PIERREPONT - Fifty adult anglers from around the county competed last weekend in various bodies of water, aiming to reel in the biggest fish in the The Pierrepont Volunteer Fire Departments second annual Open Boundaries Ice Fishing Tournament.
The all day event culminated in the awarding of cash prizes to the largest pike and walleye in the adult bracket and largest perch and crappie for the 15 and under bracket.
Canton resident Shawn McGregor and Parishville resident Tom Demo were announced as the Pike and Walleye winners respectively at the weigh-in late Saturday afternoon.
Because it was an open boundaries tournament, they could fish in any bodies of water in the surrounding areas. (The turnout) was about the same as last year. Both years the department was able to make a little bit of money, tournament coordinator Travis Cole said. Our goal is to have people come out, have fun and fish and we also serve food at the fire department. We had chili, hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot chocolate.
Mr. McGregor hauled in a 9.14 pound, 33 inch pike, while Mr. Demo caught an 8 pound walleye.
I thought I probably would have placed but I wasnt sure I would win. Ive caught much bigger and seen bigger caught before that. You can catch them locally and get bigger ones, Mr. Demo said.
Mr. Cole added that the tournament had 50 adult entrants and 16 children. The kids division ages ranged from six to 12 and the adults were all sorts of ages. We had some guys from Vermont that came down to fish in Massena. Overall, we had a good mix of people from the county. (They were from) Pierrepont, Canton, Norwood, Parishville, etc. It was a good mixture, he said.
Adult entry fees were $20 and children 15 and younger could enter for $10.
Mr. Demo, who caught his prize winning fish in the St. Lawrence River, said that this was his second year taking part in the event.
I ice fish around the north country a lot, he said. It was a good little derby, and I think it will only get better for them. They do really well and it is pretty well run. Theres a lot of fish out there and its a nice, easy fun one to do.
Mr. Cole noted that he and his cousin, a fellow member of the fire department, began the tournament together last year.
A cousin and myself are both in the fire department, and we ice fish a lot. (The tournament) came about that way. We wanted to get people out, especially kids, and get them prizes. All of the kids, regardless of if they caught anything, got some sort of prize. We wanted to be able to award people things, he said. We hope to continue with this in the future. Wed like to thank everybody involved. We hope to see everybody back and more people in the future.