We had been alerted to the West Nile virus the last few years. The DEP told everyine to make sure your boat is face down so water doesn't collect in it, letting mosquitos possibly thrive in the sitting water. The DEP can and will confiscate boats that are not stored correctly. Frankly, they are pretty nice about minor things but this is serious.
Now with the potential for the Zika Virus to grow in our country we should be even more dilligent about storing our boats. The Boat Watch that KenH runs for our forum members is a big help. When I go to any boat area I make sure to walk around and check other people's boats. I especially look for our WF Stickers to alert me to a fellow members boat. I can't flip every boat over but I would always make the effort for a fellow member. I've seen a number of boats at Diverting, Kensico, Cross River, and New Croton recently that are flipped upward and not stored properly.
Be aware and don't trust leaning your boat against a tree. You might not be there to set it right after a windy day.
Everyday is "Throwback Thursday" to me. Just sharing this shot of my son Sam shorefishing with me 11 years ago. We didn't catch much in the beginning but we always had a wonderful time trying. When we see this photo, years later, we both get a little smile. That's the family fishing experience.
A quick thank you to some of our Star Members who have been appointed Stewards at Kensico Reservoir after a meeting with DEP officials. The DEP has started a trial program at Kensico and Pepacton Reservoirs in order to help maintain the quality of fishing and the beauty of the watershed.
When you see posts by KenH, Bluefish, Shawn Hu, Montrose, and Gordon you know they have everyone's best interests in mind. I personally want to thank them for being such great members on the site. We have many more quality members sharing info and tips everyday in the forums.
Have a great season, I predict better days on the water for everyone.
This season has been tough on the people who enjoy ice fishing. The weather has stymied most of the fishing in the southern part of NY, like Westchester and Putnam. The avid ice fishermen have had to drive north for good solid ice on a lake or reservoir. Luckily NY is full of great fishing opportunities. Maybe just not as much with the warm weather down here.
A big note of caution for people new to ice fishing, please be careful and check the boards for what waters are frozen. And to the veterans, be safe, don't gamble on thinking the ice is thick enough. Test your spots.