Medina Journal-Register — For the second consecutive year, a Western New York community has earned the right to be called an Ultimate Fishing Town.
Point Breeze, in the Town of Carlton, led all U.S. vote getters in the recently held contest on WFN: World Fishing Network. Olcott won the distinction last year.
Both Point Breeze and Port Colborne, Ontario, will receive a $25,000 community donation to be used for fishing-related causes and will be honored in separate ceremonies hosted by WFN’s Ultimate Fishing Town host, Mariko Izumi, later this month.
WFN will also produce a video feature about the great fishing both of these Ultimate Fishing Towns offer. It will be presented on-air and online throughout the year.
“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Port Colborne and Point Breeze, winners of WFN’s Ultimate Fishing Town for 2013, and commend the regional and affiliate winners, too,” said Pam Stinson, Senior Director of Marketing for World Fishing Network. “The accomplishment of being named Ultimate Fishing Town demonstrates pride, passion and enthusiasm from start to finish, and it wouldn’t be possible without the commitment and dedication of all those who participated, and to all of you I say ‘thank you’” she added.
700 towns in the U.S. and Canada received nominations and were eligible to advance in the quest to become the next Ultimate Fishing Town. Participants were asked to nominate where he or she believes is the best place to fish. Town walls were then populated with videos, photos and written comments to promote the community’s candidacy and reinforce why the town is deserving of Ultimate Fishing Town honors.
Point Breeze is formed where the Oak Orchard River flows into Lake Ontario and offers outstanding fishing year-round, with species including brown trout, salmon and steelhead.
“We are a small fishing town elated to win the title of Ultimate Fishing Town,” Point Breeze resident and town nominator Sharon Narburgh said. “We have a unique small town with many needs for our fishery and are thankful to our residents and anglers for their diligence in voting.”
Port Colborne, part of the Niagara Region of southern Ontario, is located on the north shore of Lake Erie where the species are numerous. Between the Welland Canal and the Niagara River, Port Colborne’s waterways are world renowned. Big names like Bob Izumi love to fish these waters, as do tournaments like the 444 Walleye Tournament, the Can-Am Invitational and the past Pro Am bass tournament to name a few.