Outdoor Journal: Kids enjoy Make-A-Wish fishing tournament

There is something approximately looking at the pleasure of a kid hooking a fish.

Last Sunday, 50 youngsters of every age were fishing in Mike Ryan’s “No Fee” twenty-first Make-A-Wish Foundations for youngsters at Six Mile Waterworks in Albany.

Several days earlier than the competition, DEC released trout into the lake. Since the start of these annual June contests, I enjoyed helping Mike and helping these youngsters trap fish. Mike has usually determined nearby companies that donated merchandise that was raffled off. This was additionally the 21st time raffling off myself to take a child fishing.

I spent the morning displaying youngsters and dad and mom how to position worms on a hook and cast. Mike labored the microphone and became the “get the bobber and hooks out of the bushes” guy. I loved looking at those smiling faces once they got here running to have their catches measured.

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Donated raffle items included 20 plus fishing rods and reels, tickets to restaurants and some retail shops, and numerous motorcycles. And Mike made sure that every youngster got a goody bag. All money donations went to the Make-A-Wish of NENY.

There became a surprise vacationer to the fishing contest I hadn’t seen since I became a student at Vincentian Institute High School in Albany, State Sen. Neal Breslin. Sen. Breslin donated several items to the kids simultaneously, as we pointed out vintage times.

At the give up of the contest, there had been 16 trophies presented, four locations in every of the four age categories. Mike and Make-A-Wish would like to thank those who attended and donated products and money. It all goes to a worthy motive. I might take two kids and their mother and father out fishing shortly.


Two days from now, many of our lakes and rivers may be filled with anglers for the hole of New York State’s bass fishing season.

I am confident the car parking zone could be filled with bass boat trailers in lakes like Saratoga. And I wouldn’t be surprised if there were one or bass tournaments available.

My bass fishing/tournament trojan horse returned in 1973 when Less Bonesteel and I sold a 16-foot Ranger bass boat with a 50 hp outboard and joined the Capital District Bassmaster Club. It became the beginning of my bass match fishing career. After that, I had six bass ships, the last being a 20-foot rigged with the trendy gadgets and a two hundred hp engine.

I am a club member but do not fish the tournaments, and my fishing/satisfaction boat is now a 19-foot 2000 Lowe Roughneck deck boat with 50 hp Johnson outboard. But it has life properly to preserve the bass, should I get the urge to fish a tournament.

Now, if you are interested in fishing these tournaments, I obtained an e-mail from the Mohawk Valley Anglers Trail Club, which intends to host seven points contests that will encompass the Great Sacandaga Lake, Saratoga Lake, Mohawk River, and Cossayuna Lake. It additionally has a 3-man path on these same local waters. For greater information, go to https://mohawkvalleyanglers.Weebly.Com/.


The Iroquois Rod and Gun Club, positioned at 590 Feuz Road, Rotterdam, is having an indoor/outside sportsman garage sale on Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. To four p.M. The deal involves looking, fishing, trapping, hiking, camping, goal capturing, archery, reloading, collectibles, and gear. No firearms, ammunition, or gunpowder will be sold. For extra information, name Gary at 518-526-2166.


Earlier this month, DEC ECO Brian Canzeri changed into an alert to four fishermen illegally working a 23-foot powerboat at the one seven-hundred-acre Tomhannock Reservoir. ECO Canzeri arrived and waited inside the dark for them to return off the water.

After interviewing them, they were issued tickets for illegal boating on the reservoir, failure to have the right pool allows, and taking fish contrary to the guidelines because bow fishing isn’t approved at the collection. One of the carp weighed in at over 30 kilos. They had been additionally counseled to eliminate the fish properly.

The next morning, on a slump, Canzeri knew of a spring bow fishing match on Saratoga Lake and contacted ECOs Mark Klien and Steven Shaw to be on the lookout for these guys. Klien and Shaw were on hand while the four anglers tried to go into unlawful fish. These criminal fish would have gained the top prize of $3,000 and had been disqualified.

On May 15, ECO Matthew Baker received a call from Steuben County 911 about a grownup male turkey hunter admitted to the sanatorium with a shotgun wound. He turned into luck and suffered only minor accidents from pellets lodged in his center finger.

The hunter and his friend set out two turkey decoys in a field where they could not see each other. The subject turned into trying to position up a 3rd decoy without notifying his pal. He was dressed in camouflage and wearing the temptation in front of him as he started to move through the hedgerow and out into the field. When seen, the opposite hunter concept turned into a real turkey and fired one shot.

The NYS police and ECO Shawn Dassault, K-9 Ski, BECI Investigators LT. Chris Didion and Inv. Mark Wojkowiak and ECO Keith Levanway helped with the investigation.

Duane Simpson

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