Spring Derby Dates - May
5th - May 14th 2006
Woman Wins $20,000 Grand Prize On Birthday
For Roberta Redick of New Castle, Pennsylvania,
August 28, 2005 will long be remembered as the birthday of all birthdays.
It was on that day she caught the biggest fish of her life, a 32 pound
nine ounce king salmon, to win the 10th Annual Lake Ontario Counties Fall
Trout and Salmon Derby – and claim the $20,000 Grand Prize.
The 33-year-old homemaker was fishing with her
husband, Harold, Jr. and a friend, Brian Hronyetz of Apollo, PA aboard
their 19-1/2 foot Monarch boat named “Feel the Steel.” They were
trolling off the mouth of the Salmon River, 80 feet down over 105 feet of
water using a white Pro Chip flasher and a white Grand Slam Bucktail Fly
– all behind a dipsy diver set on 2-1/2, 180 feet back with wire line.
“It took me about 15 minutes to bring the fish in,” said Redick at the
Awards Ceremony in Rochester on Labor Day. There’s no doubt that this
birthday present will be tough to beat.
First place in the Salmon Division was Gary Plaza
of Buffalo with a 31 pound, eight ounce king he hauled in while fishing
off Olcott. The Lancaster Steel truck driver was trolling 60 feet down
over 70 feet of water with a Spin Doctor and dark green A-Tom-Mik fly
combination to reel in the $2,500 fish.
Top youth in the Salmon Division was Sarah Ingalls
of North Syracuse. She earned 20th place as a 10 year old by reeling in a
29 pound, six ounce fish while trolling off the mouth of the Salmon River.
She was fishing with her grandfather Burt and Uncle Larry aboard their
22-foot Starcraft, 90 feet down over 130 feet of water with a Pirate 66
spoon. It was the largest fish ever caught by the sixth grade Roxboro Road
Middle School student and the largest entered by a youth in this year’s
derby. Larry placed 18th with a 29 pound eight ounce fish.
First place in the Rainbow/Steelhead Division was
a 13 pound 15 ounce fish caught by Corey Moore of Whitehouse, Ohio while
fishing off Olcott aboard Capt. Jim Taylor’s “Hawgmaster” boat. It
was Moore’s first time ever on Lake Ontario, part of a media trip taking
writers out for story material. Moore was the lucky next person up on the
rod and he battled the fish for 20 minutes. It came 60 feet down over 450
feet of water on a Northern King spoon.
Top youth in the Steelhead category was Amanda
Frizzell of Youngstown who checked in with a 13 pound, one ounce fish
caught off the Niagara Bar. She finished in seventh place.
In the Brown Trout Division, Robert French of
Rochester was the lucky angler with a 13 pound, 11 ounce fish he caught
between Russell and Braddocks Bay. He was fishing with his son, Doug. His
other son, Matt, was on a mission with his wife who was taken to the
hospital the night before to have a baby. They were trolling with a Spin
Doctor and A-Tom-Mik fly behind a dipsy diver they estimated to be 50 foot
down over 65 feet of water. Right after they boxed the first place fish,
they received a phone call – the elder French was a grandfather to a
five-pound girl. Two winning catches on the same day!
The top youth in the Brown Trout class was Billy
Ryan of Hamlin. He caught a 12 pound, 10 ounce brown while trolling with a
Northern King spoon off Sandy Creek. He finished in fourth place.
In the Lake Trout Division, Brian Gambell of
Hilton took top honors with a 24 pound, 11 ounce fish he caught in front
of Hedges near Rochester. He was fishing with a 12 year old neighbor, TJ
Klee of Hilton. They were trolling near the bottom in 155 feet of water
with a cowbell and peanut combination, rigged with a homemade skirt. It
was the largest lake trout he’d caught to date by 11 ounces, but he did
have one on bigger that they lost just previous to the first place catch.
They were fishing off Gambell’s 22-foot Starcraft named “Escape.”
Klee placed 11th with a fish he caught the next day, checking in at 16
pounds, 11 ounces.
Top youth in the Lake Trout Division was Joe
Zientara of Lewiston, no stranger to the leader board. He placed fourth
overall when he hauled in an 18 pound, two ounce fork tail from the
Niagara Bar. He was fishing with his dad, Leonard, who placed sixth with a
17 pound, 14 ounce fish. Joe’s sister, Taylor, ended up in 13th with a
15 pound seven ounce lake trout – a reel family fishing team!
This year’s derby was a resounding success all
the way around. More than 5,000 anglers participated in the 10th annual
LOC event and salmon fishing was good all along the lake. Dates for 2006
are: Spring Derby, May 5-14; Fall Derby, August 18-September 4.
$52,300 Total Cash Pay-out
First Place $2500
Second Place $1000
Third Place $600
Fourth Place $450
Fifth Place $350
Sixth Place $250
Seventh Place $200
Eighth Place $175
Ninth Place $150
Tenth Place $125
11th Thru 15th $100
16th Thru 20th $50