Outdoor Journal: Never turkey hunt illegally

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Categories: Sports, The Daily Gazette

As an avid turkey hunter, I love it when I see that the DEC ECOs got another so-called turkey hunter of shooting a turkey during the season, but not in a legal way.

This person who shot a turkey in Westchester County shot from the roadway at 7 p.m. When an ECO offcier responded from Mamaroneck Police for reports of a turkey shot from the roadway, a witness described the van where the shooting was and provided the license plate number.

The next day, they found the van and its owner Mark Luceno of Mamaroneck. Luceno gave a full confession of how he shot the turkey with a compound bow while his wife drove the vehicle.

It was a real expensive turkey. He was issued six tickets for taking protective wildlife, a turkey during closed hours, use of motor vehicle and other charges, all of which cost him a $500. A very expensive turkey dinner.

SARATOGA TACKLE CHAMPIONSHIP

Last Tuesday, the 21 teams that qualified for the Saratoga Tackle Championship launched out of Lee’s Park Campground on Saratoga Lake.

The winners with five largemouth bass totaling 14.28 pounds was the Indian Lake team of Timothy Paroso and Matt Belmore, who received $760. It was definitely worth the 76-mile drive.

Finishing second with 14.05 pounds were Mike Croll of Troy and Heath Clayson of Ballston Lake. They collected $450. Included in their catch was the tournament lunker, a 6.50-poundlargemouth worth $420 for a total of $870. Third were John Paul Pelletier of Castleton and Paul Amedore of Clifton Park with 13.24 pounds, earning them $310.

FLIPPING

Since the opening of bass season the third Saturday in June, I have gone to several of the bass tournaments weigh-ins and talked to some of the anglers on what they were using and where.

I wasn’t surprised when a lot of them said they were “flipping the weed edges and right into the weed openings.” If you haven’t tried it, I suggest you do. Due to the heavy weeds I use a 7 1/2-foot graphite heavy-action and high-speed baitcasting reel spooled with 40-plus braided line.

As for lures, use a half to one-ounce rubber jigs trailed with a jumbo plastic-pork frog. Now you do not cast I will pull off about 10 feet of line and engage the reel break. When right up near the “jungle,” flip the lure up and let it drift down. If no action as the lure use small jerks and drops. When the fish bite, set the hook hard and keep it coming up to open water.

Let me know how it works for you.

CAPITAL DISTRICT BASS

Last Sunday at 6 a.m., nine Capital District Bassmaster anglers headed out on Ballston Lake, and I was one of them.

I fished out of John Whaley’s boat for eight hours of fishing. It was really hot. Most of our fishing was flipping the weeds and, on my fourth cast, I hooked a 12-inch bass. I tossed him back. That was a mistake. That was the last I boated.

John weighed in 8.14 pounds and I none. Leading the pack was Mike Slowkowicz of Ballston Lake with five bass totaling 19.70 pounds that included the 6.04-pound tournament lunker.

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