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June 7, 2011

Oswego County Hosts 17th Annual Pro Am Tournament July 9 - 10

Charlie Kalinowski of Smallwood, NY a member of Team Show Stopper, won the big fish award in last year's Oswego County Pro Am Tournament for this dandy king salmon, weighing in at 31.91 lbs.

OSWEGO COUNTTY - Lake Ontario's top professional and amateur anglers will compete for thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise prizes when Oswego County's 17th annual Pro-Am Salmon and Trout Team Tournament takes place July 9 and 10 out of the ports of Oswego, Mexico and Port Ontario. The tournament is the third in a four-county series on Lake Ontario.

The series launched in Niagara County June 3 - 5; moves to Orleans County June 10 - 12; and will conclude July 15 - 17 in Wayne County.

"The Oswego County Pro-Am Salmon and Trout Team Tournament has a great history as a quality event that brings many benefits to the community at large," said Dave Turner, tournament director and director of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. "Our 2011 event promises to continue that tradition. The Pro Am series is the longest running tournament series on Lake Ontario. All four tournaments are conservation-minded events that are designed to showcase the fantastic Lake Ontario trout and salmon fisheries. We're looking forward to welcoming back old friends and enjoying the camaraderie among the most skilled competitors on Lake Ontario."

In an effort to accommodate smaller boats and recreational anglers who wanted to be part of the tournament experience but might not be able to fish two days in a row, a Recreational/Open division was added in 2009. This division gives smaller amateur or family teams the option of participating in the Pro-Am events without the need to include an observer on their boat. They may also chose to fish either the Saturday event, the Sunday event or both events. Open division teams weigh-in their best three fish, one of which may be selected (prior to weighing) as their big fish for the day. Separate prizes will be awarded each day based on the field for that day. Payback will be to a minimum of 25 percent of the field or the top three teams whichever is greater.

"Tournaments provide an excellent way to share tips and techniques," said Turner. "They are also a great opportunity to meet some of the top anglers from throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions as the Pro-Am series regularly includes participants from ten or more states."

The captains' meeting will be held Friday night, July 8, at the tournament headquarters behind the Best Western Captain's Quarters Hotel at 26 E. First St., Oswego. Applications and complete tournament rules are posted on the event web site at www.lakeontarioproam.net

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