On Sept. 15, Saratoga Lake had two bass tournaments. There were 16 boats from the American Bass Association of New Jersey, but unfortunately, I was not able to get their results.
I did, however, get the three winners among the 11 anglers who fished the Tri-County Elites Bass Club event. Leading the way was Joe Tefft of Glens Falls, whose five bass totaling 11.67 pounds earned $327. The victory also earned him the organization's Angler of the Year title.
Stan Sala of Saratoga was second with 11.24 pounds, which was worth $168. He also hooked another $110 for tournament lunker, a 4.45-pound largemouth. It was Stan’s first tournament paycheck. In third place was Schuylerville Mike Galcik, with 11.18 pounds for which he received a “pat on the back."
The Clearwater Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be hosting fly fisherman and fishing writer Morgan Lyle at its Oct. 21 meeting held at the American Legion Post, 4 Everett Road, Albany. Morgan, a former Gazette reporter and fishing columnist is the author of "Simple Flies: 52 Easy-to-Tie Patterns That Catch Fish." He has been a regular contributor to American Anglers, Fly Tyer, Trout and other magazines. He has been the fly-fishing columnist for the New York Outdoor News since 2004.
Morgan, a former Saratoga Springs and Albany resident, will speak on fly fishing using the Tenkara method, which is also the subject of his latest publication. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and the public is welcome without charge.
On Oct. 1, the fall turkey hunting season will open in the northern zones. The bag limit is one of either sex. This hunt is a lot harder than it is in the spring because the toms are not talking or looking for hens. But it is still fun and a challenge to get one.
Here is the way I approach fall turkey hunting. I dress in full camo and watch for turkeys in the field. Most of the time, I have to sneak and peek my away along the field edges and in the woods looking for tracks, scratchings, molted feathers and nearby food. I spend some time following their tracks and where they roost.
I have not had any luck with trying to get them to come to me from the roost. I like to break up the roosted birds and get them flying. Once they have flown off, I will follow them 50 yards in the direction they headed and then find a spot in the bushes and set out a few decoys. Usually I will wait 20 to 30 minutes before I do my "kee-kee" calls. It doesn’t always work, but it sure is fun. But ... I still like fall turkey hunting with a dog, which I wrote about last week.
DEC – BE SAFE
Waterfowl and migratory bird hunters using a boat should be sure to always wear a personal flotation device, and you must have one for everyone in the boat or canoe. For you waterfowl hunters, never shoot while standing up in a boat and if you get wet, dry off quickly and get help. Last but not least, hunt with a partner – the Buddy System works.
DEER SEASON BEGINS
Early bowhunting deer season begins Friday in all units of the Northern Zone. It will be the first time I will not be roaming the hills for that big bow buck. I can no longer draw and hold a regular hunting bow or load a crossbow. But I have been looking for a crossbow with a crank so I am ready for Southern Zone opening of crossbow season on Nov. 2. I am a member of the NYS Crossbow Coalition, which has been fighting for a change in the state's crossbow regulations. If you go on the internet, you will find many states have added it to regular archery rules and regulations. As a bowhunter and crossbow hunter, I agree with the New York Crossbow Coalition -- “There is room for all of us.”
If you look at the bow and crossbow hunting dates, it is not very equal. The bow hunters start hunting much earlier than the crossbow hunters. If you look at the New York Hunting & Trapping regulations book you will see that it allows a total of 24 days for crossbow hunting, while the bowhunters have 91 days. How fair is that? I was an avid bowhunter and a crossbow hunter for a long time. Go to naturesportcentral.com/crossbow-legal-states; you will be surprised at how many states allow both bow and crossbow hunters in the woods together.
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