Outdoor Journal: Boat, trailer cleanliness is very important

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I took a ride over to the Saratoga Boat Launch this week, and noticed the boat stewards are now there to start their boat inspections.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos is reminding everyone to clean, drain and dry boats and trailers and disinfect fishing gear before recreating in New York’s waters to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Watercraft inspection stewards, also known as boat stewards, will be stationed at more than 225 boat launches throughout the state to educate and assist the public in cleaning their equipment.  Identified by their blue vest, boat stewards can provide a refresher on how to inspect boats and gear and offer information about AIS in New York.

Boat stewards last year provided inspections for more than 240,000 boaters and intercepted over 14,000 AIS, including zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, and curly leaf pondweed, which could have potentially established new populations as equipment was moved from waterbody to waterbody. You can catch a boat steward performing watercraft inspections, visit site http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5wfgtENrw.

NYSOWA SAFARI

I received an email from the President of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association, Chris Paparo of Calverton. He said it just finished having its Spring Safari in Roscoe, and those that attended had a good time.

The festivities kicked off with a lecture about the artists who have fished the Catskills. They visited many fly shops, including Dette Flies (the oldest fly shop in the world) and Joe Rist of Trout Town Flies (who demonstrated how he ties several of his favorite flies). The Catskill Fly Fishing Museum gave a tour of its museum and looked at how old school bamboo fly rods are made.

The fly-fishing history of the region was so inspiring that Paparo hung his turkey decoys Saturday morning to give fly fishing a try for the first time.  Although he did not catch any trout, he did manage to catch a couple fallfish.

He wanted to thank Richard Redman of Moriah Center for organizing such a great experience for our membership. Thank you to Glen Sapir of Putnam Valley for arranging the turkey hunting and Dan Ladd from Fort Ann who managed to bring everything together.

The Fall Safari will be Oct. 6-9 in Steuben County.

GET THEM WHILE THEY’RE HOT

The 2022 fishing season continues to be phenomenal, per Ed Skorupski of Stillwater. He said that he has never seen fishing this good in the 20 years he’s been chasing stripers on the Hudson River. If you want to catch a striped bass, get down to the Hudson now.

If you don’t have tackle, stop in and see Capt. Joe Demarco at TriCity Tackle off Boght Rd. in Watervliet. He has everything you’ll need and can give you some pointers to get started. Charter boats are pretty full for the remainder of the year, but you can try Monster Hunters. For more information, call 518-892-6852.

CARP TOURNAMENT

Lees Park Campground is holding its annual two-day carp tournament on Saratoga Lake Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 518-584-1951.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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