PULASKI, N.Y.--On river banks and rocks up and down the Salmon River, eager fishermen are perched, waiting for the next tug of their line.
"The fish bite all the time, the only thing that you're ever gonna run into is being able to get them in, that's your hardest part, but at least you're fighting, you're having a good time with that", said Maryland Resident Ryan Lyles.
"The exhilaration of hooking a fish, and fighting it, and sometimes you land it, and sometimes it's right there and it gets away, but it's still really fun, the whole fight, and it gets you really excited", said Pulaski Resident Logan Mooney.
This is the time of year Oswego County residents and visitors alike look forward to all year long. Some come to fish, others come for the Salmon River Fishing Festival. It's held each Columbus Day weekend, at the height of the season. Last year alone, over 30,000 people came from out of state to fish in Oswego County.
"This is an opportunity to showcase our home and show all the best that's going on, and enjoy the sports fishery at the same time, the fishermen are coming together with the community in an unprecedented manner that we're really pleased to see", said Oswego County Legislator Shawn Doyle.
New this year is the fishing expo at the Kallet Theater, it brings together experts and vendors from throughout the industry, in hopes of attracting even more people to Pulaski.
"We want to appreciate the fishermen and at the same time we want to drive the economy, our local economy here in Pulaski", said Captain Richard Miick, who organized the fishing expo and runs Dream Catcher Charters and Guide Service.
It's clear the future of Pulaski is in good shape, as long as fishermen can continue to pull monster fish out of the Salmon River like this one.
"It's excellent, you try it once, you might like it, if you don't like it, it's your own fault, that's all I can say", said Pennsylvania Resident Frank Leonard.
Both the festival and expo continue Sunday. The Kallet Theater will be open from 10 until 6 p.m.