On Sunday, the Ogdensburg Parks and Recreation Department hosted its fourth annual Sandbar Classic Fishing Derby at Hosmer’s Marina as part of the 54th annual Ogdensburg International Seaway Festival.
The event is sponsored by Algonquin Power, Inc., Cape Air and Hosmer’s Marina. is held on the St. Lawrence River.The Sandbar Classic saw a total of 123 anglers of all ages register and a total of 60 fish were weighed in.
“Our ultimate goal is to showcase what the St. Lawrence River has to offer in the way of fishing and this year’s derby didn’t disappoint. We had a great turnout, our best yet, and saw some big fish get weighed in today on a beautiful summer day,” said Parks & Recreation Director Matthew Curatolo.
The derby had four adult divisions – bass, walleye, perch and northern pike. With all registration money going back to the anglers, there was a prize pool of over $1,200. For each adult division, first-place finishers took home $165 while second-place received $90 and third-place won $60 each.
In the adult bass division, Jason Bell took first-place with a 4.68 pound smallmouth with Gabe Szafranski taking second with a 4.31 pound bass and Anna Moran placing third with a 4.27 pound fish. Bell also took home the annual Al O’Marah Memorial Lunker Award for the heaviest bass and a $30 gift certificate to Hosmer’s Marina courtesy of the O’Marah family.
In the walleye division it was a family affair with Steve Barr taking first-place with a 5.69 pound walleye, Derek Barr taking second with a 5.13 fish and Greg Barr rounding out the top three with a 4.92 pound walleye.
John Shea took first-place in the perch division with a .58 pound fish and Jordan Miller taking second with a .56 pound perch and Al Piercey placing third with a .55 pound fish.
In the northern pike division, Richard “Dick” Gibson took first-place with a 6.53 pound pike and Buck Belile placed second with a 5.65 pound northern and Colton Stemples rounded out the top three with a 4.64 pound fish.
For the third year, the derby also hosted a youth division for bass and perch with all prizes and trophies provided by the O’Marah family.
In the bass division, Colton Stemples placed first with a 4.05 pound bass followed by Shannon Szafranski with a 3.71 pound bass and Marko Skamperle placed third with a 3.62 pound smallmouth.
For the second year in a row, Drew Piercey placed first in the perch division with a .63 pound fish followed by Kaleb Kiah with a .22 pound perch and Dillon Moran with a .18 pound perch. Thanks to a donation from Algonquin Power’s Heroes Program, the first 90 participants that signed-up received a free T-shirt and the winners from each division received a camo hat courtesy of Algonquin Power.
“This derby wouldn’t be able to be held without our generous sponsors. From Hosmer’s Marina hosting the event at their location to Algonquin Power and Cape Air showing us continued support to the generosity of the O’Marah family it really makes for a special day,” said Mr. Curatolo.