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Off to the waters we go

October 5, 2016
By JOE HACKETT - Outdoors Columnist ( , Lake Placid News

As the rising sun burned the morning fog from the waters, my reel began to screech. It was a familiar sound that summoned up memories from the not-so distant past.

The day before, we had fished the same pond, stalking big brook trout that roved the waters in pods that numbered in the double digits. In the clear, quiet waters, the brightly colored brookies were plainly visible in the shallow bays.

We watched as big males, the old bucks, continued to seek receptive "hen fish" that had carved their nests in the gravel bottom of the pond. The roving schools continued to circle the bays, waiting to fertilize the eggs as soon as the hen fish deposited them. The males were exceedingly territorial and aggressive. It was obvious in their strikes, which were vicious.

Article Photos

SPORTSMEN IN THE MAKING: Bowie Conway, a young angler from Saranac Lake, shows off a recent catch to the delight of his younger brother.
Photo — Joe Hackett


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