A trophy from the Bank

With Fathers Day just around the corner, the 28th annual Lake Champlain International Father's Day Derby is rapidly approaching. Presented by Yamaha, the LCI is the longest running, family oriented fishing tournament in the country.

Recently, while reading a promotional story about the derby, I was intrigued by a quote advising anglers that "a boat isn't always necessary to compete. All rivers defined as Lake Champlain waters by New York and Vermont are open - and winning fish have come from the banks before."

Fishing rivers, exclusively from the banks, was something I had never considered for derby competitors. However, the potential for catching a large fish on the river or at their mouth is considerable.

Area rivers, currently running with high, cloudy waters are full of food. They are certain to attract fish from the big lake.

I think it would be great if some kid and his dad took a trophy fish that topped the LCI leader board, while sitting on a river bank.

Bass on the Fly

While growing up in Elizabethtown, I had few opportunities to fish for bass. Sure, there was great bass fishing nearby on Lake Champlain or Lincoln Pond, but it required a boat.

Since my major means of transportation was a bicycle - and later a motorcycle - the likelihood of trailering a boat was rather slim.

I didn't have much experience with bass until my senior year in high school, when I worked as a lifeguard at Lincoln Pond campsite. It was the first time I had easy access to a boat and I took advantage of the situation often.

Bass responded quite well to my usual offerings of crayfish, frogs, night crawlers or a Mepps Rooster Tail, my "go to lure." Some days, a slab of perch and a bobber was all that was required.

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