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New York anglers looking to up their odds of catching fish just got a boost from a new law that allows them to have three rods in the water at once.


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Tom Bishop described it best. “Finally a stimulus package that doesn’t cost the taxpayer anything,” the avid fisherman from Rochester said. Bishop, 60, was referring to legislation signed recently into law and effective immediately by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that allows anglers to have three rods, instead of two, in any body of freshwater in New York. Being able to use an additional pole will increase a fisherman’s chances of catching a fish.

According to the bill, “Angler satisfaction more than any other factor is the prime determinant in deciding whether or not to make return visits to the fisheries of New York. More fishermen equates to more money for local economies in terms of fuel, food, lodging, tackle and rental purchases. The new law doesn’t change creel limits so there can be no negative impact by over-harvesting fish. Proponents like Bishop have lobbied hard for the law change. “I think it’s going to do a lot of good,” said Bishop, who enjoys fishing out of the Genesee River on Lake Ontario, trolling for salmon and trout. Neighboring New Jersey and Michigan already had three-rod rules.

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