The Wayne County GrandSlam & Merchants Challenge Youth Derby held its 16th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Sodus Point Firehall, Saturday, Aug. 24. The young anglers, who competed during the three-month long contest, were rewarded for their fishing prowess; receiving plaques, gift certificates, prizes, and more importantly, applause from the adults and peers attending the ceremony.
Youngsters and parents filled the fire hall for fun, food, raffles and special entertainment by Walt Crum of Balloon Art. Crum has been the main attraction for the youngsters for the last three years.
During the 2013 event 70 young anglers fished the waters of Wayne County and 37 caught and entered fish during the three-month event.
There are two age groups; youth 4 -7 years of age and 8 -16 years of age. Within the two age groups there are three separate divisions in the fishing derby. The GrandSlam Division is the cold water fish contest. Catch all five species of trout and salmon in Lake Ontario (Coho, Chinook, brown and lake trout, and rainbow) and you qualify for the Grand Prize. Once you catch all five, you can add to your score with a heavier catch.
The Challenge Division has the same criteria, although the five fish to qualify are warm water species; pike, perch, walleye, small and largemouth bass. Species is the third division. The largest fish in any division is a winner.
Tanner Brown took top honors in the 8-16 group by winning the GrandSlam Grand Prize. The 12-year-old youngster from Clyde caught all five species of trout and salmon. His total weight was 52.06 pounds. The youngster was presented a plaque and a $200 Visa gift certificate.
Sixteen-year-old Markis Lazarre, also from Clyde, won first place in the Lake Trout Division with his 14.14-pound trout.
In the Perch Division Madison Prutzman took first place with her 0.15 perch. The largest smallmouth bass was a 3.10-pound fish caught by Michael Statskey from Wolcott.
In the 4-7 age group Jaden Jarvis caught a 6.01 pound steelhead. Austin Smith, from Wolcott, netted a 2.10 largemouth bass to win that division.
The highlight of this yearís GrandSlam Youth Derby was the drawing for a lifetime fishing license donated by The Wayne County Federation of Sportsmenís Club. Selecting the lucky youngster was Dave Schueler representing the Federation. Every youngster who registered for the derby was eligible for the drawing, however the lucky angler was actually attending the awards ceremony. Kirkland Brown can now fish in New York state for a lifetime without paying anything. The 14-year-old young angler from Clyde also took first place in the Chinook Division with a huge 32.02-pound king.
The unique derby, promoted by the Wayne County Federation of Sportsmenís Clubs and the Wayne County Office of Tourism, begins the second week in May, and continues until mid August.
Page 2 of 2 - As always the sponsors and donors of the GrandSlam Youth Derby are to be thanked for their generous contributions, making this promotion a memorable occasion for the youngsters. Thank you to: Arney's Marina, Bay Bridge Sport Shop, Captain Jack's Good Time Tavern, Clingerman Taxidermy, Connellyís Cove Restaurant, Davenport & Son Boat Livery & Marina, Dynalec Corporation, Ely & Leene Agency, Holiday Harbor Resort, Krenzer Marine, Long Acre Farms, Lyons National Bank, McDonald's of Wayne County, Bill Paton Ė Patonís Market, PJ's Unisex Salon, Port Bay RV Park & Campground, Skipperís Landing Restaurant, Sodus Bay Sportsman Club, Sodus Point Fire Hall, Termatec Molding Inc., Warrenís Hook, Line & Sinker, Wayne County Federation of Sportsmenís Clubs, and the Wayne County Office of Tourism.
Complete standings are available at www.waynecountytourism.com, click on GrandSlam box.