26th Annual Event Draws Big Fish, Big Money for Scouting Programs

Captain Jim Piano of Hammerhead Charters was a double problem for the competition at the 26th Annual Casting for Character Sport Fishing Tournament.

Fishing at the Rochester Yacht Club this week, Piano patrons landed the biggest king salmon in the open and scout divisions – Kevin DeOrdio’s 25-pound, 1-ounce fish and Austin Hoitt’s 18-pounder. DeOrdio was fishing with Kaman Corp.

Austin Hoitt holds his 18-pound king salmon, which won the Scouting division at the 26th Annual Casting for Character Sports Fishing Tournament.  Her father, Stephen Hoitt, director of BSA, is on the left and Hammerhead Charter captain Jim Piano.

Over 170 anglers representing dozens of businesses attended the morning and afternoon sessions on Lake Ontario and helped raise over $ 100,000 for the Boy Scouts of America Seneca Waterway Council. Thanks to corporate sponsors, 20 Scouts were able to fish this year and experience the thrill of catching trophy-sized trout and salmon. A total of 15 king salmon weighing 20 pounds were weighed throughout the day.

BSA serves nearly 11,000 youth in Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties. Funds raised help support training and water safety programs, including life saving and boating courses.

This year’s fishing tournament was funded by Richard A. Corbett Jr., an Eagle Scout of the 1954 class, Troop 37, in the city of Rochester. A real estate developer, Corbett is a former Commissioner / Chairman of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Lou Langie, far right, and members of Troop 37 Boy Scouts of America, Seneca Waterways Council.  Langie is the founder of Casting for Character Sport Fishing Tournament, which supports a myriad of Scouting programs.  This year's event raised over $ 100,000 and involved over 170 anglers from many businesses in the Rochester area.

Other winners:

Brown trout – Andy Schoeneman, 12 lbs, 13 ounces with Captain Jeff Goater, Big Hitter Charters. Schoeneman’s catches placed him in sixth place in the current Lake Ontario Counties Derby.

Lake trout – Fred Foster, 15-12 years old with Captain Lucas Faulkner, Make the Turn Charters.

Rainbow trout – Evan Gevarter, 11-6 with Captain Bruce Steinglein, Hooked up Charters. Gevarter finished fifth in the LOC Derby.

Most fish – Captain Andy Chernobil, morning session; Captain Kip Mammano, afternoon session.

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Derrick A. Anderson