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Canada outslugs New York in Border Bass War

After a weather postponement by one week due to inclement weather, the second annual Spring Border War between St. Catharines Bassmasters and Western New York Bassmasters went off without a hitch last Saturday. A total of 53 boats (37 teams were from Canada) competed for best two-bass weight total per team. For the second straight year, Canada came out on top based on the heaviest five teams (total weight for two fish) for each country. Canada weighed in 59.68 pounds; U.S. tallied 57.32 pounds. That’s almost a 6-pound average for the winning country.

Overall winners for the contest were Gerald Koetsier and Roy Young from Canada with a two-fish total of 12.92 pounds. They won $1,720. Second-place team was from the U.S., Tim and Mike Creighton with 12.64 pounds of smallmouth. They won $810. Big bass overall for the tournament was a 6.85-pound smallmouth weighed in by Gaspare Costabile and Jim Tedesco of Canada. It was a great event this year and a total of 22 teams weighed in a two-fish limit. All the fish were released following the weigh-in.

2017-18 waterfowl season dates announced

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced dates for the 2017-18 waterfowl seasons along with some additional information pertaining to ducks and geese. Once again for the Western Zone, a weekend Youth Hunt will be available for 12- to 15-year-old junior hunters who are licensed and accompanied by a licensed adult. Dates are slated for Oct. 14 and 15.

Western Zone duck season dates are Oct. 28 through Dec. 6; reopening on Dec. 26 and running through Jan. 14. For a complete list of all the zone dates for ducks, coots and mergansers, go to

Goose seasons are broken up into areas and here in Western New York, we are looking at two areas that comprise this territory. First is the South Area; second is the West-Central Area. Both offer the early nuisance Canada goose season Sept. 1-25. They also offer the late split season option of Dec. 26 to Jan. 14, 2018 dates. That’s where the similarities stop. The West-Central regular season is open from Oct. 28 to Nov. 26. For the South Area, the regular season first-half split runs from Oct. 28 to Dec. 17. There is also a special bonus season that takes place March 2-10 in 2018.

One bonus of waterfowl hunting is harvesting a bird with a leg band. Due to problems with the toll-free phone number, inaccurate data and budget cuts, the only two options to report a banded bird will be to report the band online or mail the band in to the bird banding lab in Maryland.

Team A-Tom-Mik wins WHI

If you are a serious fisherman on Lake Ontario, you know who Tom Allen of Oswego is. He’s the guy who creates the popular A-Tom-Mik Trolling Flies that can regularly be found on the leaderboards for many derby and tournament-winning catches. Allen is also a pretty darn good fisherman. While he has never won a big tournament on his own, he’s come close many times … until last weekend’s Wilson Harbor Invitational Tournament. The crew, consisting of Allen, Lynn Thomson, Jr. of Camillus and Eric Burger of Baldwinsville, needed a little help in the luck department when they ran into a problem with one of their motors on tournament day. After very little pre-fishing due to poor weather conditions, they ran to the Niagara Bar to try and catch the tournament limit of six salmon. You could catch more and just bring in your six biggest fish, but the goal was to catch six. That’s what they managed to do by the end of the day – six king salmon. How that would stack up with the other 46 boats competing they could only guess. One of the team’s best baits, that seemed to catch them some bigger salmon, was a new A-Tom-Mik UV Meat Rig. There isn’t a better way to promote a new product.

Final score for Team A-Tom-Mik was 116.24 points, giving them the check for $25,000. Runner-up was Dave Antenori and his Screamer Team with a score of 104.07. Second place earned $10,000.


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