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Lake Ontario's Team Yankee Troller!
 
 

 
Yankee Troller Fishing Team's 2016 Tournament Schedule

Invitational Events:

Wilson Harbor Invitational - May 13th

Spring Tightline - June 17th

Summer Tightline - August 5th

Pro Ams:

Niagara County Pro Am - May 20th & 21st

Oak Orchard Open - June 10th & 11th

King of the Lake:

 
2017 Spring King of the Lake - 1st place
2016 King of the Oak Sept 4th - 2nd place
2016 Sandy Creek Shootout - 2nd place
2016 Oak Orchard Open - 4th place
2016 Niagara County Pro Am Classic Division - 2nd place
2016 Niagara County Pro Am Trophy Division - 2nd place
2016 Wilson Harboe Invitational - 1st place
2016 Spring King of the lake - 2nd place
2016 Spring King of the Lake High Performance Calcutta 1st place
2015 King of the Lake Overall - 3rd place
2015 King of the Oak - 1st place
2015 Summer Tightline Shootout - 2nd place
2015 Sandy Creek Shootout - 4th place
2015 King of the Oak July 18th - 5th place
2015 Spring Tightline Shootout - 8th place
2015 Oak Orchard Open Champs (1st place)
2015 Condor Memorial Tournament 7th place
2015 Western Challenege Cup Trophy Division Champions (1st Place)
2015 Pete DeAngelo Memorial Tournament 3rd Place
2015 Pete DeAngelo Memorial Tournament 2nd Place Biggest Fish
2015 Niagara County Pro-Am Tournament 1st Place Trophy Division
2015 Niagara County Pro-Am Tournament 8th Place Classic Division
2015 Wilson Harbor Invitational - 2nd place
2014 King of the Oak Series - 2nd place overall
2014 King of the Oak August 31st - 2nd place
2014 Sandy Creek Shootout - 4th place
2014 King of the Oak July 19th - 4th place
2014 Spring Tightline Big Fish Friday 2nd place
2014 Oak Orchard Open Champs (1st place)
2014 Condor Memorial Tournament 8th place
2014 Niagara County Pro-Am Tournament 4th place Classic Division
2014 Niagara County Pro-Am Tournament 4th place Trophy Division
2014 Spring Port Dalhousie King of the Lake 9th place

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 The American Team Yankee Troller

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2013 King of the Oak Overall Champion (1st place)
2013 King of the Oak September 1st - 3rd place
2013 King of the Oak August 17th - 4th place
2013 Lake Ontario Challenge Cup Champions (1st place)
2013 King of the Oak July 13th - 2nd place
2013 Spring Tightline Shootout 5th place
2013 Lake Ontario Western Challenge Cup Champions (1st place) Classic Division
2013 Lake Ontario Western Challenge Cup Champions (1st place) Trophy Division
2013 Orleans County Pro-Am Tournament 3rd place Classic Division
2013 Orleans County Pro-Am Tournament 4th place Trophy Division
2013 Niagara County Pro-Am Tournament 1st place Classic Division
2013 Niagara County Pro-Am Tournament 1st place Trophy Division
2013 Spring Port Dalhousie King of the Lake 2nd place
2012 Summer Tightline Shooutout 5th place
2012 Sandy Creek Shootout 2nd place
2012 Spring Tightline Shootout 3rd place
2012 Orleans County Pro-Am Tournament 5th place
2012 Orleans County Pro-Am Tournament 6th place Classic Division Day 2
2012 Orleans County Pro-Am Tournament 7th place Trophy Division Day 2
2012 Condor Memorial Tournament 6th place
2012 Niagara County Pro-Am Tournament 10th place Trophy Division 
2011 Tighline Shootout 10th place 
2011 Sandy Creek Shootout 2nd place 
2011 Wayne County Pro-Am 8th place Pro
2011 Niagara County Pro-Am 5th place Pro
2011 Don Johanas Tournament 9th place
2010 Captain Jack's Shootout 5th place
2010 OswegoCounty Salmon Pro-Am Tournament 9th place Pro
2010 Fat Nancy's Shootout 1st place
2010 Orleans County Pro-Am Pro's Comeback Award
2009 East End Cup 4th place Pro
2009 Sodus County Salmon Pro-Am Tournament 8th place Pro
2009 Oswego County Salmon Pro-Am Tournament 6th place Pro
2008 Captain Jack's Shootout 4th place
2008 Niagara County Salmon Pro-Am Tournament 7th place Pro
2007 Oswego County Salmon Pro-Am Tournament 3rd place Pro
2007 Orleans County Salmon Pro-Am Tournament 1st place Pro
2006 Wayne County Salmon Pro-Am Tournament 3rd place Am

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The Canadian Team Yankee Troller 

 

Read about our first Tourney win >>>>> Team YANKEE TROLLER wins the 2007 Orleans County Pro-Am! <<<<<Read about our first Tourney win

The second annual Orleans County Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament went off without a hitch over the weekend at Point Breeze. There was quite a bit of excitement in the air to see Yankee Troller come from behind and win the Pro Division. In the Amateur class, it was Screamer/A-Tom-Mik continuing where they left off in 2006, taking the lead in the Challenge Cup race, an overall title they’ve held for two years running. Fishing was generally good and the weather cooperated nicely for this year’s Orleans County competition. New rules were in place this year to limit a team’s catch in both the pro and amateur divisions, keeping teams close together until the very end. After the first day of action in the Professional category, Capt. Pete Alex and his Vision Quest team from Erie, Pa. stood atop the leader board with a score of 220.64 points — based on 10 points per fish and one point per pound. Yankee Troller, led by Capt. Rich Hajecki of Rochester, would have been in first but something odd happened while they were on the water. After boxing one of the salmon they caught in the cooler, the fish literally flopped so hard that he knock the top open and bounced back into the lake. They managed to bring 11 fish to the scales and still recorded an impressive score of 217.16 points, with one less fish than Alex’s squad. There were two ways to look at that: Either they had some terribly bad luck going their way or it was meant to be and it was bad luck to be in first place going into the second day of fishing. It turned out it was the latter. On Sunday, it was Vision Quest with an 11 fish day. Yankee Troller, on the other hand, brought in their limit of 12 — with three of those being caught in the last 10 minutes of the competition. It was one of those picture book lessons of never give up until the last minute. When the weights were finally tallied up, Yankee Troller was at the top with a score of 430.53. Vision Quest was a close second with 425.25 points. A pair of Oswego boats finished third and fourth. Cold Steel/A-Tom-Mik led by Capt. Tom Burke jumped from ninth to third place after a great second day, finishing with 413.59 points. Fourth place went to Capt. Greg Gehrig and Top Gun with 406.20 points. Fifth place went to Maui Jim/Sure Strike led by Mike Gustin of Webster. They scored a two-day total of 404.93 points. You can see it was a tight finish among the 28 competing pro boats.

By Bill Hilts Jr.
Greater Niagara Newspapers