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Tompkins County Legislators approve rifle hunting resolution

Tompkins County Legislators approve rifle hunting resolution
A Rifle hunting resolution in Tompkins County was approved by the Legislature during a meeting on Tuesday night. A split vote of 8-6, decided to seek State authorization to allow rifle hunting for deer and bear in Tompkins County, but leaves open the opportunity to review the matter in two years. According to the Tompkins County Legislature, several legislators said... more

New legislation expands land for hunting and fishing on wildlife refuges

New legislation expands land for hunting and fishing on wildlife refuges
The Trump administration passed new legislation to expand hunting and fishing at wildlife refuges around the country. That includes the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, located along the New York State Thruway between Syracuse and Rochester. The new legislation is expanding hunting at wildlife refuges around the country. Montezuma already allows hunting and fishing, along with nine other sanctuaries here in... more

New York pro Jamie Hartman crowned Cayuga Lake champ

New York pro Jamie Hartman crowned Cayuga Lake champ
On Sunday afternoon, for the second time in three tournaments, Jamie Hartman claimed a Bassmaster Elite Series victory. Both were special. But he couldn’t deny this one meant just a little more. Fishing in his home state of New York, Hartman caught five bass that weighed 22 pounds, 4 ounces Sunday and jumped from fourth place into the winner’s spot... more

Gustafson takes Day 2 lead at Bassmasters Elite

Gustafson takes Day 2 lead at Bassmasters Elite
Canadian pro Jeff Gustafson came into the SiteOne Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake with modest expectations. But his confidence has grown with each passing day — and on Friday, it grew by leaps and bounds as Gustafson caught five bass that weighed 25 pounds, 6 ounces and took the lead with a two-day total of 49-1. His catch of 25-6... more

Chris Zaldain takes Day 1 lead at Bassmasters Elite on Cayuga Lake

Chris Zaldain’s day couldn’t have started much worse. Or ended much better. The California native who now lives in Fort Worth, Texas, woke up Thursday to find that several of his best rod-and-reels had been stolen during the night. But with what he had left, he went out and caught five bass that weighed 24 pounds, 5 ounces to take... more

Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Cayuga Lake week

Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Cayuga Lake week
When the Bassmaster Elite Series visited Cayuga Lake in 2016, that late-June event saw lots of fish on beds. Next week’s return to this Central New York lake will find anglers facing a completely different seasonal complexion when the SiteOne Bassmaster Elite. The event is slated for Aug. 22-25. “The first time we were there for an Elite event, it... more

Mynderse students fishing at nationals

Mynderse students fishing at nationals
Two Mynderse Academy students will be casting their lines into Kentucky Lake in search of some elusive bass. This is not a typical summer vacation fishing trip for incoming freshman Brody Herron, 14, and recent graduate C.J. Zerniak, 18. The two members of the Mynderse Academy Bass Fishing Club qualified earlier this year for the Bassmaster High School Championship by... more

Geneva man captures 2019 Carp Derby with 45 lb. lunker

Geneva man captured 2019 Carp Derby with 45 lb. lunker
More than 200 anglers from throughout the Finger Lakes registered for the 49th annual Waterloo Rotary Carp Derby. It was the 11th year the Rotarians have sponsored the Carp Derby that was begun by the Grumpy Old Men of Seneca Falls in 1980. Anglers from Palmyra, Elmira, Sodus, Clifton Springs and Manchester brought their catches to the weigh station on... more

FL1 SPORTS PODCAST: Mynderse fishermen go for National Championship in Tennessee (podcast)

FL1 SPORTS PODCAST LIVE AT 2:30 PM: Mynderse fishermen go for National Championship in Tennessee (podcast)
Mynderse Academy senior C.J. Zerniak & eight-grader Brody Herron recently qualified to represent New York State in the 2019 BASS High School National Championship on Kentucky Lake in Paris, TN this summer. Both anglers are in-studio to talk about their sport, how the qualified for the national tournament and their preparation for the event coming up in August. . more

Kayak fishing tournament raises funds for Tristan Foundation

Kayak fishing tournament raises funds for Tristan Foundation
When you think “Kayak Fishing”, philanthropy might not top your list. It might not even crack the top ten words you think of when this fast growing sport pops into your mind, that was not the case this past Saturday. NYKBF (New York Kayak Bass Fishing) came together with local kayak shop Fuzzy Guppies, to put together the largest Kayak... more

DEC: We need to get the walleye out of Skaneateles Lake

DEC: We need to get the walleye out of Skaneateles Lake
What’s it going to take to rid Skaneateles Lake of walleye, which were illegally stocked? Or, should the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which manages the fishery, even bother? That was the subject of a heated discussion at a “State of Skaneateles Lake” meeting held last week at Homer Elementary School. Emily Zolleg-Horan, an aquatic biologist with the DEC’s Region... more

North Rose Taxidermist says bucks he’s seeing have big racks

North Rose Taxidermist says bucks he’s seeing have big racks
I walked in the door at Clingerman Taxidermy, prepared to talk deer during my annual visit. Opening day is this coming Saturday, making the time for a whitetail discussion perfect. On the wall to my left was a beautiful mount of a cougar. As I greeted business owner Randy Stewart, I told him I was going to put that masterpiece... more

Finger Lakes youth hunt moves to Deer Haven Park

Finger Lakes youth hunt moves to Deer Haven Park
The base of operations for the fourth annual Finger Lakes Regional Youth Deer Hunt, which was held Oct. 6-8, was new this year. The Seneca County Training Center in Romulus served as the host, and the actual hunt took place at the piece of the former Seneca Army Depot that is now Deer Haven Park. The hunt has grown from... more

‘A big deal’: Union Springs to host 2019 Bassmaster Elite Series

‘A big deal’: Union Springs to host 2019 Bassmaster Elite Series
The Bassmaster Elite Series is returning to Cayuga Lake next summer. The village of Union Springs Mayor Bud Shattuck announced in an interview on Wednesday that the fishing event is coming back to the village for the 2019 competition. “We were hoping they’d come back,” Shattuck said, adding that Bassmaster was inquiring what dates might work for the village. “Whatever... more

Fishing Holes: 10 places to wet a line in Rochester and the Finger Lakes

Terri Burkett and her 9-year-old son Max of Canadice, Ontario County were in the Canandaigua area for a doctor’s appointment when the urge to find out what lurks in the clean glacial waters of Canandaigua Lake struck. Locals will tell you that when it comes to fishing this popular Finger Lake from shore, there’s no better place than the historic... more
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