The Brant and Fields Commemorative Walleye Tournament was held June 15, 2014. Thirty-three teams participated. Rainy, cold and windy conditions Saturday changed to calm, sunny and 80 degrees Sunday for the tournament. The team of John Maholic, Bradford, PA, and Matt Clark, Mount Jewett, PA, cleaned up with the big basket of the day and biggest fish.
They brought a full basket to the scales weighing 11.72 pounds including a big fish of 4.70 pounds. With that catch they took home $4,459.00. A very generous donation to the Alan Ward Whopper Walleye pot of $2000.00 came from the Warren Elks Lodge 223. Their involvement has increased the big fish payout tremendously. Their Exalted Ruler, Jeff Frailey, said they would like to continue their participation.
In the afternoon before the teams returned to the scales, National Professional Anglers Association member Brent Long put on a fishing clinic for 13 children. He covered PFD safety, knot tying, bait and casting. Using poles baited with plastic minnows, they had the opportunity to cast for some plastic fish. The clinic ended with a book and brand new fishing pole for each of the children.
The day ended for the fishermen with 116 fish for 160.62 pounds. There were 19 limits and 5 blanks. Total payout for the day was $7,651.00.