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HERE ARE THE
RESULTS AS REPORTED
Hastings Wins NRAA Bass Classic -
Andy Hastings of Grand Island found two smallmouth bass lurking off Sturgeon Point in Lake Erie that weighed nine pounds, eight ounces to win the 21st Annual Niagara River Anglers Smallmouth Bass Classic last Saturday. He was using shiners to target bass on the drop off from 18 to 40 feet of water, marking spots as he caught fish. He was quick to point out that he couldn't have done it without his net master Alex, his 13 year old son, and his girlfriend Lynn Foremiak of Grand Island. Included in that two fish total was the big bass of the contest, a five pound four ounce lunker.
A total of 61 adults were registered for the event, as well as two kids. As a result, after the expenses were paid, Hastings won more than $650 for the day.
There was a tie for third place in the bass contest - Brendan Walsh of Niagara Falls, fishing with Mike McGrath of the Falls, brought in two fish tipping the scales at nine pounds, one ounce. Dave Muir of Sanborn, fishing with his wife Kathy, matched that same weight with two fish.
Second place? I [Hilts Jr.] was fishing with Frank Campbell in Lake Erie and Frank laid it on the line by offering up a bet on who could catch the biggest fish - lunch. Don't dangle a chicken wing in front of me like that. It works for skeet shooting; it works for other individual skills. For the second time in a row, I've beat Campbell for big fish on the boat and this time it turned out to be a five pounder. Coupled with a four pound two ounce fish caught earlier in the day, my total was nine pounds, two ounces. While it was nice placing second in the NRAA event, it was just as much satisfaction to out duel the local bass wizard. I know it will come back to haunt me, but it's worth it.
Incidentally, Walsh was the highest ranking local who was a co-angler in the recent Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament held in Buffalo a few weeks ago. My apologies for not doing a better job covering that event in this column, but the Masters Walleye Circuit was a priority because it was held in Niagara County and I assisted in its coordination. Sorry about that. Walsh finished tied for fifth with a total of 34 pounds, five ounces. Tim Braun of Buffalo finished in seventh with 34 pounds, two ounces. David Ottman of Oswego was second place with 37 pounds, three ounces. Leading co-angler was Robert Suhr of Roscommon, Michigan with 38 pounds three ounces. He earned $50,000 for his efforts. Dan Kaszubski of North Tonawanda was just outside the top ten in 11th place with 33 pounds, three ounces.
Photos by Mark Daul
2007 CLASSIC INFORMATION
ENTRY FEE: $20.00
Bash is optional but you must be entered in the contest first. A
lot of entrants enter this. It is an additional $5.00
PER ENTRANT and all prize money in the cash bash jackpot is awarded
to the fisherman catching the LARGEST bass. NOT total weight, the
largest fish! All entrants in the same boat must be registered for the
ALL entries MUST be at weigh Station NO LATER than 2:00 PM
Weigh Stations at
A-1 Bait Store Ė
Scales will be manned starting at 11:30 AM - Ends 2:00 pm
as follows: First prize 50% ~ Second Prize: 30% ~ Third Prize 20%
Chairman John Hagerman 284-0040
Contacts for Questions: Larry Williams 282-5754
the interest of conservation only
other bass or fish will not be accepted for fish fry.
you have other fish, take them home, we donít want them!
AVAILABLE AT LOCAL TACKLE SHOPS
Smallmouth Bass Only
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