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(N)ice day for fishin’

Temps in 30s for 18th annual Andy’s Café Ice fishing Derby

Derby Winners with their trophies, left to right, Iggy Golya, Pete Williams, Bob Piechota, John Zielinski, Rick Bekanich, Bob Jackson, and Aaron Antal.

Derby winner John Zielinski holding his channel catfish. John credits his catch to the expert advice he received from this partner Carl’ Waz’ Wascievicz.

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Bob Jackson holding his second place channel catfish.

Andy’s Cafe of Dupont held its 18th annual Ice Fishing Derby on January 29 at the Ironwood Access Area on Lake Wallenpaupack.

Seventy-four participants enjoyed the relatively mild day with temperatures hovering around the 30 degree mark.

The winner of this year’s derby was John Zielinski with a 24 3/4 inch channel catfish. Bob Jackson took second place with a 22 1/2 inch channel catfish. There was a three way tie for third place with Aaron Antal, Bob Piechota, and Pete Wiliams all landing 22 1/4 inch chain pickerel.

The Copper Kettle Award, which is given to the fisherman who is judged to have prepared the best tasting meal, was won by Henry Piechota for his beef stroganoff.

John “Fed Ex” Sakulich was once again voted Sportsman of the Year.

Derby sponsor Rick Bekanich and Director Richard “Iggy” Golya thank all the judges and photographer John-o Tetlak for donating their time to make the derby the huge success that it is today.

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