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Sandbar Classic draws 101 entries


More than 100 anglers of all ages participated in the third-annual Sandbar Classic Fishing Derby Sunday hosted by the Ogdensburg Parks and Recreation Department.

With a total of 102 entrants, 38 of them in the youth division, the fishing derby continues to be a success, according to Matthew Curatolo, Parks and Recreation director.

“We had another great day for the derby. Early on it was tough fishing with the high winds but it settled down later in the morning and we had some nice fish brought in that made for a lot of changes on the leaderboard,” Curatolo said.

Weigh-ins were held at Hosmer’s Marina.

First-place winners won $175, custom-made paddles from John Miller III and round-trip tickets from Ogdensburg to Boston courtesy of Cape Air. Second-place winners received $100 and third-place finishers received $50. Both second and third place finishers also received plaques.


Bass: First-place – Chris Mills (5.04 pounds); Second-place – Art Wilson (4.89 pounds); and Third-place – Brad Paradis (4.64 pounds). The Lunker Award - a custom-made paddle made by Miller - in memory of Al O’Marah, was given to Chris Mills for his 5.04 pound bass.

Walleye: First-place- Steve Szafranski (8.47 pounds); Second-place – Greg Barr (6.94 pounds); and Third-place – Dalton Miller Jr. (6.84 pounds).

Northern Pike: First-place – Joe Fortin (5.66 pounds); Second-place – Jim Rolfe (3.60 pounds); and Third-place – Greg Barr (2.87 pounds).

Perch: First-place – Al Piercey (.52); Second-place – Jim Rolfe (.50); and Third-place – Charles Spriggs (.45).

In the youth division, Bailey Friot took first place in the bass division with a 3.69 pound bass while Mark Barr (3.68 pounds) took second and Derek Barr took third with a bass that weighed 3.58 pounds.

In the perch division, Drew Piercey took the top prize with a .73 pound perch followed by Grace Shea with a .53 pound perch and then Griffin Wert (.41) rounding out the winner’s bracket with a .41 pound perch.

Prizes for the youth division, which include nets and other fishing tackle, were provided by the family of the late Al O’Marah.

The first 90 entrants received T-shirts thanks to a Heroes Fund donation from Algonquin Power.

“I’d like to thank our sponsors – Hosmer’s Marina, Algonquin Power and Cape Air – for helping make this year’s derby a success,” said Curatolo.

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