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Ninth Sandbar Fishing Classic Features Elite Lunkers

Updated: Jul 16, 2019


City Recreation Director Matt Curatolo presented Adult Bass Awards to Jesse Barr, Spencer Love and Tyler Vanamsport


BY DAVE SHEA

The anglers worked hard but their efforts were rewarded at the Ninth Annual Sandbar Fishing Classic which was hosted by Ogdensburg Department of Parks and Recreation at Hosmer's Marina on Sunday. The field of 136 anglers combined to produce some of the best catches in the history of the event led by a Northern Pike weighing 14.2 pounds.

The prize money in the Adult Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Perch Division was $290 for first place, $190 for second place and $90 for third place.

All the entry fees collected went directly back to the anglers as prize money.

"Another Sandbar Classic Fishing Derby is in the books with 136 registered anglers. A lot of the anglers said the fishing was tough but we saw some of the biggest fish to date, especially in the walleye and pike divisions. Thank you to our sponsors - Hosmer’s Marina,Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, The Dirty Gringo and the family of the late Al O’Marah- for helping make this a success for the 9th straight year," said Director of Parks and Recreation Director Matt Curatolo.

"Al O'Marah was one of the best bass fishermen ever and his family donated the Al O'Marah Lunker Trophy every year for the winner of the Adult Bass Division. Thanks to our sponsors we had some nice prizes for our youth division."

Jess Barr won the Al O'Marah Trophy with a 5.60 bass which he caught while fishing for walleye with a large family contingent. He also landed walleye honors with an 8.99 lunker. Szafransky outdueled his dad's Steve Szafranski 10.63 pounds for northern pike honors.

Jim Lalone led the Adult Perch Division with a .83 pound catch.

Youth Division winners were: Drew Piercey with a 4,84 pound bass, Brooke Barr with a 3.87 pound walleye, Kamdyn Johnson with a 3.66 pound northern pike and Mason Kiah with .29 pound perch.

ADULT DIVISIONS

Bass: Jesse Barr 5.60 lbs, Spencer Love 5.48 lbs, Tyler Vanamsport 5.13 lbs.

Walleye: Jesse Barr 8.99 lbs. Dick Bouchey 6.08 obs, Buck Belisle 5.6 lbs.

Northern Pike: Gabe Szafranski 14.02 lbs, Steve Szafranski 10.63 lbs, Rick Ledwith 6.34 lbs.

Perch: Jim Lalone .83 lbs, Dalton Miller .68 lbs, Ron Addison .68 lbs.

YOUTH DIVISIONS

Bass: Drew Piercey 4.84 lbs, Keighan Sias 4.45 lbs, Hunter Spriggs 4.37 lbs.

Walleye: Brooke Barr 3.87 lbs, Matt Kinney 3.01 lbs, Kamdyn Johnson 2.25 lbs.

Northern Pike: Kamdyn Johnson 3.66 lbs, Matt Kinney 3.15 lbs, Keleb Kiah 2.94 lbs.

Perch: Mason Kiah .29 lbs, Claire Murphy .26 lbs, Jackson Fortin .23 lbs.






Gabe (right) and Steve Szafranski placed first and second in the Northern Pike Division oif the Sandbar Fishing Classic which catches of 14.02 and 10.63 pounds

Hunter Spriggs and his boat mates display the smallmouth which earned the youngster third place in the Youth Division.

City Recreation Director Matt Curatolo presents Adult Walleye awards to Jesse Barr and Buck Belile. Missing is Dick Bouchey.

City Recreation Director Matt Curatolo presents the Northern Pike Awards to Gabe and Steve Szafranski and Rick Ledwith.

City Recreation Director Matt Curatolo presents the Youth Bass Awards to Hunter Spriggs, Keighan Sias and Drew Piercey.

City Recreation Director Matt Curatolo presents Youth Walleye Awards to Brooke Barr, Matt Kinney and Kamdyn Johnson.


City Recreation Director Matt Curatolo presents Youth Northern Pike Awards to Kaleb Kiah, Matt Kinney and Kamdyn Johnson.

City Recreation Director Matt Curatolo presents the Youth Perch Division Awards to Claire Murphy and Mason Kiah. Missing is Jackson Fortin.

Jesse Barr (far right) receives the Al O'Marah Adult Bass Lunker Award at the Sandbar Classic Fishing Derby from members of Al O'Marah's family: Ron and Cindy Johnson and McKenna, Emory, James, Mason, Kaleb, Joey, Arlene and Kari Kiah. (Dave Shea Photo)

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