Goehring, Moskaluk Win 2013 Fish Odyssey Grand Prizes
By Bill Hilts, Jr.
The 37th Annual Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby, held August 17-25, 2013, enjoyed some outstanding summer weather and fishing that was just as good on all counts. In the Grand Prize Classic Challenge Draw for all first place winners in the Adult Division, it was Larry Goehring of Spraggs, Pennsylvania winning the $2,500 Grand Prize when he reeled in a 17 pound, 13 ounce brown trout from east of Olcott. In the Junior Division, it was Steve Moskaluk of North Tonawanda winning the $100 Walmart gift card for the Grand Prize. He had placed first in the walleye category by virtue of reeling in an 8 pound, 13 ounce walleye from the Niagara Bar.
Other Adult category winners were:
Sandra Brown of Clearfield, Pennsylvania reeled in a 35 pound, three ounce Chinook salmon while trolling in front of Point Breeze. She was using a spin doctor and fly – producing the biggest salmon of her life. She is also a Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association member and cashed in on an extra $700 for the largest salmon caught by a member in the contest. The contest also paid out $100 a day for the largest salmon weighed each full day.
Bob Turton of Sanborn was the top laker taker with a 24 pound, 13 ounce fish he reeled in from the Niagara Bar. It was his largest fish to date as well.
Karen Cinelli of Newfane set the pace in the carp division with a 28 pound, 4 ounce fish from Olcott harbor. She spends a lot of her time fishing on her husband’s charter boat out of Olcott, targeting trout and salmon. Her quest the last several years was to try and pursue carp in between and after lake fishing around the boat slips – and win the division. Her competitive nature finally pushed her over the top.
Fourteen year old Michael Creighton of Buffalo was fishing in Lake Erie off Sturgeon Point using a drop shot rig outfitted with a Berkley Big Gulp plastic bait when he caught the biggest smallmouth of his life – a six pound fish that won the division. He registered as an adult.
Paul Devlin of Niagara Falls was the top walleye catcher with a 12 pound, 14 ounce fish, his largest fish to date. He was power trolling a worm harness off a three-way rig with the current west of the green buoy marker.
In the Junior Division, more impressive catches came to the scales – a free division for youngsters 15 years of age and younger. Seeing the young anglers come up front to collect their merchandise prizes and plaques was worth its weight in goldfish. Leading the six species categories for the nine day contest were:
Jacob Velesko of Middleport set the pace in the Salmon Division with a 29 pound, 7 ounce king reeled in while fishing out of Olcott with captains Jim Taylor and Jim Gordon. He caught the fish on a Northern King spoon and it was the biggest fish he’s ever experienced. His smile was almost as big as the fish!
Peter Campbell of Niagara Falls reeled in the trout of his nine year life, a 12 pound, 12 ounce steelhead that nailed a flasher-fly out deep off the Niagara Bar. Campbell also won the new bike donated by The Primate Sanctuary at the awards ceremony held at the Newfane Community Center. Campbell, who already had a new bike, wants to donate it to charity for some kid who doesn’t have a bike.
Andon Woodward of North Tonawanda out-fought a five pound, four once smallmouth from the upper Niagara River on a golden shiner to set the pace in the bass division.
Ethan Long of Batavia won the carp category with an 18 pound, 8 ounce fish from the Oak Orchard River, using a boilie to take his fish.
Gabe Shank of Olcott won the panfish category with an 11 ounce rock bass from Olcott harbor. He was using a worm to take his prize fish.
Erin Brolinski of Lewiston, last year’s Grand Prize winner in the Junior Division, earned the first place ranking in the walleye division with a 5 pound, 10 ounce fish taken from the Niagara Bar on a worm harness. She moved up to first when Moskaluk won the Grand Prize overall.
Sponsors for the 2013 Fish Odyssey, held in the counties of Niagara, Orleans and Erie, included: WTS of Lewiston; Twin Village Recycling; Niagara Jet Adventures; Fox Fence; TAM Ceramics; Scrufari Construction; Niagara County Legislature; Robert M.Cinelli, Inc.; Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derbies; LOTSA; Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp.; Town of Newfane; Newfane Family Chiropractic; Newfane Business Association; The Boat Doctors; Narby’s Superette; The Slippery Sinker; Creek Road Bait and Tackle; and Scime’s Tackle
TWIN VILLAGE RECYCLING
Scrufari Construction Company of Niagara Falls
Niagara County Legistlature
Robert M. Cinelli Inc.
Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Derby
(Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association)
Niagara River Anglers Association
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp.
Triple S Sporting Supplies
Buffalo Sabres Alumni
The Primate Sanctuary
The Boat Doctors
Creekside Bait & Tackle
Town of Newfane
Newfane Business Association
A-1 Bait Supply
5425 Grauer Road
Niagara Falls, NY
The Boat Doctors
Lake and Jackson Streets
Creek Road Bait and Tackle
4419 Creek Road
Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp.
10 Rainbow Blvd.
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
(716) 282-8992 Ext. 303
2815 River Road
Captain’s Cove Resort
14339 Route 18
Narby’s Superette and Tackle
1292 Oak Orchard Rd.
1764 Oak Orchard Rd.