The Steve Welgoss Memorial Trout Tournament took place on Saturday, May 26, 2012. A field of 46 entries paid $50 to enter the Round Valley Trout Association sponsored tournament, one of their biggest I’ve ever heard of. The tournament was put together to memorialize Steve Welgoss, the owner of Lebanon Bait & Sport, who passed away Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, peacefully at home at the age of 71.
The Steve Welgoss Memorial Trout Fishing Tournament Sponsored by the Round Valley Trout Association
There was quite a bit of Fog in the morning, making navigation a little hairy. Once everyone got clear of the boat launch area and started fishing the catching reports started rolling in including jaw tagged rainbow trout. Pics and more details at the Lebanon Bait & Sport Facebook Page.
The Round Valley Trout Association’s monthly tournament was on held on a beautiful May day this past Saturday. It was such a nice day in fact that I wound up taking my kids to our local water park. If you ever get a chance check out Doorbrook Park in Colt’s Neck. The park is FREE and it has the most amazing playground / sandbox / water park you can imagine.
Thanks to Jody at Lebanon Bait & Sport for providing me with tournament results. If anyone has any pics they’d like me to post you can email them to robert at roundvalleyfishing dot com or post them to our facebook wall. Tournament winners are below. Visit the RVTA website for list of complete winners.
May 2012 RVTA Trout Tournament Winners
Rainbow / Brown Trout Division
Lake Trout Division
Remember too, next Saturday is the Steve Welgoss Memorial Fishing Tournament. Sign up will be taken the day of the tournament at the weigh in table between the hours of 5:00am and 7:00am. Get more info via the RVTA website homepage.
On Saturday May 5th,2012 the Hunterdon Anglers held their first Trout fishing tournament at Round Valley Reservoir. Although the weather was not ideal with fog, cool breeze and sprinkles. They had 65 entries. 21 members and 27 non members and 17 children. All of the Juniors will receive a Gift card. Bait was provided by Jody from Lebanon Bait & Sport and RoundValleyFishing.com
At first the fishing was slow, probably because of the fog. Once the fog rose the fish were biting. The shore fishing Vs boaters were about equal in their catch numbers. Interestingly, no rainbows were caught, but a good number of Browns. Here are the results:
Hunterdon Anglers Trout Tournament May 5th,2012
Trout Division Report
Winner – Frank Capobianco Dunellen NJ 23 1/4″ 3.85 lbs
Barry Simpson 22″ 3.75 lbs
Richard Willey High Bridge NJ 22 1/2″ 3.40 lbs
Joe Holub 21″ 3.20 lbs
Ryan Lipot Manville NJ 21″ 2.65 lbs
Ryan Lipot 20 ¾” 2.55 lbs
Dave Plichta Jr Flemington NJ 20″ 2.30 lbs
Charlie Rahner Jersey City NJ 19 1/2″ 2.20 lbs
Dave Plichta Sr Flemington NJ 17 3/8″ 1.85 Lbs
Winner Jim Bowman Phillipsburg NJ 17 1/8″ 2.45 lbs
Dave Plichta Jr Flemington NJ 18 1/2″ 2.10 lbs
Ryan Lipot Manville NJ 16 5/8″ 1.85 lbs
Dave Plichta Sr. Flemington NJ 17 1/4″ 1.75 lbs
Ryan Lipot Manville NJ 17 5/8″ 1.65 lbs
I don’t know the winners of the April 2012 Round Valley Trout Association trout fishing tournament as of this writing but I’ll update as soon as I do. You can also visit the RVTA website at https://www.fishrvta.com/
I do know that a 17.2lb Lake Trout and a 15lb Laker were weighed in. The bigger fish was released. See the pics on Lebanon Bait & Sport‘s Facebook page.
I saw a few other big lakers get weighed in including the below from Rocco Catania which measured 25″ and weighed 6.6lbs. What a gut!
Rocco Catania displays his 6.6lb 25 inch Lake Trout, a personal best!
There were some monster Rainbow Trout weighed in as well. Below is John J. Wisniewski with a BIG rainbow.
J. Wisniewski with a BIG rainbow from the April 15th Round Valley Trout Association fishing tournament.
Many of these fish were caught trolling herring / shiner OR trolling spoons like the Sutton using down-riggers or leadcore lines.
One thing that really struck me was the number of BIG rainbows and lakers being weighed in, especially when compared to April 2011. Why the big difference?
Winning Brown or Rainbow from last year:
1 roger drew rainbow 5.76 23 1/4 92
2 roger drew brown 2.06 17 1/2 33
3 joe zjawiony rainbow 2.04 18 1/8 33
4 john wisniewski rainbow 1.94 17 1/8 31 (hey, this name looks familiar!)
Winning Lake Trout from last year:
1 donna fulgenz laker 2.6 19 3/8 42
2 ron degraff laker 2.34 19 7/8 37
3 dave plichta laker 2.32 19 1/2 37
Hunterdon Anglers, Hunterdon County’s two-reservoir fishing club, will be holding it’s first fishing tournament on Saturday May 5, 2012 at Round Valley Reservoir between the hours of 7:00am and 3:00pm. Ed Harabin, President of the two-year old club, said, “This will be a family friendly event open to adults and children of all ages.” “It will be open to both members and non-members alike with only a modest entry fee.”, Ed went on to say. The tournament date was chosen for a number of reasons, including the fact that the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife will be stocking 6,000 trout in the reservoir just a few days prior to the tournament. The state stocking will include at least 130 big breeder trout any one of which could possibly be a tournament winner.
Another consideration for the tournament date is fish location. These trout hug the reservoir shorelines in the spring. No boat – no problem! “I want to encourage participation by shoreline fisherman including families with children” said Tournament Chairman Dennis Haggerty. At this time of the year the shoreline fishermen have just as good a chance as the boat fishermen do to land that trophy. Both the stocked fish and the holdover fish are within easy casting distance of the shore. Simple fishing techniques often work well in May.
This will be a trout tournament with three divisions: Brown Trout Division, Rainbow Trout Division, and Lake Trout Division. Cash prizes will be awarded to the lucky anglers who weigh in the heaviest trout in each division. Ed said, “Club members will be glad to share fishing techniques on the day of the tournament, just as we do in our monthly newsletter.” The club’s motto, “Share The Knowledge”, speaks for itself. Ed said, “If you are new to trout fishing come on out or give us a call. We are always willing to offer helpful advice.”
For tournament rules and club membership information, contact either Ed Harabin at 908-236-0697 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Tournament Chairman Dennis Haggerty at 848-391-6873 or by email at email@example.com.