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big bass in Lake Biwa than anywhere else I know of. It is where the longtime IGFA All Tackle world record was tied just a few years ago with a bass that weighed 22-pounds, 5-ounces. • Ivory Coast, Africa: Years ago, I ran a lodge on the Ivory Coast, not far from the city of San Pedro, where Stuart Campbell used to come targeting record blue marlin. He succeeded a number of times. From April to June, my average day consisted of three to five fish in the 300- to 600-pound range. • Massachusetts, U.S.A.: I’m a striped bass addict, and fishing the shores of Massachusetts is a pilgrimage I must make on an annual basis, period! There’s nothing like fishing for striped bass when they’re blitzing bait on the shorelines of the northeastern states. Patrick Sebile is the owner and lure designer of Sebile Innovative Fishing (www.sebile.com).

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Editor’s Note: Each month, Coastal Angler Magazine and The Angler Magazine staff search our vast coverage area for photos that will grace our covers. With well over a million readers in diverse coastal and inland markets, our magazines strive for broad national appeal as well as local-level intelligence to put anglers on fish. The cover is different depending on which edition you, the reader, are holding. The following is a little information about this month’s covers.

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xciting stuff this month!! We are proud to help the team behind Trout Power, a conservative effort lead by JP Ross that is presented and described by Mark Usyk in our Fly-Fishing section. Check out the Trout Power video on www.troutpower.org and you too can be a part of this excitement. This is a great month to gear up for ice fishing season and joining the NYS Winter Classic www.nyswinterclassic. com . You can do both at FISH307 www. fish307.com on Sat. Dec.17, FISH307 will be hosting their 7th Annual Ice Fishing Open Seminar. On site there will be all sorts of expert demonstrations, factory reps, and instruction on exciting new products. Tim Thomas, The NYS Winter Classic coordinator will be sharing a booth with The Angler Magazine, we will be raffling off some great products, some giveaways too. What we are mostly anticipating in December is the launch of our website. www.theanglermagazine.com/ upstate-ny. This site is designed to create a one-stop resource for all things fishing in Upstate NY. We have quite a way to go, but by hyper-linking our advertiser’s sites, who are peppered around the best fishing spots in the state, that would be a great database to start.

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Steelhead action has started to pick up for the season following a slow start. November brought moderate action throughout The Salmon River with hard working Steelheaders hooking a few fish on certain days. Best success has been eggs or egg imitations. Blue goo eggs sacks have been hooking fish and lower water and light conditions may increase that trend. Peach egg sacks have been good along with white. Beads have been successful and should be considered for float fisherman, Great Lakes Steelhead Company and Creek Candy have great varieties. Flies imitating eggs in colors orange and pink have been good. Catch and release considerations now would certainly aid the longevity of the population. Anticipate steelhead and browns to hole up and find deeper sections with lower water. This may be a season that more work is required, but your reward may find less competition. Be willing to cover more water to find pods of active fish. Water clarity should continue to improve, along with less leaves. This is the lowest the river has been since late October rains brought the river up quickly. Midriver and Upper sections of river are producing as well if not better the DSR below, and that trend should continue. As the month continues, look for upper river runs and holes to hold good numbers of fish starting to get into their winter modes. Mid-river holes like Sportsman are a personal favorite on a snowy or early winter day. These sometimes challenging to reach sections between Pulaski and Pineville could be holding less hassled fish and concentrating quarters could give you some nice action. Sportsmans often turns on after lunch or later in the day, and can provide a nice mid-afternoon dividend. December Colder water coupled with rain could trigger new runs. A consistent weather pattern and consistently lower water temperatures could set us up for a decent season, but it should not be judged by the number of fish you hook, rather the freedom and choice we have on this river to hook up with a truly amazing trout. I have always loved Salmon River fishing right after thanksgiving and this year that may be great timing. Just get out and stay focused.

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Center-pin Combo from Whitakers 12ft-9in Raven Matrix Rod/Raven Matrix float reel for $329. Put this on YOUR Christmas list. Here is Tim’s Starter Set-up and techniques Raven Matrix Combo-On Sale at Whitakers Sport Store for $329, Nice! – Spooled with 8-10 lb. test Raven main line, attach your float with 2-3 pieces of Raven float tubing on your main line, fix 6-10 small round Densmor or Phill split shots based on the water you are fishing. For bait selection, start your efforts with a Bloogoo eggsack and tie on a #8 Blackbird Sabretooth hook. Tim also recommends having an assortment of Great Lakes Steelhead Company beads and jigs and also favors pink power worms. Through trial and error, keep your offering within a foot of bottom and develop your methods to match the speed of the water you are on. Adjust your bobber lead and split shot numbers accordingly and develop your own techniques and efforts to matching the speed, projecting a natural drift. These products along with all your Steelhead needs are available at Whitaker’s Sport Store.

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OSWEGO REPORT AND FORECAST BY ROBERT MALLORY Oswego in the fall is a magical place. The mass of king salmon entered the mighty Oswego once again this fall and all was right. Water levels fluctuated throughout the fall but in general there was a great bite for anglers fishing cured skein under floats. Anglers at the dam also did well using the usual bottom bouncing techniques. There were some trout mixed in and taken as well while the kings were running. As the king’s started to dwindle, the domestic rainbow fishing picked up and steelhead and brown trout were also being taken in the river. For the trout, beads under floats as well as egg sacs are working. As the water in the river has started to clear from the big rains natural colored beads should start to take over and get hot in the coming weeks. The brown trout bite should be really good for the next few weeks and then the steelhead should fill in for the winter. There is plenty of access in Oswego to fish for trout even for those who prefer not to wade for them via the linear access on the east and west sides. Once deer season gets under way the crowds often thin and trout fishing can be phenomenal. Let this be the year you give the late fall and early winter trout fishing on Oswego a shot!

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he NYS Winter Classic www.nyswinterclassic.com is a twomonth long derby (January and February) that allows you to fish ALL waters in the state, any type of fishing, with a wide assortment of prizes. If you are going to ice-fish or Steelhead fish this winter, you should enter the NYS Winter Classic. The prizes are amazing and every fish you catch can win you NICE prizes. In fact, just joining up for $25 could get you a sign-up gear bonus and will make you eligible to win a brand new ice shanty, there is so many prizes to win! There are 56 statewide weigh-in stations and each location will be raffling off an Ice-shanty, and every fish you weigh-in increases your chances to win. The derby runs all January and February and you can enter any time before or during the event. Any waters in NY State are eligible and both weekly, monthly, species specific prizes are given away liberally. I’ve joined and I will be enjoying my ice fishing and Steelhead adventures with a chance to win BIG. I challenge all our readers to do the same. Join at any weigh-in station or go to www.nyswinterclassic.com for entry, prizes, free raffles and rules. The following weigh in stations below are Angler Magazine contributors and would be happy to explain the derby, ice conditions, fishing reports, or provide standings. Big prize$ are frequent. The Angler Magazine Upstate NY website (www.theanglermag.com/upstate-ny) and www.nyswinterclassic.com will be covering daily standings and providing daily pictures, fishing reports and ice conditions. We have

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Using Electronics to Ice More Fish By Capt. Stephen George, Allwater Guide Service

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hen I started ice fishing as a kid, we were equipped with the most fluorocarbon leader. Like bass fisherman, I keep 3 or 4 rods rigged up so if basic of gear that included wooden tip ups, a plastic sled to carry changes are needed, I can quickly switch to find out what they like. In clear our gear, a bucket for bait, and a hand auger. With this we could water, it may be necessary to go with 2 lb test clear mono or fluorocarbon target any fish anywhere we wanted. To “dial in” the location we relied on and mico-jigs. Always keep in mind that other predators such as walleye, our knowledge from summer outings. Determining the depth of bottom pike, and/or lake trout cruise the perch beds looking for a meal; make was done with a sinker on the line and dropping it ‘til it hit bottom. Finding sure your drag is set accordingly and expect a long fight. Nothing is more fish was pure luck: Oh, how times have changed. exciting than landing a big fish on ultra light gear and The ice fishing revolution occurred in the 80’s 2 lb test line. with the invention of the portable ice shelter, more Perch fishing is a game of inches and one must be constantly on the move to keep up with the specialized tackle and electronics. The portable roaming schools of fish. Expect to drill lots of holes shanty allowed fisherman to withstand the onslaught to find fish and utilize other forms of technology to of cold and wind and no longer were you subjected to find structure such as rock piles, flats, or drop off ’s. the elements while sitting on a bucket. Now fisherman The Navionics App downloaded on my smart phone can go anywhere, at anytime and be comfortable. The allows me to see lake contours and structure as I move next big thing was the development of portable sonar around on the ice. Using the Navionics App along units/fish finders. Our everyday lives have become with my Vexilar Fl-18, it is easy to locate potential dependent upon gadgets and gizmos and my first structure and determine if fish are there. Not to say ice fishing sonar unit was the “Fishin’ Buddy” by you won’t have to put time in. Like I tell everyone, fish Hummingbird. The fish finder allowed us to quickly have fins and move wherever they want. check the overall depth of the water and it provided a Through the use of electronics, structure and fish can be http://www.allwaterguideny.com glimpse of what was there; rocks, mud, weeds and most found and once you are proficient with the interpretation importantly, were there fish? The first outing with my of what the electronics reveal, it will certainly help put son on Schroon Lake for lake trout proved that the investment was worth more fish, of any species, in your cooler. The one thing all this technology every penny. We set up in 100’ of water and our Fishin Buddy said the won’t do, is make the fish bite .... and that’s fishing! Keep in touch with local trout were cruising at 40’ amongst clouds of smelt, so we stripped out the bait shops such as Jim’s bait in Mayfield, Fish307 in Lake George or through line and set bait from 30 - 50’. Within minutes we had 7 Lakers on the ice IceShanty.com to find out where the hot action is and what the fisherman before he and I could set up our 10 tip ups. are saying is working. Always think safety when venturing out on the ice and Technology has grown in the ice fishing industry and we now are good luck to everyone this season. using flasher units that can show tiny jigs, flies, bottom structure, and fish of all sizes in 30’-100’ of water. By interpreting the flashes and colors on the screen, the size, abundance, as well as, the attitude/reaction of fish with regard to jigging action can be figured out. How the fish are reacting to jigs and baits is essential to keying in on what they like. With the new electronics, the behavior of the fish to a certain jigging action and lure selection can immediately be determined and if changes in the jigging cadence, or lure size, lure color are required, changes can be made with real time information. No other fish can be more finicky than perch. Locally, we are blessed with a variety of fantastic lakes for perch such as Lake George, Schroon Lake, Lake Champlain, and Lake Pleasant. I prefer to set up over weed beds in 15-30+’ of water and utilize tear drop Tungsten jigs tipped with bait. Mayfield, NY Often to “match the hatch” I will tie on my own custom nymphs tied with pheasant tail or peacock hurl 6-9” above the heavier jig. Size 10 - 14 hooks tipped with a Maki Plastic soft bait have also proven to be very effective. In Open all year round. 1/2 days on Holidays deep water, I will utilize a Hali or micro-spoon to get the rig to the bottom Full Supply of Bait fast. My standard perch rig is an ultra-light rod with 4 lb test mono with a

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Early Ice By Rodney Oathout

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s I am writing this, it is nearly 50 degrees outside so it’s a little depressing to already have the itch to be walking on ice. On a good year, we would be drilling holes within two weeks of this month’s issue being released. Lets hope for some cold weather! First ice could be my favorite time of the ice fishing season, and arguably the best fishing as well. I usually pack a lot lighter, leaving the shanty and gas auger at home, especially since we are only on a couple inches of ice. I particularly like to target trout and big northerns this time of the season, usually fishing pretty shallow and close to shore. I typically do very well for both species in shallow water during “early ice”; not to mention I am not too keen on venturing out to deeper water when I am on no more than two inches of ice. Remember, just because you’re on two inches of ice, doesn’t mean you’ll have that much ice with your next step, so always be cautious. When targeting the trout, I use small to medium sized minnows below tip-ups hooked with a small treble hook, size 12 or 14, with a longer than normal light leader, usually four to eight pound test. When targeting northerns, I use larger shiners and suckers with a larger treble hook, size six, and heavier line- 12 pound with a 30 pound fluorocarbon leader. Those are just my personal tactics, everyone has there own opinions and methods of what works best for them. I think the fishing is so good during this time because there hasn’t been a lot of fishing pressure yet, and the lakes haven’t been taken over by screaming snowmobiles. Hopefully, by the time I’m writing my next article, I’ll be writing it from my shanty. I’m sure you all can’t wait to be out there chasing flags either! ‘Til next time, FLAG!!!

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learned fly fishing from my father as a child, and I have been obsessed with it since. There is just something therapeutic about being in the water, even when I’m not catching fish. Just being in, and observing nature is awesome. The learning never ends and I think that’s the best part. I can never know everything about the fish, their food, and the habitat that they live in. Being a fly fisher can engage your body, mind, and soul. I feel truly blessed that I get to think about fly fishing and write about it as part of my job! Working in a fly shop, I have the privilege of helping many people experience this passion of fly fishing more fully. One of my favorite types of customer is the person that is new to fly fishing - maybe they remember their grandfather fly fishing when they were a child, or maybe they have a friend that is trying to get them into the sport. I have observed that there is definitely a fly fishing “bug.” I’m not sure how it is contracted, but I believe it is highly contagious.

you need a rod, reel, and line. It doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy. At The Fly Shack (where I work), packages start at about $110. Of course, many people have some kind of fly fishing gear that they either inherited from a friend/relative, or picked up at a garage sale. Most of the time, this second-hand gear will work just fine.

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For many people, casting is the most daunting part of fly fishing. It is also very misunderstood and sometimes over complicated. Because most flies are unweighted, or have just a very small amount of weight added to them, you cannot cast like you would with a spinning rod. In fly fishing, you have to use the line to create the momentum needed to cast the fly where you want it. The most basic cast is the overhand cast. This cast is done by moving the rod forward, then abruptly stopping the rod at about the ten o’clock position. This will send the line flying in Let’s Start at the Top the direction you point the rod. There are many great resources on fly Freshwater fish eat bugs (flies). They eat these bugs at all stages casting, and it truly is an art to itself. Check on YouTube for some great of their life cycle. Fly fishing, in its most basic form, is fishing using tutorials on casting. Also check with your local fly shop for tips and imitations of bugs made of fur and feathers. Because these bugs are at casting classes. different stages of their life cycle at different times of the year, the flies Have Fun we use change with the season. However, there are some basic types Fly fishing, like all fishing, is all about getting outside and having of fly that can work all year long, and those are the flies that I suggest fun. So keep it very simple to start, and ask a lot questions. If you don’t beginners use to get started. One of these is the Woolly Bugger. This is a have a friend to ask, then ask someone at the local fly shop. Or reach out great fly that imitates a range of fish delicacies, from a hellgrammite to to the online community. Fly fishing is like most sports - you can get stonefly nymph, even baitfish. into it as much as you would like. But be careful, because fly fishing is a passion and a lifetime of learning. You just might get sucked into this Rods, Reels, and Lines There is a lot of specialized gear used for fly fishing, but essentially wonderful obsession.

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t’s a mission statement born out of a love for wild, untouched places and the search for wild fish. Trout Power is fly anglers, men and women, who want to both gauge and protect the health of water systems www.troutpower.org by the wild trout living in them, and protect those wild fish at the same time. Trout Power began as a creel study on the West Canada Creek in Central NY. But what’s in a name? The West Canada is no creek. It’s a river over 70 miles long that like most rivers changes more and more as you travel downstream. But what changed as you followed the river downstream is what put it in the sights of Jordan Ross of JP Ross Fly Rods and founder of Trout Power in 2011. In the head waters deep in the ADK wilderness wild brook trout abound, taking care of themselves and proving the quality of the watershed in its beginnings. As the river flows south and nears Hinckley Reservoir and civilization, they mix in with stocked rainbows, browns and more brookies. But below the reservoir, and below the many impoundments from which erratic water flows surge and where the brown trout call it home you’ll find no wild trout, only stocked. Of the 63 tributaries entering the West Canada below the dam, over half are documented as wild brook trout streams, but all you’ll find in the West Canada itself below multiple dams and turbines are stocked browns. Jordan went about compiling data over three years, using three creel studies. By recording over one-thousand fish and placing temperature sensors to record what the erratic flows did to water temperatures, combined with entomology studies, baselines have been established that will be used in upcoming FERC license changes. There should be wild fish the entire length

in what the NYDEC touts as one of the most renowned trout streams in central New York, and with the research compiled and the licenses coming up for renewal, there could be in the coming years. As it should be. Now the Trout Power sights have been adjusted farther north into the Adirondacks, and on to wild and native brook trout. 2016 saw a Trout Power watershed study two years in the making come to fruition on Father’s Day weekend in June with great success and a strong team of conservation minded anglers in the trenches. They slogged it out in rough country and shared stories and discoveries in the comfort of one of the Adirondack’s Great Camps, Camp Sagamore, in the evenings. In the late 1890s a doctor from NYC spent time exploring this very watershed and kept journals of his experiences and discoveries. Doctor Arpad Geyza Gerster left us a record in good detail of what the watershed was like from 1895 to 1898, his private journals. Detailing trips up and down the South Inlet, a fishing camp up lost Brook, canoe trips and hikes where fishing wasn’t only recorded by the number of fish caught, but by sizes, specific places, and conditions. They give us a look back in time through the firsthand accounts of someone who held this watershed very close to his heart. The watershed coursing through the backcountry here was once full of wild brook trout. Because of general history we know this, but because of the Gerster diaries we have specific details of this particular watershed. However, like much of the Adirondacks, acid rain killed off many of the brook trout, in some places most or all. Now the waters once again have a decent population of wild brookies, and researching stocking records shows no one has stocked them since the acid rain took its toll in this particular watershed, yet here they are. So the Trout Power study aimed to take a good look at the fish population and delve deeper into the mystery of the comeback story.

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organizations grow missions become too broad, focus blurs, and messages are lost. Trout Power’s mission will focus its work on protecting wild and native brook trout in the Adirondacks. This is grassroots conservation. Because of the success of the event and the support from the conservation community the Trout Power® team is poised to target the Adirondack Park and search out waters and wild fish that need to be identified and protected before it’s too late. The Adirondack brook trout is tough, make no mistake. They’ve been here since the ice age, but they’ve had to fight, flee, or hunker down in the wake of manmade catastrophes such as the logging boom at the turn of the last century, the acid rain from the industrial revolution, over fishing, and now the climate change as water temperatures begin to rise. Jordan’s belief, and the belief of those surrounding him are that there are more wild fish out there in hard to get to places that should never be stocked over, their heritage strain DNA never mixed with weaker and less resilient stocked DNA, and that whose populations are small enough that only a few careless anglers “keeping their limits” could finish them off. If you’d like to know more or get involved you can visit their website at www.troutpower.org.

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Twin Ponds – An Adirondack Brook Trout Preserve By Evan Bottcher, Fly Fishing Guide at the Hungry Trout

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here is an incredible mix of experiences to be had fly fishing for trout, but the one experience that truly has me hooked is fly fishing for brook trout in the ponds of the Adirondack Mountains in Northern New York. Over the years I have been lucky enough to fly fish for trout all over the USA. Large slow moving tail waters from New Mexico to Montana and steep freestone streams from SW Colorado to Alaska to Labrador. Few things compare to the beauty, and the intimacy of a remote Adirondack Pond, and in this instance, a pond that produces wild populations of 3-6 pound brook trout throughout the fishing season. Tucked against the edge of ‘The Blue Line’, the border of the Adirondack Park, lies a 2000 acre parcel of land that surrounds 3 ponds, providing ample protection from angling pressure and invasive species alike. In the early 1980’s with the aid of Bill Flick, son of legendary Catskill fly tyer, Art Flick, and a team of biologists, this pond was brought back to life as an original Adirondack pond, supporting nothing but heritage strain Brook Trout. 30 years later, Twin Ponds remains as a spectacular self sustaining ecosystem, free of trout stocking, and loaded with a dense reproducing trout population The Hungry Trout has had the privilege as the only outfitter with access to these ponds since their fruition. We have guided them extensively and have become very close with the flora and fauna of the land, and the temperament of the brook trout that reside here. Your average angler will have the highest catch rates while trolling the shorelines, points, drop offs and spring holes scattered throughout the pond. Flat-water brook trout prefer structure and can be pulled out of

dense logjams and deadfall. While trolling we use type 5 (5-6 inches per second) full sinking fly lines, short leaders (3’-7’) and a variety of different flies usually imitating various baitfish, sculpin, or leeches. Black Ghost, Grey Ghost, Baby Brook Trout to name a few. We use a lot of wooly buggers, zonkers, and simple bunny leech flies to imitate leeches, and large wool head sculpin patterns. When fishing ponds, it is important to keep the following in mind. Where are fish feeding (location), how are they feeding (what type of retrieve), and what are they eating (what fly). Fishing different depths while trolling is accomplished by the amount of fly line you have out coupled with the speed of the troll. More line and slower troll = deeper retrieve. A faster row, will lift the plane of the line for a shallower retrieve. It seems simple to figure out, but it is amazing how picky these trout can be for the ‘correct’ trolling scenario. For those anglers who are not a fan of trolling, we also fish these ponds casting and retrieving utilizing ‘Loch Style’ techniques. These techniques eliminate the ‘chuck and chance’ practice of casting from a boat, and provide a methodology to finding the fish and figuring out their temperament and fly preference. When using this method we will use anywhere from a 5’-15’ leader, usually always with 2 flies spaced minimum 4’ apart. We use many of the same flies we use trolling, but many more specifically designed for this application. One example is the ‘Mini Humungous’ a wooly bugger style fly designed for flat water – look it up. Many European patterns come into play as well such as blobs, and boobies. http://hungrytrout.com

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play in a pool league every Sunday, and for months my teammate Bert Frasier, what I thought to be “fish stories” of he and his brothers domination over the Salvelinus Namaycush… {Lake trout} fishery at Lake Champlain. Week after Week, he would boast…”We caught 0ver 30,40 each, all were 20 inches plus”...And “My father, Brother, and I, last weekend set a single day catch record of 122 Lakers, you should really come up for a couple of days”. Honestly… I, figured he was embellishing on numbers to try and impress me which, when it comes to Fish & Fishing is NOT easily done. I earned my B.A. with Honors, in Fisheries & Aquaculture from SUNY Cobleskill, and I am an active Chair Member of the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation (GSLFF). Fisheries and sport fishing has been my greatest passion for as long as I can remember, and I’m always looking for new fishing opportunities to experience. I finally decided on Friday of Labor Day Weekend that I would take Bert up on his invitation, I have never fished Lake Champlain before, or caught a Laker and I was eager. After a picturesque drive we arrived, and my attention was immediately caught by the sparkling 20’ Bayliner Trophy sport-fishing boat, complete with outriggers on top and 2 Downs, on the bottom sides, and many other sport fishing bells and Whistles. During a quick introduction to Bert’s brother Steve, I thanked him for the invitation and said “If I catch one nice fish it will be worth the trip” Steve looked at his brother Bert and smiled, as if he knew something I didn’t, my confidence that my trip would be a success in producing at least some fish was solidified, when I saw that an entire section of Steve’s living room including a couch was occupied by 30, or so Shimano rods of mixed, medium to ultra heavy actions and 10-12 boxes of Shimano reels price-tags unremoved boasting costs of $280 and more! I knew these brothers meant business.

We launched at first light, in glass-like calm water, from what I was told that is very rare for Lake Champlain. We stopped, in about 100ft of water and the brothers started to gear up. I was given a 6’ Shimano Trevalla medium action rod, equipped with a Shimano Calcutta reel, and braided line. As I was tying my lure, Bert tells me the female single day catch record for their boat was 22 and asked, “Are you going to break it? Now do exactly as I say, when I tell you to drop, open the bail, and when I say reel, start retrieving at a quick steady pace without stopping or hesitation” Bert instructed...and so I did. Just like that it began, on my first retrieval, the strike felt like a cinderblock bending my rod almost to the surface, I set the hook and retrieved my first Laker!, both Bert and Steve were also hooked up and working fish in also!! We were able to release the fish back. The Bites were so consistent that 2 hours passed, and we had 27 Lakers on the boat counter before we had a chance to set out rods down and look at the time! The brothers had 10 fish each and me with 7. All of the fish caught were respectable in size ranging from 19-30 + inches, and weighed between 6-12 ½ lbs . When the bite Slowed in one spot we would simply move a short distance where another school was marked and repeated their method. I was respectfully asked by the Brothers not to reveal the exact method or lure used. The hook ups continued consistently many times all three of us had fish on at once, By 2pm, I landed my 22nd tying the Female catch record with 5 hours left to fish, the brothers had over 45 fish a piece! We all realized that The Single Day combined catch record for the boat, was very close to being reached, and we decided to go for it. The Brothers realized that I had watched very closely to What they were doing, learned how to identify and read my own line position on the Hummingbird, and picked up on

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Angler Magazine field expert Rachel Vickers with a beautiful Champlain Laker – for more great pictures check out https://www.instagram.com/theanglermagazineupstateny the trip relaxing mostly and caught caught 26 Lakers, adding a few more to my standing record .My total number of Lakers caught was a 65. The Brothers also pulled in 15-16 each putting our total number of Lake Trout caught in 2 ½ days by 3 people just under 200! We kept 8 fish for filets and the rest were released safely back. I told the Brothers that This Labor Day was one I would Never forget, and that next season I will absolutely be joining them again on multiple occasions! The running joke now is Burt saying to me…. “Well Im glad you at least caught ONE fish!” I can hardly wait until my next time fishing for Lakers with the Frasier Brothers, Bert and Steve the absolute experts on this specific fishery on Lake Champlain.

their method where I could start hooking up without any instructions. About 2 hours passed before I caught my 23rd Laker, surpassing the previous female catch record and setting the bar. When the Brothers reached 99 fish combined, the single Day Catch record was tied. The Brothers allowed me the honor of catching the 123 fish to set the new record and filmed it. The heaviest fish I caught weighed in at 11 ½ lbs! On Sunday all three of us were so worn out that we didn’t make it out onto the water until almost 11am, and for a half day we still enjoyed steady action all afternoon long. I ended the the day with a total of 16 lakers, and the brothers with over 30 fish each. On Monday, we ended

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Ice Fishing For Landlocked Salmon By Alex Martin, Outdoor Writer and Fishing Enthusiast

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f there is one fish in the northeast that is considered the ultimate trophy, it would be the landlocked salmon. These regal silver fish are renowned for their fighting abilities and penchant for making long runs before flipping through the air in their effort to throw the hook. While ice fisherman aren’t able to enjoy the aerial display of the fight they will still be able to fight them on the hand line which is a different challenge as opposed to using a rod and reel. Landlocked salmon are members of the salmonid family and like the other members of their family; the trout and char, they prefer colder water. Salmon are a fish of a slightly different scale however and have habits that are not shared by any of the other salmonids. In the winter time due to the water being very cold salmon can be found at any depth however they prefer to cruise in the shallows around 1 to 5 feet deep and over deeper water just under the ice to a couple of feet down. In the winter salmon hunt fish that are in the shallows as well as minnows feeding on plankton just under the ice. Like a torpedo, salmon are very quick and will either consume their prey in one swift strike or will act like a battering ram and run through a school of minnows and then turn back around to eat the fish that were stunned. Salmon are oddly curious and are attracted to noise and light coming through the ice. Some anglers will go to great lengths to cover up their holes using foam or cardboard covers to prevent sunlight from getting through. When we fish for salmon we like to leave the hole clear and allow light penetration. We often find too that we will catch salmon almost immediately after drilling the hole and putting the trap in so keep an eye out for a flag as soon as the trap is set! In general you want to use very light line due to the salmon’s sharp eyesight and their tendency to be very line shy. 6lb monofilament line is what most anglers use but you can also use tippets designed for fly fishing that often come in smaller diameters with better test strengths compared to monofilament line. Small single hooks from size 8 to 10 and a dull colored spilt shot will round out the rig. You only need a leader that is long enough to put your bait about a foot below the ice. Make sure that your tip up spool is completely drag free. Salmon will drop a bait at any feeling of resistance. Drag on a tip up reel=less fish. Another tip is to position the spool so that it is parallel with the shore line. Salmon will often swim parallel with the shoreline following the contours and facing your reel in the direction that they swim will further reduce any drag that may be on the tip up reel. When you do get a flag make sure to wait until the reel is spinning fast before setting the hook. Due to the feeding behavior of the Fast action!! salmon they may hit and kill the bait and then come back and eat it so don’t pull the line out right away, give the salmon a chance to come back. Don’t set the hook like you are starting a lawn mower all you need is a quick tug. These fish are very fast and strong so be prepared for an explosive run when you first set the hook.

Fun Fishing with Alex Martin When fighting a salmon make sure that you know where you are putting your line. At any point in the fight the fish may make a last ditch run for it and if you are standing on the line or if it gets wrapped around something it could snap! Some great options for salmon through the ice are- Schroon Lake, Lake Eaton, and Lake Colby. These fish are a special winter trophy for those who are lucky enough to catch one so give them a shot this winter and that lucky person could be you!

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