Real Deal, Screamer win Sodus Pro Am
Written by Niagara Gazette   
Tuesday, 19 July 2005 10:56
The Real Deal team proved that it really is the "reel deal," winning the Professional Division of the Gander Mountain/Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament this weekend out of Sodus Point in Wayne County.

Thrillseeker came up a little short on the final day of the competition but still managed to win the Lake Ontario Challenge Cup ? the culmination of all total points for all three tournaments. The Screamer team from Pennsylvania won the Amateur Division at Sodus and also earned the overall Challenge Cup for its division.

It was two beautiful days on Lake Ontario, and the fish cooperated nicely for the 61 teams competing in this second annual event ? nearly double the teams they had for last year. Like the other two tournaments, scoring is based on 10 points per fish and a point per pound.

In the Professional Division, Dennis Ferry of Massachusetts proved that last year's win was no fluke. He teamed with Craig Danzig of Sodus, and they walked away with this year?s tournament ? but not without a little fight from some mainstays in the tournament circuit.

The first day of the tournament saw Real Deal weigh in an impressive 314.81 points. They were fishing in 500-plus feet of water straight off Sodus and targeting king salmon with a mix of programs that included cutbait, flasher-fly and spoons. In second was Vince Pierleoni?s Thrillseeker team with 311 points. Still in the hunt was Tom Burke?s Cold Steel/A-Tom-Mik team with 305.05 points.

On day two, Real Deal, continued its dominance with a score of 286.52 points and an overall total of 601.33 points to win the contest. Cold Steel hung in with a score of 244.38 points and a total of 548.43 for second place. Third place went to Robert Schneider?s Royal Flush squad from Massachusetts when they weighed in an outstanding catch that scored 325.76 points on day two to finish with a 529.76 score. Fourth place went to the Niagara County team led by Kevin Jerge of Wilson. His Prime Time/A-Tom-Mik team also had an excellent day two with 313.81 points to move up into the money with a total score of 519.11 points.

Thrillseeker came to the scales with 181.86 points for a two-day total of 492.86 points. It was good enough for fifth place and allowed the team to win the overall championship of the Lake Ontario Challenge Cup. They finished 10th in the Niagara tournament, first in the Oswego tournaments and fifth in Wayne County.

Rounding out the top 10 in the pro division were: Flat Out, Darrin LaChance (Sodus), 475.63 points; Rebel Charters, Jerry Felluca (Hilton) 339.89 points; Candy, Andy Sykut (Webster) 329.08 points; Maui Jim Fishing Team, Mike Gustin (Rochester) 323.55 points; Magician, Ryan Williamson (Sodus) 323.41 points. There were 33 teams competing among the pros.

In the Amateur class, it was Dave Antenori and his Screamer team from Pennsylvania that won the Wayne County tournament with 395.71 points. It also gave them enough overall points to win the Lake Ontario Challenge Cup for amateur anglers.

Runner-up at Wayne County was the Junkyard Dog team led by Stanley Pierce with 364.42 points, followed by High Voltage/Mark DeSantis with 361.43 points. Fourth place went to Vermont?s Appalachian Big Lake Tackle team orchestrated by Bob Buriak with 301.06 points. Fifth place was Jim Thompson?s Thompson Contender group with 292.78 points. There were 28 amateur teams.

Plans are underway for 2006 to continue with all three tournaments. Orleans County is considering adding a fourth tournament out of Point Breeze, an event that would be spearheaded by the Oak Orchard Business Association.

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