Outdoor Journal: Vermont team wins bow carp shoot at Saratoga Lake

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Earlier this month, I attended a two-day bow carp shoot at Saratoga Lake out of Lee’s Park. This year, there were 50 teams competing.

Twenty-five years ago, I fished its first one and we stayed on the water overnight, shooting with bright lights on the lake. Since I now don’t have a boat, I don’t carp shoot anymore.

But I attended the weigh-in this year. The winning team was from Yorktown, Vermont, with 500 pounds of carp worth $5,000. The winners were Karl Alsike, Rose Alsike, Rickie Alsike, Austin Alsike, James Corner and Carmel Corner.

The ladies told me be sure I told you they caught all the winning fish.

As for me, I have not yet been carping, but I hope to be soon. I am still looking for a bow that I am able to draw back and shoot for now. I am having a lot of fun with my little pistol bow, though, taking out a few woodchucks. I am hoping that by the time that you are reading this that I have found a crossbow that these old arms can draw.

There is a lot of good gar pike hunting on the Champlain side of Lake Champlain. You will need a Vermont fishing license, both for the St. Lawrence side and Lake Champlain side where the big ones might be.

FREE FISHING CLINICS

If you are a beginner, DEC has a free fishing clinic program.

These programs are for kids and adults. You will learn everything about fishing. Don’t wait, the dates are June 26-27 free fishing days.

For more information, go to dec.ny.gov/outdoor/749html.

This is a great opportunity for the kids — and us adults, also.

FIRST DEER BOW HUNT

Fifty-four years ago, when I was at my wife-to-be’s house, her friend Jackie Nally of Nassau asked me if I ever hunted with a bow, which I hadn’t. He walked over to his truck, then handed a stick Bear Bow to me and took me around the barn.

The next day after work, I went to Lemme’s Bow Shop and I left with a Fred Bear Bow, called in sick for work the next day and headed out to a small farm in Nassau woods for my first deer hunt and sat down at small stream. Late that afternoon, while sitting in bushes, a 4 pointer came out for a drink. He was about 25 or 30 yards away when I drew back and let it go.

I guess the shot was about three feet over the buck.

I missed, but it was the beginning of something I still am doing.

TOURNAMENT UPCOMING

The first Saratoga Tackle’s Tuesday Night Bass Challenge is set for June 29.

Tournament hours are from 5 to 8 p.m., with sign-up at weigh-in site — Lee’s Park Campground’s boat launch — starting at 3 p.m. The entry fee is $70, plus $10 for lunker pool. There is a five-fish limit, and all fish must be alive and released.

For more information, call 518-584-3952.

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