The Knee Deep Club held its 22nd Annual Leo August Memorial awards breakfast at the Windlass Restaurant. It was a windy but sunny morning in March, pre-pandemic–perfect to put the fishermen at ease about being inside and not outside fishing.

The annual breakfast was created in memory of past club president Leo August, who willed funds to the club to honor each year’s three most outstanding catches by Knee Deep Club members. Attending the breakfast were Kneed Deep Club Trustees as well as Annual Yearlong Contest Winners, and guests of the club.

Club Presiden, Mike Truglio presented awards.  Additional awards included the Helen August Hybrid Striped Bass Contest, the William G. Clark Youth Fishing Award, and King and Prince of the Lake awards.

This year's winners:

The Leo August Memorial winners for the most outstanding catches of 2020:
First Place, $500 - Donald Rolfs 11 lb. 5 oz. Walleye
Second Place, $200 - Paul Grel 9 lb. 8 oz. Hybrid Striper
Third Place, $100 - John Moran 4 lb. 2 oz. Smallmouth Bass

Helen August Contest:
First Place, $200 - Paul Grel 9 lb 8oz Striper
Second Place, $100 - Lou Marcucci 8 lb. 13 oz. Striper
Third Place, $50 - Sabrina Mackin 8 lb. 8 oz. Striper

William G Clark Youth Fishing Award:

Jake Bozik 5 lb. 14 oz. Largemouth Bass, and Max Hughen 1 lb 15 oz Yellow Perch

Also recognized were Jim Welsh as the 2020 King of the Lake and Jake Bozik 2020 Prince of the Lake.

The full list of winners for the 2019 Yearlong Contest can be viewed here.

The Knee Deep Club of Lake Hopatcong was established in 1946 and is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the natural resources of Lake Hopatcong. The club offers contests and events all year round, and they are accepting new members  - http://www.kneedeepclub.org/ for more information.

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