The Newest Trend In Fishing Boats For The Finger Lakes


You have seen paddle boats in ponds and lakes.  They  usually consist of 2 seats, you get in and with leg power pedal around in circles enjoying the view and obtaining a little exercise at the same time.  Well the newest trend in fishing boats uses pedal power, looks like a kayak and the best part – it uses no gas !

I have thought about learning to kayak for a long time.  I have so many friends that paddle around the lake and it is a great relaxing form of exercise.  With Keuka Lake just outside my back door, I really should make this a priority.  Now with this pedal drive system, it makes owning a kayak a little more enticing. I could use it for a form of relaxation and exercise and Kirk can use it for fishing.

You would be limited to the amount of equipment to take with you, but you would never have to worry about the gas can.  I really like that part of the equation, especially with the price of gas.  This would be easily transported from one lake to another, or to take with you to another state when going on vacation, it can be used for more than just fishing, it takes no gasoline, you can quietly sneak up on the fish and it adds a healthy element to your lifestyle.


I have attached a neat video from Native Watercraft that makes this new trend in fishing boats –

This would be a great addition to your Lakefront Home .  For owners that have their homes in vacation rental programs, what a great asset this would be for potential renters.


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Gardening On Keuka Lake – The Natural Way

Living and working around the Finger Lakes, I am very aware of the importance of good watershed practices.  I try to minimize any chemicals in my yard, knowing that it all filters into the ground and eventually makes its way to the lake – not good. 

Here around Keuka Lake, we had quite the mild Winter and one of the first things I realized early on in the Spring, was the amount of ant mounds that were developing.  The ants apparently liked and fared quite well during the mild winter. 

Last Fall, I had dug up some perennials, put them in large buckets and put the buckets into the ground to be replanted this Spring.  Ouch, those buckets were filled with ants besides the once wonderful perennials. I received bites as well as Kirk. 

My initial solution was to get the hose out and wash out the root from any of the plants that still had a chance of survival and then replant.  This flooded most of the ants away.  I now see that I am finding new colonies.  Thanks to Facebook and my friend Colette, I came across the following information at Double Danger.  Here are some of the natural tips they suggest.


10 Ways To Kill Ants… Organically

1. Baking soda is poisonous to ants, sprinkle it around your plants to ensure ants will stay away.

2. Flour & Baby Powder will keep ants from reaching your plants, ants will not cross the powder – so circle your plants with it.

3. You can use coffee grounds, chili powder, cinnamon, peppermint or black pepper. All deter ants and if you pour coffee grounds directly on an anthill, they will eat the coffee grounds and implode.

4. Grits, instant rice & cream of wheat can be sprinkled around plants. The ant will eat a piece of whichever you sprinkle, drink water and the grain expands and kills the ant. :)

5. Fill a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water and spray on plants. The acid in vinegar will kill ants.

6. Mix together one-third cup of molasses, six tablespoons of sugar, and six tablespoons of active dry yeast into a smooth paste. Use the mixture to coat strips of cardboard. Keep out of reach of pets and small children. You can leave mixture on a saucer outside anthill and they’ll eat it and die!

7. Fold contact paper in half, with the sticky side out and make a circle around base of plant. The ants get stuck on the paper – problem solved.

8. Cut off the bottom of a paper cup and cut a slit up the side of the cup and coat outside with vaseline and place around base of plant. You can also use packing tape.

9. Mix one cup of borax, two-thirds a cup sugar and one cup water. Dip cotton balls in the solution and place in areas near your anthill Ants will leave the plants alone and ingest the sweet mixture. The borax kills the ants.

10. Diatomaceous Earth is a commonly sold organic pesticide that will destroy the insects outer skeletons, causing the pests to die from dehydration.

Read our update to this post – where we tried some of the methods: Organic Ant Control Update

Hopefully some of these ideas will help you solve your ant problems organically. Helping to keep our waters safe and clean !

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National Fishing and Boating Week

National Fishing and Boating week occurs on the first full week of June every year.  This year the dates are June 2-10,2012.  What a great reason to experience the love of fishing and boating.  Go ahead , gather some friends or family and get out on the water, the experience is worth it.

Girls, boys, men or women, fishing and boating are open to everyone to enjoy.  The Finger Lakes offer miles and miles of boating opportunities from shallow, weedy lakes like Honeoye Lake to cavernous cold lakes Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lakes.

  • Find Your Boat – Take a look at and watch a DVD that will help determine the best boat for you and your family.


  • Make Memories – Bring the young ones a long, you will have as much fun as them.  Record the day and share the video with other family members over a bowl of popcorn.


  • Buy A Fishing License – When you purchase a license, the money goes to conservation programs, fish hatcheries, studies on invasive species and clean water programs.  All of these programs work to insure you have a great fishing experience now and for your children.


  • Discover A New Hot Spot – Find a new place to pull in the catch of the day by using the .


  • Learn From Others – visit for all kinds of resources, maps and information.

Of course the best place to take off from in your boat, is of course your very own lakefront property.  Call me when you are ready to purchase your own lakefront home.  What is better than a boat and a dock ?  A house with a boat and a dock !  – Oh yes, my favorite….Keuka Lake …perch from the cold waters of Winter.

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One Of The Best Memorial Day Weekends In The Finger Lakes

As far back as I can remember, I can not remember a Memorial Day Weekend that was just so weather perfect.  The skies were blue, the lakes had warmed up, the temperature was warm and summer like and in some places if you were lucky, there was a nice mild breeze.


I was fortunate enough to get around to three of the Finger Lakes on this Memorial Day weekend; Keuka Lake, Canandaigua Lake and Seneca Lake.  I spent Sunday working and spending time with friends on Seneca.  We toured around the lake to visit friends and clients.  On the boat it was neither too warm or too cold – it really was just perfect.

So now I would like to ask you why you are not yet on the lake ?  Call me , we can work on that little issue.  You still have plenty of time to enjoy the summer on one of the Finger Lakes. Don’t you hear the lakes calling you ?

Remember if you are looking for a great place to purchase on Canandaigua Lake to make your own, call myself or Ray Leone.  If Keuka Lake is more your flavor, contact Seth Olney or myself.  On Seneca Lake, reach out to Dave Reeve, Seth Olney or myself.  Just be sure to call one of us.

As always, if you have some great pictures of the lakes, I would love to showcase them on my blog and of course I will give you credit for your work.

The peacefulness of the lake gave me time to reflect on all of those service men and women that have lost their lives defending our freedom.

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Here Today – Gone Tomorrow On Keuka Lake!

MLS#: R184027 2535 State Route 54A Penn Yan, NY 14527  $75,000 Keuka Lake


This two bedroom, 1 bath home conveniently located just outside of the Village of Penn Yan has been taken.  As soon as it was put on the market, we had numerous offers.  It is one of the last homes outside of the Village of Penn Yan that has municipal electric, a huge savings.

Last year this home was on the market with no movement.  So I would say this is a sign the market is picking up, because there was an extreme amount of interest once it was placed on the market last week.

Another benefit of this property, is that it comes with 8 ft of shared lake access on Keuka Lake and imagine how nice that would be to have on a day like today.  You can grab a cocktail and your little floaty and walk into the lake.  What a great way to cool down.

If this property interests you, stay tuned there may be a similar listing coming up.  Call me and I can let you know of its availability.

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