The oldest antique fishing tackle show in the state will be held Oct. 2 in Lockport. For 31 years, a local group of fishing tackle collectors has catered to anyone interested in buying or selling antique fishing tackle, wanting to take a peek into the past from the perspective of angling or ask local experts to appraise old fishing tackle. This is a great opportunity to learn about the history of fishing in Western New York.
The Antique Fishing Tackle Show will be held at Elk’s Lodge, 6791 N. Canal Road, Lockport, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Table rentals are $20. If you are setting up a table, you must arrive at 9:30 a.m. and you must contact Dan Bedford at 713-9410 prior to the show. There are free “display only” tables on a limited basis if you wish to show off your collection.
Youth Waterfowl Weekend Oct. 2-3
West Zone Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend is scheduled for October 2-3 for junior hunters ages 12-15. Junior hunters must have a junior hunting license as well as registration in the harvest information program. A Federal Migratory Bird Stamp is not required until age 16. Daily bag limits are the same as those allowed during regular waterfowl seasons. For this hunting weekend, ducks, mergansers, Canada geese, skull geese, gallinules and coots are authorized to be harvested.
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Young hunters must be accompanied by a licensed adult (including HIP registration and duck stamp). Adult hunters may only shoot migratory game birds if the hunting season is open to hunters of all ages.
Office of Parks announces online raffle for blinds
The State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced an online system for raffles for waterfowl hunting seasons at Beaver Island State Park, West River Parkway, Strawberry Island and Motor Island. All blinds will be issued electronically, so a valid email address is required. Duck season is October 16 to November 7 and November 27 to January 2, 2022. Canada goose season is October 23 to November 19 and November 25 to January 13. A lottery was available for hunting youngsters. weekend of October 2-3, but the deadline to register was September 25.
To begin the lottery process (it is currently open for submissions), hunters must log in to parks.ny.gov/parks/beaverisland/details.aspx. Click on the hunting tab and select the blind dates you wish to apply for. Lottery dates are in blocks of three to four days. If selected, you will be emailed a blind permit and instructions. Remember, hunters must hold a valid hunting license with a signed federal duck stamp, valid HIP registration, and proof of completion of a current waterfowl identification course. Blind number 33 is no longer available. For more information, contact the park office at 773-3271 between 8:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Gilbert and Roeser win the Douglas Rods Big Money Bass Open
The team of Hamburg’s Billy Gilbert and Lockport’s Kelly Roeser put together an impressive sack of five smallmouth bass weighing 28 pounds, 3 ounces to win the Douglas Rods Big Money Open in Buffalo last weekend. Included in their catch was a personal best 6-pound, 11-ounce smallmouth curled by Gilbert, caught on a trick bunt with a Berkley flatworm.
“We were fishing between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. and knew we had a decent bag of fish,” Gilbert said. “We hit that big lunker and that sealed the deal when we were able to take down a 4 3/4 pound fish.” They won $3,700 for first place. The finalists were Brad Brodnicki of Amherst and Jeff Hippert of Hamburg at 26 pounds, 2 ounces. The second-place team targeted 25 to 36 feet of water around rocky shoals with soft shots and Berkley flatworms. Third place went to Mike McGrath and Brendan Walsh, both of Niagara Falls, at 24 pounds, 13 ounces. They fished in 25-32 feet of water over bumps and shoals off Buffalo with Ned rigs.
The 2021 Douglas Rods Big Money Open Series allowed anglers to fish four popular lakes in the Empire State – Oneida, Keuka, Cayuga and Erie. The Anglers of the Year, based on the highest overall weights for the four tournaments combined, were David Compton Jr. and David Compton Sr. of Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania. For more information see douglasoutdoors.com.