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Outdoors notebook: Tournament season has arrived

Walleye season opens Saturday, trout and salmon are moving closer to the Lake Ontario shoreline and major fishing derbies and tourneys welcoming professional/expert and amateur/recreational anglers have begun or are set to start on Ontario waters in May.

The LOC (Lake Ontario Counties) Derby begins Friday, with divisions for king salmon, brown trout and lake trout; a walleye division opened Saturday. This and most other contests are open to all Lake Ontario waters in New York State. Fisher folk can sign on with the LOC Derby any day and enter catches thereafter. For complete details on the derby, visit loc.org.

The 32nd Annual Skip Hartman Memorial Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament, held out of Olcott and Wilson Harbors, will have some upgrades/changes this year. The contest will be changed to a three-day weekend competition, fishing May 20-22.

New this year, Amateur Division boat entries will be all-amateur teams; no licensed charter captains will be allowed as team members in this division.

For all format and entry details, visit lakeontarioproam.net.

The day before the Pro-Am, May 19, teams can sign up for the 15th Annual Don Johannes and 10th Annual Pete DeAngelo Memorial Three-Fish Tournament as a competition and as a warm-up for the Pro-Am. For details on this contest, call 778-0713.

Both the Pro-Am and the Three Fish Tournaments are 100-percent cash payouts from entry fees.

Smokepole shoot

Alabama Hunt Club holds its Spring Public Shoot at the clubhouse and range at 1857 Lewiston Road in Basom, located 2½ miles east of Alabama, on May 21 and 22. All versions of muzzleloader/smokepole firearms are welcome on the shooting line, which include any sabots or conicals with powder designed for in-line shooting.

New this year will be a series of in-line muzzleloader matches, as well as the traditional/flint and percussion models, at various distances out to 200 yards. A registration fee of $10 and $1 per target puts shooters on the range. Shooting on Saturday goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, the range will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more details on this shoot, check with John Szumigala at 714-5514 or Sammy DiSalvo at (585) 297-7747.

Hose upgrade

Gardeners and yard keepers have enjoyed the use and easy storage of collapsible, garden hoses of various lengths with flexibility to reach and go around things on the way to a spray. One fault of most models is that plastic connectors and shutoff valves break down in the elements and cannot be refitted or replaced.

A BulbHead Pocket Hose Top Brass II model introduced this season has a ¾-inch hose with brass fittings that include an adjustable spray nozzle that can be removed to fit a shutoff, tees, or other-nozzle head models. The hose material has “solar stripe” technology, which lasts longer in sunlight.

This Telebrands product can be viewed at bulbhead.com.