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  1. DEC does presentations for Trout Unlimited? When there was a newspaper, their meetings were announced, when the newspaper had an outdoors column.
  2. I don't expect the Charter group to do anything. DEC could easily put it in one of their e-newsletters. That is how the SOL meetings were communicated, as well as through the Fisheries Advisory Board and the other groups.
  3. So it is publicized for the Charter group. It is NOT publicized for the general public.
  4. Yes, the local charter group hosts the State here, too. But publicity is non-existent, I would have missed the one a couple of weeks ago if I had not seen it on here. Attendance was much lower than when it was held at RIT as a stand alone meeting, also likely because few knew about it.
  5. You can opt for a reduced payout while you are alive and the pension continues for your spouse until his or her death. The NYS Pension fund is one of the healthiest out there. Mr. DiNapoli is doing a fine job of managing the fund.
  6. We used (80's) to catch them at night off the Summerville pier while fishing for Kings. My recollection is that they were restricted from harvest because of the sky high contaminant levels. I fail to understand how they could be present in the upper Genesee if they all travel out to spawn in the Sargasso Sea, there are three impassable falls in Rochester, and another set in Letchworth. But I do recall my grandfather having one he caught when I was young (50's) and my recollection was that he had been fishing at Conesus, but he may have just been down on the pier. Here's a lot of information: Species Assessment for American eel (ny.gov)
  7. On ice, you can't use that net that some people think is required unless you drill a 30" hole, hence the gaff! I prayed for the ability to use more than two rods on a boat for a long time when I used to troll for rainbows, landlocks and lakers on Fourth Lake in the Adirondaks. When the regulation changed, I got the extra rod holders, and started playing with it. I found it to be impossible to run three per person with more than one person in the 14 foot Herter with a 10 horse. Alone, I'll run three but it is a short deep, long deep, and a surface rig, or I spend half my time untangling. Or, with the motor, I could use s surface rod (Lake Clear with a minnow is popular up there for LLS chasing baby perch in the sunrise) one lead core, and the downrigger. But I have lost fish to tangles even with all the separation I could plan. Shore fishing in ponds, occasionally you'll find a spot where you can use three, but mainly the vegetation around you and the logs in the water make even two rods a dicey proposition.
  8. I should add that my gaff is piece of 1/2" dowel about 15" long with a 1/0 Siwash hook with the barb removed screwed onto one end, with about 4 feet of braided nylon I can step on in case I lose my grip on the dowel. I carry it for Hemlock or Canadice, where I lost a nice brown once that had rolled in the leader and refused to come into the hole, but have not had opportunity to use it since (or even carry it out the last two winters.)
  9. Use of Gaffs Use or possession of gaffs or gaff hooks is prohibited when fishing in freshwater, including the Hudson River upstream of the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, except when ice fishing or while bowfishing. That is directly copied from the Regulations. I added the bold.
  10. Its always good to try to maximize your potential audience. In terms of the future, you should remember that Easter, and all other feasts dependent on it, like Palm Sunday. Good Friday, Ash Wednesday (and Mardi Gras), are movable feasts, they do not fall on the same calendar date year after year, like Christmas. If I remember well, Easter is the Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox., and I believe Passover is the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox, which is why some years they are approximately a month apart. I know that's a lot to remember, so I generally just try to get a complete calendar (a lot of recent ones don't even include the moon phases, much less Religious Holidays.)
  11. If you reread that definition, you'll note the word "includes", and the absence of the word "requires." The definition allows you to use the net, just as you are allowed to use a gaff if you are icefishing, but it in no way requires you to use a net. As to 7 ice fishing lines, they are stationary, they cover the spot they are in, and that's it. The boat trolling covers hundreds of such spots per hour. I want to see the lake where a small group of icefishers can monopolize the whole lake with tip ups.
  12. Fox has reported on the arrest and the allegations against the long term and trusted FBI informant. Has MSNBC asked why Christopher Steele was not arrested for the Russiagate dossier? Has anyone apologized for the falsehoods thrown at Trump during his tenure? And, please remember that as with OMB, these are allegations until brought to trial. They have reported on some of OMB's supporters advising him on the election, but not in such blatantly biased terminology as you employ. And before you spout the Administration narrative about it all being settled, please remember that many of the suits brought were dismissed for "lack of standing" and for some, there are still questions about 2020, likely always will be. As to guilty pleas, if faced with a choice between a plea and wrist slap, and a trial in an obviously biased jurisdiction with 30 years imprisonment, most attorneys will advise their client to cop the plea. As to Manafort, he was arrested for unrelated tax charges, and I still contend that the conversations used to tar Flynn. are what I would suspect would be appropriate for a National Security Advisor. How is it that Biden, who had no legal right to have classified documents from his term as VP or earlier in 4 separate locations, was not indicted, except that the Special Prosecutor found that he isn't fit to stand trial, but of course he's sharp as a tack as president.? You asked earlier if we watched anything other than FOX, which at least I do, but it is obvious that you never watch FOX, just know like so many other TDS sufferers exactly what FOX is or isn't saying. As to your vote, unless it is democrat or local, it is really moot in NYS, the downstate and urban populations insure that. I supported Dr. Carson in 2016, how much exposure did his well organized and informed campaign website get from MSM? I voted for Gary Johnson, as I found both major party candidates unacceptable. I held my nose and voted for Trump in 2020 because except for the constant sniping from the Democrats and their MSM tools, and the last year when things were upset by the dempanic, I mean pandemic, his administration had produced a strong economy, no new boots on the ground, and solid plans for removing more of them, a reduction in illegal immigration, and at least the appearance of respect from our allies and adversaries. My retirement was strong! It took Latitia "Beria" James three and a half year to find a statute that she could use against Trump, and there are records of multiple meetings between our state AG and a County DA, as well as Jack Smith, at the White House, which I take as indication of a coordinated effort to interfere in Trump's candidacy, aka election interference. No one could put a case together until the last minute, and then on obscure charges. SO, as much as I would like the unity Clueless Joe spoke of when he first took office, I'm not lying down as suggested by SK8Man, to a bunch of leftist activists disguised as democrats, who class me as a deplorable, and continuously ignore half the story to promote their version of the other half as the "truth."
  13. So exactly how much were the "coffers of NYS" underpaid? I have yet to hear anyone anywhere put a dollar value on this " fraud". And why did it take 3 plus years for Letitia "Beria" James to find an obscure statute that has never been employed in this manner before with which to fulfill her campaign promises? In a lot of places, an AG who is involved in the commercial real estate business herself would be expected to recuse themselves from a case involving a potential competitor, but I guess there are different standards of "ethics" operating in a state where the Governor can give 80 million for a stadium where her husband profits from the concessions.
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