What a day. Weather was perfect and the bass cooperated
big time. No one that we know of got skunked, and some of our sportsman
fishermen didn’t bring fish to the weigh-in because they knew their
catch was out of contention and they were released. This is a two fish
limit per person for entry in the interest of conservation making the
total weight of two fish scoring honors.
Most fish were caught at the Coast Guard Station drift and at the Bar.
Tube jigs and crayfish were the favorite baits of the day. The annual
river moss is gone so there was no problem with that fouling up the
lines and the bait.
First place winner was Pete Bissell of Lewiston and he landed a near
record smallie that weighed in a whopping 6 pounds, 4 ounces. That fish
captured the Lunker Award fish of the day too. His total weight of his
two allowable fish weighed in at 10 lb. 6 oz. Bissell was using tube
jigs. [Picture Attached]
Second place went to Ron Mrzygut, Niagara Falls, with a total weight of
his two fish at 9 lb. 4 oz. Mrzygut was a first place winner of both the
2008 & 2009 Bass Classics.
Third place honors went to Mike McGrath, Niagara Falls, with 8 lb. 13
Pete Bissell with 6 lb. 4 oz. Bass in right hand
The weigh-in and awards were presented at the Lewiston Landing Pavilion.
Again Richard Fortier did a masterful job as the head judge with the
help of Gerry Biro and the picnic included Sahlens hot dogs cooked up
expertly by "Bad Boy" Gerry, Ron Hutcheson’s right hand man and Janine
Hutcheson made sure everything was there and in place and everyone got
served.” Delma Daul did up the macaroni/tuna salad and the only thing
left was the bowl.
Bissell’s big fish missed the NYS record by just 2 pounds. A 6 lb. 4 oz.
smallmouth bass is not a common catch in the Lower Niagara River.
We are very appreciative of the Village of Lewiston for opening their
arms to us and the sole use of the Landing Pavilion. We also want to
thank the Harbor Masters that worked that day for their outstanding
We are all looking for next year and it will be held on the same weekend
DON’T FORGET the Walleye Classic IV
to be held August 13th. Lower Niagara River only. Weigh-in again at
Lewiston. $25.00 entry and the details are on Outdoors Niagara. Simple
rules just like the Bass Classic. Save the date and c’mon out and join
A-1 Bait Supply and OutdoorsNiagara.com teamed up again to sponsor this
Fourth Annual Bass Classic.
BIG Bass Classic III
Results ~ August 21 2010
First Place: Jim Korba with a total of his 2 fish weighing in
at 9 lb. 8 oz. His biggest 4 lbs. 14 oz. caught at the Niagara Bar. His
largest fish also took the lunker award. Jim is with the Venom Lure Team
and that is what he caught his fish on, a Green/Pumpkin Venom Tube Jig.
His partner did quite well also with the Venom. Website:
Second place: Zach Dubuc [Lewiston] with his total weight of 9
lb. 6 oz. His big bass weighed in at 4 lbs. 12 oz. Zach is an ardent 16
year old fisherman that has entered many local fishing events through
the years including salmon fishing derbies and has most always finished
up with the winners at his very young age. [I see a local professional
coming up here.] Keep your eye on him!
Third place: Mike Heylak [NF] with his total of 2 fish hitting
the 9lb. 1oz. mark. His big fish weighed in at 4 lb. 10 oz. Mike was
fishing with his fishing buddy John Walzak who entered his 2 fish but
they just couldn't make it.
Mike McGrath of Niagara Falls was the winner of the Early Bird
drawing which was a $25.00 gift certificate from A-1 Bait Supply.
Bass fishing was great all around and most fished the Bar and Coast
Guard drift. Hitting leeches, crabs, worms and the tube jigs.
The count of entries was down this year and with analyzing the
reasons, it was decided to move the Classic date back a week or two so
it doesn't conflict with the LOC Derby. In brainstorming we mentioned
several fishermen that normally enter this event, were fishing for Derby
Ron [A-1 Bait] thanked everyone for all the help given.
Rich Fortier and Tom Jacobs [Jake] were the weigh
masters again and will be for the Walleye Classic III coming up on
Ron [A-1 Bait] and I are planning on teaming up in future years as
long as we have the fisherman support! Thank You.
2010 Walleye Classic
September 18 - Lower Niagara ONLY
THE A-1 BAIT SUPPLY & OUTDOORS NIAGARA 2010
FALL WALLEYE CLASSIC ON SEPTEMBER 18TH!
To coincide with the Fall Fish Odyssey
Help spread the word!
Results of Big Bass Classic II 2009
Held Saturday August 8
Second Annual Big
Bass Classic went on without a hitch! Fishing was great and support was
even greater with 70 participants! Thanks to our outdoor writers Bill
Hilts Jr., Greater Niagara Newspapers, & Will Elliott, Buffalo
News, for the support and also the Sentinel of the WNY Newspapers Group.
Ron Mrzygut of Niagara Falls took first
place honors with the total weight of his 2 fish entry of
8 lbs. 6 oz. He also took honors in the
Cash Bash for the largest bass entered at
5 lb. 2 oz. Last year Mrzygut also took
first place with a total of 7 lbs. 9 oz. but the Cash Bash prize was won
by Tom Brown of Ransomville.
Second place went to
Brian Hall with a total weight of 7
lbs. 13 oz. Hall also entered a 5 lb. 2 oz. big bass and tied
Mryzgut but lost the Cash Bash due to 1 minute time delay at weigh-in.
Rules: first fish registerd is declared the winner. Hall was guided by
Captain Frank Campbell.
Third place went to
Jerry Caughhill from Niagara Falls. His
total weight was 7 lb. 6 oz.
Most all fish were caught on live bait such as bass minnows, crayfish
and leeches. Most fishing was done at the bar at Fort Niagara.
There were 70 entries surpassing the 62 from the
Richard Fortier again directed the weigh-in
scales and was the sole judge. Never a hitch.
Fortier will also command the weigh-in scale at the Lower River
Big Fall Walleye Classic II on September 19 2009. [Sponsored by A-1 Bait
and Outdoors Niagara.com.]
Many Thanks for all your support!
Results Big Bass Classic Contest
Held Saturday August 2 2008
This was our first summer Contest and we are very happy with the turnout
and the quality of our fishermen
Congratulations to all and special thanks to Bill Hilts Jr., and Joe
of The Greater Niagara Newspapers and Will Elliott, Buffalo News
The winners of the Big
Bass Contest for 2008 sponsored by A-1 Bait & www.OutdoorsNiagara.com
1st. Place: Ron Myrzgut; 7# 9oz. 2nd. Place: Paul Brown; 7# 4oz. 3rd. Place: Rich Domin: 7# 3oz.
Weights are of the total weight of just 2 fish that were allowed for
entry in the interest of conservation.
Big fish "Cash Bash" winner was
Paul Brown with his 4# 8 oz bass
Paul Brown is also entitled to a free fish mount of his bass or a
$150.00 gift certificate toward a mount of his choice by Bill Joseph of
Natures Way Taxidermy for his 4# 8oz. entry.
Early bird entry winner was
Chuck Brolinski who won a nice rod &
reel package plus there were many other similar/lesser prize drawings
for the "early birds"
·There were 62 entries. [Great for a first year SUMMER contest, and
THANKS for your help]
·Waters were Lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario & Tributaries.
·Most fish reported were caught at the Niagara Bar.
·Plenty of 3-plus pound fish entered.
·Contest was open for shore fishermen and all we had was one shore man
who entered fish.
·Food and prizes were held at the Lewiston Landing Pavilion.
·* Weigh master was Richard Fortier
who done an excellent job and we are grateful.
Pictures & more information on the www.outdoorsniagara.com website.
A-1 Bait & Outdoors Niagara are planning a "Fall Walleye
Classic" to coincide with the 32nd Annual Greater Niagara "Fall Classic"
Derby - 2008: A Fish Odyssey September 18-28, 2008 Niagara County Derby.
The Fall A-1 /Outdoors Niagara one-day Fall Walleye Classic will be on
Saturday September 20th and entries in the Fish Odyssey are also
eligible to win prizes in the Walleye Classic tournament. Why not fish
both and double the fun? Please help spread the word.
The Classic will feature the Lower Niagara & Lake Ontario.
Thank You for all your support from Ron Hutcheson/A-1 Bait & Mark
Daul/Outdoors Niagara, We will keep you updated on the Fall Walleye
Classic as time approaches.