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July 10, 2007

Entergy Joins as Sponsor to Help Make Successful Pro-Am Fishing Tournament

Capt. Bob Pultorak (right) and members of the T-K fishing team celebrate their first place finish in the professional division of the Oswego County Pro-Am Salmon and Trout Team Tournament. They landed 23 kings and one brown trout fishing out of Oswego on Saturday and Sunday. (Photo by Sarah Saraceno.)

Team Screamer-A-Tom-Mik, led by Capt. Dave Anentori, led the amateur division of the Oswego County Pro-Am Salmon and Trout Tournament over the weekend. Nearly $45,000 in cash and merchandise prizes were awarded. (Photo by Sarah Saraceno.)

Weighmaster Tom Denniher (left) watches as members of the Top Gun team unload their catch during Sunday's weigh-in at the Oswego County Pro-Am Salmon and Trout Tournament. Top Gun, led by Capt. Greg Gehrig of Oswego, placed fourth in the professional division. (Photo by Sarah Saraceno.)

OSWEGO, NY - Captain Bob Pultorak and his T-K crew led 35 professional fishing teams to win Oswego County's 13th annual Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon and Trout Team Tournament Sunday, July 8. Screamer-A-Tom-Mik, led by Dave Antenori of Peckville, PA, won the amateur division in a field of 29 teams.

Sixty-four teams fished out of the ports of Oswego and Mexico on Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8. With major sponsorship from Entergy Nuclear, Brookfield Power, and several other local businesses and industries, the Oswego County tournament featured a total cash and merchandise payout of nearly $45,000.

The tournament was the third in a series of four Pro-Am Salmon and Trout tournaments this summer on Lake Ontario. The final tournament is Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, in Wayne County. Similar competitions were held in Niagara and Orleans counties in June.

"In an effort to make the Oswego County tournament as successful as possible, we joined with the three other counties across the lake who also host pro-am events and worked together to create the Lake Ontario Salmon and Trout Tournament Series," said David Turner, chairman of the Oswego County organizing committee and director of the County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. "By moving to a series of four interconnected events we no longer compete against each other for sponsors and, in fact, this summer we were able to attract even larger sponsors as our target audience became lakewide."

"Entergy is proud to sponsor the Oswego County Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon and Trout Team Fishing Tournament," said Bonnie Bostian, Entergy spokesperson. "Entergy prides itself on being an active environmental steward seeking innovative approaches to preserving the environment. This event supports programs which benefit the Lake Ontario fishery and showcases the beautiful natural resources of Oswego County."

The point structure for the tournament series is based on combined weight and number of fish caught both days of fishing.

Pultorak, of New York Mills, and his crew accumulated 565.32 points over the two days. Over two days of fishing they landed 23 king salmon, the largest weighing about 18 pounds, and a brown trout, earning them a prize package of $10,017.

Antoneri and his crew led the 29 amateur teams with 331.63 points Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the team brought in five king salmon, the largest about 25 pounds, and one brown trout. Sunday's catch included six king salmon, the largest about 22 pounds. They took home a prize package of $5,023 in cash and merchandise.

The final top standings for the Oswego County Pro-Am Tournament are:

  • Professional Division:

    1. Team T-K, Capt. Bob Pultorak, 565.32 points;

    2. Seadevil, Capt. Brian Castle, 562.83;

    3. Yankee Troller, Capt. Rick Hajecki, 527,34;

    4. Top Gun, Capt. Greg Gehrig, Oswego, 510.12;

    5. Royal Flush, Capt. Robert Schneider, Haydenville, Mass. 492.49;

    6. Maui Jim/Candy, Capt. Mike Gustin/Andy Sykut, Rochester, 488.74;

    7. Trout One, Capt. Bryan Kopala, 456.16;

    8. Strike Zone, Capts. Robin and Todd Sheltra, Lacona, 430.09;

    9. Dream Chasers, Capt. Dave Begins,413.05;

    10. Fish Doctor, Capt. Carol Lantiegne, Mexico, 406.21;

    11. Fishin Magician, Capt. Ryan Williamson, 403.08;

    12. Cold Steel/ A-Tom-Mik Fly, Capt. Tom Burke, Altmar, 396.59; and

    13. Brillyant, Capt. Dan Letiecq, Sandy Creek, 385.45 points.

  • Amateur Division:

    1. Screamer Atomik, Capt. Dave Antoneri, 331.63 points;

    2. Triple J, Capt. John Jankowski, 286.12;

    3. Liquid Plumber, Capt. Del Casterline, 277.90;

    4. Double Play II/Dreamweaver, Capt. Tom Letcher Jr., 271.07;

    5. Twister, Capt. Paul Sykes, 270.32;

    6. Cold Water Affair, Capt. Jeff Zimmer; 265.55;

    7. Fish Chopper, Capt. Kevin Keller, 264.82;

    8. Lucky Strike, Capt. Nick Shelden, 263.08; and

    9. Lightning, Capt. John Williams, 261.98.

  • Individual big fish prizes:

    • Biggest fish, 28.63-lb. king salmon. Capt. Del Casterline, Liquid Plumber, Mountaintop, PA, sponsored by Tom Allen, A-Tom-Mik Fly of Oswego.

    • Biggest brown trout Saturday, 10.66 lbs., Team Brillyant, Capt. Dan Letiecq, Sandy Creek.

    • Biggest brown trout Sunday 10.22 lbs.: Maui Jim, Mike Gustin.

    • Biggest brown trout taken on a shark cannonball, Maui Jim, Mike Gustin, 10.22 lbs.

Sponsors of the Oswego County Pro-Am Tournament include Alliance Bank, Angling Artisans Unlimited, Atomik Flies, B & W Bait and Tackle, Barton and Loguidice, Bass Pro, Best Western, Big Jon Sports, Inc., Blue Lizard, Brookfield Power; Burke's Home Center, Butler Disposal, C & B Farm and Garden, Canale's Restaurant, Coleman's Restaurant, Dominion, Domino's Pizza, Dreamweaver, Dunkin Donuts, Eagle Beverage, EconoLodge Riverfront, Eddy's Place, ELOSTA, Entergy Nuclear, Fat Nancy's, Fish 307, Food Source Lures, Garafolo's House of Sausage, Greater Oswego/Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Greater Pulaski/Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Great Lakes Angler, H. Lee White Marine Museum, Jellystone Park Resort, K & G Lodge, Lake Ontario Outdoors, Larry's Oswego Salmon Shop, Legendary Products, Lowrance, Lyman, Margaret Clerkin, Maui Jim, MDM Guns, Monroe Muffler, Monster Energy Drinks, MOOR, Munski Auto/Marine, Muskie Joe, New York Outdoor News, New York State Parks, Mexico Boat Launch, Northern King Lures, Okuma, Oswego Marina, Oswego Plaza Liquors, P &C Foods, Paradise Inn, Pathfinder Bank, Patz Restaurant, Pizza Villa, Point Boat Launch, Port of Oswego Authority, Raider, Ritz Diner, Scriba Electric, Shakespeare/Pflueger, Shark - Greg, Shimano, Siggs Riggs, Stefano's Pizzeria, Stinger, Subway, Taylor Rental, The Driftboat Inn, Walker, Wal-Mart, Wiltsie Construction, Wright's Landing Marina, and Yeck.

For more information on the tournament, call the Oswego County Tourism Office, weekdays, at (315) 349-8322.

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