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Third year's a charm for fishing derby

INDIAN LAKE Mother Nature smiled on Lake Adirondack last Saturday, producing conditions perfect for ice fishing. Sunshine and moderating temperatures combined to welcome 140 fishermen to the lake for the 3rd Annual Central Adirondack Ice Derby. Anglers from as far away as New Jersey and Long Island flocked to the lake for the derby, setting a new record for participants in the 3-year-old event. Were thrilled, said Kim Monthany, chairman of the event put on by the Indian Lake/Blue Mountain Lake Fish and Game Association and sponsored in part by Nemecs Sport Shop & Farm in Warrensburg. Organizers limit the number of entrants to 150 because of the size of the lake. This is a nice mix, Monthany said. There are a lot of locals and some of our summer residents. And then you have the ones who come from afar for the weekend. Brian Washburn of South Glens Falls said he ice fishes once or twice a year but has participated in the Lake Adirondack event each year its been held. Washburn made a day of it and by noon, hed caught a few perch and one northern pike but was still waiting for the big one. Its a fun day, he said. You get out, you enjoy the weather and maybe youre lucky, you catch a few fish. With prizes awarded for both perch and northern pike during each hour slot as well as prizes for the overall day, there was ample opportunity to take home a prize. Jeremy Monthany of Indian Lake had a good day, taking home four hourly prizes for northern pike including first prize for the 2 p.m. hour, two second prizes and a third place prize. The youngest winner was from the 11 a.m. hour when 7-year-old Guy Howard of Indian Lake hauled in a 2 pound 8 ounce northern for a $100 prize. Fish were being caught at a pretty good clip throughout the day, organizers said. Three or four perch an hour, Kim Monthany said. And maybe 10 northern. Saturdays event was the organizations second attempt to hold the derby this year. Warm temperatures and the mild early winter caused the derby to be postponed from its original date in January. No ice, Monthany said. But thats not a problem today.

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