HUK Bassmaster Elite - St. Lawrence River
July 20-23 the HUK Bassmaster Elite series on the St. Lawrence River arrives in our area. The fishing industry has become big business and the fan base continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Young and old, angler or people who never even fish have followed this sport for many reasons. Maybe it’s the fancy truck or the rocket like bass boats. Or the thrill of seeing the anglers bring huge fish to the scales. Now add social media, live broadcast it lets the fan be right there in the moment with the angler to experience the thrill of what we feel. You will not find more of an emotional sport that has such highs and lows that can happen from one minute to the next. There is probably not another sport where you will see a grown man break down and cry than in bass fishing. A highly competitive sport where you lose more times than you win it’s the most mentally challenging game you can play. So, clear your calendar and open your arms and welcome some of the best anglers in the world to our area. This is a great opportunity for all of us on many levels, the financial impact this event has on our local business is phenomenal.
Being a local angler and fishing the Bass Open and Costa Series I am familiar with many of the challenges these anglers face while being on the road. Some anglers leave their homes and families for months at a time. The challenge of finding quality fish in a short period of time for these anglers can be stressful. Then add other factors like vehicle maintenance, housing, locating safe places to keep your equipment etc. can be taxing on anglers. So, I wanted to put together a short article just for the Elite anglers or anyone else who might be visiting our area to make things a bit less stressful when trying to find services they might need. I have developed a great local support in my community and wanted to provided people who visit our area with good contacts to make their visit a little bit easier so they can concentrate on fishing. So below I am going to list some great business and contacts that may help them if they are in need of anything from vehicle maintenance, food or lures that may be specific to the area. So be sure to screen shot this article it could help your stay be much easier and give you more time on the water.
Hosmers Marina - If you are looking for a place on the water to grab a bite to eat, a drink, to fill your boat, fishing supplies, or just a place to dock your boat, then Hosmer's Marina is the place for you. We are located at the mouth of the Oswegatchie River, just off the beautiful St. Lawrence River, the historic marina district of Ogdensburg, NY. I have worked personally with the owner of the tackle shop to stock tackle specific baits that work on the river. Some of the best drop shot baits and colors can be selected in the shop that I always have tied on when fishing the river. The Marina is also one of the only places close to Waddington where you can pull into and get gas on the water North of Alex bay.
TJ Toyota – Located in Potsdam NY, this is a state of the art service center and Toyota Dealership. I have been with TJ Toyota for years and the service and professionalism there is top notch. If you are having vehicle trouble or just need an oil change be sure to stop in and see them.
Ole Smokehouse- located in Madrid NY just outside of Waddington. The best BBQ the area has to offer. For the traveling angler, I recommend the large family meals, lots of food at a great price you can eat on for days.
The Hoot Owl- looking at a little history in the Village of Canton, this old converted train station is a favorite watering hole of locals with great Happy Hour prices and snacks. Music, pool, and great conversations. Cash only.
Lone Wolf Saloon- this little hidden gem located in the Village of Hermon, NY is worth the trip. The best chicken wings around with a variety of unique sauces. This is definitely worth the trip and I suggest trying the Wolf Sauce.
Ole Deckside- located in the Village of Canton, take a day and relax after golfing on the Partridge Run Golf Course and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner overlooking the golf course. The owners of Ole Smokehouse did this right and you won’t be disappointed.
Stadium Sports Bar- located in the Village of Canton on Main street, a great friendly local place to get your sports fix over some fantastic bar food and plenty of big screen TV’s. Eat in or order out whatever your pleasure the food and prices are right.
- Located in Potsdam, NY with plenty of service truck ready to get to you in a time of need. Great professional people willing to do what it takes to get you going.
The Potsdam Agway- located in Potsdam, NY this pet friendly service has all your need to take care of your pets while on the road. Top foods and products to take care of your pets.
Commercial Press- located in Potsdam, NY. Out of business cards or need something printed in a hurry stop and see my friends here and they can get you going in the right direction.
Gajo Baits- a local bait company, myself and some other top anglers from our area helped to design these baits with the St. Lawrence River in mind. If you do not have some of these drops shot baits in your boat you will be missing out. The baits are available at Hosmer’s Marina or you can contact me and I can likely get them in your hand in short notice.
So, there is a small list of places that can help you out when coming to our area. More of my local sponsor support can be found at ChrisFlintFishing . I am home getting ready for the Costa Event that is going out of Clayton, NY so be sure to follow me on social media and maybe I will show off a few of the giant smallmouth that roam our waters. If you have any other questions about our area or something I may be able to help you out with feel free to give me a call 315-566-9313. Good luck to all the anglers arriving and safe travels.
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