Walleye Challenge a hit
Fulton and Montgomery counties have again been the site of several very popular outdoor events. It began Jan. 25 with two major ice fishing competitions on the Great Sacandaga Lake.
The Walleye Challenge set a participation record with 1,750 registered for the event. This year, there was an increase not only in cash and prizes, but participants, all looking for a piece of the $70,000 in cash and prizes.
There were entries from 12 states, and the payoff went from four to six places this year. Each of the eight hours of competition paid $1,649 to the top six places, determined by weight, for the biggest walleye (all had to be released alive). First through sixth places paid $599, $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, respectively. There were 378 walleye weighed in (238 last year). At the end of the event, there were $15,000 in door prizes that included a four-wheeler, a side-by-side and a snowmobile. Here are the winners’ names, cities, fish weights and cash payouts, all made to New Yorkers.
Hour 1: Christian Miceli, Ballston Lake, 3.15 pounds; Greg Johnson, Gloversville 2.4; Joshua Buchanan, Gloversville 2.32; Paul Close, Amsterdam, 2.23; Frank Alvarez, Fort Hunter, 2.18; and Joe Lannuzzi, Mayfield, 2.14.
Hour 2: Shawn Babcock,
Petersburgh, 3.8; Don Rubscha, Gloversville, 3.3; Tim Thomas, Ontario, 3.06; John Trembley, Ballston Spa, 3.05; Jennifer Albert, Schenectady, 2.65; and Matt Cornnell, Broadalbin, 2.56.
Hour 3: George Eissler, Springfield Center, 3.57; Peter Robinson, Northville, 2.57; Owen Potter, Fonda, 2.5; Matt Flint, Fonda, 2.03; Jim Myers, Amsterdam, 2; and Duane Garlock, Palatine Bridge, 2.
Hour 4: Kyle Ropeter, Gloversville, 3.65; Rick Mendetta, Gloversville, 2.5; Matt Wolfert, Northville, 2.47; Mitchell Hayes, Johnstown, 2.45; Zachary Szurek, Johnstown; and Matt Angelo, Scotia, 2.31.
Hour 5: Kyle Bundy, Broadalbin, 4.62 (largest of the day); June Brownell, Gloversville, 2.84; Keith Briggs, Salisbury Center, 2.52; Lou Miller, Schoharie, 2.5; Jeff Holt, Fort Johnson, 2.3; and Lynn Hime, Gloversville, 2.2.
Hour 6: Kirk Vedder, Ballston Spa, 2.46; John Biggerstaff, Schenectady, 2.1, Michael Paul Miller, East Berne, 2; Donald McConkey Jr., Hadley, 1.82; Nolan Paro Jr., Fort Plain, 1.8; and Brian Harper Sr., Salisbury Center, 1.6.
Hour 7: Paul Spranger, Canajoharie, 2.15; Jared Boles, Gloversville, won both second and third places with 1.9 and 1.85; Kayleigh Calderwood, Canajoharie, 1.75; Mark Miller, Broadalbin, 1.75; and Keith Manganaro, Albany, 1.75.
Hour 8: Mark VanValkenburgh, Johnstown, 4.35; Brent Muhlberger Sr., Gloversville, 2.1; Brent Muhlerger Sr., Gloversville, and Dave Kallen, Northville 2.05; William Potts, Cohoes, 1.96; Brian Tourville, Lake Luzerne, 1.95; and Dave Lepine, Fonda, 1.95.
The big prize winners were Ronald Blowers of Northville, snowmobile; Tim McInerney of Florida, side-by-side; and Cody Lane of Troy, four-wheeler.
The sponsors were Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, Franks Gun and Tackle Shop, Fuel-n-Food, Bartyzel Inc., Ross’ Bait Shop, the Great Sacandaga Lake Business Association, Delaney Stone, Lanzi’s and Doherty Windows & Doors.
The Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation held its annual ice fishing contest that day with the measuring station at the Sacandaga Boating Club. It attracted 402 anglers, 58 of whom were children. There were three categories — northern pike, perch and trout — and the four longest earned $300, $200, $150 and $50, respectively.
The northern pike winners were: Tom Messak, Amsterdam, 367⁄8 inches, Steve Monk, Fonda, 365⁄8 , John Lampher, Gloversville, 35. There was a tie for fourth between Greg Jones of Schenectady and Justin Glinski of Edinburg. Both had 325⁄8 -inch catches.
There was a tie for first in the perch category between Barney Sponenber of Fonda and John Perry of St. Johnsville, each with a 141⁄4-incher, Justin Glinski’s 14 1/16 was third. There were two anglers tied for fourth with 14-inchers: Chris Stankus of Northville and Jim Meyers of Amsterdam.
In the trout category, only three were brought in. They were Ira Cromling of Broadalbin with a 237⁄8-incher; Mike Towne, Gloversville, 185⁄8; and Roy Winchell, Kingston, 167⁄8.
The next event is the Adirondack Outdoorsman Show Feb. 15-16 at the Johnstown Moose Club, 109 S. Cromie Ave./Route 30A. This will be Mike Hauser’s ninth outdoor show. The show has grown considerably each year, both in attendance and exhibitors.
I remember representing The Daily Gazette at one. It was one of the truly “outdoors shows” with guides, trappers and a true Adirondack spirit. This year will feature hunting and fishing gear, supplies, guns, archery, boating, camping, hiking, snow shoeing and a good place to book a hunting and-or fishing trip.
Guests include the First Family of Deer Hunting, the Salerno brothers, whose knowledge of Adirondack trophy bucks will be seen in their mounts. Listen carefully, and you, too, could find something similar on your wall.
There will also be several book authors to talk with. These include William J. O’Hern who authored nine Adirondack books, and Nancy Best, author of “Adirondack Cooking.” There will also be a “Take Me Fishing & Hunting Raffle” with prizes consisting of guided fishing and hunting trips with professional guides throughout New York state. Gear will also be given away throughout the two days of the show.
Show admission is adults, $5; children, 15 and younger, $1. For further details, go to www.adkshow.com or contact Mike, 725-5565, or firstname.lastname@example.org.