2019 Derby News

Registrations for the 2019 Derby are now Open, Click Here to sign-up today!

Official 2019 Derby Book is Now Available! Click Here or Pick up your hard copy at the club.

Our Official Derby Dates are:

Start: Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at 12:01 am
End: Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at 4:00 pm
Awards Ceremony: Saturday, June 29th, 2019

We can finally "officially" announce our big news!!! The Sunset Bay Beach Bounty Fish!!! We will be awarding a $10,000 Bounty prize to the first person to weigh in a Walleye 13.00 lbs. or higher. You must be registered in the 35th Annual Southtowns Walleye Association Derby June 8th -16th 2019 to be eligible.

We would like to thank George Borrello and Kelly Borrello From Cabana Sam's Sunset Bay Grill  for Sponsoring this epic prize. In addition to this Bounty Prize Cabana Sam's Sunset Bay Grill will be awarding $250 in Gift certificates to Cabana Sam's for the heaviest Walleye weighed in at the Sunset Bay Weigh Station during the Derby.  

You MUST follow all 2019 Walleye Derby Rules and pass the polygraph test to qualify, additionally the entrant who catches the qualifying Walleye MUST weigh their fish in person to be eligible for the prize.

Hi All, as you are reading this and there is about 1 month before the 35th Annual Southtowns Walleye Association Derby, I can’t believe how fast the time flew by. It seems as if the derby committee just got started planning for this year’s event! By the report from the State-of-the-Lake in April, this should be a banner year for walleye fishing. I can’t wait.

And now on to the derby news. I had made mention last month about a bounty fish that we were working on. We are excited to announce the bounty fish is a go and it’s huge. An extra $10,000 cash prize to the first person to weigh in a 13 pound or heavier legal length walleye during the derby and if your signed up, you are already eligible to participate.

The Sunset Bay Bounty Fish, is sponsored by Cabana Sam’s Sunset Bay Grill, a big thank you to George and Kelly Borrello for sponsoring this epic prize. Additionally, Cabana Sam’s will also be awarding $250.00 in gift certificates to the heaviest walleye weighed in at the Sunset Bay Weigh station during the derby. You will also find coupons in the derby books and around the club for Cabana Sam’s. They also are hosting a Happy Hour at Cabana Sam’s on June 15th from 6 to 8pm for STWA entrants and members. Two for one drink specials and pizza will be available during this time. You must show your derby entry, or membership card to receive these happy hour specials. We can’t wait to see you all there, and again a huge thank you to Kelly and George and Cabana Sam’s.

This year the winner, if able to catch a 13 lb walleye, which is possible, and being in both Calcutta’s could conceivably be going home with close to $30’000 in cash and prizes, and the derby is still paying out to the 200th place fish. We told you we were going to make this epic and we think we have. It is the committees intention to continue to improve on the last year’s event and make this the largest derby on these waters, Thanks to all of the hard work and dedication of this derby committee, A huge thank you for all the hard work and dedication put forth by all of you.

Calcuttas are optional and they can greatly increase your payouts., here’s why:

The 4 day Calcutta costs $50.00 and pays out 90% of the total for the top 3 walleye for Saturday the 8th, Sunday the 9th, Saturday the 15th, and Sunday the 16th and this Calcutta is sponsored by C. Guenther Deck Restoration.

The 9 day Calcutta costs $100.00 and pays out 100%, it runs the full 9 days and pays the top 5 walleye for the 9 days. (not 5 per day) You are able to enter more than 1 walleye in this Calcutta (example: if you enter the 1st heaviest walleye one day and the 5th heaviest on the next day you will win both payouts)

Why get into these Calcuttas do you ask? Last year’s winner went home with over $18,000 in cash and prizes and because YOU are just as lucky as the next guy, all it takes is that single fish.

You can still sign up for the Calcuttas if you haven’t yet, just bring your original entry form with you to the club before the June 7th cut off and we can get you entered.

The books were at last months month’s meeting and they look as good as ever. If you haven’t gotten your book stop by the club and grab one. A big thank you to Brian Plecas and the committee for the great job on these.

This year through the hard work and dedication of Chris Guenther our sponsorship coordinator we are happy to announce that we have 16 corporate sponsors. Again this year we will have two corporate sponsors per day on as many days as we can. Also this year we will randomly draw the corporate sponsors at the end of the last day of the derby and will be live streaming this on the STWA Facebook page. So remember if you are using one of the corporate sponsors items make sure you mark it on the weigh slip, all corporate sponsors can be found in the derby book.

I know we have posted and talked about this every month and yes it’s about weigh station volunteers. We are still in need of volunteers at the Barcelona and Dunkirk weigh stations, Barcelona runs from 1 to 4 pm and Dunkirk is 2 to 5pm. Please, I ask of you the members of STWA, if you could volunteer at one of these weigh stations it is greatly needed. We need at least 2 people to staff a station, so if you can do so, it is greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, as much as we hate to do it, if we can not get the staff to cover the stations, we will be closing those that are affected. The sign-up sheets are in the lobby of the club . If needed I will announce any weigh station closings at the May general meeting. So, again, I ask that if your able to, please sign-up.

Weigh Station training will be held April 30th ,May 28th and June 4th starting at 6:30pm at the club, we expect it will take about 1 hour. This year we have a PowerPoint presentation and a short video on the process. Although I know a lot of you wonder if it is necessary to attend even if you were past weigh station staff, it is, as we are trying to get all of the staff and stations operating the exact same way. I look forward to seeing you all there and I and the committee thank you again for your commitment. Without you we can not put on this awesome derby.

This year at the June general meeting we will be covering all of the rules of the derby, and answering any questions that the entrants may have. Although all the rules are posted in the book it is advisable that you attend this meeting as it may clear up any questions.

The awards ceremony will be held on June 29th starting at 4pm,and we will have food available for purchase in the kitchen. We hope to see everyone there, and don’t forget to have your original entry form to claim the awesome prizes given away at the event.

I again want to thank all entrants and the derby committee on putting on this great event. Together we will make this the largest derby on these great waters of ours.

Thank you again, good luck to everyone, be safe and have fun out there.

Thank you to All, Rob Kroh - Derby Chairman

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