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Eighth-grader Jacob Zecca, of Stillwater, is shown while ice fishing recently on Saratoga Lake with Ed Skorupski, not pictured.

For the Express

Lots of anglers are walking on water and I’ve had one report from out on Saratoga Lake. Ed Skorupski, of Stillwater, has been out there every day. Ice conditions off Fitch Road were about four or five inches several days ago and the bite was slow.
The fish he caught were mostly bluegills and a few crappie, and the bass — you can’t keep them — were driving him crazy. Biting time has been 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and an afternoon bite from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Ed said that he heard the south end around Brown’s Beach has been producing nice catches of good sized perch and even a walleye or two. Last Sunday they took a four-pound walleye there. He also reported some issues of garbage being left on the ice both at Fitch Road and Brown’s Beach.
I am not an avid ice fisherman but when I do walk on water with my tip-ups and jigging rods I usually am guessing where the fish might be or looking where the crowd is. However the other day I walked out on Saratoga Lake and talked with an ice fisherman who was using an Aqua-Vu Av715C Color Camera. I also noticed he had some nice panfish in his bucket. He actually showed me on the waterproof monitor panfish swimming around near the bottom. This unit is powered by a 12 -volt battery, has a seven-inch LCD screen and a 50 foot cable. You can see the unit I was impressed with this unit and got me thinking about how it would help me while Snow-Birding in March and April off the docks in the Florida Intracoastal Waterway.
Speaking of Florida, Walt Grabowski, once a Saratogian and now living in Tarpon Springs, borrowed a couple of ocean fishing rods from a friend and headed for the beach. He cast the first rod out and laid it on the ground and began casting with the other. Shortly thereafter the unattended rod began to slowly slide into the water and then disappear. He quickly tied a large treble hook on to the other rod. He was very lucky, because on his first cast into 20 feet of water he hook and retrieved the rod. Walt, your good friend Bob Lounello, of Colonie, sent me this Fish Tale.