August 30th, 2006 |
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
Wind and waves permitting, perch fishing just seems to get better and better. This past weekend saw countless anglers bringing in limits in only a few hours.
PFD's must be worn by all children 12 years and younger on all boats 20 feet and less in length, while under way, and on all canoes and kayaks. All others are strongly encouraged to wear a PFD.
Fire extinguishers should be mounted within arm's reach of the operator and visual distress signals should be in an easily accessible location. A few double checks and extra late season precautions may save your life.
If possible, finding a spot to safely anchor is the best way to ride out foggy conditions. Once anchored, however,, you must sound your compressed air horn (or whistle or bell) for 5 seconds during every minute anchored and you should display your all around white light (anchor light)
If you hear another vessel approaching, give the sound signal to alert oncoming vessels to your presence… One Short Blast and One Prolonged Blast.
Should you find that you must operate a vessel in fog conditions, be sure you are displaying your running lights, immediately reduce speed. Displaying your running lights is required in limited visibility conditions as well as between the hours of sunset and sunrise.
Learn the proper following sound signals to avoid collision:
Two Short Blasts: You are turning to port and will pass the other vessel on your starboard side.
Three Short Blasts: This means that a boat is slowing or stopping to avoid collision.
Five Short Blasts: This means danger. If you believe a collision is imminent or that there is confusion in the sound signals this is an appropriate signal.(A short blast is about 1 second. A long blast is about 5 seconds.)
Treat your windshield with a quality rainshield product to reduce fogging and improve visibility.
Support Your Local Sportsmens Clubs Reminder: Raffle and Banquet tickets are available for the PA Steelhead Association's "Big Run Banquet". The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association will be holding their annual Big Run Banquet on Saturday September 30th starting at 2:00 PM at the Shades Beach picnic grounds off Route 5 in Northeast. Only 300 numbered tickets are sold for the event at a cost of 20.00 each. Tickets are now on sale for this event and what a deal it is. The ticket includes a scrumptious pig roast, hot dogs for the kids, all the sides and fixings, snacks, beer and soda. Each ticket number is entered into a drawing for prize money ranging from 20.00 to the grand prize of 1500.00. Each ticket has a 1 in 15 chance of winning. The picnic type event also include additional prizes, a Chinese auction, demonstration events and more!! Tickets may be purchased in person at Poor Richards East and West or at the Fish USA store on West 12th street in Erie. For more information you can contact Poor Richards by telephone at (814) 474-5623, or Glenn Mills by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use PSA in the subject line when contacting Glenn. The PA Steelhead Association works closely with the PFBC, Trout Unlimited and other area clubs to help promote good landowner relations and to promote public access.
Labor Day Weekend:
Wednesday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s. East winds 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. East winds 10 to 15 mph.
Friday Becoming mostly cloudy. Highs around 70.
Friday Night Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Saturday Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 70. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Saturday Night Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Sunday Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s.
Sunday Night Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s.
Labor Day Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s.
Monday Night Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Tuesday Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.