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Warm weather has anglers fishing for a good time

PLATTSBURGH - Warmer temperatures have been bringing people out of their seemingly winter hibernation, with the thoughts of many turning to fishing.

Dave Richard, owner of Richard's Grocery Bait and Tackle on Johnson Avenue, said the warmer weather is starting to bring anglers out of the woodwork. And, that's helping his business.

"It's starting to pick up now," said Richard. "When it first got warm for a while there, people wanted to get their rods out and start fishing. We've had a lot people come in and tell us they're going to go down to the river and drown some worms."

Though bass season is primarily more of a revenue-generator for the region, trout season, which officially opened April 1, is bringing people out with their fishing poles, too.

Steve Rombotis from Montreal, Quebec, is one of them. Rombotis was fishing from the bank of the Saranac River in downtown Plattsburgh last week, killing time while waiting to pick up family from Plattsburgh International Airport.

"I had a few free hours, so I thought I'd do some fishing," he said. "I got a fish on my first cast."

Though Rombotis isn't like some out-of-towners who are drawn to the area specifically for fishing, he said he found it was a nice setting to relax and cast his line.

"It's nice and quiet here," Rombotis said, as he stood with MacDonough Monument at his back in the distance. "The first place I ever fished was here. I'm a creature of habit, so I came back to the same spot. Right away I had luck."

Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Bernard C. Bassett said seeing anglers out around the region is "another sign that spring is here and the start of another fishing season in the Adirondacks and North Country." Though fishing season helps local businesses make money, Bassett said it's also great to see people are making memories.

"I have many wonderful memories of fishing the brooks and ponds in the area looking for that speckled prize that would become, depending on my luck, either a snack or a meal," said Bassett. "It's a time when we begin to get back outside and start to feel the warmth of the sun on our back one more time."

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