Day two of the 2014 Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club's 10th Annual Walleye Derby was another good one with most of the teams able to weigh-in at the Con Club before the nasty weather blew in.
Many of the teams were equipped with a radar or mobile device that helped keep track of the weather, so the boaters were able to stay in front of the storm that was coming down Lake Erie from Ohio.
Team 28, which was led by Paul Port, was the first team to report in on Saturday with a nice box of three walleye, that included a 9.13-pounder, which held the lead briefly. Team 19, which was led by Captain Larry Willson, then took possesion of the lead for Saturday with a 9.56-pound entry, which was later dethroned by Team 70. Captained by Roger Corlett, Team 70 weighed in a 9.70 walleye that held on to eventually take the third-heaviest walleye for Saturday's prize.
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Pictured are members of Team 68. They are, from left to right, Todd Wojciechowski, Waldo and Gregg Marzec. The G-Man team caught the three-heaviest walleye total of the tournament on Saturday. The fish totaled 26.67 pounds.
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Pictured are local anglers Gene Wlodarek, Cindy Zolnoske and captain Dennis Wolfe. The trio caught the second-heaviest walleye on Saturday
Team 70, which was made up of Corlett, Dwayne Bobik and Jose Cornier, used that 9-pounder to come up with a total weight of 24.98 pounds, which coupled with their 19.06 pounds on Friday, has them looking at a possible position for the final three-day total weight, if they can find three big fish on Sunday. Captain Paul Stoos held the third-place walleye with a 9.38 entry, which contributed to a three-walleye total of 25.17 pounds and the second-heaviest total weight on Saturday.
Team 82, which consisted of captain Dennis Wolfe, Cindy Zolnoske and Gene Wlodarek, reported in with a 10.11-pound walleye that took the lead. The team also reported that they caught not only the big one, but all their fish on Saturday on a 3-D Worm Harness, which was one of the Saturday sponsors, and 3-D clearly stated that declaration of product use must be stated upon weighing in the fish. Wolfe entered a three-walleye total weight of 23.23 pounds, but had a smaller weight on Friday.
Team 67, which was led by Ken Seibert, moved Wolfe and company into the second-place spot for Saturday's big walleye when their fish pulled down the scale to 10.14 pounds. When asked what they caught their walleye on, the crew commented a firetiger worm harness presented on a down rigger. When asked what type, the captain replied it was a 3-D harness, but he did not declare so when weighing in. Team 67 posted a total weight of 22.38 pounds on Saturday which, coupled with their Friday total of 20.96 pounds, could make them contenders for one of the top five spots for the tree-day total weight. Again, if they can find three big fish on Sunday.
Team 68 - G-Man - which was made up of Greg and Waldo Marzec and Todd Wojciecowski brought in the heaviest three-walleye box on Saturday, that totaled 26.67 pounds. Team 68 posted 22.85 pounds on Friday, so they also are contenders.
Team 30, which was captained by Jim Dolly Sr., is also looking for three big walleye on Sunday, with the third-heaviest box of walleye on Saturday weighing 25.10 pounds and Friday's total of 25.05 pounds. Team 22, which was led by Tomas Kramer, had the fourth-heaviest box on Saturday with 24.99 total. Team 70's Corlett posted a 24.98 total and Team 17's Waldo Paciorkowski posted 24.86 pounds.
Team 17 had a heavy box of 24.43 pounds Friday, so they too are in the hunt. Team 24's John Forbes had a 24.45-pound total on Saturday with 23.3 pounds on Friday. Team 12's Ron Duliba entered 24.26 pounds on Saturday and 20.62 pounds on Friday. Bob Rustowicz had 24.23 pounds on Saturday and Team 5's Dennis Alguire posted 23.7 pounds Saturday, with 25.26 pounds on Friday.
Another team to watch is Team 74, which was led by Russ Tenamore. The team entered 22.85 pounds on Saturday and 24.64 pounds on Friday. They also are in the hunt. The lake saw some nasty weather on Saturday and it's a close contest that will be determined by today's results. The weigh station opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. sharp at the Con Club. The awards will also be handed out today and the food and beverage concessions stands will be open. The public is invited to come on down and cheer for your favorite teams. Look for the final results to be posted in the Monday edition of the OBSERVER.
The Busti Trap Club, located at 1181 Southwestern Drive, Jamestown, will present the BUSTI GRAND on Sunday, Aug, 10. The event will feature 125 targets with an auction starting at 9:30 a.m. and the shooting event starting at 10 a.m. For information, call 487-9539 or 814-489-3534, or log on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cattaraugus County Sportsmen's Rendezvous, held at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, in Little Valley, will be on Aug. 9-10. Hours are from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday and 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 per car, per day. This event will feature Conservation Displays, archery, black powder, trapping, fishing, guns, taxidermy dealers, Big Buck displays and live seminars, as well as the coon dog show, chicken barbecue, raffles, live demonstrations and the Mountain Man encampment. For more information, call 492-0432.
The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host 3-D archery shoots Aug. 24 and Sept. 14. They will also host a 200-yard gun shoot on Sept. 21. New members are welcome and the club's monthly meetings are on the first Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. They start the meeting off with a hot meal, so come hungry.
There will be a Pistol Course on Aug. 16 at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Note that the price for attending these courses is now set by the county, and is now $75. Pre-sign for the course by calling Gary at 366-3397.
The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will also host the following free courses: Firearms (gun) hunter training on Aug. 27-28 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. each day with two-day attendance mandatory.
Another gun course will be held Sept. 24-25 from 5-10 p.m., with two-day attendance mandatory.
A one-day archery course will be held at the Con Club on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., with a lunch break. Note: To register for all courses, you must register online at the DEC website.
If your club is hosting a shooting event or training course (turkey shoot, etc.), drop a line and I will be glad to place an announcement in the calendar. I also am available to take photos and hear your success stories by calling 366-1772 or 467-2079.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to email@example.com.