Weather permitting, there will be a new walleye tournament held out of Dunkirk on Saturday as the Rob Ray Invitational Walleye Derby will take place from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. All contestants must weigh in their walleye by 5 p.m.
The event is unique in a number of ways. For starters, contestants were offered an invitation. All those who were issued an invitation were invited to attend the rules meeting held at Rob Ray's restaurant Rayzor's Dawg House, located at 405 S. Cascade Drive, Springville.
The meeting was held Aug. 15, and the attendees were invited to provide input as to how the event should be run. Those in attendance voted to have a one-day event. If the weather does not cooperate Saturday, it will be held Sunday. The event is a 100 percent cash pay back with anglers weighing in a maximum of six walleye for the total "box" limit.
Left, OBSERVER?Photo by Gene Pauszek. Right, submitted Photo
At left, Rayzor’s Dawg House, located at 405 S. Cascade Drive, Springville, will be the scene for the awards for Rob Ray’s Invitational Walleye Derby, to be held Saturday, with awards on Sunday. At right, Precious Kaczor took this King Salmon, fishing Lake Ontario out of Point Breeze. The catch took roughly 10 minutes to land the King Salmon, which was just shy of 20 pounds.
Teams are a minimum of two anglers with a maximum of four per team. A maximum of nine rods are allowed during the event. Walleye can be brought to the scale at Chadwick Bay marina pavilion with block or bagged ice. The biggest box of six walleye will pay out for the top three places. Big Fish of the Day will pay out for the heaviest five walleye of the day. There will be a shot-gun start for the event, which will take off from Chadwick Bay Marina, and it will start at 6 a.m. Entry fee is $500 per team with an optional $150 in Calcuttas.
Fishing will only be in New York State waters of Lake Erie. The winners of the event annually will have their names inscribed on the "Big Dawg Trophy" every year. Coast Guard Small craft warnings will decide whether the event will take place Saturday. Once a boat touches land, they cannot go back out. This event is intended to be a gentleman's event. Anyone caught cheating will be barred from future events from most every local tournament. Note, not everyone was happy with the rules as 24 teams attended the meeting and 21 paid their entry fee.
There will be no boat checks, or lie detector test. In addition, the winners and prize money will be paid out at Rayzor's Dawg House the following day with the announcements scheduled for noon. Every new event has it's growing pains, so expect some changes in the future, but for now, tournament director Mark Mohor put it best when he announced, "Compliments and positive comments can be directed to me! Any complaints, you can take them up with (Rob Ray)!"
Each team will be issued a weight slip on Saturday when they weigh in their catch and a copy will be kept by the committee to add a bit of mystery/excitement for the awards on Sunday.
Chris Legard, a Department of Environmental Conservation biologist, will be the guest speaker at the Southtowns Walleye Association meeting tonight, which is located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. The topic is Chautauqua Lake Electro Fishing Survey and Interpretation. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. and the public is invited.
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 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 Aug. 27-28 from 5-10 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.
The Westfield Fish & Game Club will offer a trapping Class on Sept. 17-18 from 6-10 p.m. Call Vince Luce at 753-6347 for information.
The Westfield Club will also offer a Hunter Safety Training course Monday, Sept. 22 from 7-10 p.m., returning on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Two-day attendance is mandatory. Call 326-3218 for information.
A Pistol course at the club will be held Oct. 19, starting at 1 p.m. Call Dave Nichols at 581-0739 for information. Note there is a charge of $75 for this course set by Chautauqua County.
The Falconer Rod & Gun Club, located on Buffalo Street Extension, will host a trapping course Sept. 24 and Sept. 26 from 5:30-10 p.m. Two-day attendance is mandatory. Call Tim at 485-3376 for information.
The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club, located at Route 310 Cassadaga/Stockton Road, will offer a trapping course on Oct. 17-18 from 6-10 p.m. Two-day attendance is mandatory. Call 595-3418 for information.
The First Greater Niagara Frontier Fishing & Hunting Show at the Getzville Fire Co., 630 Dodge Road (Corner Campbell Blvd and Doge Road), Getzville, will be Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is $5 and children under 15 years of age is free. Tables are $20 (No guns or ammo) New and used items for fishing and hunting. For information, contact Chuck Booker at 957-3566.
Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation raffle tickets will be on sale soon. Ticket price will be $50 per ticket with $66,000 in cash and prizes. Proceeds from this event enable children with terminal disabilities to partake in a fishing or hunting trip of their choosing.
The Warren, Pa. Gun Show will be Oct. 11-12 at the Warren Mall, located at Route 62 in North Warren, Pa. The event is sponsored by the Kinzua Country Auctions. This event will have tables available for $35. For information, call (814) 723-1446.
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.