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Ice out on horizon

Besides chasing the wiley whitetail through the Adirondack wilds, few things get my ticker jumping like ice out on the backwoods ponds and that first feisty speckle coming to the net.

I hope to make that a reality this weekend, although fishable water may be as hard to find as an APA decision-maker who didn't once hold a lofty board seat with some environmental group.

I remain positive there is hope for both, however.

In the meantime, I had the pleasant opportunity the other day to meet up with a couple other pond fishing junkies for a chat over lunch.

Nothing I like better than a good old-fashioned speckle trout discussion. Except, perhaps, chasing the wiley whitetail through the Adirondack wilds. Oh, and that first feisty speckle coming to the net. I'm also quite fond of camouflage accents on a pickup truck, for that matter.

Sorry ... off topic again.

So, anyway, I met up with retired AuSable Valley educators Vic Pomerville and Mike Bush to talk fishing last week. Great folks and I wish them all the luck this trout season.

During the conversation, I mentioned the fact that my grandfather used to keep accurate track of ice out, as well as which ponds traditionally produced better early. He also kept track of what the fish were feeding on at different times of the year, and what lures, flies or bait was most productive - and where on the pond he caught fish.

My brother and I have done the same for the past 30 years. That log has become an invaluable source as we decide which ponds to fish at certain times of the year.

Like many other brook trout fisherman, I pencil favorite ponds into certain dates on the calendar - depending on the time of year they've produced the best in the past - and it's put more fish in the boat for me.

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