For a lot of us, it started with our dads. This picture is my dad and younger brother fishing at Kirk Lake in Mahopac Falls probably 50 years ago. We may only have caught tiny sunnies and perch but I'll never forget. I hope everyone can have such great memories of fishing with your family.
People started getting their new boat stickers from the DEP in the last month. Stickers expire at the end of September of the year noted on the sticker. Check your boats and make sure they have up-to-date stickers on them asap.
The DEP will be going around to the reservoirs and pulling boats after September that don't have the proper stickers showing. This helps keep the system as organized as possible. It helps weed out abandoned boats and later helps new boaters acquire available spots.
Personally I keep an inventory of my boats and visit each boat area a couple of times each year to check on their condition and information. Find a nice day and take a drive, it's well worth it.
We had been alerted to the West Nile virus the last few years. The DEP told everyine to make sure your boat is face down so water doesn't collect in it, letting mosquitos possibly thrive in the sitting water. The DEP can and will confiscate boats that are not stored correctly. Frankly, they are pretty nice about minor things but this is serious.
Now with the potential for the Zika Virus to grow in our country we should be even more dilligent about storing our boats. The Boat Watch that KenH runs for our forum members is a big help. When I go to any boat area I make sure to walk around and check other people's boats. I especially look for our WF Stickers to alert me to a fellow members boat. I can't flip every boat over but I would always make the effort for a fellow member. I've seen a number of boats at Diverting, Kensico, Cross River, and New Croton recently that are flipped upward and not stored properly.
Be aware and don't trust leaning your boat against a tree. You might not be there to set it right after a windy day.
Everyday is "Throwback Thursday" to me. Just sharing this shot of my son Sam shorefishing with me 11 years ago. We didn't catch much in the beginning but we always had a wonderful time trying. When we see this photo, years later, we both get a little smile. That's the family fishing experience.