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The gift of fishing

As we approach the holiday season, one gift that keeps on giving is the gift of fishing. One potential stocking stuffer is a charter fishing trip for a preferred species of choice. It can also be for a favorite skipper, someone that has long been admired in the waters of Western New York. These piscatorial presents can offer a special…

No carp jokes, please – smoked copi dip is a holiday treat

(Bill Key)We’ve been eating invasive carp for a long time at our house. It’s all part of being a river rat and not letting anything go to waste. Consequently, long before DNR launched its rebranding and marketing of invasive carp as Copi, it was a staple in our house. Smoked carp dip is one dish that has always been a…

Perch party on Lake Erie

We launched out of Buffalo and headed west to a predetermined location that was much shallower than reports I had been getting all week for yellow perch. I was fishing with Capt. Brent Snyder with Day Five Sport Fishing (585-944-5826) and he was going to be fun fishing with his first mate Mark George and Gary Caccamise, both of Alexander,…

Watching a group of seniors head off to college

Classmates and teammates Nate Darin, Sam Braunschweig, Will Summers, and Blake Durbin shared one last “tournament” before college this fall. (Photo by Dan Durbin)I remember when my son, Blake, started his senior football season last fall. It began a countdown of sorts.  Eight games.  Seven.  Six. And then, tears, as the clock hit 0.00 for the last time in the…

Exploring the Genny

Exploring new areas around New York State for different species of fish is always exciting. Sharing that with a son-in-law and a grandson offers great satisfaction. Reacquainting with a friend is a bonus. Put it all together and it becomes a memorable outdoor adventure. It started when fishing buddy Wade Rowcliffe of Rochester invited me along for a fishing trip…