POINT BREEZE — Point Breeze in Orleans County has won $25,000 from the World Fishing Network for being named the “Ultimate Fishing Town,” according to Sport Fishing coordinator Mike Waterhouse.
World Fishing Network is the leading entertainment destination and digital resource for anglers throughout North America, according to a news release received by Waterhouse Tuesday morning.
Sharon Narburgh, who runs Narby’s Superette at The Bridges and sells fishing licenses and tackle, said she received a call last week, saying Orleans County had won.
“We thought we were in second place,” Narburgh said. “I am overwhelmed with the news. This is a very big thing, to win from across the entire United States. Any promotion we can get for our area is great. This gives us the dollars to go ahead with promotions for our fishery.”
Cape Hatteras, N.C., had been leading the voting at the end of May. Point Breeze was declared the winner after votes were audited by contest organizers.
As a small county, Narburgh said Orleans County has done a great job promoting the lake and stream fishing, but yet many local people don’t know what we’ve got here, she said.
Waterhouse said he was very, very surprised to learn Point Breeze had won.
“As the competition went along, we feared we would end up in second place,” he aid. “This was a very pleasant surprise.”
He said the money will go a long way toward promoting the fishing industry by such things as advertising or even sponsoring a children’s fishing derby. It can be used for anything related to fishing, he said.
Waterhouse and Narburgh have discussed forming a group of about five local citizens to accept suggestions from the public and to decide how the money should be used.
In Canada, Port Colborne, Ontario, was the winner.
This was the second consecutive “Ultimate Fishing Town” win for Western New York. Olcott garnered the designation in 2012.
Representatives from WFN will be at Point Breeze on June 26 to present the check and take videos of the area to promote the great fishing in this town, Waterhouse said.
According to WFN, 700 towns in the United States 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 they believed was the best place to fish.
The news release announcing the winners states, “Point Breeze on Lake Ontario, a small locale in Upstate New York, led all U.S. vote getters. Point Breeze is formed where the Oak Orchard Riverflows 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,” Narburgh told WFN. “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.”
The World Fishing Network is North America’s only television network, online and mobile platform dedicated exclusively to fishing and outdoor enthusiasts, with programming which covers instruction, tips, tournaments, travel, food, boating, outdoor lifestyles and more. Popular programs are hosted by some of the top anglers from North America and across the globe.