Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Among the efforts to expand notice is an I Love NY program that promotes the local fishing spots in the United Kingdom, where more than 3 million fishermen are stuck on an island where most fishable rivers are surrounded by privately owned land. The push picked up a couple of ambassadors this week, as North Londoners Ed Burgass and Bryony Allan enjoyed a long weekend of fishing in Niagara and Orleans counties bookended by trips to Niagara Falls and New York City after winning an online contest sponsored by I Love NY and the Wychwood Fish and Tackle Company.
Burgass found out he had won the online contest while he and Allan were on their way to the athletics competition at the London Olympics.
“He had a grin for two months,” Allan said.
Their “trip of a lifetime” touched down Wednesday in New York City, where the couple caught their first baseball game — a pennant clinching victory for the Yankees — before heading west for a day of sightseeing in Niagara Falls and sampling of local wines.
“Everyone has heard about the falls, but they are amazing,” said Allan, who sells the rights to television programs for online and international broadcasts. “We really enjoyed the wine, of course, he had to try the one called Salmon Run.”
They began a five-day fishing odyssey Friday in the 18 Mile Creek and continued Saturday on the powerful Lower Niagara River. With the help of Hilts and charter boat captains Dan Evans and Joe Marra, Burgass and Allan pulled in a few big catches.
“We went to the Devil’s Hole and had a big battle with a salmon — I won,” boasted Burgass, who runs flyfishingmap.com, an online resource for information about fishing destinations, as a hobby. “It’s just for fun now, but it’s growing.”