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Club Meeting Minutes – 7/19/2018 at 9 AM Atagahi Park

Call to order was made by George Hewertson with 35 members in attendance

The Pledge was led by Joe McMurray

We had no new members or guests at today’s meeting.

50/50 Raffle:

Chris Wunder held the winning ticket and donated his winnings back to the Club. Total receipts were $59.

President’s report and announcements – George Hewertson:

  1. The minutes from the last Club meeting were approved. These minutes are available on the Club’s website under the heading “News & Events”.
  2. George gave a brief overview of today’s meeting agenda.
  3. The Fish-A-Rama on June 23rd was a great success. We had 41 registrants; caught 58 brim, 9 bass, and 2 trout; and we consumed 100+ very large hot dogs.

Election of Club Officers – Nick Revill:

The nominations to date are Jim Bailey for President and Carol Marines for Vice-President. Nick encouraged Club members to offer additional candidates.

Sunshine Report – Marian Wolf:

Marian reported that 4 cards were sent this month on behalf of the Club. Marian also asked for additional volunteers for Fish Fry servers.

Programs & Events – Jim Bailey:

  1. Jim introduced today’s program: “Show & Tell” where Club members bring their favorite rod/reel/tackle to help us learn what works best in our lakes.
  2. Next month’s Club meeting program has not yet been finalized. And Jim asked that we let him know of ideas for future programs.
  3. Bill Roehrich suggested that we prepare a video presentation by several of our key Club members on their favorite fishing rods/reels/tackle and fishing techniques.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. Tickets for this year’s Fish Fry are sold out.
  2. On 7/2 we completed a Threadfin Chad stocking in Lakes Wanteska and Tiaroga. The stocking was about ½ the original order, due to adverse weather conditions at the supplier. We are carrying over $3,500 to next year for additional Threadfin Chad stocking.
  3. For our Community Project we will likely carry-over our budgeted funding to next year. This will allow for a larger project.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. Club memberships for the 2018/2019 season are at 245 households, just slightly behind last year’s numbers.

  2. We have several boats currently available for sale and a couple of additional boats recently donated that will offered for sale shortly. Watch our website and Nextdoor for availability.

Fish Fry – Steve Seelinger & Kevin Henebry

  1. Kevin reviewed the final event preparations.
  2. The 40′ tent will be delivered today. CFPOA Maintenance is overseeing the installation.
  3. Hats and “vintage” t-shirts will be sold during the event.
  4. Steve recognized Chris Wunder for his efforts as chair of the donations committee for the silent auction and raffle. And Chris offered some comments on this year’s donations (approx 50):
    • A $329 wine cooler was donated by Lowes.
    • The Wine Bonanza has accumulated 49 bottles.
    • New this year is the Fishing Club calendar, which will be offered for sale during the FF. The calendar runs from August 2018 thru July 2019. All of the design and printing was provided by volunteers! Chris passed around several copies…….awesome job! Calendars will be sold for $15 ea / 2 for $25 / 3 for $30.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reviewed the 5 recent Outreach events including Fish-A-Rama.
  2. Our Outreach volunteers are now being referred to as “guides”.
  3. And a special thanks to Ted Migues who secured vast quantities of bait for our events this season.

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil:

  1. The surface water temperature at Atagahi dam is 81 deg, with oxygen levels dropping. Water temp at the Carson Creek inlet to Atagahi is 69.7 deg. The thermocline is at about 10-15′ depth.
  2. During the Threadfin Shad stocking on 7/2, we placed approx 20,000 in Lake Wanteska and 10,000 in Lake Tiaroga.
  3. It was suggested that a Fishery Management update be regularly posted on the Club’s website. And Rick mentioned that he would need volunteers to help collect water data. We will discuss at the next CFFC Executive meeting.
  4. Rick encouraged anglers who catch trout to take them home this time of year. It is difficult to release them unharmed.

Tagged Fish – Ray Tuers:

Ray reported that Dan Hartley caught a blue-tagged trout on 6/23 near the dam on Lake Ticoa. Since Dan was not a Club member, he received a $25 Clubhouse dining certificate and a free 1 year Club membership.

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:

Chris Wunder caught a 21 1/2” trout on Lake Ticoa; 13 yr old Justin Santilli caught a 14 1/2” perch on Lake Tiaroga; and 15 yr old Quentin Bahr caught a 20” bass by the Lake Ticoa dam.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, August 16th, starting at 9:00 AM in the Atagahi Park pavilion.

Adjourn to the meeting program – introduction by Jim Bailey:

Following the business meeting, we had to opportunity to see & discuss the favorite rods & tackle that Club members brought for “Show & Tell”.

7/19/2018

Al Byrne


 

Club Meeting Minutes – 6/21/2018 at 9 AM Atagahi Park

Call to order was made by George Hewertson with 34 members and guests in attendance

The Pledge was led by Randy Bunn

George welcomed 3 new members & guests to the meeting: Tom Carpenter, Jerry Hyman, and Jake Tibstra.

50/50 Raffle:

Tom Carpenter did the drawing and drew his own ticket! Tom collected $33 from the total ticket receipts of $65.

President’s report and announcements – George Hewertson:

  1. The minutes from the last Club meeting were approved. These minutes are available on the Club’s website under the heading “News & Events”.
  2. George reviewed the agenda for today’s meeting, including the program by Chad Quinn and the upcoming Fish-A-Rama this Saturday. George requested additional volunteers to help with FAR.
  3. Kevin Henebry suggested that we ask the Wood Workers group to donate a couple of “measuring boards” for measuring catches. (We currently have only 2).
  4. George reminded us that at the end of September he will be rolling off as Club President. A nominating committee for the election of next year’s Club officers has been appointed: Nick Revill, Carol Marines, and Rick Hybil.

Sunshine Report – Marian Wolf

Marian reported that 2 card were sent this month on behalf of the Club.

Programs & Events – Jim Bailey:

  1. Jim introduced today’s program: Chad Quinn from Bear Traditional Kayaks and Jason Riddick from Next Venture Outdoors.
  2. For next month’s Club meeting program, we are planning a “show & tell”. Club members are asked to bring their favorite fishing equipment (rod/reel/tackle) for fishing Connestee & local waters. We ask that you only bring 1 rod/reel and 1 or 2 of your favorite lures.
  3. We are also planning to invite Jim Whitmore (CFPOA GM) to one of our future meetings. And we are scheduling a cooking demonstration, which will likely be for the August or September meeting.
  4. We are continuing to plan a Connestee fishing tournament for the Fall. Possible dates are October 6, 13, or 20.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. To date we have a favorable account balance, compared to our budget.
  2. Tickets for this year’s Fish Fry are now available on-line. The price is still only $16 for adults, $8 for children. Total sales will be limited to approx 260-280 due to the capacity limitation of our Atagahi facilities.
  3. We have been unable to get delivery of our order for Threadfin Chad, due to the severe weather conditions at the supplier. We have cut the order to ½ the original so we can at least get some this year. And rather than stock all 4 lakes as originally planned, we will only stock lakes Wanteska and Tiaroga, since the order is so much smaller.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. Club memberships for the 2018/2019 season are at 217 households, about the same as this time last year.

  2. We have recently received several boat donations, which we are in the process of repairing and cleaning up. Watch our website for availability.

  3. And check out our website for a variety of information on the Outreach schedule, fishing tips, news & upcoming events, and a variety of other information about the Club.

Fish Fry – Steve Seelinger

  1. Steve confirmed that this year’s food offerings will include a side of pulled pork.
  2. Steve mentioned that the primary purpose of the event is to “have fun”. But the silent auctions and raffles also generate significant revenue for the Club. Chris Wunder, who is coordinating the auctions and raffles, is asking for donations from our Connestee residents. Hand crafted items sell the best. And we can always use fishing related items. And, of course, booze always sells well.
  3. We are aiming to have 48 bottles of wine for the Wine Bonanza. And we have gathered 39 to date.
  4. Steve also reiterated the need for Fish Fry volunteers, particularly for set up / take down, and someone to take the grills over to Maintenance after the event for power washing.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reported that there has been a surge in Outreach volunteers!
  2. Nick also reviewed the recent events with TVS, PARI, and Sheriff’s Shield Camp. Fishing with worms on the bottom has yielded the best catch results.
  3. There are 11 benches previously donated by the Club and located around Connestee. They all need pressure washing. Nick will contact Connestee Maintenance to borrow their pressure washer and recruit a couple of Club volunteers to do the cleaning.

Fishery Management Update – Rick Hybil:

  1. Surface water temperatures are about 79 deg; with temperatures at the 10 ft depth about 74 deg. Trout are likely hanging out in the thermocline, at about 10-20 ft depth.
  2. In his report, Jim Ungaro mentioned the delay we’ve had in receiving our order for Threadfin Shad. We expect the reduced order to be delivered in another 2-3 weeks, and are planning to stock the balance of the order next year.
  3. The Bluegill population in our lakes seems to be thriving.

Tagged Fish – Ray Tuers:

Ray reported that Steve Pyle caught a blue-tagged trout on 6/8 in Lake Wanteska.

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:

Al reported that Allan Jones caught a nice 20” trout on Lake Atagahi on 5/26. Allan commented that it was “good eating”.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, July 19th, starting at 9:00 AM in the Atagahi Park pavilion.

Adjourn to the meeting program – introduction by Jim Bailey:

Following the business meeting, we enjoyed an excellent presentation by Chad Quinn from Bear Traditional Kayaks. Chad reviewed the history of traditional Greenland kayaks and how he constructs these kayaks today. Chad also had several of his traditional kayaks and paddles on display for us to examine and discuss.

6/21/2018

Al Byrne

Club Meeting Minutes – 5/19/2018

10 am at Atagahi Park

Call to order was made by George Hewertson with 42 members and guests in attendance

The Pledge was led by Ken Stark

George welcomed 4 new residents (Jim McIntosh, Bobby & Kathy Griffin, and Randy Bunn) and 1 visitor to the meeting.

50/50 Raffle:

Ken Stark held the winning ticket and received $41 from the total ticket receipts of $82. Ken returned $20 of his winnings to Club.

President’s report and announcements – George Hewertson:

  1. The minutes from the last Club meeting were approved. These minutes are available on the Club’s website under the heading “News & Events”.
  2. George reviewed the agenda for today’s meeting, including the boat show and “tube steak” lunch to follow.
  3. George reminded us of the upcoming Fish-A-Rama event scheduled for Saturday June 23rd. The event will include a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Connestee Scholarship Fund. Volunteers are needed to help with the various duties, including helping the kids with fishing and measuring catches. Contact George or any of the Club officers to volunteer.

Programs & Events – Jim Bailey:

  1. For our June meeting program, we are planning to have Chad Quinn, who does an excellent presentation on his custom built traditional kayaks. Chad’s business is called Bear Traditional Kayaks, located in Brevard at the rear of Next Ventures Outdoors.
  2. Jim thanked all those who have already donated fishing equipment and tackle to the Brevard HS Fishing Team. And Jim asked Club members to continue to look for items they no longer use that they might donate.
  3. We are continuing to plan a fishing tournament for the Fall. 2 person teams will compete, with an entry fee and prizes. Proceeds will help support the Brevard HS Fishing Team.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. To date we have an account balance of $13,800.
  2. Jim reminded us that it’s time to renew our Club memberships, which expired at the end of April. You can renew on line on the Club’s website cffishclub.org under the heading “Club Membership”.
  3. Jim asked that Club members consider ideas for this year’s Community Project.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. Club memberships for the 2018/2019 season are at 195 households, about the same as this time last year.

  2. Boat sales to date are $3,275, and our inventory is badly depleted. So if you know of a boat that’s not being used, please encourage the owner to donate it to the Fishing Club.

  3. A reminder about fishing licenses: to fish in our lakes you need both a Connestee license and a NC license. The Connestee licenses are available in the Admin office, and state licenses are available on line (ncwildlife.org) or at Walmart. And at age 65 you are eligible for a lifetime NC license for a one time fee of $25.

  4. And check out our website for a variety of information on Outreach, fishing tips, news & upcoming events, and an interesting history of the Club’s development over 38 years (prepared by Ray Tuers).

Fish Fry – Steve Seelinger

  1. This year’s Fish Fry is scheduled for Friday, July 20th, and Steve is co-chairing the event with Kevin Henebry. Steve reminded Club members that this is the single best attended social event in Connestee, and tickets will go quickly. So keep an eye out for future ticket sales announcements.
  2. Steve also reiterated the need for Fish Fry volunteers for set up, food preparation, and serving.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reported that Outreach hosted its first event of the season on April 27th, with 12 young folks from Black Mountain Home. Fishing was very successful, with one angler pulling in a 20 1/2” trout. And this was the first group to receive the new hats.
  2. We have a total of 19 Outreach events scheduled so far for this season, and we may be adding a cub scout group.
  3. Several new “high quality” reels are being evaluated, in our efforts to reduce the maintenance and problems with current reels.
  4. Ray Tuers will be announcing upcoming Outreach events on a regular basis in the Friday Flyer. If you would like to help out, or just observe the fun, stop by at any of our upcoming events. A complete schedule of Outreach events is posted on our website under the “Outreach” heading.

Fishery Management Update – Jim Ungaro:

  1. Surface water temperatures are in the low 70’s, and dissolved oxygen levels are still acceptable. Trout are still on/near the surface, and the bass are becoming active.
  2. The stocking of Threadfin Shad as forage fish continues to be delayed, with June now the likely time frame. Jim noted that the Club will be spending $6,200 for this stocking. Jim also mentioned that CFPOA has budgeted approx $11,000 for 3 stockings of full sized trout.
  3. The placement of Christmas trees in Lake Wanteska (for fish hides) has been deferred until next year, due to Spencer’s crew being so busy with the Clubhouse renovations.
  4. Ray Tuers mentioned that 2 improvements have been made to the Family Dock in Atagahi Park. A ramp has been added from the bank and along the side of the dock to facilitate landing of fish. And an opening has been provided in the railing at the end of the dock so a fish doesn’t have to be lifted over the railing.

Lunkers & Tagged Fish – Ray Tuers:

None reported this month

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, June 21st, starting at 9:00 AM in the Atagahi Park pavilion.

Adjourn to the meeting program and Tube Steak lunch – introduction by Jim Bailey:

Following the business meeting, we enjoyed our first ever Boat Show followed by an excellent Hot Dog lunch. Thank you to the 5 Club members who brought along their boats to show:

    • John Kratt – his homemade Cajun Pirogue flat bottom canoe
    • Ron Phillips – his 17 ½’ aluminum bass boat
    • Bill Roehrich – a custom made small fishing pontoon boat (belonging to Ron Silverman) and his recently completed Bass Tender style fishing boat.
    • Jim Bailey – a recently updated and reconditioned Sylvan Mirage pontoon boat.

5/19/2018

Al Byrne


 

Club Meeting Minutes – 4/19/2018

Call to order was made by Jim Bailey with 38 members and guests in attendance

The Pledge was led by Jim Bailey

Jim Bailey welcomed 8 guests to the meeting: John Waller, Bruce Schumacher, Jeff Peters, Graham Smith, John Kratt, Rick Clark, Kathy & Mike ?

50/50 Raffle:

Katherine Somalefski held the winning ticket and received $35 from the total ticket receipts of $70.

President’s report and announcements – Jim Bailey (for George Hewertson):

  1. The minutes from the last Club meeting were approved. These minutes are available on the Club’s website under the heading “News & Events”.
  2. Our May Club meeting will be held on Saturday, May 19th, at Atagahi Park. The meeting will feature our famous “tube steak” lunch and, new this year, a boat show.
  3. Jim reviewed the agenda for today’s meeting and the program to be presented by Patrick Weaver following the meeting.
  4. Jim also spent some time talking about the needs of the Brevard HS Fishing Team and our Club’s efforts to support them. And thanks to those who brought fishing tackle donations with them today. If you have additional donations, please call Bill Roehrich (828-884-6642) or Jim Bailey (828-877-2100).
  5. For our June meeting program, we are planning to have Chad Quinn, who does an excellent presentation on his custom built kayaks. Chad’s business is called Bear Traditional Kayaks, located in Brevard across from Dugan’s.
  6. And we are planning a fishing tournament for the Fall. Proceeds will help support the Brevard HS Fishing Team.

Sunshine Report – Marian Wolf:

Good news from Marian……no sympathy or get-well cards sent this month.

Fish Fry – Steve Seelinger

  1. This year’s Fish Fry is scheduled for Friday, July 20, and Steve will be leading the event again this year. The Fish Fry is the largest and best attended of all the Connestee Club events.
  2. Steve announced that Kevin Henebry has agreed to co-chair the event with Steve.
  3. Steve reiterated the need for Fish Fry volunteers and passed around a sign-up sheet.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. To date we are ahead of budget, with an account balance of $10,500.
  2. Jim reminded us that it’s time to renew our Club memberships, which expire at the end of this month.
  3. And Jim will be delivering a $190 check to Sharon Jenkins for the Employees Fund. This is ½ of the proceeds from the recent sale by the Club of a Gheenoe square-back canoe. The Gheenoe was found abandoned several years ago, and we had told Spencer that if he gave it to the Club, we would donate ½ the proceeds back to the Employees Fund. (Note: our Club’s regular, annual donation to the Employees Fund will be made later in the year).

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. Al reported that Ray Tuers has updated the Club History document which he originally prepared a number of years ago. The updated document, which recounts the Club’s development from its inception in 1980 to the present, is posted on the Club’s website under the heading “About Us”.

  2. Al announced that the proposed amendment to the CFPOA Water Safety rules was approved by the CFPOA Board on March 28th. The amendment adds a 5 MPH / “no wake” speed limit for motorized craft on our lakes.

  3. Club memberships for the 2018/2019 season are at 128, about the same as this time last year. However, we have gotten very few new members. So, as you meet new Connestee residents, please encourage them to join.

  4. Boat sales to date are $2,975, well ahead of our budgeted amount of $1,800. This is primarily due to the windfall donation from the Peacocks of a pontoon boat & trailer, which we recently sold. This additional revenue should allow us to replace our current Outreach trailer, which is not well suited for storing & transporting all our Outreach equipment.

  5. Al also mentioned that we need a couple of volunteers to help with our Boat Sales program to pick up, clean/repair, and deliver boats. If you can help, drop Al an email (abyrne146@gmail.com).

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reported that Outreach did 18 half day fishing events last season, with a total of 330 participants. A schedule of this year’s events is posted on our website calendar and will be updated as more are planned. Our next event is on 4/27 with Black Mountain Home.
  2. Two new members have been added to the Outreach Advisory committee: SRO (School Resource Officer) Desiree’ Abram and Connestee resident Jeff Brewer. With Emily Taylor (B&G Club) already on the Advisory committee, we now have 2 members from outside Connestee.
  3. We will be providing specially designed hats to this year’s participants. (Nick passed around a sample). These hats will also be made available for sale to Club Members for $20 ea. We will not be re-ordering t-shirts, but we will use existing stocks for those who haven’t been given shirts in the past.
  4. We plan to purchase ponchos and additional mylar blankets this year for inclement weather.
  5. Several spin-cast reels have been ordered for evaluation, in our efforts to reduce the maintenance and problems with current reels.
  6. We will be emphasizing the reduction of lead shot use in our Connestee lakes.
  7. We need more Outreach event volunteers! You don’t need to be a fisherman to help. We have a broad range of help needs. Contact Nick (email: fpolisher@aol.com) if you can help out.
  8. We are reaching out to find additional Cub Scout groups to participate. If you can help us with this, please contact Nick (email: fpolisher@aol.com).

Fishery Management Update – Rick Hybil:

  1. Rick reported that now is some of the best trout fishing. And you don’t need a boat. Water temperatures are running at about 59 deg on the surface, with recent stockings in November, January, and March. The bass are not yet very active. When the lake temperatures move into the 60s and we approach the spawn, they will become more active.
  2. The stocking of Threadfin Shad as forage fish in all 4 lakes has been delayed due to the cold temperatures. We still plan to stock approx 48,000 Threadfin Shad, but it will likely be delayed until May or June.

Lunkers & Tagged Fish – Ray Tuers:

  1. The first (blue) tagged fish of the year was caught in Lake Tiaroga on March 24th. Those catching a tagged fish receive a $50 gift certificate for Clubhouse dining.
  2. On April 1st, Ron Silverman caught a 23”, 6 lb lunker trout on Lake Ticoa using an imitation cawfish.

Fishing Competition Planned – Jim Bailey:

  1. We are planning a fishing competition for this Fall, with Bill Roehrich, Ron Silverman, Jim Bailey, and Steve Seelinger organizing the event.
  2. Proceeds will help support the Brevard HS Fishing team.

General Comments/Questions:

  1. Janet Schreiber reminded the group of the Pisgah TU Fly Fishing School scheduled for 4/28. The cost is $150 for a full day of instruction and ½ day on the water with a personal guide. Contact Janet if interested.
  2. Chris Wunder asked us to watch for the Connestee Chronicle article on the Fishing Club, which will be published this week.
  3. Jim Bailey encouraged Club members to think of their cool/amusing fishing stories and share at the Club meetings.

Our next monthly meeting:

Saturday, May19th, starting at 10:00 AM, Atagahi Park……Hot Dog lunch and boat show.

Adjourn to the meeting program:

Following the business meeting, we heard an excellent presentation from Patrick Weaver on the activities of the Pisgah Wildlife Center.

  • The Pisgah Wildlife Center is an educational component of the NC Wildlife Commission. They provide classes for adults & school groups, exhibits, and manage the fish hatchery.
  • Patrick also provided a very interesting history of the development of the Davidson River corridor.

4/19/2018

Al Byrne


 

Club Meeting Minutes – 3/15/2018 – Clubhouse Lounge

Call to order was made by George Hewertson with 25 members and guests in attendance

The Pledge was led by Sonny Somelofski

George welcomed 2 guests to the meeting: Bart Wailes & Dianne Alder-Wailes

50/50 Raffle:

Ken Franzen held the winning ticket and contributed his winnings back to the Club. Total proceeds were $40.

President’s report and announcements – George Hewertson:

  1. The minutes from the last Club meeting were approved.
  2. George reviewed the agenda for today’s meeting and the program to be presented by Kevin Howell following the meeting.
  3. Due to the Clubhouse renovations, next month’s Club meeting location has yet to be determined. And for the May meeting, we will move to Atagahi Park for our annual Hot Dog lunch and, new this year, a boat show.
  4. Janet Schreiber described the Pisgah TU Fly Fishing School and made available handouts on the program. Additional information and registration is available on the website pisgahTU.org/FlyFishingSchool.

Sunshine Report – Marian Wolf:

Marian reported that a card was sent to Ray Tuers in remembrance of his wife Sharyn.

Fish Fry – Steve Seelinger

  1. This year’s Fish Fry is scheduled for Friday, July 20, and Steve has offered to lead the event again this year.
  2. Steve mentioned the need for Fish Fry volunteers and past around a sign-up sheet. Steve plans to pass the sign-up sheet around at each Club meeting prior to the Fish Fry.

Treasurer’s report – George Hewertson for Jim Ungaro:

We have a healthy balance in our Club account, which will be needed to fund stocking and other activities until our revenue stream starts to build later in the year.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. Al reported that Ray Tuers has updated the Club History document which he originally prepared a number of years ago. The updated document, which recounts the Club’s development from its inception in 1980 to the present, will be posted on the Club’s website under the heading “About Us”.

  2. Al reviewed the reasoning behind the proposed CFPOA rules change which adds a speed limit for motorized craft on our lakes. Voting will take place at the upcoming CFPOA Board meeting on Wednesday, March 28th, 3PM.

  3. Al reminded Club members that memberships expire April 30th, and memberships can be renewed on our website. There is also a survey on the membership form asking members to about their recent fishing experiences.

  4. Boats and other equipment for sale by the Club are listed on our website, with photos and pricing. And if you know of friends or neighbors who might have a small boat/canoe/kayak they don’t use, suggest they donate it to the Club.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reported that Outreach did 18 events last season, with a total of 330 participants.
  2. The Outreach Advisory committee needs another member. Contact Nick if interested. We also need another committee member from outside the Connestee community. Emily Taylor, Boys & Girls Club Operations Director, is currently a committee member; and for an additional member we are considering one of the SROs (School Resource Officers).
  3. Ted Migues has again secured a commitment from Carolina Bait for donation of worms, but we also need more artificial lures.
  4. We received a donation of 2 fishing rods from Meredith Kuhn.
  5. 12 Outreach events have been planned for this season so far, and a number of other groups are being considered.
  6. We are continuing to look for a replacement trailer to store & transport all our equipment.
  7. We plan to purchase ponchos and additional mylar blankets this year for inclement weather. And we will continue to give t-shirts to the younger participants, but looking at wrist bands with our logo or some other gifts for the older children.
  8. We need more Outreach event volunteers! Contact Nick (email: fpolisher@aol.com) if you can help out.

Fishery Management Update – Rick Hybil:

  1. Rick reported that all 4 lakes were stocked with a total of 1400 lbs of rainbow trout last week. And 35 of the trout were tagged with this year’s color blue.
  2. Christmas trees (for fish hides) will be placed in Lake Wanteska, likely this week. Approximate locations of previous placements can be viewed on our website under the heading FISHING INFO → Fishing Areas.
  3. In April we plan a forage fish stocking of Threadfin Shad in all 4 lakes.
  4. We have no plans to stock catfish. Fishery Management is focused primarily on sustaining the populations of trout, bass, and brim. There are already “too many mouths to feed’, and stocking additional species would only increase the problem.
  5. Surface water temperatures had increased to 54 deg during the warm spell, but as of yesterday they were back down to 49 deg. The drop probably hasn’t affected trout fishing, but bass fishing has slowed. However, bass fishing is likely to improve as the weather warms again.
  6. Protecting our lakes from invasive species: the Fishery Management committee has prepared a flier with a recommended procedure for cleaning and draining boats and equipment being brought into Connestee from other waters. The fliers are being handed out with fishing licenses and at the guard stations to those coming in with a boat. Current spraying procedures at the Main Gate is also continuing.

Lunkers & Tagged Fish:

None reported this past month.

Fishing Competition Proposal – Larry Host, Steve Seelinger, Bill Roehrich:

  1. We have never had a fishing tournament in the 38 years the Club has been in existence. But there has been a lot of interest lately, so we are looking at possibly having a tournament this Fall.
  2. Bill Roehrich and Ron Silverman will likely organize the event.
  3. The purpose of the event would be to raise money, have fun and promote comradery, and provide fishing instruction.
  4. The contest will cover all 4 lakes, and be a morning event. We could probably get 20-30 boats participating.
  5. Awards will given for the best (largest) 5 total catches.
  6. Entry fees will be required and would be the source of funds for the awards.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, April 19th, starting at 9:00 AM. Location to be determined.

Adjourn to the meeting program:

Following the business meeting, we heard an excellent presentation from Kevin Howell, author, lecturer, fly-fishing instructor & guide, Legends of the Fly Hall of Fame member, and owner of Davidson River Outfitters.

  • Kevin introduced 2 students from Brevard High School, Jacob and Andrew, who are participants in the local chapter of the High School Bass Tour, which Kevin started and continues to very actively support.
  • The objectives of the local chapter are for the students to spend time outdoors on the water, provide comradery, and encourage environmental concern and conservation. The chapter currently has 10 student participants.
  • The many needs of the group include:
    • Any and all tackle and equipment.
    • Local lakes to fish (Connestee), and a boat with an adult to take them out for practice.
    • Boats and captains for practice and competitions on other lakes. (min 16′ boat with combustion engine and liability insurance).
    • Financial support: it costs about $100 per person to sponsor a student for a state event; $300 per person for a national event.

Contact Bill Roehrich or Jim Bailey or for more information on the needs of the group and to offer your help.

3/15/2018

Al Byrne

 


 

Club Meeting Minutes – 2/15/2018

CFFC Meeting Minutes – 9 am February 15th, 2018 in the Lounge

Call to order was made by Jim Ungaro with 24 members and guests in attendance

The Pledge was led by Jim Ungaro

Jim welcomed 2 guests to the meeting: Myron Pstrak and Joe McMurray

50/50 Raffle:

Scott Smith held the winning ticket and collected $18.

President’s report and announcements – Jim Ungaro:

  1. Venues for future Club meetings have not been determined. When the location of the March meeting has been decided, it will be posted on Nextdoor, on our website, and an email will be sent. If we have enough lead time, we may be able to announce in the Friday Flyer.
  2. The program after the meeting will include a video entitled “Bass at the Docks”, which will be followed by a demonstration and discussion by Bill Roehrich.
  3. Jim asked for ideas for future meeting programs. Contact Jim Bailey or any of the other Club officers with your thoughts.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. We ended 2017 with an $8,525 account balance.
  2. Jim reported that electronic voting for the proposed 2018 Club budget was 65 For – 0 Against. A show of hands from attendees that had not previously voted yielded 5 For – 0 Against. The proposed budget was therefore passed with a total vote of 70 For – 0 Against. Details of the 2018 budget are available on the Club’s website under the heading “About Us”.
  3. An audit of the Club’s 2017 finances was completed by James Newman. No issues or concerns were identified.
  4. Matching funds of $7,000 for lake stocking have been approved by CFPOA. This is in addition to the regular CFPOA budget for stocking.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. Check Nextdoor, the Club’s website, and emails for future meeting venues and program details.

  2. There are no boats for sale posted on our website, but we have recently taken in a couple and expect to get more as we get into the Spring. They will be posted as soon as they are cleaned up & repaired as needed.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reported that Outreach did 18 events last season, with a total of 320 participants.
  2. Fish catches during the Outreach events improved 67% from last year. The improvement is mostly attributable to the fish feeder and to some extent the “catch & release” program at Atagahi Park.
  3. We plan to purchase ponchos and additional mylar blankets this year for inclement weather. Nick had also planned to purchase some soccer balls, but Jim Rumph offered to donate a couple. Thanks Jim!
  4. The 1st Outreach Advisory Committee meeting will be on 2/22. Nick plans to add another “outside” member, in addition to Emily Taylor (who’s from Boys & Girls Club).
  5. We will have a total of 5 outings planned this season with the Boys & Girls Club. The Outreach event schedule should be completed and posted on our website in a couple of weeks.
  6. We need more Outreach volunteers! Contact Nick (email: fpolisher@aol.com) if you can help out.

Sunshine Report – Frank Wolf:

  1. Frank reported that no cards were sent yet this year. Frank reminded folks to let him or Marian know of any specific needs for cards.
  2. Frank also mentioned that this year’s Special Olympics Polar Plunge was a great success. It was held at Atagahi Park on Feb 3rd in 41 deg water with 28 jumpers. Net proceeds were $13,600, all going to the athletes.

Fishery Management Update – Rick Hybil:

  1. Rick reported that all 4 lakes were stocked with a total of 1400 lbs of trout in mid-January…..in spite of the ice.
  2. Surface water temperatures are increasing, currently in the high 40s. Trout are at the surface now.
  3. The Fish Feeder is being activated 1/day at 4:30pm.
  4. The next trout stocking will be in mid March and will include 35 tagged fish.
  5. In April we expect to stock threadfin shad as forage fish for bass.
  6. There was also a question for Rick about the best way to release trout. Some of the suggestions discussed:
    • use barbless hooks. No treble hooks.
    • no powerbait or worms……they get swallowed.
    • never touch the fish or take out of the water. Release by grabbing the hook shank with pliers or forceps and giving it a quick twist out of the fish’s mouth.

Tagged Fish – Ray Tuers:

  1. No tagged fish have been reported yet this year.
  2. Ray recapped the tagged fish reports for several previous years:
    • 2017 – 10 total reports, 9 with green tags (2017) and 1 with yellow tag (2016).
    • 2016 – 7 total reports, 6 yellow (2016) and 1 red (2015).
    • 2015 – 9 total reports.
  1. Winning Club members receive a $50 gift certificate for Clubhouse dining. Non-members receive a $25 gift certificate for Clubhouse dining and a free 1 year Club membership.

Lunker Report – Bill Roehrich/Al Byrne:

On 1/9 Chris Wunder caught a 24”, 5.5 lb, trout on Lake Ticoa. Chris caught this beauty on a 3” Rapala minnow, using an ultralite rod with 4 lb test line. Chris reported that it took 10 min to land the fish.

Fly Fishing instruction planned – Kevin Henebry:

There are 3 free classes planned with Pisgah Wildlife Center. Kevin is offering Club members first chance to sign up before the classes are opened to the public:

    1. Introduction to Fly Fishing” – March 23rd
    2. Casting” – April 4th (a new class this year)
    3. On the Water” – April 5th (a guided fishing trip on local trout waters)

For more information or to reserve a spot, email Kevin Henebry at jkhenebry@hotmail.com.

Club Membership reminder:

Memberships for the 2017/2018 season expire April 30th. During March you will receive renewal reminders by email and in the Friday Flyer and Nextdoor.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, March 15th, starting at 9:00 AM. Location to be determined.

Adjourn to the meeting program:

Following the business meeting, we watched a film entitled “Bass at the Docks” narrated by Mike Kussro. Following the film, Bill Roehrich gave an excellent presentation on how to fish docks in Connestee. Bill covered various baits, preferred rod & reel, and casting techniques to improve success at catching bass around docks.

 

 

Bill demonstrating “pitching” for bass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/15/2018

Al Byrne


 

Club Meeting Minutes – 11/16/2017

Call to order was made by George Hewertson with 28 members in attendance

The Pledge was led by Ken Stark

George welcomed new member Les Saucier to the meeting

50/50 Raffle:

Paul Komar held the winning ticket and collected $21, which he donated back to the Club.

President’s report and announcements – George Hewertson:

  1. George reminded folks that there is no Club meeting in December; next meeting is January 18th.
  2. The new “family-friendly” dock in Atagahi Park has been completed, with a dedication ceremony held Nov 14th. At the dedication George presented Acting General Manager Sharon Jenkins with a check for $2,000, the Club’s contribution towards construction of the dock. A plaque on the dock honors Peter Lindsay, a former club president and Connestee director. Lindsay donated $500 to the club to promote family fishing before he died in April, and club officers voted to add $1, 500 to it to help get the dock constructed.
  3. George asked that anyone with suggestions for future Club meeting programs contact any of the Club Officers. Our email addresses are on the Club’s website and in the Connestee directory.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

Jim reviewed the highlights of the proposed Club budget for 2018:

  1. We expect to end this year with an account balance of about $8,000.
  2. The projected net income for 2018 is $4,600.
  3. In 2017 the Club received $6,500 in matching funds from CFPOA for lake stocking. We are hoping to receive matching funds in 2018 of $7,000, in addition to the CFPOA budgeted funding for stocking of $10,500.
  4. We have a 22′ pontoon boat & trailer donated by Terry & Sue Peacock. We expect offer them for sale “as is” and net approx. $1,500 after expenses.
  5. We plan to replace the current Outreach trailer with a more practical, walk-in trailer (budgeted $1,000). And there is $1,500 allocated for gifts to the Outreach participants. We also plan to spend about $400 to upgrade the Outreach fishing reels.
  6. There is $250 in the proposed budget for the Scholarship Fund and $800 for the Employee Fund.

Complete details of the proposed budget are available on the Club’s website under the heading “About Us”. If you have questions or any suggestions for a community project for next year, please email Jim Ungaro.

Final voting on the proposed budget will take place at the Club’s January meeting. Prior to that time members may vote electronically. You will receive an email shortly with instructions on how to vote electronically. The voting form will allow you to vote “For” or “Against” and provide your comments. We welcome your comments and suggestions!

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. Boat sales for the year have netted about $2,000 for the sale of 10 boats. Most of these were sold early in the season, and we didn’t get many donations after that. So we missed our target for boat sales, but we’re hoping to get more donations early in the 2018 season.

  2. We currently have an excellent canoe for sale, listed on our website. And there is also a paddle boat and a small trailer that both need some work and will be offered for sale in the Spring. And today we are picking up the pontoon boat donated by the Peacocks, which will be offered up for sale shortly.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reported that Outreach did 18 events this season, with a total of 290 attendees. This was an excellent Outreach season in terms of fish catches. The improvement over last year is likely attributable to addition of the fish feeder and the “catch & release” signs at Atagahi Park.
  2. All of the bait for this season’s events was donated by Carolina Baits.
  3. Outreach is anxious to acquire more reliable reels. Investigation is continuing.
  4. We plan to involve the Sheriff’s Dept (Sheriff’s Shield Camp) more in helping determine the best gifts for Outreach participants.
  5. Outreach needs a replacement for Chuck Dietsch on the Outreach Committee. Contact Nick if interested.
  6. There was a suggestion that our new Outreach trailer be included in some of the downtown parades…….to promote what Outreach does for the community.

Sunshine Report – Marian Wolf:

Marian reported that 2 cards were sent on behalf of the Club and reminded folks to let her know of any specific needs for cards. Marian also plans to send another card to Keith Lamb.

Fishery Management Update – Rick Hybil:

  1. Rick reported that the lakes are cooling slowly, with temperatures running in the upper 50’s. The trout should be moving up near the surface.
  2. The next stocking of 14-16” trout will be sometime next week. That will be the 3rd stocking (Jan, March, November) for this year. Forage fish (trout fingerlings) were stocked in Lakes Wateska and Tiaroga in March and early November, and Gambusia minnows were stocked in Wanteska and Tiaroga in September.
  3. In 2018 we plan to introduce forage fish into Lakes Ticoa and Atagahi.

Tagged Fish – Ray Tuers:

Ray reported that Marshall Evans caught a tagged trout, 21” and 3 ½ lbs, in Lake Atagahi. That is the 10th reported tagged trout this year. (We put in 35 tagged trout each year). Marshall will receive a $50 gift certificate for Clubhouse dining.

Lunker Report – Al Byrne:

  1. Al reported that on 11/5 Chris Wunder caught a 22”, 4lb 14oz, trout on Lake Ticoa with his fly rod. Chris recounted that that it took 10-15 min to land the fish, and it ran out all his line down to the backer.
  2. There were also 2 lunker perch caught in September, 1 in lake Atagahi and 1 in Ticoa. The last report of a lunker perch was in 2013!

Additional Comments from the Floor:

  1. Ron Phillips reported on a fishing excursion provided by Ryan Kaufman of Headwaters Outfitters. They were smallmouth fishing in the French Broad, above Asheville. Ron highly recommended Ryan. Fee for the day is $450 for a max of 2 people. Boat and all equipment provided.
  2. Jim Bailey extended a special thanks to Kevin Henebry and Steve Seelinger for their volunteer instruction & guiding work with the Pisgah Wildlife Center. Pisgah offers free fly fishing instruction and provides all the needed equipment. Check out their website for all their program offerings.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, January 18th, starting at 9:00 AM in the Lounge

Adjourn to the meeting program:

Following the business meeting, Al Byrne (the Boat Doc) lead a discussion on how to care for your electric boat and provided some winter storage recommendations.

11/16/2017 Al Byrne

Club Meeting Minutes, 10/19/2017 – Clubhouse Lounge

Attendance 21

Call to Order – George Hewertson

Pledge

Ken Stark led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance

Welcome New Members & Guests – George Hewertson

There were no new members at the meeting.

50/50 Raffle

Ray Tuers conducted the 50/50 raffle in Al Byrne’s absence with a winning ticket worth $22. The same amount goes to the club.

President’s Report – George Hewertson

George briefly reviewed the amendment to our by-laws which addresses the nomination and election of Club officers.

A call for votes from those members who had not voted on line, with the final vote tally being:

                  Votes at Meeting On-Line Votes Total

In Favor                9                      56              65

Opposed              0                       3                3

The amendment was approved and will be written into the Club’s by-laws.

George introduced Jim Bailey as the newly elected Vice President of the Club. Jim shared some background on himself and told a story from his childhood of his “big catch” on opening day of fishing in Minnesota. [Maybe the Club should hold a funniest fishing story contest!]

Secretary’s Report – George Hewertson

No report was given

Treasurer’s Report – Jim Ungaro

  • Jim began his report by sharing that the Volunteer’s Brunch came in under budget.
  • The new dock at Lake Atagahi Park is nearing completion with the base now in place. Paving to the dock has also been completed. The water at the end of the dock was measured at 16’ deep. The floating dock will be moved to the other side of the park. The total cost of the dock is expected to be around $4k and the Club will pay up to $2k (or 50% of the cost whichever is less). The Club will put a plaque on the dock.
  • Jim reminded the attendees to submit ideas for community projects or enhancements.

Outreach – Nick Revill

  • In Nick Revill’s absence, George Hewertson reported that the outreach program for 2017 is now completed. The 2018 calendar will be developed in the coming months.
  • At the last Outreach program of the season, 10 area Cub Scouts spent an evening fishing at Lake Atagahi Park. Several Moms’ and Dads’ joined in the fun. A total of 4 bass, 4 brim, and 2 trout were caught. Special thanks to Ken Stark for his help.

Sunshine Report – Marian Wolfe

George reported that a large box of birthday cards was delivered to Keith Lamb who was thrilled to receive them. The card was sent on behalf of the Fishing Club.

This past month cards were sent to:

  • Terry and Sue Peacock to express thanks for the pontoon boat they generously donated to the Club.
  • The Club will also be sending a card to John & Bonnie Slappey who were injured in an automobile accident.

Fishery Management Update – Rick Hybil

Rick Hybil reported that due to the recent warm weather the lake waters are slowly cooling. Lake Atagahi surface waters were in the high 60’s. Fishing is not recommended below 20’ due to the lack of oxygen.

The Fishery Management Committee is planning to stock approximately 10k trout fingerlings before year end. Fingerlings have been stocked in Lake Wanteska and Tiaroga the past four years. Volunteers are invited to help out … contact Rick for additional information.

Fall stocking date for full sized trout (14-16”) has yet to be determined. Rick is planning on waiting until the water temperatures are around 55 degrees to lessen the stress on the fish.

Tagged Fish – Ray Tuers.

None to report this month.

Lunker Report & Fishing Update – Bill Roehrich

Bill reported that no lunkers were reported this month but noted that 5 lunkers have been pulled out of Lake Wanteska this year, and that the average girth of the bass being caught there is bigger.

Next Club Meeting – 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 16th, Blue Ridge lounge

Adjourn to Meeting Program

Jim Bailey introduced the final video in the “Underwater World of Trout” series.

Club Meeting Minutes – Sept 23, 2017, Atagahi Park

(thanks to Jim Bailey for taking the minutes)

Call to Order – George Hewertson

Pledge

Ted Migues led the club in the Pledge of Allegience

Welcome New Members & Guests – George Hewertson

The Club welcomed Butch Chapel, who is a new member in the club, and welcomed guests Myron Stark, Kevin Mulqueen, Bob Pastorino and Brian Murphy.

50/50 Raffle

Nick Revill conducted the 50/50 raffle in Al Byrne’s absence. Chris Wunder had the winning ticket.

President’s Report – George Hewertson

George explained the Club organization and election process for the four officer positions. Since all four offices only have one candidate, the election results were declared final by proclamation per the Club’s bylaws. The results are:

President: George Hewertson

Vice President: Jim Bailey

Secretary: Al Byrne

Treasurer: Jim Ungaro

George then introduced the new bylaws pertaining to nominations for Club officer positions and nominations from the floor (contact George for an electronic copy to be attached to the minutes) Hard copies of the amendment were available during the meeting and will be posted on the Club’s website for their review. Al Byrne will send out an electronic ballot, and members may also vote in person during the October meeting, at which time the final vote will take place.

Secretary’s Report – George Hewertson

No report was given

Treasurer’s Report – Jim Ungaro

  • Jim began his report by sharing how visitors and newcomers can join the club.
  • The Fishing Club’s 2018 calendar has been provided to CF Administration.
  • CF Administration has announced that the new kid friendly, wheelchair accessible dock for the Lake Atagahi Park has been approved. The dock will cost approximately $4k and the Club will match funds up to $2k. The Club has secured $5k from CF as part of their matching funds program. These monies will be used to enhance forage fish in our lakes.
  • Approximately 600 fishing licenses have been sold this year.
  • Jim is currently working the 2018 budget, which will include monies for community projects. Club member are invited to submit ideas for community projects or enhancements. Examples of past project that the Club has funded include community docks, park benches, and pavilion roofs at Atagahi Park.

Outreach – Nick Revill

  • Nick reported that our outreach program for 2017 is now completed. The Club hosted approximately 270 participants from various organizations in the county and beyond. Nick will be pulling together a report on this year’s activities including analysis on the participation, fish caught, and comparisons to previous years.
  • Carolina Bait, who provided all of the worms at no charge to the Club, supported the Outreach program. Ted Migues was instrumental in getting the bait donated.
  • The Outreach Advisory Board is proud to have one of our external partners (and board member), Emily Taylor of the Boys and Girls Club be recognized with the Maytag Dependable Leader Award. Congratulations to Emily!
  • Sadly, another contributing member of the Advisory Board, Chuck Dietsch passed away after a long illness. Chuck was a key contributor to the Outreach program.
  • The Outreach Advisory Board will be meeting in the near future to review 2017 activities and plan for 2018. Nick and the Board encourages Club members to become involved as we are always looking for new volunteers and ideas. The Outreach program is a very rewarding experience for everyone involved.

Newcomers Brunch – Nick Revell

Nick reported that the Fishing Club had a table at the brunch and we had 4 new members join: Herta Dullin, Mike Hughes, Kathy Delucca and Mike & Becky Brice.

Sunshine Report – Marian Wolf

Frank Wolfe described what the Sunshine Program was about for the benefit of newcomers and guests. Since 2005, Marion Wolfe has sent out over 600 cards! This past month cards were sent to:

  • Dorne Dietsch on the passing of her husband, Chuck.
  • Mike and Maureen Strerinski who are moving to Florida.
  • Amy Pitts, the niece of Nancy Carson, who passed away.

Fishery Management Update – Rick Hybil

Rick Hybil reported that the lake waters are now cooling rapidly with temperatures in the low 70’s at the surface. This is about 10 degrees cooler than when the temperature was at it’s peak a month or so ago. The thermocline is now at about 20-25 ft. Below 25 feet there is very little oxygen present. So, do your trout fishing at around 20 feet deep.

On September 7th, Jim Ungaro, Ron Phillips, George Hewertson, and Rick Hybil stocked our lakes with around 50,000 minnows, mostly in Lake Wanteska which is our “bass enhanced” lake. The cost of the stocking was $3k. The forage fish enhancement program will be expanded into the other lakes in the future. The bass enhancement efforts at Wanteska appear to be working as 4 lunker bass have been caught in the lake this year.

Large trout (14-16”) will be stocked into our lakes later this year.

Tagged Fish – Ray Tuers.

Ray Tuers shared that 35 tagged trout were released into our lakes this year. If a tagged fish is caught, the fisherman will receive a $50 gift certificate to the clubhouse (one award per year).

Two tagged trout were recently caught, bringing our YTD total to 9 trout.

Lee Alaban caught a 19’’ trout in Lake Ticoa, and Chris Brown caught a tagged trout last April in Atagahi. Chris just noticed the tag when he recently pulled the fish out of his freezer.

Lunker Report & Fishing Update – Bill Roehrich

Ron Silverman landed an 8 lb. 24.5” bass in shallow water on Lake Wanteska using a plastic crawdad.

General – George Hewertson

Ed Shearin, who is involved with the Pisgah chapter of Trout Unlimited shared information on TU’s “Trout in the Classroom” program whereby 10 aquariums has been (or will be) placed in area schools to educate students on trout. Students raise trout in the tanks from eggs to fingerlings before releasing the fish into local waters. The program involves extensive study on tank water quality, stream habitat, water resources, conservation, and ecosystem connectivity. For additional information contact Ed at edshearin@gmail.com .

Next Club Meeting – 9 a.m. on Thursday, October 19, Blue Ridge lounge

Adjourn to Meeting Program – introduction by Nick Revill

Nick Revill introduced the Club member Sonny Somelofski who talked about how to best work with fishing guides. Sonny is a licensed guide from New York State.

Club Meeting Minutes – August 17th, Atagahi Park

Call to order was made by George Hewertson with 33 members and guests in attendance

The Pledge was led by Gillian Hillman

George welcomed 4 new members and guests

50/50 Raffle:

John Ciriello held the winning ticket for the first drawing and selected the Penn fishing reel donated by Frank Wolf. The winner of the second drawing was Ed Mazzetta, who collected $30.

President’s report and announcements – George Hewertson:

George reminded folks that Fish-A-Rama is this Saturday, August 19 beginning at 9 AM. The event is free, a fishing license is not required, and all are welcome. Everything will be provided including prizes and gourmet hot dogs.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. Our 2017 Club memberships are currently at 258 households. This is on track with last year’s memberships at this time.

  2. Next Thursday, August 24th, is our casual monthly luncheon. We are meeting outside the Connestee Clubhouse Grill (lower level), starting at 12:30 PM.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. Jim reported that this year’s Fish Fry realized a net profit of $6,000, a 10% increase over last year.
  2. We are hoping to have the new handicap dock completed this year, but if not, the funds will be held over for completion next year.
  3. We welcome member input on other Community Projects for next year.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reviewed the recent Outreach event with 4H. There were a total of 10 anglers who caught 3 bass and 19 brim!
  2. Our previously scheduled Outreach events are completed for the season, but Nick is planning to re-schedule with Goodwill Industries to make up for the 2 that were missed. Nick is also trying to schedule something with the Schenck Job Corps.
  3. The Outreach program continues to need new volunteers. Contact Nick Revill if you can help out.

Sunshine Report – Marian Wolf:

  1. Marian reported on the cards sent on behalf of the Club and reminded folks to let her know of any specific needs for cards.

Election of Club Officers – Rick Hybil:

  1. Rick explained the process for the annual election of Club officers.
  2. Current nominations: George Hewertson – President; Jim Bailey – Vice President; Jim Ungaro – Treasurer; Al Byrne – Secretary. (Note: Jim Ungaro has asked to step down from the Treasurer position, but is willing to continue with the accounting functions until a suitable replacement can be found).
  3. Nominations were accepted from the floor, with two nominations put forth for the office of Treasurer: Jeff Brewer & George Goyette. Neither Jeff nor George were able to accept the nomination until there is a clear description of job duties.
  4. After discussion with Jim Ungaro and Club members, we concluded that Jim Ungaro should continue with the accounting functions of the office, but that all his other duties be re-distributed. Once we have firmed up the duties of the Treasurer, if we have nominees for the office, we can call a special election.

Fish Fry – Steve Seelinger:

  1. Steve commented on the success of this year’s Fish Fry and thanked all the volunteers who worked so hard on the event.
  2. Steve handed over to George Hewertson the 2 binders prepared after the event: one from Steve on all the required activities and one from Janet Schreiber documenting the fund raising process.

Fishery Management Update – Rick Hybil:

  1. Rick reported that the lake temperatures at the surface dropped into the high 70’s in early August, but have rebounded into the low 80’s.
  2. The best trout fishing will be at around 15′ depth.
  3. Bass and brim continue to be caught around the shore line and docks.
  4. The fish feeder at Atagahi Park is likely contributing to the success of recent Outreach events.

Tagged Fish – Ray Tuers:

  1. There were no tagged fish reports this past month.
  2. For the benefit of new Club members and guests, Ray described how the tagged fish program works. (Details are available on our website under the heading: Fishing Info → Catches).

Lunker Report – Bill Roehrich:

Bill reported that Jeff Brewer caught a 20” lunker trout this month, fishing in Bill Roehrich’s boat with Bill and Pete Brewer.

Our next monthly meeting:

Saturday, September 23rd, starting at 9:00 AM in Atagahi Park

Adjourn to the meeting program:

Following the business meeting, we headed down to the lake for a “Fishing 101” program. Club experts helped our members with knot tying, casting, and fishing lures/techniques for catching bass and brim.

8/17/2017 Al Byrne