Pictured here is Raymond Martin of Elmira NY, He was on his summer vacation and was fishing with some friends aboard the BUC-A-ROO in the Orleans County Derby. The fishing was a little rough with 2 to 4 footers from the north, northwest pounding the crew all day.
As they trolled they were marking lots of bait and many nice fish. The morning bite was slow but they hung in there and just about noon the bite kicked in. Soon after boxing a feisty 25 pound king the out and down fired with a nice fish he started out like a salmon burning the drag then went straight to the bottom and stayed there.
A lengthy battle ensued and soon the tired Brown Trout came to the surface and let the 4 foot rolling chop toss him about, once he got near the boat he broke straight for the boats prop wash, many a brown is lost at this point. After working him around the prop wash the big brown was netted. It was a big male Brown Trout and looked like it could be 14 or 15 pounds. The scale on the boat bounced from 12 to 14 pounds with the 2 to 4 foot chop.
They knew it would place first or second and one ounce could be crucial so they pulled the rods called it a day and headed in to get it weighed. The fish weighed in at 12 pounds and 11 ounces good enough for second place in the Brown Trout division. Second place paid $300, not bad for a day of fishing.
The Orleans County Fishing Derby is a yearly event. It runs every year in mid August just prior to the Fall LOC Derby and in fact they overlap by a couple of days. The Grand Prize of $3,000 is for the largest trout or salmon caught during the derby. There are also 5 spots for each division Salmon, Rainbow, Lake Trout, and Brown Trout. If you would like to learn more about events held in Orleans County Click Here.