Outdoor Journal: Plenty of places to take kids for shore fishing

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Now, there are a number of places that you can take the kids for shore fishing, and that is a good thing.

Recently, when I was driving by Lake Lonely Watersports, I saw parents and their kids climbing into rented boats. I spoke with Dave Deluca, the owner, and asked if it would be OK for me to talk to the parents and kids fishing; everyone I talked to was having a good time.

There, you can rent a 4-foot wide with an outboard motor, and also with a trolling motor. For more information, go to lakelonelywatersport.com.

I have had good luck fishing a Senko Wacky Worm in these waters.

RECOGNITION

Three hunter education instructors from Woodlawn Sportsmen’s Club were recognized for their years of service.

They were Jeff Unser for 30 years; Ken Morris for 45 years; and, my good friend Steve Zahurak for 50 years.

Congratulations to all of you.

And, Steve — when are you going to take me turkey hunting?

TURKEY TALE

Neil Hopkins of Saratoga Springs reported his friend Mike Ruzich of Sanford got a 23-pound with a 10.5-inch beard and 1-inch spurs. He got it in Stanford — nice job.

UMAREX AIRJAVELIN

I received a lot of phone calls and emails since I wrote about my Umarex air gun that shoots 14-inch arrows. The answer was, “No, I didn’t have a chance to go and hunt yet.”

But on my recent turkey hunt, I saw a group of five woodchucks. The next day, there were only four.

Yes, I did get one with the javelin.

Wish I could shoot turkeys with the air gun, but that’s not allowed in New York. It would be nice to add to my turkey book adventures. If we return to Florida as snowbirds, I might have a chance as Florida will allow this type of air gun.

BASS ARE ON THE MOVE

I have been told by several of my fishing friends that the spring smallmouth bass have begun because the water temperature is in the mid-50s.

Now is the time for some very good fishing up at Lake George.

I met Sammy Mormino of Colonie many years ago in a sports store, and we talked about bass fishing. He told me he was a member of the Capital District Bassmasters and I should join. That evening, I made hints of the need for a different boat and it didn’t take long to convince the wife what I wanted — my own bass boat.

Soon, the Boss smiled, and said to get one. The next day, I called in sick and headed for a boat dealer. When I left there, I had a 14-foot boat with a 35-mph motor attached to the truck. Two years later, I won a big two-day bass tournament at Saratoga Lake, and won an 18-foot boat.

I am still a member today, since 1975, and now fish as a non-boater.

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