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The great structure is almost unimaginable for its size, stretching for a distance of not quite 2 miles at a height of 42 feet, with a width that extends at its base to 150 feet. It is a vast wall of stone, impossible to see in its entirety, its function and history intertwined with the absolute DNA of why Buffalo exists. While much of it is invisible, it is the ultimat…

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A Sportsman's Tale / From Richard Snyder Todd Aikin and myself launched out of Hamburg early Tuesday afternoon to mess around for a few hours. We were trolling for walleye but catching a bunch of nice smallmouth bass, having a good time, when the next hit came on a blue and silver renosky by Seneca Shoal. It reeled in like a log until Todd got it close to the boat, t…

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How good is the salmon fishing out of this end of Lake Ontario? The current  leader of the Summer Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby is a 27-pound Wilson fish caught by Lee Beaton of Clifton Springs. And the icing on the cake to accentuate the fishing was the Monroe County Offshore Classic. The Dirty Goose team led by Capt. Casey Prisco of Matamoras, Pa.,made a …

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The popular pastime of fishing is enjoyed by millions and millions of people across the country; millions and millions more around the world. It’s an art form, a communications tool and a recreational outdoor activity all rolled up into one. It’s also a perfect mechanism for people to connect. Last week, an inaugural event took place in Dunkirk that combined Western Ne…

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As the saying goes, it’s better to be lucky than good. For Pat O’Brien of Eden, he was in the right place at the right time fishing in his first ever walleye tournament. Trolling off Barcelona with Dr. Jim Stoll of Eden and Nick Miller of Hamburg, O’Brien grabbed the fishing rod and reeled in a personal-best 12.44-pound walleye to win the $5,000 grand prize in the 33…

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It was a good location for Dr. Jason Robinson to announce that walleye fishing should be decent again in 2017 with some even better fishing yet to come in 2018 and beyond. He was proclaiming this to a room filled with diehard walleye anglers as the Southtowns Walleye Association (SWA) clubhouse was the host location in Hamburg for NY Sea Grant’s annual State of Lake Erie…

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The inland trout opener was a blow out as over an inch of rain blanketed Western New York. About the only encouraging report we’ve heard was that a total of 52 fish were weighed in at the 56th Annual Naples Creek Trout Derby held April 1. Jacob “Jake” Perkins of Caledonia walked away at top angler with a 6.38-pound rainbow trout. The fish hit an egg sac, leading the …

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David Sandford had been waiting for the wind and sky he saw last week. For more than two months, the Canadian photographer had been trying to recapture the magic he bottled in November 2015, when he put on a wet suit and made a series of trips to the Lake Erie shoreline at Port Stanley, in Ontario. The result was akin to master portraits of someone you've known and love…

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Herman Melville understood the full power of the Great Lakes. In Moby Dick, his triumphant 19th century novel about American whaling, Melville described the Great Lakes as “grand freshwater seas.” He wrote of “dismasting blasts as direful as any that lash the salted wave,” winds that “have drowned full many a midnight ship with all its shrieking crew." That i…

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After an extremely odd year that saw a combination of drought conditions and record-breaking temperatures influencing fishing in the Great Lakes (and elsewhere), many anglers in Western New York have been waiting for a certain fish species to arrive on the scene with a bit more consistency – the extremely popular yellow perch. After a productive spring fishing season …

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Each week Buffalo News photographers bring you a visual recap of the former week through the pictures and stories of WNY, highlights of news, entertainment and sports. We hope you enjoy a second look, from high school sports and the Bills - to a closer look at Shea's Buffalo Theatre and SWAT training. Hang Ten - Scott Pearson takes to the air as he kitesurfs off Hamburg…