Fishing was great on Lake Champlain for Bassmasters

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Lake Champlain has always been a favorite of the Bassmaster Elite pro bass fishing trail, and once again, the Lake Champlain bass didn’t let them down.

 The daily takeoff and weigh-ins were all at the Plattsburgh docks. As I watched on TV for most of the four days the anglers were fishing, I was amazed at the size of the smallmouth bass that they were catching.

How good was the fishing? The winner, Brandon Palaniuk of Idaho, weighed in a four-day catch of smallmouth totaling 80 pounds, 1 ounce, worth $100,000.

The Thursday afternoon Saratoga South Shore Marina attracted 16 teams and caught some nice bass. Leading the way was Dave Monger of Saratoga Springs and Johnny Jenkins of Stillwater with a five-bass limit totaling 12.55 pounds worth $500 that included the tournament lunker, a 4.28-pound bass worth an additional $170.

In second place with 10.10 pounds were John Ernst of East Greenbush and Tony Dionna of Saratoga Springs, earning $260. Low to cash was the Ballston Spa team Jeff Russell Jr. and Chris O’Neil with 7.60 pounds and they received $150.

SUMMER TURKEY SURVEY

For those of you who get outside hiking, watching and just enjoying nature exploring fields and forests close to home, the DEC would like reports of turkey encounters that you may see.

If you are willing to help, e-mail

[email protected] or call 518-402-8883.

SNAKE ENCOUNTER

On Aug. 2, ECO Frank LaPoint responded to a resident in the town of Hauge in Warren County where they were vacationing. They reported a trapped timber rattle snake outside under a tote.

When ECO LaPoint located the snake, he used snake tongs along with a cloth bag and bucket lid. He secured the snake in a bucket and removed it from the premises. The ECO transported the snake to the DEC’s Green Island maintenance facility where it was temporarily held until it could be released to a suitable location. Timber rattle snake are a threatened species in New York.

Years ago, when I was turkey hunting in Texas sitting in a chair in a tall grass field with my single 10-gauge shotgun trying to call in a Rio Grande turkey, I had a rattler come out from under my chair. I froze.

It seemed like an hour before I was able to raise my gun and nervously put the snake to bed. That same afternoon, I went to town and bought the highest snake boots I could find.

SACANDAGA LAKE BASS

The Tri-County Elite Bass club held its fourth tournament of the year on Aug. 2. The club set to the waters of the Great Sacandaga Lake in Broadalbin.

Michael Galcik of Schuylerville bested the 13 anglers who braved the wind and rain by bringing in 10.17 pounds. Galick was the only angler to top the 10-pound mark for the day. The win earned him $339.

John Korzeniecki of Salem was close behind in second place with 9.93 pounds which earned him $189. Bob Batchelder of Clifton Park rounded out the top three with 9.92 pounds for $59. He earned the day’s lunker award for his 2.65-pound smallmouth, adding another $130 to his winnings.

Tri-County will have its fifth tournament of the year on Aug. 19 from South Bay.

HOG HUNT

Right now, I am in the Easton View Outfitters all by myself wandering (sneaking) around the enclosed 25 miles of fields, woods and swamps.

Troy’s Richard Wolfe, the Easton View’s Ranch guide manager, told me that there is only one hog within the fenced area. It should be an interesting hunt.

On my last hunt several years ago, I spent a full day sneaking and peeking and just before dark while walking down to leave I kicked out a very big hog and its babies. The hog chased me all the way down to the gate where I sat down on the ground “outside” the fence. Not easy when you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This time, it should be better.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected]

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