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September 30, 2016

Fall Family Fishing Festival at Hempstead Lake State Park on Saturday 10/15/16

by Chris Grech

DEC 'I FISH NY' Hosts Fall Family Fishing Festival at Hempstead Lake State Park

Annual Event Features Free Fishing, Rods and Bait, and Raptor Project Show

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) I FISH NY Program's annual Fall Family Fishing Festival will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Hempstead Lake State Park from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., DEC Regional Director Carrie Meek Gallagher announced today. DEC's I FISH NY Program and Freshwater Fisheries Unit is sponsoring the event along with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP).

A fishing license is not required to fish at this event and admissions and parking are free. The festival begins at 10 a.m. with casting practice, loaner rods, free bait, and fish-cleaning services. The festival will also feature displays by Trout Unlimited, DEC Environmental Education, OPRHP, as well as other fishing and environmental organizations.

Children's activities will begin at 10 a.m. and include pumpkin decorating, the Raptor Project Show, a bounce slide, and face painting. Participants can catch a pumpkin or "hook" a prize in a casting contest held by the Knights of Columbus of Seaford. Casting contest prizes are provided by I FISH NY, OPRHP, The Fisherman Magazine, and Dick's Sporting Goods.

Prior to the festival, OPRHP will stock South and McDonald ponds in Hempstead Lake State Park with hundreds of brook and rainbow trout. DEC stocks several water bodies in Nassau and Suffolk counties with brown trout in October, including: Upper Twin Pond, Oyster Bay Mill Pond, Massapequa Reservoir, and 12 other Suffolk County lakes. Completed by October 15, these stockings will provide excellent prospects for fall fishing. A second DEC stocking will occur by November 5.

For more information about the Festival or weather concerns, please call DEC's I FISH NY at (631) 444-0283 or Hempstead Lake State Park (516) 766-1029 for event status. There is no rain date for this event.

For more information about the fall trout stocking program in Nassau and Suffolk counties, call the DEC Bureau of Fisheries at (631) 444-0280. General information on freshwater fishing on Long Island can be on the links to the right of this page.

What: 2016 Fall Family Fishing Festival and More!

Where: McDonald and South Ponds, Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead, NY 11552

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Who: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP)

Details: Come out and enjoy a day of fishing and fun with the entire family! Headlining the event is a children's "Casting for Pumpkins" contest. In addition, more than 1,000 trout will be stocked prior to the event.

Cost: No cost-Free Event Admission and Parking

Sponsors: DEC's I FISH NY program & OPRHP

Contact: DEC's I FISH NY at (631) 444-0283 or

Directions: Take Exit 18 off Southern State Parkway. Follow the drive into the Hempstead Lake Park. Take the second right into the ticket booths. Make an immediate left after the booths, for Field #3. Follow to the end of the parking lot. Walk along the path to McDonald and South Ponds.

September 23, 2016

Sebile Magic Swimmer and Magic Swimmer Soft

by Chris Grech

The Sebile Magic Swimmer and Magic Swimmer Soft are two of Sebile's most renowned lures and they are back! The second generation Magic Swimmer reflects the vision of a lure that undulates its jointed body and presents a very natural swimming action that attracts saltwater species from coast to coast.

With enhanced features like refined colors, added body detailing and reinforced mesh body, the Magic Swimmer is better than ever. Sebile also improved materials to battle the saltwater conditions by giving anglers stronger hooks and split rings. Its natural swimming action is just too much for sloppy or aggressive gamefish to resist. Available in hard and soft versions, the Magic Swimmer is all about the tapered nose and humpbacked head, which slices through the water to perfectly mimic swimming baitfishes.

The hard version of the Magic Swimmer is available in floating, slow-sinking and fast sinking models. It is equipped with a removable tail double hook plus a finesse worm screw and a treble hook on the belly. The body has been reinforced compared to the original version. Sebile recommends removing the tail double hook when targeting large and powerful fish, as one belly treble hook is enough to hook, fight and land a strong opponent, without the risk of a tail hook damaging the eyes or head of it during the fight.

The Magic Swimmer Soft is as versatile a crankbait as they come. It has a recessed groove in the top of the lure's back that conceals the hook's point. Strategically placed holes in the nose and throat, and slots on the belly and back allow the Magic Swimmer Soft to slide on the leader when the fish is hooked, making it a more durable bait. The 2nd generation Magic Swimmer Soft is now mesh-reinforced, which increases strength and longevity of each bait. Each is sold with the newer 15 degree open wide gap weighted hook, including one pre-rigged weedless bait.

Magic Swimmer - $12.99 to $19.99 MSRP
Magic Swimmer Soft - $9.99 MSRP

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