Fish with a Pro Winner and Pro Angler Joe Thomas Wear It! While Fishing on Oswego River


Doyle and Thomas show off one of their catches during the October 13 event held on the Oswego River.

OSWEGO, NY (October 16, 2012) – Chris Doyle of Coxsackie, NY, and professional angler and Outdoor Channel TV host Joe Thomas, enjoyed a day of salmon fishing on the Oswego River during the Wear It! Oswego Fish with a Pro event.

Doyle, an avid angler and the one lucky grand prize winner of the Fish with a Pro sweepstakes, was thrilled about the opportunity to fish with Thomas. “This is the best day of fishing ever,” he said. Doyle submitted nearly 100 of the 915 total sweepstakes entries received from individuals throughout the United States.

At 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, the duo met drift boat Captain Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift ( on the shores of the Oswego River to begin their fishing adventure. “I can’t even feel the life jacket; it’s like I’m not even wearing it,” said Doyle while putting on his inflatable. In fact, all three donned their inflatable life jackets.

“What better way to continue to spread the important safety message that life jackets save lives than to wear them while fishing on the Oswego River together with Chris Doyle,” said Thomas.

Pre-Event Festivities

On Friday evening, October 12, more than 50 people gathered for the Fish with a Pro pre-event barbeque at GS Steamers City of Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillen welcomed guests, including anglers who submitted Fish with a Pro sweepstakes entries and Wear It! Oswego partners and campaign collaborators. Attendees to this invitation-only event also got the opportunity to meet and have their picture taken with Thomas. Quality Inn & Suites in Oswego ( generously donated complimentary lodging for Doyle as well as several Wear It! Oswego campaign collaborators.

Other supporting businesses that donated door prizes for this event included:
– Brookfield Renewable Energy Group,
– S.W.A.T.Fishing, Pulaski, NY, 315-395-5358,
– Stihl
– West Marine, 7909 1/2 Brewerton Road, Cicero, NY, 13039-9531 315-699-0001 (

The Wear It! Oswego campaign — an off-shoot of the Wear It! New York and national Wear It! programs ( — raises awareness about responsible and safe recreation on or near the water, as well as the importance of wearing life jackets. Members of the Wear It! Oswego campaign include Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, the City of Oswego, the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning, and The Palladium-Times.

Campaign Collaborators

Brookfield Renewable Energy Group operates one of the world’s largest publicly-traded, pure-play renewable power platforms, including 75 hydroelectric projects in New York. For more information, please visit

The City of Oswego is known as the Port City of Central New York and is “a Great City on a Great Lake.” Oswego’s beautiful waterfront is complemented by the maritime theme found throughout the city. Oswego boasts a diverse industrial base and a New York State Empire Zone designation, making it attractive to business. For additional information visit

Oswego County Tourism Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning promotes Oswego County through a comprehensive international marketing plan. For upcoming events and visitor information, go to

The Palladium-Times is Oswego County’s only hometown daily newspaper and has served the City of Oswego and surrounding areas in that capacity since 1845. Visit for more information.


Fish with a Pro sweepstakes winner Chris Doyle holding an 18+-pound king salmon he caught while fishing with professional angler Joe Thomas.