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Mother Nature has been throwing anglers a bit of a curve ball of late, primarily from high winds. Rain can also be a factor. Learning to adapt to changing conditions is part of the challenge. It can also lead to greater rewards. Chautauqua Lake Walleye action continues to be good on the lake according to Capt. Mike Sperry at Chautauqua Reel Outdoors. “The majority of…

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Capt. Joe Fonzi of Gasport is pumped. He just finished in second place in the FLW Northern Division Costa Series Bass Tournament the end of July. He was fishing out of Clayton, NY in the Thousand Islands, competing against 177 other boats. His pay day was nearly $18,000 for finishing runner-up. It’s a big deal for sure. However, there’s a part of him that’s extremely disap…

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Once Jim Beiter could no longer speak, he had plenty of time to contemplate what he wished that he could say. He is a hunter and an angler, a guy who has spent a lot of quiet hours in the woods or standing alongside a pond. He understands how to tell a great tale, how to pack all the meaning or humor into the crescendo. Yet he appreciates the communion that can be a gif…

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Aug. 2 – 2 the Outdoors Environmental Forum focusing on “The Science of Climate Change” to be held at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo, starting at 7:30 p.m. Call Terry Belke at 548-7659 for more information. Aug. 2 – 3-D Archery shoots every Wednesday through the end of September from 4 p.m. until dark at the Evans Rod and Gun Club, 864 Cain Road, An…

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Sullivan, Ferguson Electric set pace in BassEye contest The 16th Annual Greater Niagara BassEye Celebrity Challenge was held on Lake Erie last Friday out of Buffalo Harbor. On a day when a northeast wind created some tough conditions on the main lake, it was the Ferguson Electric team consisting of Mike Sullivan of Grand Island, Mark Jacobs of Eden and Dave Kowalewski o…

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August is here and it’s a cavalcade of contests on both Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Get ready to rumble! Lake Erie Sometime it’s for pride, sometime it’s for big bucks. Bob Rustowicz of Cheektowaga sends word that they held the “Battle of the Points” last weekend. Each year, 10 boats from Sturgeon Point, 10 boats from Fox Point and 10 boats from Point Breeze hold a f…

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Timing is everything. Whether it’s a first cast (or troll) into a new area or that infamous “one more cast” with the hopes of catching that trophy fish. For Sandra Brown of Clearfield, Pa., who was fishing with her husband Ed and friend Joe Yaeger of East Amherst, it was a different kind of timing that was coming into play -- and they were fishing in three contests at the …

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Considering Earth is about 70 percent water, Pierre Wallinder figures it's better to learn to sail than to drive. That might be the most practical distillation of his work, an adage he offered while piloting a pontoon through Lake Erie's waves Monday morning. The kids and teens sailing around him seemed more concerned with smiles as they set out on one of the Sail Bu…

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Outdoor forum discusses science of climate change WGRZ’s next “2 the Outdoors” Forum will focus on the Science of Climate Change. The presentation will take place on Aug. 2 at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo, starting at 7:30 p.m. This 10th environmental forum will review the history of the research that’s been collected and what the implications mea…

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July 27 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs will hold its monthly meeting at Niagara River Station, 355 E. River Road, Grand Island starting at 7 p.m. July 27 – Kayaking with Tina at Beaver Island State Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Space is limited; sign up early. Call 282-5154 for information and registration. This is a beginner’s class. July 29 – Memorial …

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When Dewitt Clinton began construction of his “big ditch” 200 years ago – the Erie Barge Canal – it would be safe to say that one of the furthest things from his mind was the development of a diverse and productive sport fishery. Many people in Western New York, an area accentuated by two Great Lakes and the Niagara River, wouldn’t even give the Erie Canal a second thought…

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If you want to find out what's happening in the fishing world, follow the contests. Lake Erie The big talk the past week on the lake was the Sunset Bay Walleye Shootout held July 21 for Big Fish Friday and July 22 for the main event – the shootout. Midnight Express finally captured a first place in the main event and also won Big Fish Friday with a 10.04-pound walley…

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Social media is changing the world, affecting everything from how businesses are being marketed to how we spend our spare time. A recent study showed that people today are now involved with electronic cyberspace for more than 10 hours a day – smart phones, tablets and television. Learning to manage all of these electronic tools is helping people to multitask in a manner th…

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It was a “Big Fish Sunday” on Lake Ontario as the leader board changed several times. It started with John Van Hoff of North Tonawanda reeling in a 27-pound, 9-ounce salmon out of Wilson. His fish would beat out Lee Beaton’s 27-pounder, also caught off Wilson, that had been leading the derby since the opening weekend. The grand prize lead would be short-lived as two more f…

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The 27th Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby ended last Sunday and the first-place winners are waiting for the awards ceremony to take place July 23 at the Gasport Fire Hall starting at 3 p.m. All the first-place winners – both for the adults and for the kids – will be in two separate drawings for the grand prize in their respective divisions. For the adults, a boat, motor and…