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Bullhead Contest

 

2012 Contest Cancelled - There will be another contest in Spring of 2013

 

A TWO DAY EVENT!
Friday night and Saturday

One Person: - $10.00  Two Persons: - $15.00 ~ Fish with a buddy!

100% Payback after expenses



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RESULTS OF THE 2011 EDITION OF THE NIAGARA COUNTY BULLHEAD CONTEST

There were 105 contestants !

Here are the winners: 1st 2nd & 3rd were cash payout prizes after expenses. [50/30/20]

First place - Jeff Budziszewski – Newfane NY. -Total weight - 3.72 lbs.
Second place – Joel Feagin – Lockport NY - Total weight – 3.32 pounds
Third place - John Pittsley – Lockport NY-Total weight 3.22 pounds

Other lesser prize winners were:
4.] Cameron McKee – 3.07
5.] Mark Gertz – 3.00
6.] Shawn Galyan – 3.00
7.] Eric Hyjek – 2.92
The lesser prizes were cap lights. [A light that clips on the edge a baseball cap for night fishing] Of the fish weighed in only two per entrant were allowed. All weights listed are the totals of the two fish. Scales were the electric digital scales borrowed from Niagara County, the same scale used in the county derbies.

Fish were caught from all over. Lots of fishing concentration was at 12 Mile Creek West, right at the mouth to the lake also at the inner end of the Wilson piers. Some fish entered were caught at Duck Island in Gill Creek, Niagara Falls.

There were quite a few fish brought to the weigh-in and most were kept by the anglers and what wasn’t kept was taken home to cook by a Wilson Conservation Club member.

We relied heavily on our volunteers of Chris J., [dog cooker] Dave Astasia, [chili cooker] Terry Swann, [club liaison, photos] Delma Daul, [salad maker & go-fer] - Debbie, Ellen & another lady from the Wilson Conservation Club who sold 50/50 tickets. Oh, of course Pete’s wife Wendy kept everything organized and made the baked beans. Our weigh master Richard Fortier kept the weigh-in and winners sheets in order there.

Quite a few parents got their children out and that was something that made our day. We had a box of Thinsulate winter children’s caps that were donated by Captain Frank Campbell to give away to the tiny kids. All the tiny kids got one, and Feather & Fur Bait Shop gave away fishing stuff to what kids were left.

Again the Wilson Conservation Club opened their doors for us to have our awards and picnic. A 50/50 split was held to benefit the this club.

Next year, if we do this again we would like to have a fish fry picnic & some volunteers to come out and take charge of cleaning & cooking these critters and we can do up some potatoes and have a real nice lunch. But we need volunteers.


CLICK ON PICTURES FOR LARGER VIEW


Here is the line up! This picture is inside Wilson Conservation Club during awards -
Left to right: Mark Daul - Winner Jeff Budziszewski - Tall Guy in the back is Winner Joel Feagin -
Winner John Pittsley - Richard Fortier our weigh master - and the "Sheriff" in the middle is Pete Marotta

1st. place John Pittsley

2nd. place Joel Feagin
Didn't get Joel with his fish

3rd. palce Jeff Budziszewski
 


And some people fished
but didn't get any!

 

Bullheads waiting to be cleaned!

Wilson CC Member
Lost his name


Chris J - this is how the dogs
get done! Just call Chris!

This is the "Chili Man"
Dave Astasia

All the kids had fun and lots to eat for everyone!

Kids had a ball - Check out the camo hat that
was donated by Captain Frank Campbell!

Our Official Weigh Master
Richard Fortier [L]
and Pete Marotta

Wendy Marotta keeps
everything flowing!

Time to eat!

umm!

Delma Daul & Terry Swann
enjoying the sunshine

Everyone was a winner!

Spectators - Roy Barr and
Chuckie

The ladies from the Wilson Club
selling goodies and they also
sold 50/50 split club tickets

Chili is almost gone!

Puttin' on the feedbag!

 

GO BELOW ON THIS PAGE TO ENTER USING PAY PAL or enter in person at
Feather & Fur Bait Shop


 

GO HERE FOR AN APPLICATION WITH THE RULES AND POSTER  [PDF File]

 

EASY, SIMPLE RULES:
Boundaries: Niagara County Waters Only

· Must abide by NYS Conservation Laws

· Hours: Friday April 1, all night to Noon Saturday April 2

· Fish by total weight of TWO fish

· 100% Payback [1-2-3] after expenses

· NO Refunds

· Brown/Yellow Bullhead Only - No Catfish

· A total weight contest- [Total weight of your best two fish] [You Decide]

· Weigh-in/Award/Picnic at: Wilson Conservation Club [Route 425-Wilson]

· Weigh-in between Noon and 1:00 - pm SATURDAY - No late entries

· BONUS OUNCES: There will be no bonus ounces [NYSDEC Rules] [see below]

· Decisions by judges are final ~
Judges: Richard Fortier & Tom Jacob

· Ties decided by judges

We encourage you not to fish alone - bring your buddy, your spouse, 1 child etc.

Sign up until 6:00 pm Friday ONLY

No separate children's division

18 hours of fishing opportunity

Bullhead only! No catfish

Niagara County Waters only!

Total weight of 2 fish contest

Weigh-in Sat.4/2 Noon to 1:00
No late entry's

Don't bring extra fish to weigh-in,
there will be a hot dog picnic ~ no fish fry


Thank You Wilson Conservation Club!

50/50 drawing to benefit
Wilson Conservation Club


A brown bullhead catfish caught in the Anacostia River in Washington DC.
Hold your bullhead like in the picture if your hand can wrap like the picture otherwise hold it by the lower lip.
Slide your hand over the dorsal fin like picture shows and avoid the fins you see in the picture on the sides. [See the fin under this guys thumb.] They can jab and hurt.
When lipping I wrap a rag or a glove around my thumb. The teeth feel like sandpaper.
Those little teeth can scrape you if it is a biggie.



Wilson Lions Club, Thank You!


Single entry is $10.00 ~ CLICK THIS BUY NOW BUTTON           ► 

Double entry is $15.00 [you and one other person] CLICK THIS BUY NOW BUTTON       ►

 
GO HERE FOR AN APPLICATION WITH THE RULES AND POSTER  [PDF File]


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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Bullhead contest - A little change
No live Fish Please

A visit Saturday from the Dec told me that transporting live fish from any body of water is not permitted-unless it is certified - so - we can not put live fish in the Conservation Clubs pond for the kids Fishing Derby because these Bullhead might be infected - also to put any bullhead back - it must be put back in the water it was taken -

Therefore - the extra 3 ounces for a live bullhead has be dropped - what the 2 fish weigh is what they weigh - please present your fish to the judges with out water, just like you were taking the fish home to eat - the DEC CAN ticket you if your fish are alive in water in your car --

There are 2 options of what to do with your entered Bullheads :

1. You can get the fish weighed and then put the fish in your can and take them home 
2. If you do not want the Bullheads - we will find someone that will take your fish - they will take the fish home and eat

Sorry for the change – only where the Bullheads end up

The Dec officer was very cooperative - and even offer these suggestions of what to do with the fish
 

BULLHEAD CONTEST NOTICE

 

 

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