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Brian Hartman NY state record Walleye.

Posted on February 8th, 2019

Brian Hartman started off the 2018 walleye fishing in a memorable way. He caught a fish on the St. Lawrence River that’s since been declared a state record.Hartman, of Alexandria Bay, NY, shared his story with NYup.com .

Hartman and his fishing buddy, Mike Savoia, of Connecticut, headed off from a rented house on the river in Morristown at 4:30 a.m. opening day. They started off drifting and jigging. Hartman was using a 4-inch, pearl-colored swimbait. They picked up a few small walleyes early on. Then, at 6 a.m., Hartman hooked the big one. The bite was slight at first, he said, but there was no doubt he had a lunker on after he set the hook.

His initial thought was to let the fish go as he said he has done countless times before with big ones he’s caught. His buddy even urged him to do it. But this time, he felt things were different. “This one goes on the wall,” he said.

He had the 32-inch fish weighed three times before a certified scale at the Thousand Island Bait Shop in Alexandria Bay, NY registered the fish’s official weight at 18-pounds, two ounces.

The weight eclipsed the previous state record set in 2009 by more than 1.5 pounds.

The old record was actually set during the ice fishing season and caught with a tip up.  Thomas Reed of Kill Buck, N.Y. pulled a 16-pound 9-ounce walleye through the ice on Mystic Lake in Cattaraugus County, NY in late January.

(article by David Figura)

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Derek Stoner 14.85 pound lake trout.

Posted on February 1st, 2019

Most Lake Ontario anglers know how good the Lake Trout fishing has been over the last couple decades. Much of this has been due to good stocking programs but also to lamprey control. While we enjoy great lake trout fishing in the eastern and western basin, NY state also gets it’s share of trophy Lake Ontario lakers.

Derek Stoner caught this 14.85 pound lake trout fishing on Chaumont Bay, NY on Lake Ontario using a Rapala Jiggin Rap.

(article by David Figura)

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Rich Ortiz ice laker.

Posted on February 11th, 2019

In southern Ontario we home some of the best ice Lake Trout fishing right on Lake Simcoe, but NY state also has excellent ice fishing for a variety of fish including Lake Trout.

Rich Ortiz, of Fort Ann, N.Y. caught an impressive, 13-pound lake trout through the ice on Lake George and released it after this photo was taken.

(article credit David Figura)

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Elaine Supp trophy ice-Pike.

Posted on February 4th, 2019

Elaine Supp, of Pulaski, caught this impressive northern pike through the ice on Sandy Pond, NY in January.  In her words, “I was as actually jigging for perch,” she said. “Caught it on an ultra light rod, 4-pound test with a minnow .”

Well done Elaine!!

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Jarred Churco 45-inch northern ice-pike, NY

Posted on January 28th, 2019

I like to feature trophy fish catches from across North America and even word-wide. Jared Churco got a real surprise ice fishing on Adorondack Lake, NY.

In Jarred’s words, “Well, I had a good feeling about the day. I just had it in my gut. I knew we’d be fishing a good spot,” the Tupper Lake resident said.

His gut feeling was right on. Churco, 30, ended up landing a fish of a lifetime – a massive 45-inch northern pike that weighed 25.1 pounds. The fish’s girth was 20 inches.

He hooked the fish through an 8-inch hole in the ice at about 10:30 a.m. on a tip-up, baited with a 4-5 inch sucker. The air temperature at that time was about 28 degrees, he said, and it was snowing.

“The flag (on that tip-up) had already gone up six times before that morning, but they were all small perch,” he said. When he came over for the seventh time, he said, he quickly realized “this was no perch.”

“When I set the hook, it just ripped the line out of my hands and took off like a missile,” he said. He added that he he was targeting pike that morning and had a 20-pound, fluorocarbon leader on his line

Churcho, 30, did not want to reveal the waterway where he caught the fish, for fear of creating a crowd scene on his favorite spot. He said simply that it was landed on a lake in southeast St. Lawrence County.

Anyway, once the fish took off, Churco said he yelled to his fishing buddy, Dan Dewyea, also from Tupper Lake, to “get the hell over here.” Churco said he battled the fish for about 15 minutes, getting it close to the hole five times.

(article credit, By David Figuraldfigura@NYup.com )

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BC Winter Steelhead Update.

Posted on January 21st, 2019

Featured image shows an early winter Steelhead pic by Noel Gyger on the Copper River. Happy anglers are my nephew Justin and his father, my brother Michael Gyger.

Noel Gyger reports. Light rain with highs to +4 degrees Celsius. Skeena River is low and in good shape. Steelhead are being caught. Please be careful running your jet boat as water is very shallow. Coho fishing closed October 31st. Tyee Test Fishery showed a record run of Steelhead this season.  Coho run was way down this year. Kalum River is in fair shape and fishing well for Steelhead. Both fly and spin fishing are working well. Kitimat River is closed to Salmon fishing. Zymoetz (Copper) River is in goo shape and Steelhead are being caught. Note this reg: No Fishing upstream of the sign at the transmission line crossing (downstream of Zymoetz Canyon) Jan 1 – June 15. Steelhead fishing below this closure is still permitted.

Need a fishing guide contact Noel anytime? Ocean fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Prawn, Dungness and Alaska King Crab is good out of Kitimat. If you would like to book a river fishing guide or ocean charter for 2018-19 you can contact Noel at www.noelgyger.ca .

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Kitimat, BC Winter Steelhead Action.

Posted on January 17th, 2019

Wintertime in the Kitimat, BC region is definitely Steelhead-time. Tracey Hittel sent us these images of recent winter steelhead catches enjoyed by many of his guests.

In the winter time BC tributaries have less run-off which means lower water levels and ideal conditions for fly anglers to target Steelhead.

Tracey uses drift boats to get his customers to secluded river sections where they can use a variety of gear to catch some of the biggest Steelhead in the world. If you ever thought of enjoying a world-class trip for native west coast Steelhead, contact Tracey at catchfish@kitimatadventures.com .

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BC Steelhead Update.

Posted on January 15th, 2019

Noel Gyger reports. Sunny with highs to -3 degrees Celsius. Skeena River is low and in good shape. Steelhead are being caught. Please be careful running your jet boat as water is very shallow. Coho fishing closed October 31st. Tyee Test Fishery showed a record run of Steelhead this season.  Coho run was way down this year. Kalum River is in fair shape and fishing well for Steelhead. Both fly and spin fishing are working well. Kitimat River is closed to Salmon fishing. Zymoetz (Copper) River is in good shape and Steelhead are being caught. Note this reg: No Fishing upstream of the sign at the transmission line crossing (downstream of Zymoetz Canyon) Jan 1 – June 15. Steelhead fishing below this closure is still permitted. Need a fishing guide contact me anytime. Ocean fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Prawn, Dungness and Alaska King Crab is good out of Kitimat.

If you would like to book a river fishing guide or ocean charter for 2018-19 you can contact Noel at www.noelgyger.ca .

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BC Fishing update.

Posted on January 8th, 2019

Feature image shows off a brilliant steelhead. Would you like to catch a Halibut and Chinook in the ocean…and some Dungeness and Alaska Crab, or native steelhead in the rivers, good idea to book now for a 2019 trip.

Noel Gyger reports. Cloudy with sunny breaks highs to -3 degrees Celsius. I guess winter is here now?  Skeena River is low and in good shape. Steelhead are being caught. Coho fishing closed October 31st. Tyee Test Fishery showed a record run of Steelhead this season.  Coho run was way down this year. Kalum River is in fair shape and fishing well for Steelhead. Both fly and spin fishing are working well. Kitimat River is closed to Salmon fishing. Zymoetz (Copper) River is in good shape and Steelhead are being caught. Ocean fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Prawn, Dungness and Alaska King Crab is good out of Kitimat.

If you would like to book a river fishing guide or ocean charter for 2018-19 you can contact Noel at www.noelgyger.ca .

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Chairman considers Field & Stream closure.

Posted on December 28th, 2018

Ed Stack, Dick’s Sporting Goods Chairman and CEO: has revealed the company may close its Field & Stream subsidiary. US retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods has told investors that damage done to sales by its gun control stance may result in it closing its outdoor subsidiary, Field & Stream. The Fortune 500 company could close down the entire Field & Stream chain of 25 stores across 18 states. Company Chairman and CEO Ed Stack said the recent 3.9% drop in same-store sales was a consequence in part of the decision to change its gun sales policies. It ‘negatively affected’ the bottom line, revealed Stack. However, he added that the company did not regret the move to change a number of its gun sales policies and back new gun-control legislation. “It’s definitely a factor, but nothing we didn’t anticipate,” said Stack, at last week’s Goldman Sachs Retailing Conference. Dick’s, which has an estimated 10% of the fishing retail market in the US, first modified its gun sales policy in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, when it said it would no longer sell certain semi-automatic rifles. The chain again pledged to stop selling AR-15s and other semi-automatics after the Parkland incident earlier this year. The company also decided to hire its own gun-control lobbyists to push for stricter gun laws. Stack said Dick’s would assess the situation through the holiday season. “Some brands are not going to sell to us. If consumers are upset with us, we will make a decision about what we’re going to do with Field & Stream.”

(Posted by Anthony – Angling International)

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