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SUBMITTED by Mary E. Mastracy, Wayne County Tourism (10-May-2010)

Attention all Youth! Wayne County Grandslam Youth Derby Begins its 13th Year

The brown trout are cruising the Lake Ontario shoreline, and anglers are currently out in full force looking for the warmest water temperatures, which guarantees trout action. In the bays, the action is also fast and furious with perch in the pound class. Walleye and pike are also in abundance and the opener was May 1st. Everything is set for another phenomenal fishing season in Wayne County. The only ingredient for a great time is some young anglers.

“If you need an activity that will involve the entire family and you enjoy angling, Wayne County is your ‘fishing Mecca,’” states Chris Kenyon, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for the Wayne County Office of Tourism. “This year our GrandSlam and Merchants Challenge Youth Fishing Derby celebrates its 13th season, and I believe we are in store for some excellent fishing. Last year we had a record number of youngsters (90) registered for the contest.”

Here’s how the derby works. The Merchants Challenge Division requires anglers to catch the five species of warm water fish; pike, perch, walleye, largemouth, and smallmouth bass. After qualifying they can add to their total weight by registering larger species. The GrandSlam Division species are; Chinook, coho, steelhead, brown, and lake trout. The Species Challenge allows anglers to enter any one of the ten species. No qualifying is necessary in the Species Division.

To enter the Youth Division, a child must be between the ages of 4-16, at the time of registration. There will be two age categories – Youth ages 4-7 & ages 8-16. Entry fee is $5.00.

The only change for this year’s contest is: all perch caught must have a minimum weight of 6 ounces.

The event kicked-off 1 May 2010 and continues through 18 August 2010. Registration forms are available at all bait and tackle shops in Wayne County. The county web page lists the complete rules and regulations and will feature a continuing leader board during the entire derby. For more information call Wayne County Tourism at 1-800-527-6510.


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