June 2, 2013

Peru youngster leads in Rotary fishing


---- — PLATTSBURGH — The 27th-Annual Plattsburgh Rotary International Fishing Classic got off to another quick start in Day Two competition Saturday. Nine-year-old Alexander Mason of Peru was waiting for the Plattsburgh weigh station to open at 8 a.m. with a 7 lb. 14.5 oz. salmon. He had been out early on Lake Champlain with his father and grandfather when he caught the top fish in that division.

Although a number of other anglers weighed in lake trout throughout the day, no one came close to St. Albans, Vt. angler Phil Burnor’s record-breaking 16 lb. 9.5 oz. lake trout that continues to hold the top spot on the leader board.

The walleye division top holder also changed hands early Saturday when Doug Kipping of Paul Smiths weighed in his 8 lb. 13.5 oz. walleye at Plattsburgh.

As the Plattsburgh weigh station was closing at 8 p.m. Saturday, Team Thorne had moved into first place in the team competition with 963 points. Fishheads was in second place at 817 points while Arnolds held third at 802 points.

Kyle Brister, tournament co-chair, said, “As expected, the competition for the top fish became much tighter in the salmon and walleye divisions with the record lake trout holding firm in its category. We hope for a strong finish tomorrow morning in the team competition as this has also become very close going in to the final day.”

All weigh stations will open again today at 8 a.m. and will close at noon. The final awards ceremony will be held at the Naked Turtle at 3 p.m.

Updates on the tournament standings will be heard every hour on Marine Channel 68 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., throughout the day on WIRY Hometown Radio (1340 a.m.) and updates will be recorded on the Fishline (toll-free number: 877-519-7942) after 8:30 p.m. each day with the top five catches in each category.