LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT… 60" X 29-1/2"
Inset: Chuck Gaetano Sr. of Utica, NY, Chuck Gaetano Jr. and Tim Frank both of Atlanta, Ga. traveled to Clayton, NY to hunt for their first musky. Their dream was fulfilled with their first musky that was landed and released by Chuck Jr.
Main Photo: Later that day Tim Frank won his battle with this 55" x 27" Bucket List Monster. The fish was safely released to fight another day.
Rick Hengsterman joined the Guardino party again this year for another musky hunt. After a powerful fight and a spectacular jump this 54.25" x 26.5" brute was landed, tagged and safely released.
Captain Rich's son PJ landed this beautiful fish on his annual Columbus day musky hunt. He was joined by his hunting and fishing partner Matt Phinney.
Robin VanNess of South Bethlenam, NY was the guest of Pat Corkery for this years Musky hunt with Capt. Rich Clarke. Robin was thrilled to catch her very first Musky that measured 53" x 27". The group went on to catch a 40" Musky, both fish were safely released.
Ed Zimmer of Vestal, NY fulfilled a life long dream when he did battle with this beautiful 50" x 22.5" Musky. The fish was tagged and safely released.
First time Musky angler Daniel Polniak Jr. of Ogdensburg, NY was fishing with his friend Jeordi McEwen aboard "Sign Man" when history was made. Capt. Rich achieved his personal best when he guided Daniel to this GIANT 60" x 29-1/2" Musky. She was safely released after the photo.
Capt. Rich Clarke caught tagged and released this RIVER MONSTER. The fish measured 58-3/4" and had a 27-1/2" girth. It is not only the largest musky caught in New York, it is officially the largest live release in New York State in 2009.
Todd Tyo of Heuvelton, NY brought his sons Trevor (left) and Todd Jr. (right) to fish aboard the "Sign Man". Trevor caught his first musky, a 54" x 25" beauty. Todd is
an avid catch and release sportsman, he is shown here teaching his sons how to
safely release their catch.
Dave LaDuke traveled all the way to Clayton, New York, from Wisconsin in search of
his dream musky. He gives St. Lawrence River musky fishing a BIG THUMBS UP.
This 52" x 23.5" snow storm trophy was released to fight another day.
Ed Barbosa made his yearly trek to "The River" and was rewarded with this beautiful 55" x 25.5". The fish was safely released.
Largest Live Release in New York
Pat Corkery and wife Megan look forward to their yearly adventure with Capt. Rich Clarke. This years goal was to top last years 53" x 24-1/2". Pat achieved his new personal best by landing this monster that measured 58" x 26-1/2". The fish was safely released and a fiberglass replica is being made of his impressive musky.
Chris Phinney and Mark Morgia of Clayton, New York returned for another Musky hunt with Capt. Rich Clarke. Chris improved on his personal best when he boated this 51" beauty. The fish was tagged and safely released
Not to be outdone, Gary Clark (right) of Ridgefield Conn. returned for his second musky hunt of the season. He came away with his new personal best. The 53"x 24" beauty was tagged and safely released. Flory Basile of Syracuse, New York and Bret Rose of Ivy Lee and Jay MacIntosh of Lansdowne, Ontario were Gary's guests.
Kevin Rose from Ivy Lea Ontario was fishing aboard "SIGN MAN" with his brother Bret and good friend Gary Clark when he tangled with this 51"x 24" beauty. Capt. Rich tagged and safely release the fish to fight another day.
Rusty Abbott of Phoenix, Arizona (upper right) caught and released his nice 46" musky earlier this season. He returned to "THE RIVER" for his second Sign Man Musky Hunt with his good friend Charles Ray of Scottsdale Arizona. Charles landed his personal best, a 52" beauty that was tagged and safely released.
Ed Barbosa of Meaford, Ontario returned to fish aboard "Sign Man" again this year. He was rewarded with an excellent battle. The fish was very thick and both anglers agreed that it should grow to be a real monster someday. The fish was tagged and safely released.
Glen Gould of Wellesley Island, New York brought his guest Daren Morgan of Theresa, New York for this years excursion aboard "Sign Man". Daren landed a 45" Musky while Glen topped his own personal best with this 53"x 24" fish. Both fish were tagged and safely released to fight another day.
Julie Garnsey of Clayton, NY, her husband Jeff and their son Josh had a fantastic musky hunt aboard SIGN MAN. Julie caught and safely released her first musky. The fish was very heavy and measured 52"x 24"
James Beers fished aboard "Sign Man" with his brother Paul and friend Bobby Clarke.
He had the battle of his life when he hooked into this beautiful musky. Bobby's Dad tagged and safely released this fish.
PJ Clarke had a great battle with this 50" beauty. Dad tagged and safely released her.
Billy Bach of Clayton, New York returned for his yearly musky hunt. His guests were Bob Rousseau of Rome and Dave Bender of Bridgeport, New York. Bob began the day with a beautiful 48-1/2" fish. Not to be outdone "Super Dave" finished the day with his own 55"x 26" trophy. Both fish were quickly photographed, tagged and released.
Bob Johnson traveled from East Haddam Ct., in search of a 1000 Islands 50 plus. His smile says it all after he won the battle with this 53-1/2" 24" Musky. Captain Clarke tagged and released this beautiful fish so she can fight another day.
Ed Barbosa of Meaford, Ontario had an excellent light tackle experience aboard Sign Man this year. He caught tagged and safely released this 53-1/4" x 23-1/2" beauty.
Mark Morgia took his wife Krista on a musky hunt aboard Sign Man. They were successful and released this beauty to fight another day.
Summer Grindstone Island resident Jeff Walker and his son Casey, teamed up to land this 50" musky. Jeff's father Ken and his good friend Bill Roberts also enjoyed this catch and release experience.
Ed Barbosa of Meaford, Ontario battled this 56" x 25" monster and won. Capt. Rich released the fish to battle another angler another time.
Ed Barbosa of Meaford, Ontario landed two on this musky hunt. The largest measured 53" x 25". Both fish were released to fight another day.
Thanksgiving Morning Memory 51" x 24-1/4"
It's tradition in Capt. Rich Clarke's family to go musky fishing on Thanksgiving morning. This year the anglers braved 26° air temperature, 25 mph sustained winds, gusts to 35, snow, sleet and huge waves. The reward was great as Clarke's nephew Lennon Buker (right) landed his first musky while fishing with his cousins Ryan Youngs (rear) and Bobby Clarke (center) and Danny Barlow (left). The fish was tagged and safely released.
Stephen Buxton of Collegevill Pa. battled his first musky. Capt. Rich Clarke tagged and safely released this 50" x 24" beauty.
Scott Hoisington of Kingfield Maine with his first 1000 Islands Musky. This 52-1/2 trophy was tagged and safely released to fight another day
50-1/2" trophy was tagged and safely released to fight another day.
Capt. Rich Clarke Caught and Released this 58" x 28-1/2" GIANT. A perfect finish to another successful musky season.
Capt. Rich Clarke Caught and Released this 58-1/4" x 26.
51-1/2" x 22" released to fight another day
Andy Harridine of Ogdensburg, NY caught his first musky aboard "Sign Man" and it was a beauty. After a magnificent jump this 50.25" x 23" was landed tagged and safely released.