3rd Annual FCT Ice Gala Wrap Up
On Saturday, February 11, 2017, Fishing Northeast held The Third Annual Fishing CT Ice Fishing Gala on South Cove, Bantam Lake in Morris, CT. Weather threw all types of curveballs at the organizers the week before the event, from temperatures in the 50’s to a foot of snow. Luckily for the competitors taking to the ice and organizers, the Town of Morris came threw with plowing of Morris Beach parking and the State of Connecticut cleared enough parking at the Bantam Boat Launch to provide access and the ice was a solid six to eight inches on average throughout much of the South Cove.
48 anglers took to the ice Saturday morning in hopes of catching the largest weighed fish in one of the three categories (northern pike, bass and panfish). Accompanying the largest fish in each category was a cash prize, based on the number of anglers as well as gift certificates for second place in each category.
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A variety of fish were caught on Saturday with pike being the most numerous. We saw everything from northern pike to yellow perch and rock bass brought to the weigh station.
In the panfish category we saw a number of fish in the quarter-pound range. The first fish of the day in this category was weighed in by Daria Krizan, a half-pound rock bass that set a number that would not be touched as she lead the competition wire to wire. The closest anybody would come was a yellow perch by Peter Dillon, a 0.4375 pound yellow perch. Daria’s rock bass was worth $120.
We had Mark Davidson take the lead in the pike category, with a smile from ear to ear, this was his first ever fish through the ice, a 5.9375 pound fish. We were all excited for him as well. That is a great fish to catch as your first through the ice. His excitement was short-lived however, as Mark walked back to his location, another angler, Justin McAllister walked right by him, weighing in a pike at 6.25 pounds less than a minute later. Justin’s fish fell a bit short from being the top fish in the pike category however. The first place fish was a beautiful 30 inch 6.6875 pound pike caught by Jason Paternostro. The fish Paternostro weighed in was worth $480 cash. Not a bad way to end a great day on the ice.
The bass category did not have a winner as not one bass was weighed in. 50% of this money will go back into the overall pot for the Fourth Annual Ice Fishing Gala which will be held in the South Cove, Bantam Lake during the winter of 2018. Fishing Northeast would like thank all anglers that came out to make this a great event as well as the volunteers and sponsors that made this event possible.
Jason Paternostro – 1st Place – Prize: $480
Justin McAllister – 2nd Place – Prize: $20 gift certificate to Tag’s Tackle Box in Plainville, CT and a gift certificate for 1-pound of chocolate from Aruna Chocolates in Durham, CT.
Daria Krizan – 1st Place – Prize: $120
Peter Dillon – 2nd Place – Prize: Gift certificate for 1-pound of chocolate from Aruna Chocolates in Durham, CT.