Book signing, fly tying
Jay "Fishy" Fullum of Ravena, N.Y., will be signing his new book, "Fishy Flies," discussing fishing, and tying flies from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Books and Hooks fly fishing shop, Maple Avenue in Girard.
After retiring as an outdoor columnist for the Albany Times Union and Troy Record newspapers in New York, Fishy became a writer, magazine columnist, photographer, artist, and lecturer specializing in fly fishing. More than 50 of his articles have appeared in American Angler, Fly Tyer and other magazines.
Fishy has designed several innovative fly patterns (Bead-Chain Nymph, Bead-Chain Crab, Hair Guard Bass Fly, Baby Crayfish, Fishy's Foam Fly, Fishy's Hopper, etc.) and has extensive fly fishing experience for trout and bass, and also saltwater fly fishing.
Books and Hooks is full-service fly fishing shop located in the former Maple Avenue Elementary School building on Maple Street, one block south of the I-80 exit. For information, call (330) 545-1906.
Basic course set
The Youngstown Power Squadron will hold a five-week basic boating course starting Sept. 12. The class will meet Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, 7300 N. Palmyra Road Canfield.
Registration will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12. There is a $25 charge for books and materials per student. State approved class. For more information call (330) 757-2872.
Grand American results
At the 2002 edition of the Grand American Trap Shooting Tournament in Vandalia, Ohio, recently, Raymond Stabinski of Poland won the Sub Junior category in the Event 18 Preliminary Handicap contest with a score of 97.
The high-over-all Class AA winner was Joe Pascoe of New Castle, Pa., with 966 out of 1000.
Invasive species in Erie
State wildlife biologists last week confirmed the presence of the fishhook waterflea, an invasive exotic plankton species, in the central basin of Lake Erie and are urging anglers to help prevent the spread of the aquatic nuisance.
This past week, charter boat captains reported dense mats of the exotic plankton accumulating on their trolling lines while fishing near Fairport Harbor. Wildlife biologists collected plankton samples and determined they contained high densities of fishhook waterfleas.
"We want to make every effort to stop this nuisance species before it spreads to other Ohio waters," said Gary Isbell, fisheries administrator for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.
Lake Erie anglers and boaters are asked to help by following these easy, preventive measures:
UThoroughly clean all fishing tackle, diving gear, nets, boats and anything else that may hold water before moving from one body of water to another.
UDrain water from boat motors, live wells, bilges and transom wells while on land before leaving a water area.
UEmpty bait buckets on land upon leaving the water and before you leave the area. Do not release live bait into a body of water or release animals from one body of water into another.
UDiscard contaminated fishing line and nets that are uncleanable.
Apply for unsold licenses on Monday
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania hunters are reminded that county treasurers will begin accepting applications for the first round of unsold antlerless licenses Monday. Hunters may apply for only one unsold license during this round, but may apply for a second unsold antlerless license beginning Sept. 9.
Forms and instructions for submitting applications for unsold licenses are available on page 65 of the 2002-2003 Pennsylvania Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations, which is provided to each license buyer, from any issuing agent (including county treasurers), Pennsylvania Game Commission offices or by calling the Game Commission's License Division at (717) 787-2084.
Ross also announced that, based on today's survey of county treasurers, all counties have allocations remaining. A complete, updated county-by-county listing of the remaining available allocations can be viewed on the Game Commission's website, www.pgc.state.pa.us.
Bobcat permits drawing
With a limited bobcat season slated for the upcoming hunting and trapping seasons, nearly 3,100 individuals have submitted an application for one of the 545 permits that will be selected by the Pennsylvania Game Commission at a public drawing on Friday, Sept. 13. The drawing will be held at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the agency's Harrisburg headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave.