2007 Roger Toby Memorial
Niagara River Steelhead Contest
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The Annual February 17 2007 Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest was won by Bob Lerch with a 12 pound 15 ounce Steelie! Lerch actually caught the second place fish [12.5 pounds] too but rules state entrants could only win one prize! Lerch also picked up $150.00 in the 50/50 draw at the awards ceremonies.
Second place went to D. J. LaVoy with a even 12 pounder.
Third place was John Simone with an 11 pound 14 ounce specimen.
Registrations were down this year probably due to the weather and river conditions. NOT because of lack of fish! There were loads of fish released. Only 22 fish were entered and of those 16 were at or just over 11 pounds. True Sportsmen! Every fisherman realizes what Catch and Release means to the future our fishery for sure. There were no fish entered from the tribs this year
| but the reports from the fishermen fishing from
shore at Artpark reported a good number of steelies were caught and
All boats reported good Catch and Release numbers. Captain John DeLorenzo reported upwards of 40 fish caught and released but everyone knew they had to enter at least an 11+ pound fish to be considered.
Fisherman, outdoorsman, outdoors writer [Buffalo News] Will Elliott, fishing from Campbell's boat reported loads Catch and Releases.
Elliott states: "This had to be the best Roger Toby Steelie tourney - and perhaps the best day of steelie fishing - I've ever enjoyed on the lower Niagara River."
"Frank had us into fish on the first drift. When the sun came out and things began to slow, other boaters were slowed, but his catch numbers continued. We had to have at least 60 fish on and boated 40-plus before the contest ended."
"What could be better?"
Side Note: All fish were examined by the
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for metal
tracking tags which were inserted when the fish were stocked. These
almost microscopic tags are great tools for finding out a fishes
movement to see how far away from "home" they are or if they
migrated at all. The tags also reveal growth rates which tell us if the
fish has a sufficient forage base. The tiny "tags" used on
these fish are inserted in the snout of the fish when it is very young
Weigh master Tom Jacobs Weighing in a contestants 11 pound plus steelhead. Notice the pretty red/pink coloration along the side. [on the fish!]
The weigh master is happier than the fisherman! Although
he is hard to see, that is Joel Morrison holding an 11.4 steelhead he caught while fishing with Captain John DeLorenzo's Niagara River Charters.
The word of the day: Brrr!
This is what the river looked like the day before the tournament. The truck is a Village of Lewiston truck spreading salt on the ramp. The village also maintains a pile of gravel and a shovel in case it is needed when hauling your trailer out on icy days.
Sorry about not getting fishermen's names for these photos but the photographer was a one man show without his note taker. [Too cold]
This is Richard Fortier on the left. Richard has run this contest for the past 12 years and the tournament has always been a success. One of Richards best friends Tom Jacob [on right] served as the official weigh master this year as he has done in past tournaments.
Thank Rich and Tom for your efforts!
The awards ceremony at the Lewiston Fire
Hall was another accolade to the success of this tournament.
Lower Niagara River Captain Frank Campbell with his fishing crew coming in to dock. The weigh scales closed at 2:00 PM.
That's Campbell at the controls and Buffalo News outdoors writer Will Elliott [in the orange flotation jacket] taking a picture of the spectators on shore. Never got the other hearty fishermen names. Look at the ice eh?
Roy Mura is a strong armed man.
This one went over 11 pounds.
Don't need to ice these down!
Oh! .......I love the colors. Think about it, most people don't have a clue of what we do around here ALL YEAR 'ROUND!
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If I caught a fish like this under freezing conditions like this fellow did I would pose for the camera too!
What a beauty! Thanks for the photo.
Have you ever launched your boat in conditions like this?
I have always said, this is a winter contest and this is no place for sissies! This guy is taking his boat out. While he was backing into the river one of his four trailer wheels froze up in the parking lot while he was fishing. When he drove to the ramp with an empty trailer you could see the one wheel not turning.
The boat in the background is
Here is a "Ripley's Believe it or Not" A 6 or 8 foot ice cake that boaters need to avoid. You could sink your boat if you rammed one of these things hard enough. You would probably have a 5 minute death, or if wearing a floatation suit, you could have another 30 minutes or more to be rescued.
Glass boats, "tin" [aluminum] boats, it makes no difference. Most all our winter steelheaders use "tin" boats.
Don't be stupid.
|I have more
winter river photos and if you want to see them email me and I'll build
another page and put them on it for you. Most people never see the river
in it's beautiful winter colors.
Personally I think our winters are
Check my Lake Ontario webcam,
If you want to enjoy some of our fishing
You must realize Outdoors Niagara does not know if all Charter Captains listed are fully insured or legitimate. That is up to you to know that stuff. It's your money and your responsibility.
All fish not taken home were donated to
local youth fundraisers for wild game dinners that appear in early
Go here to see Roy Mura's slide show taken on his
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