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St. Lawrence River Walleye Association Smackdown event benefits Meals on Wheels

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All proceeds from the St. Lawrence River Walleye Association’s eighth Annual Smackdown will benefit Meals on Wheels, and the popular walleye derby is slated for June 14.

The Smackdown is a two-person team event. Each team may enter three walleyes, and the winners will be determined by total weight of fish entered.

The Smackdown pays out 100 percent of entry fees (minus $200) with 50 percent for first place, 30 percent for second place, and 20 percent for third. In addition, there will be a Big Fish category with a 100 percent payback of entry fees for that category.

The launching facilities at the Massena Intake will serve as event headquarters.

Participants are required to have their boats in the water by 5:45 a.m., and fishing hours extend from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. The weigh-in station opens at noon, and all boats must report to the Massena Intake by 2 p.m.

Fishing boundaries include that section of the St. Lawrence River from the Iroquois Dam, Waddington to the Robert Moses Power Dam in Massena.

The entry fee is $60 per team, and $10 will go the Big Fish contest. Also, a $5 stocking fee will be imposed for non-SLRWA members. Anglers can register at Steve’s Stop and Shop in Louisville and Salon 181 in Massena.

Interested anglers will find a complete set of rules at www.stlawrenceriverwalleyeassociation.com, and more information is available by calling Mike at 384-3450.

Teen Anglers Catch Cash

Tennessee teenagers Mark Spicer and Dylan Crumbley had an interesting fishing experience this spring at Blythe Ferry on Chickamauga Lake, an impoundment of the Tennessee River.

According to WTVC-TV, the anglers hooked into two bags, and when the bags were brought to shore, the teens discovered the bags contained $10,000 in cash, and the money was stained red from a previously-exploded dye pack.

The anglers notified authorities of their catch, and officials connected the bags to a bank robbery the previous year. Dye packs are small explosive devices used by banks to deter robberies. When the packs explode, an aerosol marks the surrounding cash with a bright red dye that renders the money unusable.

Commenting on the catch, Spicer said, “I thought I had a turtle at first, started reeling it in, and it turned out to be a bag.”

The teens credited their Rat-L-Trap lures for making the cash catch.

Black Lake Offers Quality Membership

The Black Lake Fish and Game Association offers a quality membership to area sportsmen and women.

Popular activities include trap shoots, sporting clays, fishing derbies, Outdoor Heritage Rendezvous and numerous other events throughout the year.

Among the club’s noteworthy programs are sending youths to conservation camp, offering hunter education courses, building and placing wood duck boxes, walleye stocking, maintaining first rate shooting facilities and more.

For more information on the club, visit www.BLFGA.org or contact club secretary Ryan Demick at 486-2210 or ryan@vintagedoors.com.

Fishing and the Wind

Regarding the effect that wind direction has on the quality of fishing, an old adage states, “Wind out of the east, fish bite the least; wind out of the north, don’t leave port; wind out of the south, fish open their mouths; fish out of the west, fish bite the best.”

Outdoors Calendar

Today: Watertown Sportsmen Club hosts Annual Youth Trout Fishing Derby at club’s trout pond (777-8027).

Monday: Trap and Skeet Shoot at Lisbon Sportsmen’s Club on Pray Road at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Trap Shoot at Black Lake F&G Association at 7 p.m.

June 10: Monthly meeting of Federated Sportsmen’s Clubs of SLC at Canton BOCES at 7 p.m.

June 12: Monthly meeting of SLC Trappers Association at Lisbon Library at 6:30 p.m.

June 14: SLRWA eighth Annual Smackdown Walleye Tournament(www.stlawrenceriverwalleyeassociation.com).

June 21:Bass and muskellunge seasons open in New York State.

June 21:SLVSC Annual Opening Day Bass Derby.

June 21-22: Annual Henderson Harbor Smallmouth Bass and Walleye Derby.

June 28-29: Free Fishing Days in NYS.

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