A Postletown Tradition

dserOn 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.

Uncle Mark celebrated his 50th birthday on Monday September 21st. He enjoyed fishing during the day and we all made a rare appearance at a local restaurant for chicken wings and drinks.
Uncle Mark celebrated his 50th birthday on Monday September 21st. He enjoyed fishing during the day and we all made a rare appearance at the Speculator Inn for chicken wings and drinks.  When we got back to our cabin we enjoyed some cake and ice cream.

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!

The Postletown W&W Crew ready to hit the road at 5:00AM.
The Postletown W&W Crew ready to hit the road at 5:00AM.
Tom getting ready to hit some golf balls across the lake.
Tom getting ready to hit some golf balls across the lake.
A painted sky surrounds the mountains around Oxbow Lake, NY. This is the view from our cabin door. It doesn't get any better than this...
A painted sky surrounds the mountains around Oxbow Lake, NY. This is the view from our cabin door. It doesn’t get any better than this…
Uncle Mark surprised us with custom made
Uncle Mark surprised us with custom made “Postletown” signs to help us claim our territory!
A view from our cabin looking down the length of Oxbow Lake.
A view from our cabin looking down the length of Oxbow Lake.
6lb. Largemouth caught by Matt Postle. This fish was hiding under a fallen maple tree that was laying in the water. Matt pitched his senko worm into the tree and pulled out the biggest fish of the trip!
6lb. Largemouth caught by Matt Postle on Oxbow Lake. This fish was hiding under a fallen maple tree that was laying in the water. Matt pitched his senko worm into the tree and pulled out the biggest fish of the trip!
Hole enjoyed catching some good-sized chain pickerel, but this time we forgot the pliers and got our hands torn up by their sharp teeth.
Hole enjoyed catching some good-sized chain pickerel, but this time we forgot the pliers and got our hands torn up by their sharp teeth.
Uncle Dave trolling for pickerel while loving life! Dave is the one who sets this trip up for us every year. If it weren't for him the tradition could easily come to an end. He does an awesome job of planning and shopping for us. He also does a lot of the cooking. Besides all of that, Dave is the one who got us all into hunting and fishing and we could never repay him for that.
Uncle Dave trolling for pickerel while loving life! Dave is the one who sets this trip up for us every year. If it weren’t for him the tradition could easily come to an end. He does an awesome job of planning and shopping for us. He also does a lot of the cooking. Besides all of that, Dave is the one who got us all into hunting and fishing in the first place and we could never repay him for that.
Here is Tom with a nice bass while fishing from the kayak. Tom and Matt went out to a shallow, weedy part of the lake that morning and it resulted in success for them.
Here is Tom with a nice bass while fishing from the kayak. Tom and Matt went out to a shallow, weedy part of the lake that morning and it resulted in success for them.
Tom's selfie with a largemouth from the yak!
Tom’s selfie with a largemouth from the yak!
Matt with another largemouth from the yak.
Matt with another largemouth from the yak.

A view from Matt's kayak.
A view from Matt’s kayak.
The biggest Largemouth I caught throughout the trip. It bit a green and red senko worm when I tossed it into some heavy shallow timber.
The biggest Largemouth I caught throughout the trip. It bit a green and red senko worm when I tossed it into some heavy shallow timber.
Here is Hole with a nice Largemouth Bass. I showed him how to rig a Senko worm and he took it from there.
Here is Hole with a nice Largemouth Bass. I showed him how to rig a Senko worm and he took it from there.
This is Dad (Tom Postle) enjoying the woods in search of a black bear.
This is Dad (Tom Postle) enjoying the woods in search of a black bear.
Dad's view while waiting for the elusive black bear.
Dad’s view while waiting for the elusive black bear.
Traditionally, Sunday is Bills and venison steak day. We bring the TV outside, watch the Buffalo Bills, and grill some steaks. Unfortunately the Bills lost the game, but that didn't stop us from having a good time!
Traditionally, Sunday is Bills and venison steak day. We bring the TV outside, watch the Buffalo Bills, and grill some steaks. Unfortunately the Bills lost the game, but that didn’t stop us from having a good time!
On Sunday morning, Tom, Matt, Hole, and Me hit the golf course.
On Sunday morning, Me, Tom, Matt, and Hole hit the golf course.
Hole 1-Lake Pleasant Golf Club
Hole 1-Lake Pleasant Golf Club
One lone walleye. This is the only fish we caught out of Sacandaga after trolling for a couple hours.
One lone walleye. This is the only fish we caught out of Sacandaga after trolling for a couple hours.
No, a motor didn't break down...we just wanted to fish together and this was the fastest way to do it!
No, a motor didn’t break down…we just wanted to fish together and this was the fastest way to do it!  This is my point of view…
Here is their view.
Here is their view.
Sometimes it's not about the fish you catch but about the people you fish with. We made our very own
It’s not about the fish you catch but about the people you fish with. We made our very own “redneck yacht club”.
While trolling for Lake Trout on Piseco Lake, we spotted something up ahead that resembled a floating pile of brush. Uncle Mark said
While trolling for Lake Trout on Piseco Lake, we spotted something up ahead that resembled a floating pile of brush. Uncle Mark said “That looks like a deer.” Chris Holewinski (Hole) and I both laughed until we got a close enough to realize that this “brush pile” was, in fact, a deer. This 9-point buck was swimming over 60′ of water for about a mile! We didn’t catch any lake trout, but this sight made our day.
During our stay at Oxbow Lake, we hooked in to various sizes of Largemouth Bass. After speaking with somelocal fishermen, we were informed that the lake received a stocking program. It seems the lake is doing very well as this was our best year for Largemouth Bass fishing. All of our fish were released unharmed.
During our stay at Oxbow Lake, we hooked in to various sizes of Largemouth Bass. After speaking with some local fishermen, we were informed that the lake recently received a stocking program. It seems the lake is doing very well as this was our best year for Largemouth Bass fishing. All of our fish were released unharmed.
I think Hole is addicted to bass fishing now!
I think Hole is addicted to bass fishing now!
Matt with a pickerel.
Matt with a pickerel.
Our annual Adirondack trip has included many different friends and family members throughout the years. There are a few who are not with us anymore, but they are with us in our hearts. I lost my friend Bill Sager in July of 2014. He never made it on this trip, but it was something that he always wanted to do with us. The beautiful scenery in the Adirondack Mountains makes you really see life from a different perspective. We all know that those who we held dear are still watching over us.
Our annual Adirondack trip has included many different friends and family members throughout the years. There are a few who are not with us anymore, but they are with us in our hearts. We lost our friend Bill Sager in July of 2014. He never made it on this trip, but it was something that he always wanted to do with us.  We also lost Kevin Baskerville and Chris Huber; two men who loved this trip and would still be coming with us today if the good Lord didn’t have bigger plans for them.  The beautiful scenery in the Adirondack Mountains really helps you see life from a different perspective. We all know that those who we held dear are still watching over us. RIP-Kevin, “Twiggy”, and Billy

Written by Chris Postle of Postletown Woods & Water

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Tom Postle Jr. says:

    As the oldest member of Postletown Woods & Water I would like to express the gratitude to Chris Postle for taking on the task of writing for us. Chris, I am truly proud to be your father as well as one of your friends. Keep up the good work.
    Tom Postle Jr.

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  2. Looks like you guys had a great time, I agree it isn’t always about the fish… often it is the memories and the people you are with.

    Like

  3. wow! What a trip! Very envious!

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