The Schonowe Volunteer Fire Co. in Schenectady sponsored a catch-and-release fishing contest at Oxbow Lake, attracting 24 boats.
Three places were paid in the team bass division. First place went to Bo Demarco (Holland Patent) and Rick Santamaria (Clinton) with 18 pounds, 6 ounces, who received $325. In second place were Frank Hoke (Rome) and Tom DeMarco (Marcy) with 15 pounds, 8 ounces ($145). Third place and $65 went to Tom Preston (Marcy) and Brad Parslow (Marcy) with 14 pounds, 3 ounces.
Other total weight awards included $85 in the pickerel category for 10 pounds, 6 ounces by Richard Ewing and Tim Gilligan (Schenectady), and $55 in the sunfish category to Andy Russel (Piseco) and Bill Parslow (Lake Pleasant) for their 29 pounds, 8 ounces of catch.
The First Responder Prize of $50 went to Don Pinkerton of Piseco and Jordan Kaspov (Saratoga Springs) with 12 pounds, 9 ounces. They also raised $838 for the restocking of bass within the lake.
WILDLIFE SPORTS/EDUCATION MUSEUM
Last Saturday on the way home from a very successful smallmouth bass catch-and-release morning at Great Sacandaga Lake, I stopped at the Wildlife Sports and Education Museum in Amsterdam. I have been there a number of times and always enjoy walking through it. The museum was designed to promote public understanding and appreciation of outdoor sports, hunting, fishing and trapping.
Within the museum are more than 160 big buck mounts, as well as full-size mounts of other animals. Also, in a private room there is a display of all those inducted into the New York State Outdoorsman Hall of Fame. If you look carefully you will find a number of plaques hanging with inductees from our area.
The 29 teams fishing the Saratoga Bass Challenge last Tuesday afternoon found the bass bite a bit slow.
Leading the way was the Malta team of Jessika Moore and Johnny Burchell with five bass totaling 14.44 pounds worth $653. In second place with 13.66 pounds was the team of Mike Croll (Troy) and Heath Clayson (Ballston Lake), who received $391. Third place and $261 went to the Indian Lake team of Matthew Belmore and Timothy Paraso with 13.2 pounds. Big bass and $290 went to Saratoga anglers Dave Munger and John Jenkins with a 3.83-pound bass.
The following week Saratoga anglers Munger and Jenkins, who have been in the money in every tournament, finally won with 14.4 pounds worth $495. In second place was the Indian Lake team of Tim Paraso and Matt Belmore with 13.78 pounds, which included the tournament lunker, a 4.04 largemouth bass. Second place paid $297 and big bass $220. In third place ($198), with 9.89 pounds, was Nick Raymond (Colonie) and Robert Thomas (Glenville).
This Saturday there are a number of small game hunting seasons opening. They include Varying Hare, Cottontail Rabbits, Gray, Black and Fox Squirrels, crows and geese.
However, before you go afield be sure to have your license/federal migratory duck stamp and have read the NYS 2018-19 Hunting & Trapping Regulations Guide for both small game and migratory game birds.
As for me this Saturday before sunup I will be setting up a half-dozen jumbo geese decoys in a field and sitting with my 12-gauge shotgun. Come sunup, and I hear the first goose honk, I will begin blowing on my old Olt Canadian Hooker call. And when I hear that first honking and see that “V” group of geese, my adrenaline will boil. And when I see them locking up their wings and gliding into my decoys I will be shouldering my shotgun and those three shots of steel pellets will quickly be emptied. Good luck.
Two years ago, I was unable to draw back my compound bow with a 65-pound draw weight due to my bad right shoulder. But with the help from Tom Hall, owner of a Schenectady metal shop’s draw-lock device, I was able to hunt.
But just recently while in the Saratoga Archery Shop they showed me a compound bow with a draw that could be adjusted. A few adjustments later, I was able to come to full draw with no pain at 44 pounds.
Now, ironically, when I got home I had an email from Crosman, the air gun company, and guess what I found – they had compound bows, and two of them had adjustable draw weights. One from 15-55 pounds and the other, from EOS Hunter, 20-70 pounds, which was my choice. I am awaiting the arrival of my bow and anxious to get it sighted in and be in the Northern Zone deer woods on Sept. 27.
30 YEARS OF OUTDOORS – THANK YOU
Thirty years ago, Jack Hume, publisher of the then-Schenectady Gazette recruited me as the outdoor weekly columnist. I actually met Jack when he also became a member of the Capital District Bassmasters. I don’t remember exactly what my first column was about, but it appeared on Aug. 8, 1988.
Since that day, every Thursday for the past 30 years I have penned my column. I was quite happy when Jack asked me to be sure to include both men and women’s outdoors activities and experiences. Over the years I have had the opportunity to talk with many of these readers. I would like to thank not only The Daily Gazette but also all of you that read my column. KEEP READING!