Dining on a Record

Ok ... funny story about Ol Float Tube Floyd. If you recall, I wrote a bit awhile back about a dandy splake Floyd caught on our recent adventures in St. Regis. Well, turns out it most likely wasnt a splake, and we may just have dined on a state record. Our very own Joe Hackett has some pretty significant experience on the waterbody wherein the splake/brook trout was caught you know, the one with all the water so far off the road by the big tree in the forest. Heres the funny part: Joe tells me there are no splake in this particular body of water so far off the road by the big tree in the forest. In fact, the presence of splake in this particular waterbody would be a very bad thing, because it would preclude any brook trout taken from that water from being considered for a state record. So, Joe took a particular interest in this case & shared Ol Float Tubes photos with Senior Aquatic Biologist Rich Preall at the DEC. While Preall cannot be 100 percent positive without examining the markings and stomach contents (now a requirement of qualifying for a state record), hes pretty confident it was a brook trout. At 23-24 inches, the fish may have surpassed the standing state record of 4 pounds, 15 ounces, taken in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area by Jessie Yousey in May, 2005. When I spoke to Ol Float Tube about it, though, he took the news in stride. I couldnt have seen us making the walk out to have it certified anyway, he said. Amen to that. I filleted a 21-incher the same night & they sure were tasty over the campfire coals. The Rotary The three-day 23rd Annual Rotary International Fishing Classic will take place on Lake Champlain Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 30 June 1. Last year, 560 anglers and 53 teams participated in the three-day event. The total payout for the tournament was $11,522.50. The fishing tourney will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 30 and run until noon on Sunday, June 1. Registration fees for the tournament are: $40 for adult; $20 for children 15 and younger; $50 for teams (2-4 anglers). Registration forms and informational brochures are available at many local bait and tackle shops in upstate New York and Vermont. The registration form, rules and regulations for the classic are also available online at www.plattsburghrotary.org/Derby/2008_Info.htm For the third consecutive year, tournament headquarters will be located at Clare and Carls Dockside next to the Plattsburgh Boat Basin. All weigh stations will open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. and close for the day at 6 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday (open until 8 p.m. at Clare and Carls). The weigh stations will officially close at noon on Sunday. The final awards ceremony will also be held at tournament headquarters at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 1. For more information, call the Rotary Fishline Toll-Free 877-519-7942. Updates and changes will be posted on the Rotary Fishline after 6 p.m. each evening of the Tournament. John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications and an avid outdoorsman. He can be reached at johng@denpubs.com.

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