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

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

Last Sunday, there were 50 of those youngsters of every age who were fishing in the 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 my 21st time that I raffled off myself to take a child fishing.

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


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

There changed into additionally a surprised vacationer to the fishing contest who I hadn’t seen due to the fact that I became a student in Vincentian Institute High School in Albany, State Sen. Neal Breslin. Sen. Breslin donated several items to the kids at the same time 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 really like to thank all of those that attended and donated products and/or money. It all goes to a totally worth motive. I might be taking two of those kids and their mother and father out fishing shortly.

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

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

My bass fishing/tournament trojan horse commenced returned in 1973, when Less Bonesteel and I sold a 16-foot Ranger bass boat with a 50 hpr outboard and joined the Capital District Bassmaster Club. It became the beginning of my bass match fishing career. I had six bass boats after that, the last being a 20 foot, completely rigged with the trendy gadgets and a 2 hundred hpr engine.

I am nonetheless a member of the club, but do not fish the tournaments, and my fishing/satisfaction boat now is a 19-foot 2000 Lowe Roughneck deck boat with 50 hpr Johnson outboard. But it does have a live properly to preserve the ones bass alive ought to I get the urge to fish a tournament.

Now if you are inquisitive about fishing these tournaments, I simply obtained an e-mail from the Mohawk Valley Anglers Trail Club, with the intention to be hosting seven points contests that will encompass the Great Sacandaga Lake, Saratoga Lake, Mohawk River and Cossayuna Lake. It additionally has a 3-man path additionally 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 sale is associated with looking, fishing, trapping, hiking, camping, goal capturing, archery, reloading and collectibles and gear. No firearms, ammunition or gun powder will be sold. For extra information, name Gary at 518-526-2166.


Earlier this month, DEC ECO Brian Canzeri changed into alerted to four fishermen illegally working a 23-foot powerboat at the 1,seven-hundred-acre Tomhannock Reservoir. ECO Canzeri arrived and waited inside the darkish for them to return off the water.

After interviewing them, they had been issued tickets for illegal boating on the reservoir, failure to have right reservoir allows and taking fish contrary to the guidelines, for the reason that bowfishing isn’t approved at the reservoir. 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 bowfishing match on Saratoga Lake and contacted ECOs Mark Klien and Steven Shaw to be on the look out for these guys. Klien and Shaw were on hand while the four anglers tried to go into unlawful fish. These unlawful fish would have gained the top prize of $3,000 and had been disqualified.

On May 15, ECO Matthew Baker acquired a call from Steuben County 911 of an grownup male turkey hunter who were admitted to the sanatorium with a shotgun wound. He turned into lucky 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 every other. The subject turned into trying to positioned up a 3rd decoy with out notifying his pal. He was dressed in camouflage and wearing the decoy in the front of him as he started out to move thru the hedgerow and out into the field. When seen, the opposite hunter concept it turned into a real turkey and fired one shot.

The NYS police and ECO Shawn Dusssault, 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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