With cooler temperatures, some sunshine and then slight breezes the crowd gathered for the 51st Annual State Championship Fishing Tournament.
Grand Champion Angler of 2010 is Joe Martinelli of Pittsburgh with a 23.94 pound Musky measuring 45 inches, the only fish he caught. Second Place was Darren Potts of East Hickory with three walleye and six bass weighing 21.78 total, and in third place was Terry Cotterman of Tidioute with six bass weighting 19.52 pounds. Potts and Cotterman are both previous Champions.Saturday started off with fisherpersons of all ages casting their lines into the waters.
The Kids Derby started at 9 a.m. at Benner Park with 92 kids ages sixteen months to age ten registered.
Photos by Linda Scott
2010 Champion Angler
Joe Martinelli of Pittsburgh is shown here with his daughter Marissa age 2 in his arms. Making the presentations of trophy and cash are on left Miss Tidioute-Alexis Morrison and Miss Teen Tidioute-Desiree McChesney.
Jr. Trauner age 2 1/2 won the youngest fishing person position with 29 inches total length of fish and Katherine Spinks age ten of New Brighton, PA won first place with 31 inches of fish, she was tied with Austin Sprull age nine. A coin toss determined the first and second place winners. Austin won second place.
Third place winner was a four way tie with each having 30.5 inches therefore a drawing with those names was held and Patrick Tucker won the third place position.
Each winner was presented with several prizes and the other names were placed in a box and drawn for other prizes.
Winner of the bicycle that was donated by the Women's Association of the Presbyterian Church was Jaydn Byaum of Tidioute.
Funds for the prizes in the Kids Derby are raised by the committee selling coffee, donuts and juices while the kids fish and the bicycle is raffled off at that time as well.
There were over 280 fisherpersons registered on Saturday all trying to capture a spot in the finals for fishing on Sunday.
Junior Champion Angler is returning 2009 Champion, Curtis Lewis of Tidioute age 14 with 15.43 pounds.
Second place winner of the Junior Angler was Kyle Miller age 15 of East Hickory with 13.71 pounds and third place went to Adam Barker age 11 of Warren, PA with 10.88 pounds.
The first fish to be brought into the scales on Saturday was a 24.59 pound Musky that was between 42-45 inches long.
Lunker Awards went as follows: Musky-Joe Martinelli of Pittsburgh with 23.94; Pike-none; Bass-George Defrahn of Harrisburg; Walleye-Terry Cotterman with 2.6 pounds and Trout-Brian Johnson of Clarendon.
Oldest fisherman was Steve Birek and oldest woman was Kathy Habovich.
Finalists who fished on Sunday in no particular order were: Kirk Schwab of Harmony, Josh McDunn of Warren, Mike Robinault of Youngsville, Darren Potts of East Hickory, Ed Acklin of Russell, Terry Cotterman of Tidioute, Walt Stover of Corry, George Defrahn of Harrisburg, Joe Martinelli of Pittsburgh, Steve Walters of Irvine, Greg Peate of Irvine, Brian Johnson of Clarendon, and Jim Wrightman of Cortland, OH.
The winner of the Champion Angler is determined by the total weight of all fish brought into the scales.
A total of 230 fish were caught this weekend with a total weight of 598 pounds. Down 37 percent from last year.
Those fishing stated that the fishing was tough due to the murky waters and colder temperatures. The fishermen did not let the conditions hold them back. They all tried their best to make that perfect catch.
The Pennsylvania State Championship Fishing Tournament committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make this a successful tournament. They are extremely grateful for the participation, volunteer time, donations, sponsorships, patronage, and support. Without all of you, this tournament weekend would not be possible. Thank You!
Other tournament results will be printed in the Tidioute column later this week.