmon and Trout Tournament include Advanced Auto, All Seasons Sports, Arena's Eis House, Best Western Captain's Quarters Hotel, Big Al's, Brenda's Motel, Brennan's Greens, Burke's Home Center, C&B Farm & Garden, C & C Home Appliance, Cam's New York Pizzeria of Mexico, Colosse Cheese Store;

Also DarBo Design, Designs of Elegance, Domino's Pizza, Dick's Auto, Douglaston Salmon Run, Dowie Dale Marina and Campground, Eagle Beverage Company, Eastern Lake Ontario Salmon and Trout Association, Econo Lodge Riverfront Hotel, Fat Nancy's Tackle Shop, Fish 307, Flatrock Sporting at Yogi Bear's, Fish Wish Taxidermy, G-Fly, Giannelli Sausage, Gioia Signs, Glider Oil Co. Inc., Golden Fish Restaurant, GS Steamers, Howie Flys;

Also J&K/NAPA Auto Parts, J.D. Signs, Key Bank, Lake Ontario Outdoors magazine, Larry's Oswego Salmon Shop, Lowrance Electronics, Lyman Lures, Maui Jim, Mike's Marina East and West, O Mustad & Son, New Haven Builders, Oswego Printing, Nicholas-Shea Co. Inc., Northern King Lures, OCNB, Okuma, Ontario Orchards Farm Market, Opti-Tackle, Ostrander's Village Market, Pathfinder Bank;

Also Paulanjo's Pizza, Port Lodge Motel, Port of Oswego Authority, Port Ontario Tackle, Pro Troll, Raider Spoons, Salmon Country Inc., Salmon River Inn, Schoolhouse Inn, Schneider's L'il Salmon Inn, Screwy Louie's Sport Shop, Scriba Meats, Selkirk Shores State Park, Staples, Sticks Sports Bar/Grill & Motel, Tractor Supply, Tug Hill Lodge, Tri Flash Products, Uptown's From Hair On, Vector Teknologies, Walker DownRiggers, Inc., Woody's Tackle and Yeck Lures.

For more information contact the Pulaski-Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce at (315) 298-2213 or (315) 298-2410, or email pulaski@dreamscape.com or info@lakeontariooutdoors.com

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