AMA Sportsmen’s Association wraps up 31st annual Walleye Tournament

 

AMA Sportsmen’s Association president Rodney Ferriss stands with the fishing boat raffled off at the wrap-up party for their 31st annual Walleye Tournament on July 6. The boat was won by Roger Heaton, who was not present to claim his prize. (Photo by: Adam D’Andrea)

AMA Sportsmen’s Association president Rodney Ferriss stands with the fishing boat raffled off at the wrap-up party for their 31st annual Walleye Tournament on July 6. The boat was won by Roger Heaton, who was not present to claim his prize. (Photo by: Adam D’Andrea)

By Adam D’Andrea

 

The AMA Sportsmen’s Association’s annual Walleye Tournament reeled in nearly 800 local participants this year.

The 31st installment of the fishing derby ran from June 27 until July 5, with a wrap-up party held last Sunday. The event featured a presentation of cash prizes to the overall and daily winners in all categories, as well as door prizes including a fishing boat sponsored by Happy Days Boat Centre.

“For kept fish, first place was $500, second place was $300 and third place was $200. Then we have our live release fish. The very first place is $500,” said Sportsmen’s Association president Rodney Ferriss. “We also did tagged fish this year and last year. If someone was lucky enough to catch the right tagged fish they would win a $30,000 voucher for Racicot Chrysler for a vehicle.”

The winners in the kept fish category were (first to third) Paul Novak, Nancy Ridsdale and Denise Schwab. The winners in the live release category were (first to third) Andrew Beetham, John Gibb and Terry McGorman. Prizes were also given to those who caught the 20 next largest non-winning fish, the top three winners of which were Dave Pettypiece, Dan Stroprouils and Tyler Giging. Roger Heaton was the lucky winner of the boat raffle.

Although the weather throughout the fishing derby was sunny, Ferriss said some conditions made the tournament a bit of a challenge for many participants.

“I think this year it was windy all week. A lot of guys had a hard time getting out on the lake,” said Ferriss. “But there were still people who went out and fished because they were in the tournament. We still had a number of fish weighed in and we had good sunny weather.”

The Sportsmen’s Association’s next event is their youth golf fundraising tournament August 23 at Oxley Beach Golf Course, with proceeds going toward their youth events. A full listing of future events can be found at www.amasportsmen.com.

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