July 14, 2009
Liquid Plumber and Team T-K Take Oswego County Pro-Am Titles
TEAM T-K -PRO DIVISON WINNERS in the Oswego County Pro-Am Tournament are, from left, Tom Pultorak, Kevin Davis, Capt. Bob Pultorak, Mike Kuzmiak, and Richard Davis. In the back is Dave Turner, tournament chairman and director of the Oswego County Community Development, Tourism and Planning Department.
TEAM LIQUID PLUMBER - Winners in the amateur division, and overall point leaders in the Oswego County Tournament, were the Liquid Plumber team. From left are Dennis Pefetto, Mark Erho, and Capt. Del Casterline. The team landed seven kings, a brown trout and a steelhead to lead all other teams in the weekend tournament. Dave Turner, tournament chairman and director of the Oswego County Community Development, Tourism and Planning Department, is in the background.
OSWEGO - Oswego County is known for its weather extremes, and after all was said and done, it was the weather that shaped the 15th annual Oswego County Pro-Am Salmon and Trout Team Tournament this weekend.
The tournament concluded early as high winds and waves forced delays and the eventual cancellation of the second day of competition. Sixty-three teams from seven states entered the three separate divisions this year to compete for over $50,000 in cash and merchandise which included the 2nd annual A-Tom-Mik/Fat Nancy's Friday pre-fishing derby.
Saturday began as another beautiful Oswego day on the lake but by mid-day the signs of pending trouble grew. Mid-way through the tournament day the skies opened up with heavy rains and frequent lightning strikes, but the winds stayed from the south and with nearly $51,000 in cash and prizes on the line, many teams stayed on the lake and slugged it out. The big problem was getting fish to hit as many teams struggled to get their limits. When the Sunday competition had to be cancelled due to unsafe conditions, scores from Saturday became the final tally for this year's tournament.
Coming off an 8th place finish in this year's Niagara tournament that he followed with a 3rd in Orleans County, Del Casterline's catch on Saturday was not only the best in the amateur division but his overall score was better than any team in the all divisions. Based on 10 points per fish and a point per pound, Del's Liquid Plumber team flushed away all other competitors with a totals score of 206.06. Casterline's finishes in the Niagara and Orleans events earned him the 2009 Western Challenge Cup and he appears to be well on his way in his pursuit of the Eastern and perhaps even the Lake-wide cup in the amateur division. Del's home is in Mountaintop, PA but he spends most of his summer here in Oswego pursuing his passion for fishing the rich waters of Lake Ontario.
Right behind the Liquid Plumber was another Mountaintop, PA team as Al Adomitis brought his Hook-N-Up team in with a score of 130.88 to capture 2nd place in the amateur division. Al's team had bested Liquid Plumber last year in Oswego with an 8th place finish as compared to Del's 15th. Both teams nearly always finish in the money and we expect this Pennsylvania rivalry will continue as they look forward to next weekend's Wayne County tournament and the final opportunity to land the Eastern Challenge Cup title.
Rounding out the top three in the amateur division was the young but very strong Oh-Baby team from Plattsburgh, NY. Matt LeClair's team is also on a roll this year. Their fourth year in the Pro-AM tournament series started with a 13th in Niagara and a 6th in the Orleans event. The Oh-Baby teams Oswego score was 118.19 and they left with a warning to Casterline to keep his guard up in Sodus.
Fourth place went to a new team from Moultonboro, NH as Team Savage ended with a score of 78.54. Fifth went to Greg Dale's trouble Shooters team from Liverpool, NY and sixth place was captured by Glen Gervais' team Spoonfed/NK with a score of 62.85.
The 2009 Professional Division was captured by another perpetual champion as Captain Bob Pultorak's T-K team finished with a score of 179.18. Bob, who had called New York Mills, NY his home while fishing his summers away in Oswego running his T-K Charters business, has since decided to relocate and now calls Oswego his year round home. We think it is because he has grown tired of transporting trophies around the state. Bob's team has fished the Oswego event for 14 years. He claimed 2nd in 2008, 1st in 2007 and is always a team to keep an eye on.
Second place went to another Oswego based team that is never out of contention no matter where they fish on the lake. Tom Burke's Cold Steel/A-Tom-Mik/Fat Nancy's team scored a 143.10 as they continue their quest for the 2009 Challenge Cup in the professional division. They are off to a good start with 3rd place finishes in both the Niagara and Orleans a strong finish next week in Wayne County will be critical to their success.
Experience in the tournament series is always helpful but as Jeff Federko's Orca team proved, not always necessary. While Jeff had fished a few Pro-Am events in the past on other people's teams, this was his first year as a team captain with his own team entry. Fishing out of the Salmon River Lighthouse Marina, the Orca team brought in 5 nice fish that weighed 78.28 pounds for a total score of 128.28 to capture 3rd in the professional division. Brian Castle's Sea Devil/Big Fin team was right on Federko's heels with a score of 127.70 to land 4th. The Sea Devil team has 6 Pro-Am events under their belt and they successfully improved on their 2008 Oswego finish of 10th place.
Fifth place went to last year's Lake-wide Challenge Cup champion as Andy Sykut's Candy team out of Webster wrapped up a sweet score of 126.72. Coming in 6th was another Rochester area team Yankee Troller/A-Tom-Mik with a score of 117.33 and rounding out the top ten were the Dream Chasers team from Pittsford, VT in 7th who finished with less than 3/4 of a pound less than Yankee Troller at 116.70, the Finhooker team from Carbondale, PA in 8th with 112.44, Screamer/A-Tom-Mik from Clarks Summit, PA in 9th with 109.70 and Kingfisher from Sharon, CT landed 10th with 103.59.
Big Fish prizes, donated by Tom Allen of A-Tom-Mik Flies, went to Team Candy with a 24.59-lb. king. Fishful Thinking, the amateur team led by Melissa Roloson, landed one fish overall but the 10.17-lb. steelie was good for $100 for the largest steelhead award. Rebel Charters, led by Jerry Felluca, landed one fish, a 7.66-lb. brown trout, good for $100 for the largest brown.
The Oswego County Pro-Am is sponsored by the following businesses: Great Lakes Tackle Shop.com, Tri-State Taxidermy, A-Tom-Mik Flies, Best Western, Blue Lizard Sunscreen, Burke's Home Centers, Cisco Fishing Systems, Domino's Pizza, Dreamweaver Lures, EconoLodge, Fat Nancy's, Fish 307, Great Lakes Angler, Lake Ontario Outdoors, Larock Outdoors, Maui Jim , Michigan Stinger, MOOR Electronics, New York Outdoor News, NY Outdoorsman Central, Northern King Lures,, North Shore Oil Co., Inc., Pathfinder Bank, Raider Spoons, Savant Spoons, Screwy Louie's Tackle Shop, Siggs Rigs, Salmon & Trout Steelheader magazine, Scriba Electric, Shark Cannonballs, and Vanner Insurance.
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