By Tom Seymour
I got clarification from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries (DIF&W) and Wildlife regarding the effective date of the ban on lead sinkers weighing one ounce or less. It goes into effect on October 9, 2013. So for all practical intents and purposes, it’s time to go through the tackle box and remove all small sinkers.
I personally fought hard to get brooks and streams exempt from this law, since it was enacted to prevent loons from swallowing lead sinkers. But since there are no loons on brooks and streams (they can’t live there because they require a large surface area to forage and also to take flight), the law does nothing but make life difficult for anglers. But my efforts were in vain. At least I tried.
Kellie Jacobs announces that the Waldo Boosters recently held their first meeting after summer break, and they have decided to host the “1st Annual Waldo Booster Craft Fair” at Waldo Town Hall on Saturday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rates for tables are $10 each and these may be reserved by calling Kellie Jacobs at 342-3295. Also, the Boosters will open the kitchen and sell snacks and perhaps even a light lunch. All proceeds from the craft fair will go toward the town’s General Fund. Monies from this fund are used to help local families in times of need.
Kellie says that you needn’t be crafters to rent a table. Any school or community group may set up a table to raise funds for their own favorite causes.
So set aside some time on Saturday, October 5, to visit the 1st Annual Waldo Booster Craft Fair and perhaps help a worthy cause.
Fishing will be poor to start the week, but by week’s end, action will pick up.
I have awaited a visit from a mink, but that hasn’t happened yet. Each year about this time, a mink comes and cleans out all the trout from my pond. Knowing that, I have endeavored to beat the critter and catch as many as I could myself. Thus far, I am down to four trout. I’d like to catch these, too, ahead of the mink, so that when he does come he’ll be wicked sore, because he won’t find a thing there.
While working on my leaky roof, Chris Muldoon looked up to see a wasp’s nest very high in a nearby white pine. I would not have noticed this had Chris not pointed it out. The nest sits approximately 60 feet off the ground. This brings to mind the old weather folk saying that bees plan the height of their nests according to how much snow will fall the following winter. If these wasps are correct, we had all better start packing for the trip south.
“Take A Boy Fishing Today” – Motto on the back of a tin box of Ideal brand lead split shot sinkers.