Recently we sat down with Mark Moskal, NY State licenced guide, U.S. Coast Guard Captain, and owner of Summit to Stream Adventures. 2010 marks the 8th year that Summit to Stream Adventures has been adventuring in the Finger Lakes, and to mark the occasion we thought we’d give you a little insight behind the scenes.
Q: Where do you fish and how long have you been fishing?
A: I’ve been fishing for approximately 35 years, since I was a young boy, my first fishing experience was when my dad took me to the shores of Lamoka Lake, we sat on a dock and dropped line. I was hooked. Today we fish the central Finger Lakes region of New York State. We fish the lakes ,rivers, and streams including: Keuka, Seneca, Waneta and Lamoka lakes, Cohocton river, Shepards, Catherine, Cayuta and Fall Creeks.
Q: Do you still sit on the dock to fish? What do you take customers out in?
A: Ha! well I have been known to pull up a dock or two in order to fish, however, now I take clients out in our 17 ft Alumacraft Navigator. We can take up to three people for half or whole day charters.
Q: What kind of equipment do you have on your boat?
A: Ah, a very technical question…I have a 75 Evinrude Outboard, Minnkota trolling motor, Scotty downriggers, Lowrance Fishfinder, and Trax Tech rail system, believe me it all gets the job done!
Q: How did you get into fly fishing?
A: Oh about 20 years ago I saw an ad for a class put on by Trout Unlimited. I called my best friend and we took the class together, I’d been interested in the concept of fly fishing for awhile.
Q: What is your favorite fish to fish for?
A: Fly fishing that would be Steelehead. Casting, I like largemouth bass, and trolling it’s definitely the musky.
Q: Tell me about the biggest fish you ever caught?
A: Well that’s a hard one to answer, because some of the fish I’ve caught have been bigger than others, but it’s all relative to how I caught a particular fish. For example, while fishing by myself on the Salmon River, I caught a 20lb King Salmon with a fly on my fly rod, and that’s a big fish for that type of set up. Another example would be the 46 inch, 35 lb Musky we caught while on a charter this past July. The ever elusive musky is considered the fish of 10,000 casts, and to catch one at all is a feat, let alone one that size!
That’s all for now, keep checking back for more conversations with Guide Mark Moskal, when we’ll delve into some bow hunting questions. Do you have an outdoor question for Captain Mark? Leave a comment and ask it, we’d be happy to ask him!