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Scattershots (Feb. 13)

Conesus Frostbite Derby this weekend

Ted Decker has announced that that his popular Frostbite Derby will take place this weekend on Conesus Lake. Once again it is sponsored by Ted’s Tackle, with some help from Finger Lakes Bait and Tackle, 5772 Big Tree Road, Lakeville.

Finger Lakes Bait and Tackle will be the new Ted’s. Decker sold out to Gary Metz at Finger Lakes B and T and he will be running the show from here on out. We wish them both luck on their new endeavors. For more information call Ted at 585-429-0587 or Gary at 585-414-5586.

Free fishing weekend on tap

To help promote winter fishing activities, the third weekend in February (this weekend) is designated a free fishing weekend in the state. No license is required, but you have to abide by the statewide regulations or special regulations that could be in place in or on the water you fish. Check for more information.

If you’ve been thinking about taking up fishing or tried to get a family/friend on the ice for hardwater action, this is the perfect excuse. Weather conditions don’t look bad for this weekend, so get out and wet a line.

WNY Boat Show set for Feb. 20-24

Spring can’t be very far off now that the Western New York Boat Show arrives Feb. 20-24 at the Adpro Sports Training House, One Bills Drive, Orchard Park. The show will feature a variety of water craft and many boating-related exhibitors. If you’re thinking about buying a boat, this is a great place to start. It’s also a great place to dream.

The hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and noon to 9 p.m. Thursday. Both of those days offer free admission. Friday hours are noon to 9 p.m., Saturday is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday through Sunday, admission is $8 for adults, kids 12 and under are free. For more information, visit

The Fishing Beat (Feb. 13, 2019)

Orvis kicks off winter speaker series

The 2019 Winter Speaker Series at Orvis Buffalo will begin with local guide Vince Tobia of Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters at 6 p.m. on Friday. The store is located at 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville. The topic of his presentation will be on Alaska Fly Fishing.

Future speakers include:

Rick Kustich of Getzville, giving a talk on “Swinging and Tying Tube Flies for Steelhead” at 6 p.m. on Feb. 21; Nick Sagnibene of Ellicottville with Adventure Bound on the Fly discussing “Big Inland Trout on Streamers” set for 6 p.m. March 1; Brad Green with a discussion and presentation on “Musky Fly Tying” starting at 6 p.m. on March 11; and Brian Slavinski's presentation on “High Water Steelhead Tactics” at 6 p.m. on March 21.

Call 276-7200 or visit to reserve a spot to attend one of these free presentations.

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