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Sun, 9 May 2004 00:40:07 GMT

I finally got out into the water 2 weekends ago and tried out the shinerscoop on Honeoye Lake, NY. It worked great I caught several minnows including brook silversides which I also caught with my 4 ft seine but it was easier with the shinerscoop. Plus it didn't require getting wet. So I was able to take my little nephew collecting which he loved. I did get it caught on a submerged branch in a small pool of a creek and would have successfully dislodged it had I not slipped on the wet, muddy sloped bank just as I tightened the tow rope to see how it was snagged. Snap went two ties. I'm sure had I not slipped simply letting it loose a bit would have freed it, live and learn. BG has graciously offered to repair it. Definately something I plan on keeping in my arsenal.

I also found some big breeding Greenside Darters and smaller tesselated darters in Mud Creek with some nice fantails and Central Stonerollers. Greensides are awesome in color, fins such a gorgeous green with gren and red bodies. The usual fantastic Rainbow Darters in Sandy Creek as well as Stonecats, fantails, hornyhead chubs and young Rockbass. Also today I sampled Schoharie Creek near Esperance NY. Water was very high and fast. Got some young greensides, fantails and longnose dace. I guess I've never gotten longnose dace in breeding colors before, wow they were sharp. A red blotch-in-the base of each fin and snout, side and back dark slate gray with scattered sparkles and a thin black midlateral stripe topped with a thin luminescent border. Had to bring some of those home.
Mike Lucas
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