When the fish won’t bite

Having the new underwater fishing camera has been new and exciting when fishing for the simple fact that I get to see what’s going on underwater around my bait. However, just like many other things, there are pros and cons to the fishing camera. It’s nice to see what’s going on in the water, but the feeling of knowing that a fish is looking at your bait but doesn’t bite it is a disappointment. It’s the question if I would rather know that a fish is staring at my bait, or just not know and not be let down when a fish swims away?

Alfred Fishing Update

The bridge across the road from the Wellsville Rod and Gun Club

The bridge across the road from the Wellsville Rod and Gun Club

On Thursday April 9, my boyfriend went fishing in Alfred. He tried many spots and ended the day without a single catch. Nor, did he see any fish.

According to Zac, the water was so dirty that you couldn’t even see through it.

“It was too muddy from all the rain and snow melting,” said Zac.

Zac and his friend fished for three hours and tried many spots along the Genesee River. A few of the places were at the bridge across the road from the Wellsville Rod and Gun Club and in Shongo.

Throughout that entire day Zac said he didn’t see anyone fishing.

This same time last year we went fishing at the same spots and didn’t catch anything but a few small trout.

It’s weird how one day you can catch several fish while fishing for hours, and then the next day you don’t even see one fish in the water.

“It’s because fish go through cycles,” said Zac.

Fishing since this past summer hasn’t been as good as the year before that.

Will Elliott- Buffalo News Outdoor Writer

On April 3, I had the privilege of interviewing Will Elliot, a freelance outdoor writer who writes for The Buffalo News when he’s not fishing or hunting.

Elliott has worked at The Buffalo News since 1985. Sixty to seventy percent of his writing consists of fishing while the other thirty to forty percent consists of hunting. According to Elliot, people are more into the written word about the sport of hunting although not much of his writing includes hunting.

As a freelance writer, Elliott is hired to work four to six hours per week. His task is to write about fishing updates and where the fish are biting. Even though he’s hired to work four to six hours, he works well over that. According to Elliott, he sits at his computer for 15 to 20 hours completing 3,000 to 3,500 words a week/five columns a week.

What got Elliott into outdoor writing? He was interested since he was a young boy who went fishing and hunting. He also said when he was a kid he started taking notes when his friends caught fish. Then, he later became a staff writer for The Courier in his teens.

When I asked Elliott what his favorite story was, he couldn’t come up with one. He did mention that some of his most memorable pieces were based on his experiences and hunts in Africa the past few times he’s visited with his wife.

“They were more fun rather than great writing, it was more of friendly letter writing and more personable,” said Elliott.

When Elliott isn’t reporting on fishing or hunting, he’s constantly thinking about what to write about next. He said he’s always thinking, listening to what people say, listening to things on the radio and he takes every chance he can based on what he sees or hears.

One of Elliott’s favorite kind of stories to write are competition winners, as he mentioned one about a young girl who won a hunting competition from the squirrels she shot this past hunting season.

“There are colorful people no matter what,” said Elliott.

Elliott mentioned that there is always something to write about.

“There’s a novel on every tombstone that didn’t get written,” said Elliott.

“I love what I do and I’ll die doing it. It goes beyond like and love,” said Elliott.