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Battle of the Points tournament held on Saturday

Sportsman’s Journal

OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek From left, “Battle of the Points” founding fathers Larry Pfoh, Larry Scanlon, Stan Kaz, Mark Vogl, Matt “The Mailman” Bruch, Bill Heine and Bob Blake. They acknowledge their wives, family and friends who help make this event a success.

The Battle of the Points took place on Saturday. This was the 25th year that Point Breeze, Sturgeon Point and Foxes Point (Cattaraugus Creek) competed against one another in a friendly competition. Three-man teams signed up and paid an entry fee of $35 per team to compete.

Each Point was allowed a certain number of teams, with a maximum of 12 teams per Point. Some years, they are not able to reach the maximum team level per Point, so they lower the maximum level of teams that will weigh fish to five teams. That is what happened this year.

The teams started at 7 a.m. from wherever they wanted, while the deadline to weigh-in their catch at Point Breeze was 1 p.m. Cash prizes were awarded for the heaviest fish, up to 10 places. The Point with the heaviest total weight of five walleye, one fish per team, was declared the winner. This year, the maximum weight was for five fish total per Point.

This year’s winning Point was Sturgeon Point with a five walleye total weight of 37.26 pounds. Jim Bienko Team Delta Don weighed in the heaviest walleye of the day at 9 pounds even. Point Breeze came in second with a 5 walleye total weight of 25.38 pounds. Grumpy Bill Brzezinski had the second heaviest walleye prize at 7.78 pounds. Third place prize money went to Team Lake Effect lead by Cody Allen and Don Mullen with a 7.64 entry.

There is more than money at stake here. Second and third place finishing teams have to clean all the fish which are donated for a big free for all fish dinner. They also have to clean up the pavilion after the event, which is held annually at Point Breeze. The first place teams representing the winner get to sit back, drink cold beverages and bask in the glory for one full year. The winning team members also will have their names inscribed in a big trophy.

OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek From left, Co-Chairmen Rich Stuhr and Jim Klein, Jim Bienko, Grumpy Bill Brzezinski, with grandson Gavin Wujek and Cody Allen with the three heaviest walleye caught on Saturday in the Battle of the Points competition.

I can tell you this event was super. The fish fry was superb along with the side dishes. The people were so friendly, and it was a great time. “Rattle Snake” was the donor of fishing lures for the fishing teams and raffle items. Event organizers were Jim Klein and Rich Stuhr. The event takes place on the last Saturday of July annually. For more information on this fun event, go to the Point Breeze website or call Kline at 597-9421 or Stuhr at 553-6491.

Next event up is the Con Club three day event this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Look for daily coverage in the OBSERVER.

Calendar: Today is the last day of the 10th annual Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer derby. Go to www.loc.org.

Lakeshore Longbeards our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will conduct JAKES Day Youth event on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Westfield Fish & Game Club. Registration will start at 9 a.m. Fee is $10 per youth. Numerous hands-on learning stations and lunch will be provided for all. Open to the public. For more information contact Bob Turk at 673-6703. July 28 is the Chautauqua Lake Summer Bass Team OPEN. At Chautauqua Lake, Long Point State Park. Contact Mike Russo at (716) 640-6915.

The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Walleye Tournament is Aug. 2-4. Contact person is Zen Olow at 640-2776.

OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek Above, walleye fishing teams representing Sturgeon Point won the 25th annual “Battle of the Points” competition, held on the last Saturday of July annually, at Point Breeze.

VIP Day is Aug. 7. Contact Zen Olow at 640-2776.

The Sportsmans Rendezvous at the Cattaraugus County Fair Grounds in Little Valley will be from Aug. 8-10. Call 716-474-7251 or 244-2781 for details.

Aug. 11 is the Chautauqua Bassmasters Tournament No. 3 on Chautauqua Lake/Long Point State Park. Contact Mike Russo at 640-6915. Innovative Outdoors Walleye Challenge out of Dunkirk. Contact Jim Steel at 481-5348 or go to www.innovative-outdoors.com.

There will be a Hunter Safety Training Course at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on August 21 and 22 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Two day attendance is mandatory. There will be a bow course at the Con Club on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The trapping course will be on Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host: Bow Course on Aug. 14 and 15, from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The Hunter Education Course will be on Aug. 28 and 29, from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

There will be a bow Course at the Westfield Fish & Game Club on Sept. 11 and 12, from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. There will be a Trapping Course at the Falconer Rod & Gun Club on Sept. 25 and 27, from 5:30 p.m. until 10. For more information Call Gary at 366-3397.

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.

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