FISH ODYSSEY WINNERS FOR 2007!
|Niagara Outdoors Compiled
by by Bill Hilts Jr. September
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Brown Wins Grand Prize In NYPA Fish Odyssey
Paul Brown of Ransomville was the lucky angler this year to reel in the Grand Prize. Thanks to an increase in registrations and the headline sponsorship of the New York Power Authority, the 31st edition of the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey doled out a check for $3,000 through the Classic Challenge drawing. Each of the first place category leaders put their name into a hat and Brown's was in there for hauling in the top walleye - an 11.18 pound fish he caught on a worm harness while fishing the Niagara Bar. "We were fishing at 9:30 p.m., pounding the bottom with our worm harnesses, when the big fish hit," said Brown before the large crowd at the NYPA Wildlife Festival on Sunday afternoon.
With great weather and a ton of activities, the Wildlife Festival - a celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day - will undoubtedly break records. Brown's luck of the draw extended to the rest of the Walleye Division, moving everyone up one slot.
The new Walleye Division winner became Randy Litten of Niagara Falls with a 10.88 pound fish that also came from the Niagara Bar. Other Adult Division winners included:
· Willfred Wittcop, Jr.
of Barker was the top salmon catcher when he caught a 25.63 pound fish
off Barker while tossing a KO Wobbler spoon. He almost didn't bring the
fish into the official scales when he weighed in on his own personal hand
held scale and showed it came up short. "Don't believe everything you
This year's fishing derby was another huge success, especially from the standpoint of getting families out enjoying the super natural resources that western New York has to offer. Hats off to the New York Power Authority for stepping up to the plate and supporting the Fish Odyssey to a new level. Other major sponsors included Shakespeare-Pflueger Fishing Tackle; Newfane Business Association; Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation; Niagara County Legislature; and The Primate Sanctuary.
In the special drawing for a free fishing trip with Honorary Fish Odyssey Chairman Rob Ray, former Buffalo Sabre tough guy, Ethan Morgan of Lockport was the lucky youth selected at the Wildlife Festival.
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