April 14, 2008
Look for Another Year of Intense Competition in 2008 Oswego County Pro-Am Salmon and Trout Team Tournament
OSWEGO -- The buzz is beginning to develop along New York's south shore of Lake Ontario as the 2008 Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Pro-Am Team Tournament series promises to be another highly competitive and popular event.
Oswego County's 14th annual Pro-Am tournament takes place July 12 and 13 out of the ports of Oswego and Mexico. The series begins in Niagara County May 31 and June 1; moves to Orleans County June 7 and 8; Oswego July 12 and 13; and concludes July 19 and 20 in Wayne County.
More than 1,000 anglers came together during the four events that encompassed the 2007 tournament series. Professional and amateurs in their collective efforts landed over 3,050 fish that in total weighed nearly 15 tons by the conclusion of the four-county divisional tournaments.
The scoring for the team event is based on 10 points per fish and 1 point per pound, stretched out over two days of fishing. Teams with the highest point totals earn great prizes as well as the prestige of placing high in one of the most competitive events on the Great Lakes.
Consistently, boats fishing the Oswego County event had the largest catches. The tournament is just one indication of the world-class fishery that Oswego County offers.
“Last summer we saw anglers hauling in 26- and 27-pound king salmon, 20-pound lakers, 17-pound brown trout, and 11-pound walleye off our shoreline,” said David Turner, director of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
Last year's Lake Ontario Pro-Am series included participants from 10 states and three countries.
“The competition is high and the action is intense,” said Turner. “Each divisional race has its own winner but the 'crown jewel' of Lake Ontario - the Challenge Cup -- will only go to the professional and amateur teams compiling the highest number of points after all four tournaments are completed.”
Top Gun, led by Capt. Greg Gehrig of Oswego, won the lakewide Challenge Cup in the 2007 professional division after eight days of competition. Top Gun also captured the “Best of the East” cup for accumulating the most points fishing on the east end of the lake during the Oswego and Wayne county events.
Dave Antoneri of Peckville, PA led his Team Screamer A-Tom-Mik to win the 2007 lakewide Challenge Cup in the amateur division for the third time in three years. The tournament series, he notes, illustrates the quality of the Lake Ontario fishery. “Anybody can go out there and catch a fish in a short amount of time!,” he said.
For 2008 tournament information, visit the Pro-Am Web page at www.lakeontarioproam.com.
For Oswego County's new Fishing and Hunting Guide and visitor information, call 1-800-248-4FUN or .
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