April 6, 2007
Anglers Across the Lake to Compete in 2007 Pro-Am Fishing Tournament
The Oswego County Pro-Am Salmon and Trout Team Tournament is quickly approaching its 13th year. The tournament takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8 in Mexico and Oswego.
The competition attracts a field of the best professional and amateur anglers from all over the northeast. Last year, 71 teams competed with a payout of approximately $70,000 in cash and prizes.
Teams may fish out of either 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 Captain's Quarters Hotel on East First Street, Oswego.
The Oswego County tournament is part of the Lake Ontario Pro/Am Salmon and Trout Team Tournament Series the begins May 26 and 27 in Orleans County and ends July 14 and 15 in Wayne County. Niagara County will host its competition June 2 and 3.
This year, in an effort to build the tournament series, organizers have adopted consistent rules and regulations across the four ports.
Niagara County started the first Pro-Am Tournament 23 years ago, and has become the model for the rules and prize structures for the other three tournaments. As other counties set up their tournaments, slightly different rules emerged for each.
“The varying rules caused confusion and controversy for contestants,” said David Turner, Oswego County Pro-Am executive committee member and director of the County Department of Community Development, Tourism, and Planning. “For example, competitors in Wayne County would be saying, 'That's not how they do it in Oswego!'”
“This year,” added Chris Kenyon, Wayne County's executive committee member, “the times, days and team responsibilities are consistent, and 'one size fits all,' is the rule of thumb for the Pro-Am series.”
“We look forward to the new unified rules and a common prize structure across the lake” added Turner.
Other changes for the 2007 season involve the amateur division, the challenge cup, and new administration for the Oswego County tournament.
“It was recognized that the greatest potential for growth was in the amateur division,” said Turner. “After many discussions with previous amateur participants, certain changes were made to make them more competitive.”
The Challenge Cup competition recognizes consistent performance and superior skills among those chasing the trout and salmon species. This year there will be uniform and modified rules and a new scoring system. For the first time, anglers will have a chance to compete for an eastern title, a western title and the prestigious lakewide overall title.
The 2007 Oswego County Pro Am has also undergone behind-the-scenes changes.
“The administration of the event is in a transitional stage as the Pulaski-Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce has indicated that they will not be able to continue their partnership with us,” said Turner. “We are hoping that we can continue the successful record that Troy and Shelley Creasy, and the members of the Pulaski Chamber, established during the period they administered the event on our behalf. We thank them for their efforts.”
The County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning is assuming the administrative responsibilities for the 2007 Oswego County competition. As in years past, a portion of the proceeds will be allocated toward net-penning projects that increase the survival rates of young salmon and steelhead stocked in Lake Ontario.
The deadline for mail-in registration is Friday, June 29 at 5 p.m. Walk-in registration ends Monday, July 2 at 12 noon at the Oswego County Tourism Office, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego. Entry fees are $250 for each amateur team and $500 for each professional team. The Challenge Cup Pro is $150 per team, while the Challenge Cup Amateur costs $100.
Registration forms may be downloaded from the official Pro-Am Web site at www.lakeontarioproam.com.
For more information or a registration form, contact the Oswego County Tourism Office at 315-349-8322 or by .
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