Unique Tournament Encourages Stewardship

Anglers can compete for a broad variety of high-end fishing tackle and at the same time take an active role in cleaning up the banks of the Salmon River in a unique " Catch and Clean" tournament sponsored by the Lake Ontario Tributary Anglers Council (LOTAC) Saturday, Nov. 13.

Hosted by Fox Hollow Lodge at 2740 NYS Route 13, Altmar, the event combines competitive fishing with a clean-up of the river bank.

" This tournament gives anglers the opportunity to have a competitive tournament for steelhead while giving back to the habitat at the same time," said LOTAC president Jim Kirtland.

The tournament begins at 7 a.m. at Fox Hollow. Anglers will pick up trash along the river bank while fishing. Teams can consist of one to three anglers. Winners will be based on length of fish entered. Prizes include a 50/50 cash payback to winners, with several competition categories in play. Fishing ends at 3 p.m. with an awards ceremony to follow. Dinner will be available at Fox Hollow Lodge for $5.95 after the tournament.

" We' ve received donated prizes from more than 30 tackle manufacturers," said Kirtland. " There will be a broad range of high-end fishing tackle given away." LOTAC was formed three years ago by a group of anglers intent on encouraging conservation and ethical fishing on the Lake Ontario tributaries.

Their mission statement requires members " to be stewards of the environment and fishery and to appreciate and have utmost respect for the Lake Ontario Tributary fish they pursue, the state land they fish on, their co-anglers, and private property owners." Members are expected to adhere to a code of ethics and follow all state Department of Environmental Conservation fishing regulations. The tournament is one of several activities sponsored by the group to " get people in the habit of cleaning up at the same time as enjoying the river

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