Mike Auriemma is a dedicated fisherman and a very successful Great Sacandaga Lake walleye angler. But from the tone of his email I could tell his most enjoyable fishing was ever was with his 7 year old granddaughter Giana Capone. Mike was helping Giana fishing in his cousin’s 6 acre pond when the big largemouth bass grabbed her live bait. It was quite a battle for the little lady; but she wanted to do it alone. Only when she got a bit tired grandpa would put his finger under the rod until she regained her strength. She was determined and did all the reeling. The big bass tipped the scales at 6 pounds plus; and was bigger than any bass grandpa had ever caught. I wasn’t there but I guarantee you grandpa was smiling from ear to ear.
I HAVE BEEN A FULL TIME OUTDOOR WRITER FOR THE PAST 49 PLUS YEARS WHICH INCLUDES AUTHORING TWO WEEKLY COLUMNS FOR THE DAILY GAZETTE FOR OVER 25 YEARS NOW. IN ADDITION I HAVE WRITTEN A MONTHLY REGIONAL COLUMN AND SPECIAL FEATURES FOR THE OUTDOORS MAGAZINE. I HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED IN BASSMASTER MAGAZINE, CABELAS WEBSITE; SHOTGUN NEWS; NY OUTDOOR TIMES;BARKEATER MAGAZINE;ON THE TRAIL MAGAZINE; AND SEVERAL OTHER NATIONAL AND REGIONAL PUBLICATIONS.
I AM A LICENSED NYS FISHING & HUNTING GUIDE AND NYS OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSN. NORTHERN VICE PRESIDENT.
I CURRENTLY HOLD THE FOLLOWING NWTF RECORDS: 7 GRAND SLAMS, A ROYAL SLAM, A WORLD SLAM AND THE FIRST IN NYS TO ACHIEVE THE NWTF MEXICAN SLAM AND THE THIRD EVER TO COMPLETE THE CANADIAN SLAM.
ON APRIL 24, 2010 I WAS HONORED WHEN I WAS INDUCTED INTO THE NYS OUTDOORSMAN HALL OF FAME. MOST RECENT AWARD WAS THE NYS OUTDOOR WRITER'S PASS IT ON AWARD SPONSORED BY BASS PRO SHOPS AND GIVEN TO THE WRITER WHO HAS DONE THE MOST IN PAST YEARS TO HELP PROMOTE AND THE OUTDOOR HERITAGE.
I AM CURRENTLY A MEMBER OF THE PROFESSIONAL OUTDOOR MEDIA ASSN.(POMA),OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSN. OF AMERICA (OWAA) AND THE NEW YORK STATE OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSN.(NYSOWA)