January 2012

ICE FISHING SAFETY!!!!!!!

Wow, we have has 3 people die here in the southern tier of NY this year trying to get out to ice fish. It has been so warm here that even I, the most devout of ice fishermen, have not even thought about trying it. We are fishing out of the boats and loving it. Yet after having two guys drown last week, a good friend of ours succumbed to his passion yesterday and today he is no longer with us. As I preached in my blogs last year, at first and last ice or any time for that matter,  use common sense. Have an emergency plan in your mind so that in case you do go in your brain will automatically kick in. I use a high quality spud bar for probing in front of me as I venture out. I carry a set of ice spikes around my neck. These awesome little devices have a spike, set in a handle, that allows you to push the plungers and expose the spikes. Many people whom have fallen through the ice are unable to pull them selves back onto the good ice. With a set of these you are able to stab them into the good ice and help you pull yourself back on to solid ice. I also wear an inflatable personal flotation device. I often anchor a high quality rope in good ice and around me if I am venturing out onto very sketchy ice. A friend is always nice but often it is tough to find some other dim wit willing to flirt with disaster along with you. Good hard ice will support an incredible amount of weight but springs, current, warmer ground near shore and a host of other factors can effect ice quality. First ice can be some of the fastest action of the season but it also can be one of the most deadly times for the predator, so ……… HAVE A PLAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Scenes from Chili

My friend and newest member of the New York State Guides fraternity is in Chili with his father. Dad is from there and is an avid fly fisherman as his son David and they spend each Christmas there visiting ans fishing the fabled waters of the Patagonia region. Here are some of the beauties they have been catching. Each year they make a pilgrimage to this Mecca of trout fishing and these are examples of the fish that I am forced to view here in the frozen tundra of NY. Don’t worry I am suffering nicely fishing for walleyes up to 12# and muskies up to 35# here in the Susquehanna River. It is currently the late summer period down there and the fishing is a little slow. As with all my posts click on any picture to enlarge it and really get a look at them. I am a big fan of brown trout and that last one is a beauty. David is now one of my exclusive guides for my fishing place. He was raised in the Pulaski area of NY and the magnificent salmon fishing that the region is world renowned for. He knows how to handle the big brawling rivers our region of the Adirondacks is host too. As you can see he knows how to get the job done and is a great asset to the little trout fisherman’s paradise I am creating in the northern Adirondacks. Give us a shout if you need a guide in New York State.

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Monster Muskies in the Susquehanna

Christmas Day, all the presents were opened and happy children were playing with them. Above average temps and dad headed to the river. No one around and ideal water conditions for big Walleyes. On the fifth cast I had a good solid bite. 20 minutes later I had a 40 inch 15 pound muskie in the boat. 4 casts later I hooked into this beast. 40 minutes later I had this 45 inch beast in the net. Not what I was expecting but I wasn’t complaining. I was using 6# line and one of my custom ” Google Eyes Jigs”. Here in the Susquehanna River, in the stretch from the PA border up to Vestal, NY, it is legal to keep the muskies during the open season for walleyes due to the presence of tiger muskies which have no closed season here in NY. Because of the difficulty of telling the difference between tigers and regular muskies during the cold water period the DEC decided to allow this special regulation.  I don’t often keep them but I had to get some good pics of this one and tied it on a stringer, ran home for my camera and rounded up a friend to take these pics. I then released it and hope it made it. This is a picture of the biggest one I have ever taken( it was released) which was 49 inches and around 35 #. These monsters are here to spawn and the only reason we get them is because they pick the jigs out of the spawning beds, much like a bass would, and we get them right in the tip of the nose. That and the fact that they are sluggish this time of year is the only reason that we are able to handle these hogs on such light tackle. It sure makes for an exciting day when you actually land on of these U-boats and just adds to the privilege of having such a great fishery right here in my backyard.

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I am back from the forests

Sorry for not posting in so long. I just seem to get caught up in deer season and lose my drive for tech work. It was an incredibly tough season here in NY and across much of the north east I am sure. Being a true trophy hunter during the bow season I found the well above average temperatures to be the bane of the trophy hunter as usual. I can’t say that I didn’t see deer but the big ones for me were almost non existent. The first night out I had a P&Y buck catch me getting in the stand, he was bedded 50 yards away, then it was all small ones. 21 buck were sighted during bow season and all were small after that first one. I ended up shooting a nice fat doe on the last day of the season. Gun season was not much better weather wise and I ended up shooting a decent 7pt. I also whacked a huge coyote on opening day of gun season after passing up three bucks including one decent 8pt. To conclude with the deer season the final tally was 3 doe and this buck. Now we are on to the walleye fishing here in the Susquehanna River which is nothing short of excellent.

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