On September 18th, the Postletown W&W crew hit the road for our annual trip to Piseco, NY located in the Adirondack Mountains. We stayed at Mountain View Cottages where you can walk out the front door, jump on the boat, and indulge yourself in some amazing fishing opportunities. This tradition started many years ago when my uncles, Dave Postle and Ken Ballard, would come to this area with a group of friends every September for the opening week of black bear season. As me and my brothers grew older, the tradition turned into more of a family tradition along with friends that we consider family. Over the years, we have created memories that will surely last us a lifetime. This is a trip that we talk about throughout the entire year and is something that we wouldn’t trade for the world. It is a time for us to laugh, relax, eat, and enjoy quality time with the ones we love. This year was a special one since Uncle Mark was able to spend his 50th birthday in a place that he calls paradise. Thankfully, we all have family members and wives at home that take care of our kids and our other home responsibilities to allow us to continue to enjoy this tradition. We know it is not easy when we are gone for 5-6 days, but we truly appreciate it.
The bulk of this trip consists of fishing and bear hunting. Our group has never harvested a bear, but Dave, Dad, Matt, and Jim have not given up and they continue to pursue them. Bear hunting in New York is more challenging than most states since it is illegal to use bait to attract them. It is even more challenging when you are hunting an unfamiliar area and you don’t have the ability to scout ahead of time. You would have to ask them, but I think they are out there not only to have a chance at a black bear, but maybe something more significant than that. There is something spectacular about the Adirondack wilderness that gives you a sense of freedom and peace of mind. When you are out there with your brother, son, nephew, uncle, father, or best friend, it makes it even more meaningful…I don’t think it’s solely the bears they are after.
A major part of the trip consists of the crew taking full advantage of the numerous lakes and waterways that surround the area. Usually, the most difficult decision of the morning is figuring out which lake we should try our luck on. Our best luck; however, usually takes place on Oxbow Lake where we hook into black bass, pickerel, perch, blue gills, and the occasional bullhead. Senko worms are our primary presentation for bass while trolling with small spinners will bring in pickerel one after another. A typical bobber, hook and worm set-up will bring in the panfish. We also explore other lakes in the area. This year, we launched the boat at Sacandaga Lake as well as Piseco Lake in search of lake trout. We didn’t catch any lakers, but Sacandaga did produce a walleye. Even though the fishing was slow on these lakes, we enjoyed the scenery and the camaraderie that existed between us. The beauty that surrounds you while floating atop these waters makes it extremely difficult to get frustrated with slow fishing.
The remainder of this post will consist of a photo journal of our experiences during our trip. All of the photos were taken with cell phones so the quality might not be very good, but we hope you enjoy them anyway! Keep checking back for more pictures as they will be added as I get them from the other guys. Enjoy!
Written by Chris Postle of Postletown Woods & Water