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Get ready for back-to-back big events on Lake Erie starting with the Sunset Bay Shootout on Friday and Saturday followed by the Costsa FLW Series event July 26-28. On Lake Ontario, the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association will be holding its club tournaments Friday and Saturday, and the Wilson Bicentennial tournament is Sunday. The Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Derby co…

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Memorial Day in the Southtowns wouldn't be the same without Mickey Rats on the beach. So take heart, Western New York: the popular lakefront bar is coming back. The beach, patio and "a good portion of the existing bar" in Evans will open once again this summer for business and fun-in-the-sun revelry, said William Paladino, CEO of Ellicott Development Co., which purch…

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The owner of Try-It Distributing Co. wants to convert a longtime former summer camp in Evans into a new residential community – the latest example of housing growth along Lake Erie and transformation of historic camp properties. Eugene Vukelic and his family are planning to put up single-family houses along the beach, with tiered town houses nearby offering views of the…

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Every day, every season, can be different on Lake Erie. The coldest winter in years has tightened the opportunities for David Sandford to do what brings him every year to the shore, and he was grateful for what he saw on Dec. 6, when the lake is often at its wildest. Lake Erie, pitching and violent, seemed alive. Sandford moved in and out of the water at Port Stanley, O…

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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…

Sports

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…

Sports

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 1…

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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 New Yo…

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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 33rd Ann…

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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 m…

Sports

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 charge…

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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…