Westfield hosts inaugural Moose Walleye Derby

Sportsman's Journal

OBSERVER Photos by Gene Pauszek Above, Janet Greene, Rick Page, Tristen, Jeff and Jennifer Phillips of Team No. 5, Knot Right Fishing Charters, took the heaviest walleye at 9.10 pounds and total weight three fish basket at 19.65 pounds during the first Westfield Moose Club walleye derby.

The Westfield Moose Lodge No. 118 ran a one day walleye derby on Saturday, from 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. Entry fee was $200 per four-man team. Awards were paid out for the five heaviest walleye that day, plus the five heaviest total weight basket of walleye (three walleye maximum) and the three longest walleye. Mandatory attendance at the Captains Meeting was on Friday at the Moose Lodge in Westfield. Only New York State waters were eligible. Weigh-in was at the Barcelona Harbor.

At the Captains Meeting, which started at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, the group decided that teams could launch out of any port, but had to weigh in their fish at Barcelona by a 5 p.m. deadline. There were thirty teams signed up, which is pretty good for a new event. The Moose Club was hoping for 60 teams, but if the weather is good next year, they will probably surpass that goal.

Speaking of the weather, Saturday morning was rough fishing. Blame it on all the weather forecasters, but waves of one foot or less turned into white caps with three to four foot swells mixed in. Later in the day the lake laid down and it got hot and muggy. Fortunately, the fishing got hot for most of the competitors too.

At 5:30 p.m. the action moved to the Moose Lodge Beach pavilion and there were numerous familiar faces. Team No. 5, led by Captain Jeff Phillips, had the heaviest total three fish basket at 19.65 pounds. The team was followed by Team No. 2, Curtis Loveless with 19 pounds. Team No. 3, Dances with Fish, took the three spot with 16.20 pounds. Team No. 1, Henry Smith and Scott Leamer, had 15.60 pounds and local talent No. 22, Denny Gullo with Vince and Russ Tenemore, took the five spot with 14.45 pounds. They also had the third heaviest walleye at 7.15 pounds and the third longest walleye at 28 inches.

The heaviest walleye was taken by Team No. 5, Jeff Phillips of Knot Right Charters out of Barcelona. Team No. 2, Curtis Loveless, fishing with Rob Oram, took second with a 7.35 pounder. Team No. 23, Gary Landers and Jeff Fielding, had a 6.65 entry and Team No. 3, Dances with Fish, had a 6.6 pounder for the five spot. Team No. 2, Loveless and Oram, had the longest walleye at 29 inches and Team No. 1, Smith and Leamer, had the second longest fish at 28.75 inches. This tournament was a big success, with a few bumps, but it looks like it will be a winner!

Keep and eye on the sky over the weekend. Most of the fish were deep and were taken on stick baits and one report of an Evil Eye spoon. When was the last time you used an Evil Eye spoon on Lake Erie?

Calendar: The Hanover Fish & Game Club located on Overheiser road Forestville is hosting their “Doc Mariani Memorial Sporting Clay Shoot” on Sept. 2. This is a registered fun shoot, with all shooters welcome. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Shooting is from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Raffles and other activities also planned. Call Bill at 560-2327 for more information.

The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will hold their monthly meeting on Sunday, Sept. 2, starting at 4 p.m. As per the Constitution of the club, officers shall be nominated from the floor at the September meeting and the election ballot will be presented on Oct. 7. Officers will be elected at the October meeting and as per the membership by-laws the dues will increase to $30 for 2019.

There will be a free NY Bowhunter safety course at the “Con Club” on Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

There will also be a free trapping course on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club. For information call Gary Dudek at 366-3397.

The Children of the Stream Youth Fly Fishing Program will be starting its 18th year of providing weekly free fly tying and fly fishing classes to both youths and adults in our area. Note that classes will switch from Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. to Tuesday evenings at the Costello Community Room (P84) in the new addition to the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia. You do not need any prior experience to attend these classes, and the course is geared towards ages 10 and older. For more information contact Alberto Rey at 410-7003 or alberto@albertorey.com.

There will be a gun show at the Astabula County Fairgrounds located at the County Expo Center Building, 127 North Elm Street, Jefferson, OH, 44047. Show is on Oct. 27-28, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Next show is on Nov. 17 and 18 at the Hickory Post VFW located at 5550 East state Street. Us Route 62 East of PA. — West of Mercer on 62, Hermitage, PA, 16148. Same show times.

On Dec. 8 and 9, a gun show at Harbor Creek Fire Dept. Social Hall, located at 7275 Buffalo Road, US Route 20 (located between North East, PA and Harbor Creek, PA. For details or information, contact Larry Spicer at 716-792-9972 or go to LRgunshows@gmail.com.

If your club or organization is holding a hunter safety training/trapping course or a turkey shoot or any other outdoors event, and would like to see it posted in the calendar, send information to the OBSERVER, 10 East Second Street, Dunkirk, NY 14048, or call the sports department at 366-3000 ext. 5 after 6 p.m.

Note: If you have a big game fishing or trapping success story you would like to share, call 366-1772, or 467-2079 and leave a name, phone number and a time you can be reached. You can also call 366-3000, ext. 5, after 6 p.m. or email sports@observertoday.com.