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THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, December 29, 2011



by Pete Grasso Contributing Writer

By now you have all

read of our “misadven- tures” regarding the Lake Ontario trip this year. On a scale of 1 to 10, the so- cial aspect was 10+ and our timing, as far as the fishing was concerned, was about a -1. Upon my return, on La-

bor Day weekend, I begin my fall charters. Well, 2010 was a total bust! With ice out a month early, it seemed that the salmon all went into pre-spawn mood a month early as well and that was that! However, 2011 was a

complete turn around and the fishing was OUT- STANDING. Every char- ter out took some real nice fish and 4 – 5 pound fish were there! More than a fair share of char- ters practice catch and release, keeping only a minimal number of fish. By the same token ALL hook injured fish were immediately killed & put in the cooler. Since this time of the year I am fish- ing with barbless hooks and using rubber nets,

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teams. Look for the Celtics and Bruins to go deep into their respective champi- onship playoff. The Red Sox will definitely bounce back and win 100 games for the first time since 1946. But first, look for the Patriots to win the Super Bowl in only five weeks!

Happy New Year! Born Today ...

That is to say, sports

greats born on Dec. 29 include NFL coach Sean Payton (1963), NFL quar-

fish damage was kept to a very minimum, with most of the bigger fish being released. Right after Labor Day,

my approach is exactly the same as it is for spring fishing. Two rods set up with streamer flies and running off the “Jig Box- es”. The only significant difference is that I am run- ning out 5 to 5 ½ colors on the lead core line as the fish are still a bit deeper. Also, I was running some “darker” flies. Oh sure, the yellow files (Pumpkin Head, Conapache, 07, and Sunrise) were still work- ing, but not as well as Su- per Fly and Fire Fly. Still, keep in mind the darker the day, the darker the fly With all of this behind

us, I am honestly looking forward to some GREAT spring fishing in 2012. There should be some real nice fish out there. Time will tell, that’s for sure. By the time September

25th came around, I had caught up on all my char- ters and took the opportu- nity to put the boat away early. Again, seems like I just dropped it in the wa- ter and here I am putting it

terback Jay Fiedler (1971), and baseball executive Theo Epstein (1973).

Sportsquiz Who is the all-time lead-

ing scorer for the Boston Celtics, and where did he go to college? (answer fol- lows).

Sportsquote “The difference between

the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about

away for another winter. As usual, Dave’s Motor-

boat Shoppe has done a wonderful job of providing maintenance and over the season, we had NO prob- lems of any significant nature. Of course preven- tion leads the top of the priority list. Specifically, changing the water sepa- rators and keeping fresh gas aboard. Interesting, while we

were fishing in NY, the marina had Valvetec® Ethanol Free Recreational Fuel at the pumps. Wow, NO ethanol. However, this was priced out at $4.60/gallon. Isn’t that a wonder? Take something OUT and we pay more for it. In any case, I did note a significant difference in the way the motors ran using this fuel. Probably just a matter of time be- fore we get that here in NH. Time will tell. It looks like I have NO

major project scheduled for the boat over the win- ter, and that’s a good thing, especially with the economy the way it is. About the only item on the agenda is to tie up a few flies during the winter

the name on the back.” ~Steve Garvey

Sportsquiz Answer

John Havlicek, Ohio State University.

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months and that’s it! Right now I am just fin-

ishing up closing up things for winter and think- ing about the upcoming deer season. People are tagging their Christmas trees, the lawn has been mowed for the final time (I think), wood has been cut and the last week in September I closed down the water system at the camp in Pittsburg. All in all, I think we’re in pretty good shape for winter. I’ll be leaving on Thanks-

giving Day for a week of deer hunting on Anticosti Island, which should be a GREAT time consider- ing the group that invited me. I guess you can take two deer up there with- out much of a problem. That ought to put a little venison in the freezer for a while. If I get a couple, that’s a good thing and if I don’t, that’s OK too. Should be a good time no matter what. Back to the subject at

hand, fishing. It will be interesting to see what F & G tells us about the

fall netting this year. I like their new rules rela- tive to “Catch – Kill – or Release”. Hopefully, that will diminish the numbers of hook injured fish. We’ll see. However, I’m still not totally convinced that the continuation of the Winni Derby is a good thing. It is still my opinion that this significantly contributes to the hook injury issue. Taking a year off from this was really not enough time to properly assess the impact. A couple of more years with no derby just “Might” have resulted in declining numbers of hook injured fish at the fall netting. Who knows, at this stage? There is no question that absent the derby there is an economic impact as well. I guess my only concern is that we might be tapping the resource a bit too much. Again, time will tell.

Well, stay warm… Later,

Capt. Pete

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