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October 11, 2012

I FISH NY Sponsors Fall Fishing and Children's Festival at Hempstead Lake State Park

by Chris Grech

Free Fishing, Rods and Bait, Pony Rides, Magic Show and Contests All Offered at Annual Long Island Event.

The annual Fall Fishing and Children's Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Hempstead Lake State Park from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director Peter A. Scully announced. 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).

"The Fall Fishing and Children's Festival is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and learn valuable information about the great sport of freshwater fishing," Scully said. "The festival combines the opportunity to fish with a variety of children's activities to provide a rewarding family experience."

No fishing license is required for this event. Admission is $6 for anyone over the age of 12. Festival activities include fly-fishing instruction, casting practice, loaner rods, free bait and fish cleaning services. Additionally, a display area will be set up by Trout Unlimited, DEC Environmental Education, New York State Parks as well as other fishing and environmental organizations.

Children's activities will include pumpkin decorating, a magic show, pony rides and face painting. A casting contest where participants can catch a pumpkin or "hook" a prize will be held by the Knights of Columbus of Seaford.

Prior to the festival, South and MacDonald Ponds in Hempstead Lake State Park will be stocked by Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and New York State Parks. DEC also stocks several water bodies in Nassau and Suffolk counties with brown trout including: Upper Twin Pond, Oyster Bay Mill Pond, Massapequa Reservoir and Massapequa Creek and 12 other Suffolk County lakes. These stockings will occur by October 13 and will provide excellent prospects for fall fishing. A second DEC stocking will occur by November 3.

For more information about the event 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. You can also find information about the festival at the I FISH NY website.

For more information about the fall trout stocking program in Nassau and Suffolk counties, call the DEC Bureau of Fisheries at (631) 444-0280.

October 03, 2012

Shinnecock Angler Shirts

by Chris Grech

Shinnecock was launched this spring by Gerard and Kimberly Miller. The idea behind the website, Facebook Page & merchandise: a way of showcasing and celebrating the Long Island fishing lifestyle. The website and FB page are regularly updated with photos of local anglers showing off their catch. Also available on the website, regular offshore fishing updates from Paul Visentin, Captain of the charter boat "Provider". Adult and kids t-shirts, as well as long sleeve shirts for men, are now available for purchase online and exclusively at White Water Outfitters on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays. Shinnecock sweatshirts will be available in the coming weeks. Check out their website for some amazing prints of local scenery available for purchase or feel free to contact them directly and help support a great local business.
$14.95 to $19.95

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