Zach Birge and Blake Flurry of Oklahoma State University topped the field of anglers from 70 other colleges to win the Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship at Little Rock, Ark. The three-day event called for competitors to fish a different water body each, and those waters were the Arkansas River, Lake Maumelle, and Hurricane Lake.
The Oklahoma team took the lead on Day One with a catch of 17 pounds, four ounces. All of their fish came from a 50-yard stretch where the anglers worked a River2Sea green-back, white-belly, topwater frog. Despite a poor catch of only four bass weighing four pounds, four ounces on Day Two, Birge and Flurry rebounded on Day Three with a weight of 16 pounds, five ounces. The anglers relied on bone-color Zara Super Spooks with a feathered treble for the Day Three catch.
Auburn University anglers, brothers Jordan and Matt Lee, had the largest catch of the tournament on Day Three when they brought 18 pounds, seven ounces of bass to the scales. With a total catch of 35 pounds, one ounce, the Auburn duo finished a strong second behind Oklahomas winning weight of 37 pounds, 13 ounces. Auburn finished second to Stephen F. Austin in last years championship. Third-place honors went to Murray State while University of Alabama finished fourth.
A highlight of the College Championship was the opportunity for the anglers from the top four teams to compete for one spot in the prestigious 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Oklahomas Grand Lake of the Cherokees in February. After two days of fishing, Auburns Matt Lee emerged as the Classic qualifier by out-fishing the other seven anglers. Interestingly enough, Jordan Lee finished second.
The Seaway Valley Chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is hosting its eighth annual banquet on Aug. 11 at the Casablanca Restaurant in Gouverneur. A single ticket ($50) includes the dinner and a one-year QDMA membership, while a couples ticket ($75) includes two meals and a one-year membership. Sponsor tables are available for $250.
In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to win guns, bows, deer cameras, chainsaws, hunting accessories, home decor, and more. For more information, call Teresa Whitton at 287-4968.
QDMA is a national, non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to sound deer management, quality habitat, and ethical deer hunting.
Clayton Gun and Sportsmens Show
The Clayton Rotary Club is hosting its 35th annual Clayton-1000 Islands Gun and Sportsmen Show Aug. 18-19 at the Cerow Recreation Park. Billed as the largest gun and sportsmens show in Northern New York, proceeds from the event will benefit the Clayton Rotary Clubs scholarship program and service work in the community and internationally.
The Clayton show is a Yellow Ribbon Event for the military, and show hours run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for military with identification. Children under 12 receive free admission. For more information, contact Tom Neely at 482-4596 or Bud Baril at 686-2832.
Thaddeus Norris, renowned 19th century American angler, said, For the true angler, fishing produces a deep, unspoken joy, born of longing for that which is quiet and peaceful, and fostered by an inbred love of nature.
Monday: Lisbon Sportsmens Club hosts trap and skeet shooting at Pray Rd. Property at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday and Saturday: Hunter Education Course in Gouverneur (Register at 486-0546 from 5:30-8 p.m.).
Saturday: SLRWA 11th annual St. Lawrence River Walleye Challenge Team Tournament (384-3450).
Sunday: Bowhunter Education Course at Feraris Archery Shop in Carthage (Register at Shop).
Sunday: Sporting Clays Shoot at Black Lake F&G Club at 9 a.m.
Aug. 13: Sporting Licenses for 2012-13 go on sale.
Aug. 14: Federated Sportsmens clubs of SLC meet at 7 p.m. at BOCES.
Aug. 14,16,18: Hunter Education Course at Mannsville Fire Hall (Register at 785-2533).
Aug. 16-18: St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament (www.northcountryguide.com).
Aug. 21,24,25:Hunter Education Course at Adams Center Sportsmans Club (Register at 232-2942 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.).
Aug. 23-25: Hunter Education Course at Fort Drum (Register at 772-0053).
Aug. 26: Bowhunter Education Course at Watertown Sportsmans Club (Register at 785-2533).