Dear Outdoor Editor,
While fishing in Quebec recently, my friend Dave Sanford caught a 26-inch pike on a popping frog in six feet of water. We suddenly discovered that the boat net had a gaping hole. The fish was obviously too large to just drag in the boat without breaking the light line.
In trying to land the pike with a special and expensive tool, which lips the fish, I failed to put on the wrist lanyard. The fish jerked, breaking the line and taking both the lure and tool with it to the bottom of the lake.
Lure gone, $60 tool gone, leaving two very dispirited and disgusted fishermen. However, the story has a happy ending.
The next day, while fishing at least 150 yards from where the fish was lost, we found the pike, belly up, but alive, in about 10 feet of water. With a lure retriever and dip net (without a hole in it) we got the fish in the boat and couldn’t believe our good luck.
The tool and popping frog were carefully removed from the fish. The pike was released and with a flip of its tail returned to the deep water from whence it came, seemingly no worse for wear except it probably had a rather sore throat.
It is a great story with four witnesses including Don Weser, Edge Deuel and Ron Faltz.
Dear Outdoor Editor,
No Bambi for you, Mrs. Doe
Some people want so badly for deer birth control to work that they actually think it will, even on wild populations.
I wish I had a couple bridges to sell.
A week ago on the Outdoors page we ran the deer there do what deer everywhere do. They eat the easiest food available such as gardens and ornamental plantings. They walk in front of moving cars. They give ticks and parasites a place to live.
Bad catfish should be eaten
ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has launched a statewide campaign to educate citizens about invasive blue and flathead catfish - their negative impact on native fish species and what anglers can
do to help.
Nice first one
Brett Ishler, 16, Frostburg, bagged his first gobbler during the junior spring turkey hunt. The bird had a 9-inch beard and was taken near Westernport. Ishler was accompanied on the hunt by Rodney Lipscomb.
Archery open house planned May 4
CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland Bowhunters Club will host an archery open house at its Valley Road facility on May 4 beginning at 1 p.m.
Turkey hunting class scheduled
TYRONE, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Game Com- mission will offer a Successful Turkey Hunting course at the Tyrone Sportsmen Association on April 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Commission meeting set
ROANOKE, W.Va. — The next quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission will be May 4 at 1 p.m. at Stonewall Resort State Park in Roanoke. The public is invited to make com- ments. Items on the agenda include:
• Summary of the 2014 Sectional Meetings – Sportsmen and Landowners Questionnaire.
• Approve 2014 - 2015 Big Game Hunting Regula- tions.
W.Va. cautions about eating certain fish
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has updated its advisories for eating fish caught in lakes and rivers.
U.S. Army Corps campgrounds open
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to open campgrounds at five West Virginia lakes.
Fishing rodeo slated
ROCKY GAP — A children’s fishing rodeo will take place at the Rocky Gap State Park Nature Center on May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Register at canderson@dnr. state.md.us or call 301-722-1480.
Crossbow use begins for New York deer hunters
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The new state budget includes an agreement that will give crossbow hunters their own season in New York.
Language within the budget will allow crossbow use for all small game, including turkeys, and any big game season in which firearms are allowed.
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