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Ice anglers can celebrate New Year’s Day with a trip to any area ice surface safe enough for access to compete in the Captain Bob’s Ice Fishing Derby.

Entrants can win prizes in five divisions — walleye, pike, crappie, bluegill/sunfish and redfin (rudd). Each division offers a $250 prize for first place and a $100 gift card for second place. Weekly drawings will be held for each week’s entries. A $10 entry fee covers all weeks of the derby to March 10.

Steve “Hawk” Hawkins at Captain Bob’s strongly encourages youth involvement in sport fishing throughout the year. Hawkins kept ice derby entry fees low to include youths and family members in this fun competition.

Anglers can sign up at Captain Bob’s at 10295 Main St. in Clarence or check with Hawkins at 407-3021.

Iaconelli added

Famed pro bass competitor and co-founder of Bass University Mike Iaconelli joins the slate of instructors for BU’s educational program held during the Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo Jan. 24 to 26 at the Niagara Falls Conference and Event Center. Iaconelli will be feature presenter during the Saturday classes.

Pete Gluszek, another winning professional bass angler and BU co-founder, heads up the Sunday roster of instructors.

The Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association will partner with Expo planners to hold its popular LOTSA Marketplace program annually at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Lockport. For more details on Marketplace free classes, vending and exhibits, go to lotsa.org.

Ammo prices may surge

Heightened Environmental Protection Agency regulations are cited as the cause for closing the Doe Run Company’s lead smelter plant in Herculaneum, Mo. effective Dec. 31.

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action noted, “It is the only smelter in the United States which can produce lead bullion from raw lead ore.” Thereafter, ammunition lead will have to be extracted from existing items such as batteries, from spent ammunition collections or imported from other countries.

As a result, gun dealers, shooters and market watchers look for yet another rise in ammunition prices in 2014. An extensive discussion of this issue can be found at ammoland.com.

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