Tag Archives: Lake Neahtahwanta

FirstStrawberryBass1

Eighteen kids participate in free fishing class

Mike Hutton of Fulton holds daughter Grace’s first strawberry bass. They participated in a kids fishing class conducted by local author Spider Rybaak and McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services June 8 at Lake Neahtahwanta in Fulton.
Mike Hutton of Fulton holds daughter Grace’s first strawberry bass. They participated in a kids fishing class conducted by local author Spider Rybaak and McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services June 8 at Lake Neahtahwanta in Fulton.

Eighteen children participated in a kids fishing class conducted by local author Spider Rybaak and McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services June 8 at Lake Neahtahwanta in Fulton.

Mike McGrath kept several youngsters and their guardians hooked for hours discussing fishy subjects ranging from terminal tackle and tying knots to demonstrating how to mix and use chum to draw monster fish averaging 10 pounds to your line.

“I’m not just talking theory, I’m showing how it’s done,” McGrath explained, casting out a couple rigs.

A few minutes later, he had his first carp, followed by another several minutes later and then another. He landed a total of 15 fish ranging from eight to 25 pounds in less than three hours.

Meanwhile, at the boardwalk, Spider was teaching how to fish with worms and Berkley PowerBaits. It had been raining for the past few days and the water was high and murky, but 14 kids caught something, mostly sunnies, white perch and strawberry bass.

Loaner Shakespeare Classic rod and reel combos were available for the day.

Spider and McGrath are holding another fishing class on Lake Neahtahwanta July 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Those seeking more information may contact McGrath at mmcgrath2@twcny.rr.com  or 882-1549.

North Bay Campgrounds to host annual fishing derby

North Bay Campgrounds will be hosting its sixth annual fishing derby on Lake Neahtahwanta Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Registration desk opens at 9:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Children ages 16 and under are welcome to attend and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All children will be placed in three divisions depending on their age: Tadpole: age 6 and under; Perch: age 7-11; and Bass age 12 –16.

Prizes will be awarded for largest fish caught, smallest fish caught and the most fish caught. There will also be a raffle for a new fishing rod for each age group.

Those seeking more information may call North Bay Campground at 592-2256.