Saturday, October 16, 2021

Outdoor Journal: Young girl catches big fish

I was coming back from a bass tournament last year and a fisherman had gone to Battenkill Creek standing in his boots to the pits of his hands and his fishing rod bent. I parked my truck and boat and went back to see a jumping trout.

It took him some time and I congratulated him on his catch. That evening, I couldn’t forget the fun that the angler had thrown that line into the water and peeled the line like a whip.

Very different from my bass fishing from a boat and reeling in most bass. A few days later, I was at Walmart and saw a fly-fishing combo that was all I needed to try fly fishing. Down in the basement, I had an old instrumentalist from years ago and a snare. I won’t stop bass fishing, but I will find time to start running in a stream somewhere. If it does, I’ll keep you posted.

talk of town auction
Talk of Town Auction is next Thursday at 6:30 PM It is located in Carousel Village, Rt. 50 at Ballston Spa. The auction will feature related items for the outdoors. It also includes 50 guns up for bid. There will be a preview on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For photos visit Town Auctions at

young fishing girl
Madison Guidy of Schenectady sent me a photo of her 17-inch bass she caught while fishing with her father, Jason Guidy. He used a small worm for the bait. Madison catches her fish in Brent Lake.

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deer hunting tree protection
Deer season isn’t too far off for the southern region, so it’s a good idea to review tree stand safety.

  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions. Replace bad/missing parts.
  • Harness Use a full body harness with a foot strap to relieve leg pressure.
  • Use a “lifeline” or safety rope that is secured to the base of the tree or stand and to the tree just above your head while sitting in the stand. Stay connected to a lifeline from when you leave the ground until you come back down.
  • Attach the tether to the lifeline from your full body harness using a Prusik knot, which easily slides up and down the lifeline.
  • Once secured in its stand, use a haul line to raise/lower the dismounted instruments and quiver. Do not tie the Hall line around the trigger or trigger guard. The haul of landed guns, the bow and the raised (but not landed) crossbow pointed down.
  • Carry emergency equipment such as a knife, phone, flashlight or whistle in your pocket at all times.
  • Most important, let someone know where you will be hunting and when you expect to return.

Follow these tips and they’ll keep you safe in those trees this fall.

Contact Ed Noonan [email protected]

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