Hey there tournament competitors!
The Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament will be celebrating a milestone in 2014 when the Niagara County event – based out of the ports of Wilson and Olcott – will hold its 30th Anniversary contest May 31-June 1, 2014. For three decades, this fishing competition has been pitting teams of anglers against one another in one of the biggest tests of skill on the Great Lakes. Scoring is based on 10 points per fish and a point per pound over two days of fishing, using special tournament minimum lengths and restrictions over two days of fishing.
To help reel in this overall celebration and with the recent announcement that Orleans County will NOT be holding a Pro-Am event in 2014 (they will be holding an open contest), Niagara tournament organizers are now announcing that they will be expanding the tournament to include a second weekend for 2014 – by offering a two day event May 24-25. All the rules will be the same (as last year) in both tournaments; each will be treated as independent events. The West Challenge Cup will be based on point totals for both Niagara events combined. To help celebrate the anniversary, over $130,000 will be up for grabs based on 50 boat fields for each division and each event. That includes special cash prizes for fishing in both tournaments for the best of the best.
With two Pro-Am tournaments on back to back weekends, the Pete DeAngelo and Don Johannes Memorial events on May 30, and a Charity Fishing Tournament in the wings during the week, the spring fishing extravaganza will offer anglers more opportunities for their angling dollars. Your chances for bringing home one of the many cash prizes increase considerably. However, like the state lottery – you have to be in it to win it!
In addition, the Recreational Open Division will also be an option for amateur anglers looking to compete for each day of the two tournaments as separate events, based on boat participation for cash and prizes. As always, each of these Niagara events will be 100 percent payback as far as the prize structure is concerned – and then some. No other tournament can compete.
Entry fee for the Classic Division will be $600 (plus admin fees) per event; the Trophy Division will only be $300 per event (plus admin fees). The Recreational Open is still $125 per day (plus $10 admin fee).We emphasize that this is a 100 percent-plus cash payback! Mark your calendars and make plans for the biggest tournament events of 2014! More to come …
To find out more information about the landmark Niagara County Lake Ontario Pro-Am Tournaments, check out the official website at www.lakeontarioproam.net. See you there!
Bill Hilts, Jr.