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Club Meeting Minutes – 11/21/2019

10 am, November 21st, 2019, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education

Call to order was made by Vice-President Myron Pstrak with 24 members and guests in attendance.

Pledge of Allegiance – led by Ellie Kratt

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Myron welcomed 3 new members & guests.

50/50 Raffle:

John Eades held the winning ticket and collected $29. The balance of the pot ($28) was donated to the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.

President’s report and announcements – Myron Pstrak for Jim Bailey:

  1. The minutes from last month’s meeting were approved.
  2. Reminder – there will be no Club meeting in December. Our next Club meeting will be January 16th in the Clubhouse Lounge.
  3. After selling out, we have restocked our “Beauty of Connestee” calendars …… available for sale online with delivery to your Connestee home, or at CFPOA Admin.
  4. A donation of $1,100 was made to the CFPOA Employees Fund, an increase over our $1,000 donation last year. Thank you CFPOA employees for your great support and service!

Programs & Events – Myron Pstrak:

  1. For today’s program we will take a guided tour of the Fish Hatchery here at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.
  2. No meeting scheduled for December.
  3. Contact Myron with suggestions for future meeting programs.

Sunshine Report – Marian Wolf:

No Sunshine Report today.

Treasurer’s report – Vernetta Milts:

  1. We are projecting a $3,000 deficit for our year end P&L. This is much more favorable than the $8,435 budgeted deficit.……primarily due to favorable proceeds from the Fish Fry and Calendar sales.
  2. Calendar sales for October were $760, bringing the total so far this year to $2,905.
  3. The proposed budget for 2020 has been approved by the Club’s Executive Committee and is available for online review and voting. Final voting on the proposed budget will be held at the January 2020 Club meeting.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. The proposed Club budget for 2020 is available on our website under the heading “About Us”. You may also cast your vote online “For” or “Against” the proposed budget anytime before the January Club meeting. An email to all Club members will go out in early December, with links to the proposed budget and the voting form.
  2. Al noted that the proposed 2020 budget shows a projected deficit of $2,195. This deficit is intentional, as was the planned deficit for 2019. We have accumulated a significant amount of cash in the Club’s account, and are planning to spend down some of that cash, putting it back into the community (in the form of a community project, lake stocking, and Outreach). Note that we are a “community service” club. All of the proceeds from our events, memberships, fund raising, and other activities go back into the Connestee community and Transylvania County (with Outreach).

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick is finishing up the summary report for this year’s program.
  2. We hosted 365-370 participants this year! Thank you to our volunteers!
  3. Nick is reaching out to new groups for next season and would appreciate any suggestions.
  4. John Kratt commented on the benefits of the Ourtreach program, to both the participants and to the volunteers.

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil:

  1. Last Thursday Morgan Mill distributed 1440 lbs of 1-2 lb trout to the 4 lakes.
  2. 336 fish to Atagahi; 300 fish to Ticoa; 182 fish to Wanteska; 135 fish to Tiaroga.
  3. For the year (with 3 stockings – January, March, and November) the totals for each lake: 1000 fish to Atagahi; 920 fish to Ticoa; 550 fish to Wanteska; 400 fish to Tiaroga.
  4. Trout fingerling stocking for lakes Wanteska and Tiaroga is planned for later this month. Note that the bass enhancement program for lake Wanteska was started in 2012.
  5. Surface water temperature in lake Atagahi is running in the low 50’s.

Tagged Fish:

No tagged fish have been reported since the last meeting. Only 5 have been reported this year (out of 35 distributed over the 4 lakes).

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:

10/28 – Brandon Garren (CF Fire & Rescue) – est 8 lb largemouth from Ticoa.

11/2 – Joe McMurray – 21 3/4” largemouth on a rubber worm from Ticoa.

11/3 – Joe McMurray – 22 ½” largemouth, also on a rubber worm from Ticoa.

Other Topics:

A serious silt problem in lake Wanteska was identified back on June. Connestee Maintenance has been addressing the problem and water flowing into the lake has been running clean during the last couple of rainfalls. There is still a concern that we’ll get significant mud flow with a very heavy rainfall.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, January 16th, convening at 9 AM in the Blue Ridge Lounge.

Adjourn to the meeting program – Tour of the Fish Hatchery at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. Note that the correct name for the hatchery is the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery.

We had a very interesting tour of the hatchery, with a “behind the scenes” view that the public doesn’t usually see. Thank you to Matt Christian for guiding us thru all the stages of trout production and offering his insightful commentary.

Thank you Myron for arranging this very informative program! 11/21/2019  A.Byrne

Club Meeting Minutes – 10/17/2019

9 am, October 17th, 2019, Blue Ridge Lounge

Call to order was made by President Jim Bailey with 25 members and guests in attendance.

Pledge of Allegiance

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Jim welcomed 2 new members & guests.

50/50 Raffle:

Steve Seelinger held the winning ticket and collected $34.

Water Safety Moment – Jim Bailey:

  1. Jim commented on the concern for battery safety and introduced Al Byrne (the “Boat Doc”) to address the topic.
  2. Al reviewed the two most serious battery hazards: battery acid spills and short circuiting across battery terminals. Following Al’s remarks there was a good discussion and recounting of personal experiences.

President’s report and announcements – Jim Bailey:

  1. The minutes from last month’s meeting were approved.
  2. Jim announced that the “Beauty of Connestee” calendars will be made available for sale online and delivery to your Connestee home.
  3. Jim also introduced new Club officers Myron Pstrak (vice-president) and Vernetta Milts (treasurer).
  4. Since Joe McMurray was unable to attend the Volunteers Recognition Brunch and receive his award for Sportsman of the Year, Jim took this opportunity to recognize and thank Joe for all that he does for the Club.

Programs & Events – Myron Pstrak:

  1. There is no formal program for today, but we’ll have “open mic” for fish stories.
  2. For our November 21st meeting we are planning a field trip to the Fish Hatchery at the Pisgah Wildlife Center.
    • 9 AM – meet in the Connestee Pickleball parking lot and carpool to the Wildlife Center.
    • 10 AM – convene in the Pisgah Wildlife Center auditorium for our monthly meeting.
    • Following the meeting, adjourn for a 30 min tour of the fish hatchery with Lee Sherrill.
  3. For a future program, Bill Roehrich suggested a presentation/discussion of our nearby lakes (access, fishing, etc).

Sunshine Report – Marian Wolf:

Marian reported no cards were sent this month and explained that the sympathy cards are sent to members for family illnesses and deaths. Marian encouraged us to let her know as we become aware of any future needs.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. Club memberships for this year remain at 252 households, comparable to last year.
  2. We have 2 very nice 10’ jon boats for sale, and we are in the process of picking up a Gheenoe canoe with trailer.

Treasurer’s report – Vernetta Milts:

  1. We currently have approx. $18,000 in our account, expecting to have approx. $13,000 at year end.
  2. The proposed budget for 2020 will be presented at the November Club meeting. Final voting on the proposed budget will be held at the January 2020 meeting, with electronic voting available to Club members prior to the January meeting.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick is in the process of reaching out to this year’s client organizations and our volunteers for feedback on this year’s program.
  2. Nick expects to complete the summary report of this year’s program by the end of October.

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil & Joe McMurray:

  1. Joe reported the thermoclines as follows: Atagahi – 15-20’, Ticoa – 20-25’, Wanteska – 20-25’; Tiaroga – same 68 deg top to bottom.
  2. Bass fishing continues to be a little slow, but improving. As the water continues to cool, trout fishing will improve as they move up towards the surface.
  3. Our final stocking of the year will be in November…..a total of approx 1,000 14-16” trout distributed to the 4 lakes and approx 5,000 trout fingerlings placed in Wanteska and Tiaroga.
  4. The Gambusia minnows stocked earlier this summer appear to have distributed nicely around Atagahi and Ticoa. A decision has not yet been made regarding stocking of Gambusia next year.
  5. There was a report on Nexdoor of a possible sighting of a Snakehead fish in lake Ticoa near the dam. It is very unfortunate that this was widely publicized without positive verification, since there are other species that could easily be confused with a Snakehead (e.g. a Bowfin), especially when observed in the water. If you catch a fish you believe to be a Snakehead, retain it and let any of our Club officers or Rick Hybil or Joe McMurray know so that it can be correctly identified. Snakeheads are voracious predators and can be caught relatively easily on top water or shallow running lures.

Tagged Fish:

No tagged fish have been reported since the last meeting.

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:

No lunkers have been reported since the last meeting.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, November 21st, convening at 9 AM in the Pickleball parking lot for a field trip to the Pisgah Wildlife Center and tour of the hatchery.

Adjourn to the meeting program – “Open Mic”

We heard several interesting fish stories. Thank you to those who shared.

10/17/2019  A.Byrne

Club Meeting Minutes – 9/21/2019

Call to order was made by President Jim Bailey with 34 members and guests in attendance.

The Pledge was led by Frank Wolf

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Jim welcomed 5 new members & guests.

50/50 Raffle:

Bill Roehrich held the winning ticket and collected $36.

Water Safety Moment – Jim Bailey:

Jim reviewed the following Fall Boating Safety Tips:

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a boater’s odds of dying during a boating mishap go up in October and November. With the waterways much less crowded, why are these the deadliest months? Usually, it’s because the boater is unprepared for the condition.

  • Wear a life jacket. Cold water saps strength; a PFD can buy you a little more time
  • Make sure a ladder or dockline will let you get back aboard without assistance
  • Dress appropriately. Sunny does not necessarily equal warm.  Dress in layers, starting with a thin base layer, and avoid things like jeans and cotton shirts, which do not dry as easily or retain heat as well as wool and synthetic materials.
  • Tell a friend where you’re going and when you plan to return. When someone knows you’re overdue, he or she can alert authorities
  • Always carry a means of communication:  Cellphone, VHF radio for bigger bodies of water.
  • Gear Up On Safety – Make sure everyone on board knows where to locate safety gear.
  • Leave the Alcohol Ashore

President’s report and announcements – Jim Bailey:

  1. The Volunteers Recognition Brunch is scheduled for October 1st, starting at 10:30 AM in the Cherokee Room.
  2. Jim introduced George Hewertson, who updated us on the progress of our Community Project for the Signage Board at Atagahi Park and follow-up plans for next year.
  3. The Connestee Photo calendars have sold out at the CF Admin office. But Jim Bailey still has a few available for sale.

Club Officer Elections – Hewertson, Revill, Henebry:

George reviewed the election process as stated in our Club Bylaws and announced the election results:

  • President – Jim Bailey
  • Vice President – Myron Pstrak
  • Treasurer – Vernetta Milts
  • Secretary – Al Byrne

Jim Bailey thanked Carol Marines and Jim Ungaro for their exceptional service to the Club and introduced new Club officers Myron and Vernetta.

Programs & Events – Carol Marines:

  1. Today’s Program – Fish Stories
  2. October – no formal program

Sunshine Report – Frank Wolf:

Frank reported on the cards that were sent.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. We have sold a total of 12 boats this season, and we have several inexpensive canoes and a complete 13’ sailing dinghy remaining in our RV1 storage rack. There is also a recently donated, very nice 10’ aluminum jon boat.
  2. Club memberships for this year remain at 252 households, comparable to last year.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. Recent expenditures include $700 for the Community Project signage for Atagahi Park, with 3 more signage boards planned for next year.
  2. We expect to be on budget overall at year end.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reviewed the highlights of the Special Olympics outing. The event went very well, with 40 attendees including the chaperones.
  2. Overall for the season, the Club sponsored 21 Outreach events with a total of 370 attendees. Congratulations to Nick and all the volunteers who support this program!
  3. The hats provided to participants have continued to be well received and easier to manage than previous choices. A new color is planned for next year.
  4. Nick reminded us that the Club maintains a free fishing equipment “lending closet”. We have a selection of rods, reels, and tackle. (Provide your own bait).

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil, Joe McMurray:

  1. The lakes are slowly cooling, with surface temperatures running around 75 deg. Joe reviewed his findings of thermocline locations and oxygen levels for each of the lakes.
  2. Our final stocking of the year will be in November…..14-16” trout in all 4 lakes and trout fingerlings in Wanteska and Tiaroga.

Tagged Fish:

No tagged fish have been reported since the last meeting.

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:

On 6/8 Tim Brown caught a 29”, 9 lb catfish near Atagahi Dam, and then late in the evening on 7/22 Tim caught a 19 ½” largemouth by Ticoa Dam in 1 ft of water.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, October 17th, in the Blue Ridge Lounge.

Adjourn to the meeting program – Fish Tales

Club Meeting Minutes – 8/15/2019

Call to order was made by President Jim Bailey with 34 members and guests in attendance.

The Pledge was led by Frank Wolf

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Jim welcomed 1 guest.

50/50 Raffle:

Myron Pstrak held the winning ticket and collected $40.

Water Safety Moment – Jim Bailey:

Personal Floatation Devices

On a vessel underway, children under 13 must wear an appropriate Coast Guard-approved PFD, unless they are below decks or in an enclosed cabin. Additionally, a boat 16′ in length or greater, except canoes and kayaks, must have a throwable flotation device. See specific state requirements for life jackets.

When purchasing a children’s life jacket, look for the following:

  • Brand New … Life jackets do have an expiration date.  Materials can become brittle, the inner foam can get soggy, and the straps can start to wear out and become unreliable.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Approved … Look for a seal that the item is approved by the US Coast Guard.
  • Classified for Kids
  • Well-Fitting & Suitable for Current Weight  … Not too big or too small. Comfortably snug … has a crotch strap.
  • Brightly- Colored
  • Features a Grab Handle

For More Information, visit the US Coast Guard web-site

President’s report and announcements – Jim Bailey:

  1. The minutes of last month’s Club meeting were approved.
  2. 3 Nominations for Club officer positions have been received so far: Randy Bunn, John Ciriello, Myron Pstrak. If any other Club members are interested or wish to nominate a candidate, please submit the name(s) to one of the Nominating Committee members (Nick Revill, George Hewertson, Kevin Henebry).
  3. Calendars are for sale in the Connestee Admin office.
  4. Messages from Club members and CF neighbors:
  5. Suspicious scum and dead fish in Atagahi cove (west of dam): This report was investigated the following day by Rick Hybil, but no scum or dead fish were found. Usually dead fish are quickly consumed by other wildlife, and the accumulation of pollen, leaves, and other debris in that cove varies day-to-day with the wind speed and direction.
  6. Harvesting trout above the creel limit: Reports of this and other violations of Connestee regulations should be reported immediately to CF Security.
  7. Thanks to Randy Bunn and all the volunteers who made this year’s Fish Fry such a great success. And Randy has agreed to chair the Fry again next year!
  8. Following Jim Bailey’s report, a drawing for the unclaimed items from the FF raffle was held for the meeting attendees.

Fish Fry Wrap-up – Randy Bunn:

  1. Randy reported on the success of the event and again thanked all the volunteers.
  2. A review will be conducted to determine what went well and where improvements can be made.

Programs & Events – Carol Marines:

  1. Today’s Program – Jim Whitmore
  2. September Program – Fish Stories
  3. October – no formal program

Sunshine Report – Marian Wolf:

Marian reported on the cards that were sent. And it was suggested that a card also be sent to Scott Smith.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

We have several inexpensive canoes and a complete 13’ sailing dinghy in our RV1 storage rack. There are also 2 aluminum jon boats being donated which we haven’t picked up yet. A complete list all available boats is on our website. Call Al Byrne if interested.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. Jim reported that the Fish Fry net proceeds were better than last year, even with the $700 purchase of new fryers.
  2. Overall the financial performance of the Club to date is favorable compared to the budget.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reviewed the recent and upcoming Outreach events.
  2. Next year we will not be scheduling any PARI events, since Duke is no longer holding programs at PARI.

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil:

  1. Surface temperatures are running around 80 deg, with the thermocline at 15’-20’ in Lake Atagahi. There is still good oxygen down to 40’ in Lake Ticoa and 35’ in Lake Wanteska.
  2. The best trout fishing is at 15’ to 30’.
  3. Little Atagahi continues to be stained with silt from the golf course and normal erosion.

Tagged Fish:

On 7/25 Cork Snearly caught an orange tagged trout (2019 color) on Lake Wanteska using a Hulu stick.

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:

  1. On 7/1 Les Saucier caught a 13” redear bream near Atagahi Park.
  2. On 7/27 Bill Roehrich caught a 16”, 2.2 lb crappie in Lake Ticoa on a black Senko.

Our next monthly meeting:

Saturday, September 21st, in the Atagahi Pavilion

Adjourn to the meeting program – introduction of Jim Whitmore by Carol Marines:

Jim gave an excellent review of recently completed and upcoming Connestee projects. And Jim responded to a wide range of question and comments from the meeting attendees.

8/15/2019  A.Byrne

Club Meeting Minutes – 7/18/2019

Call to order was made by President Jim Bailey with 42 members and guests in attendance in the Clubhouse Lounge

The Pledge was led by a Club member

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Jim welcomed 1 guest.

50/50 Raffle:

Mike Rothman held the winning ticket and collected $52.

President’s report and announcements – Jim Bailey:

  1. The minutes of last month’s Club meeting were approved.
  2. Kevin Henebry volunteered for the Club officer Nominating committee, in addition to George Hewertson and Nick Revill who had already been appointed.
  3. We will proceed with a community project to purchase & install a Fishing Regulation and Creel Limit signage board in Atagahi Park. Approx total cost will be $600, with CFPOA to provide matching funds.
  4. Jim thanked Nick & Cheryl, George Hewertson, and Carol Marines for their special efforts in making the CF Activity Showcase a success. 7 new Club members signed up.

Water Safety Moment – Jim Bailey:

  1. Know water depths, whether on a pool deck or on the dock … and how that relates to the height of the swimmers in your party … especially kids.  A 6 year-old should know that 4 ft of water is (probably) over his or her head, and 3 1/2 ft of water is up to his eyes, which is still over his airway.
  2. This piece of knowledge helps swimmers make good decisions and helps them to understand how water depths are different for each person.
  3. All water can be dangerous – even inches.  Always enter the water feet first.

Programs & Events – Carol Marines:

  1. For today’s program we are hosting Sheriff David Mahoney.
  2. For the August program we are planning to host GM Jim Whitmore.
  3. And for September we plan to share our Club member fishing experiences.

Fish Fry Update – Randy Bunn:

  1. Randy gave a brief review of preparations for the Fry and asked that any volunteers with questions see him after the meeting.
  2. Jim Ungaro reported that the Fry is sold out, with 260 tickets sold.

Sunshine Report:

A Club member asked that a card be sent to Jim Rumph.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

We have several inexpensive canoes, 2 aluminum v-hulls, 3 sit-on-top kayaks, and a complete sailing dinghy in our RV1 storage rack. A complete list all available boats is on our website. Call Al Byrne if interested.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. Jim reported the recent expenditure of $14,000 ($7,000 CFFC, $7,000 CFPOA) for forage fish stocking. (Gambusia minnows were placed in lakes Ticoa and Atagahi).
  2. Hats were also purchased by the Club for Outreach participants.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

Nick reviewed the recent Outreach events and commented on how well the “casting camps” have been received.

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil & Joe McMurray:

  1. Surface temperatures are running at about 79-81 deg, with the thermocline at 15’-20’.
  2. Trout are hanging at about 10’-15’.
  3. Due to concerns with the fish feeder attracting geese, the daily schedule has been moved to 5:45 am.
  4. Approx 50,000 Gambusia minnows were stocked in Lakes Ticoa and Atagahi on July 9th.

Tagged Fish – Ray Tuers

Bill Hudson caught a 20” tagged trout on Lake Atagahi, with this year’s tag.

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne

  1. On 6/22 Les Saucier caught an 11” male bluegill near Atagahi Dam using a fly rod with a popping bug.
  2. On 7/1 Les caught a 13” redear bream near Atagahi Park.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, August 15th, when we will host GM Jim Whitmore in the Atagahi Park pavilion.

Adjourn to the meeting program – introduction of Sheriff Mahoney by Carol Marines:

Sheriff Mahoney gave an outstanding presentation, focused mainly on the development of the department’s 2 youth camps: Shield Camp and Dare Camp.

Donations to support the camps can be made to the Blue Line Foundation of Transylvania County.

7/18/2019  A.Byrne

Club Meeting Minutes – June 20, 2019

Call to order was made by President Jim Bailey with approximately 50 members and guests in attendance.

One of the members led The Pledge

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Jim welcomed 6 guests/new members

50/50 Raffle:

Paul Komar held the winning ticket and generously returned his share.

President’s report and announcements – Jim Bailey:

  1. The minutes of last month’s Club meeting were approved.
  2. Jim invited George Hewertson to give a brief overview of the upcoming, Saturday, June 22 Fish-A-Rama event. George said that everything was in place for our annual CF family- focused community event and encouraged members to spread the word and wander down to enjoy the fun.
  3. Jim announced the formation of a Nominating committee – George Hewertson, Nick Revill and one other (tbd). Those members that wish to express an interest in becoming an officer of the club should, in the first instance, approach a member of that committee.
  4. Jim reviewed the current list of proposed Community Projects:

These had now been narrowed down to: Installation of railings along the Ticoa Park dock and improved Signage. Further details will be forthcoming and put to the membership for final consideration.

Water Safety – Jim Bailey.

  1. Jim asked that folks review and raise their awareness around this very important topic. To date we have never had any serious incidents within CF, a record that we’re proud of and would like to see continue.

Programs & Events – Carol Marines:

  1. Today’s program will be our very own Chef John demonstrating how to prepare and cook fish.
  2. The July program, Thursday July 18, will host Sheriff Mahoney in the Cherokee Room.
  3. For the August program, we are planning to host GM Jim Whitmore.

Fish Fry Update – Randy Bunn:

  1. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, July 19th, at Atagahi Park starting at 4 pm. Randy stated that, while there are always a few loose ends, overall the event is coming together well. As always, additional volunteers and donations are always welcome.
  2. Randy informed members that the previous option of baked cod had been removed from this year’s menu and replaced with larger amounts of pulled pork alongside the traditional fried catfish.
  3. Projected costs remain the same as previous years if not a little under. Consequently ticket prices remain the same at $16 per person. Tickets are now available online at our website <cffishclub.org>
  4. Treasurer, Jim Ungaro reminded folks that this annual event always sold out quickly and encouraged members to buy their tickets early.
  5. Quite a few members donated wine at the meeting. John Gannon continues to collect wine for the Wine Bonanza and will pick up if necessary. You can contact John at 603-490-7976, or his email at gannongoldens@gmail.com.
  6. John Ciriello is collecting crafts from residents for the raffles and silent auction.
  7. Chris Wunder will be producing a calendar again this year. Chris reported that he now has sufficient photographs and is in the process of final selection. The calendar this year will be in 15-month format. Chris also asked for help in selling tickets for the Wine Bonanza, either on an individual basis or volunteering to sell at the event itself.

Sunshine Report No announcements were made.

Secretary’s Report – George Hewertson for Al Byrne:

  1. To date we have 203 member households that have joined/renewed Club memberships (including lifetime members). This is consistent with previous years and with the Fish Fry just around the corner we can expect the usual surge in membership.
  1. Two more Jon boats will soon be added to the already healthy stock of canoes and boats in our RV1 storage rack. As our website is updated all of the current inventory will soon be ready for viewing. Call Al Byrne if interested. Again, Joe McMurray and Ken Stark were recognized for their efforts in cleaning, picking up, and delivering our boats.
  1. Sales to date have realized a very impressive $1,700.00

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

Jim reported that we remain on budget for the year, with approx. $16K in funds. There will be a major stocking of forage fish coming up that requires an expenditure of $14K. However the direct cost of that will be borne equally by CFFC and the CFPOA. All foreseeable expenditures are within budget and with our major fund raising event (Fish Fry) just around the corner we remain in good financial shape.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

Nick reviewed the two recent Outreach events, namely the Black Mountain Home and PARI.

The Black mountain home took place on Friday, May 31st at the much later time than usual of 5 p.m. This very enjoyable group consisted of 25 individuals, of various ages, accompanied by 3 chaperones. Their natural enthusiasm paid off when it came to the fishing – 20 Brim, 7 Bass, 2 trout and 1 Yellow Perch. After the event they were treated to a “snack” of a dozen pizzas and over 22 lbs. of watermelon! Each individual was awarded a hat and took away with them a bag of home made cookies.

The PARI group took place on June 18th, the first of three planned events. It was a large group consisting of 28 individuals in the age range of 15-17 years old and they were accompanied by 7 chaperones. This is a very diverse group of young people that not only come from all parts of the USA but also includes a number of overseas students. The majority of them had never fished before but that did not prevent them from a very successful catch of 29 Brim, 4 Bass and 1 Perch. After lunch at the pavilion they enjoyed games of basketball, soccer and volleyball with equipment supplied by Outreach. A welcome break from their academic studies, this was a very successful day enjoyed by all.

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil & Joe McMurray:

  1. The thermo cline remains at about 15’-20’.
  2. Surface temperatures are seasonable with trout predictably going down to the cooler waters and Bass becoming more active especially around the shoreline.
  3. We are expecting a significant delivery of Gambusia minnows (see under Treasurers report) in early July that will be dispersed in Lakes Atagahi and Ticoa. We are hoping they will spawn a couple of times before the winter.

Tagged Fish – There were no tagged fish reported this month.

Lunker Awards – George Hewertson

On 5/26, 9-year-old Peyton Worley, accompanied by his father Justin, caught an 11-inch Brim at Atagahi Park. The following day at Atagahi dam, Peyton then reeled in an 8 pound, 26 inch Catfish!

On 6/3, Joe McMurray landed a 4 pound, 19 inch Bass from Lake Atagahi.

Criteria and awards for Lunkers can be found on our website <cfishclub.org> and George suggested that members make a note of the sizes and have it available when out fishing just in case the “unexpected” happened.

Our next monthly meeting:

  1. Thursday, July 18, when we will host Sheriff Mahoney in the Cherokee Room.

Adjourn to the meeting program – introduction of Chef John* by Carol Marines:

*There followed a demonstration, along with several useful inside tips, from Chef John with regard to the preparation and cooking of your very own catch of the day. The demo’ took place outside on the patio and was well attended not only by club members but also members of the community.

6/21/2019

Club Meeting Minutes – May 18, 2019

Call to order was made by President Jim Bailey with 32 members and guests in attendance for the meeting and 47 for the Boat Show & Hotdog lunch

One of the guests led The Pledge

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Jim welcomed 4 guests and new members

50/50 Raffle:

Terry Guthrie held the winning ticket and collected $37.

President’s report and announcements – Jim Bailey:

  1. The minutes of last month’s Club meeting were approved.
  2. Jim explained the postponement of the Fishing Tournament.
  3. Jim discussed proper fishing etiquette & conduct, particularly around our community docks:
    1. Fish should be cleaned at home and waste properly disposed of (not dumped in the lake or left on the dock).
    1. Club members need to get involved reporting instances of improper fishing conduct.
  4. Jim reviewed the current list of proposed Community Projects:
    1. Installation of railings along the Ticoa Park dock.
    1. New Atagahi fishing dock.
    1. Signage (George Hewertson)
    1. Atagahi Park landscaping (Nick R)

Programs & Events – Carol Marines:

  1. Today’s program includes a boat show followed by a hot dog lunch.
  2. The June program, Thursday June 20, will host Chef John and be held in the Blue Ridge Lounge.
  3. The July program, Thursday July 18, will host Sheriff Mahoney in the Cherokee Room.
  4. For the August program, we are planning to host GM Jim Whitmore.

Fish Fry Update – Randy Bunn:

  1. This year’s Fry is scheduled for Friday, July 19th, at Atagahi Park starting at 4 pm.
  2. John Gannon is collecting wine for the Wine Bonanza. You can contact John at 603-490-7976, and his email is  gannongoldens@gmail.com.
  3. John Ciriello is collecting crafts from residents for the raffles and silent auction.
  4. And Chris Wunder will be producing a calendar again this year. If you have any Connestee photos suitable for the calendar, please contact Chris.

Sunshine Report – Jim Bailey (for Marian Wolf):

Jim reported on the cards sent out this month on behalf of the Club.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. To date we have 187 member households that have joined/renewed Club memberships (including lifetime members). This is consistent with the memberships at this time last year.
  2. We currently have a healthy stock of canoes and jon boats in our RV1 storage rack, and you can view the listing on our website. Call Al Byrne if interested. Thank you to Joe McMurray and Ken Stark for their efforts in cleaning, picking up, and delivering our boats.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

Jim reported that we are on budget for the year, with approx. $15,000 in the bank. Recent expenditures include the purchase of 3 new fryers for the Fish Fry.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

Nick reviewed the recent TVS events including a “casting camp” on the TVS factory lawn. And there are 3 more events scheduled this month including an evening event (start time 5-5:30 pm) with Black Mountain Home on the 31st. Pizza will be served to the kids and volunteers at the Black Mountain Home event.

Fishery Management – Jim Ungaro & Joe McMurray (for Rick Hybil):

  1. The thermocline is at about 15’-20’.
  2. John Ciriello mentioned that there has been a lot of sediment (run off) in Lake Wanteska as a result of recent heavy rains. John also expressed concern with the algae growth and the number of geese in Wanteska. It was suggested that John meet with concerned Club members and with Spencer Brown to make suggestions.
  3. We are expecting a delivery of Gambusia minnows in early July (for placement in Atagahi and Ticoa). We are hoping they will spawn a couple of times before the winter.

Tagged Fish – Ray Tuers:

There were no tagged fish reported this month. There have been 3 reported so far this year, all with 2019 tags.

Lunker Awards:

On 4/22 Les Saucier caught a 12” Redear Bream using a popping bug on his fly rod.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, June 20th in the Blue Ridge Lounge with Chef John

Adjourn to the meeting program – introduction of the boat captains by Carol Marines:

Bill Roehrich, Ron Phillips, Rick Stallings, John Kratt, Joe McMurray, Ken Stark, and Jim Bailey

5/18/2019  Al Byrne

Club Meeting Minutes – April 18, 2019

Call to order was made by President Jim Bailey with 26 members and guests in attendance.

Jim Bailey led The Pledge

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Jim welcomed 5 guests and new members, and a rousing welcome was given for Bill Roehrich’s return.

50/50 Raffle:

Jim Bailey held the winning ticket and returned his winnings back to the Club.

President’s report and announcements – Jim Bailey:

  1. The minutes of last month’s Club meeting were approved.
  2. Jim B briefly reviewed the meeting that he and Jim Ungaro had recently with Jim Whitmore. Jim Whitmore is very supportive of the Club and our activities, and we are very appreciative of all that CFPOA does for us.
  3. Jim B reviewed the current list of proposed Community Projects:
    1. Installation of railings along the Ticoa Park dock.
    1. Replacing the Atagahi Park floating dock with a more permanent structure.
    1. Installation of message display boards at our lakes, similar to those at state/national parks.

Programs & Events – Carol Marines:

  1. The Fishing Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 11th. There will be a $25 entrance fee, and the event is open to all Connestee residents. Net proceeds will be donated to the Brevard High School Fishing Team. Carol made available a handout with all the tournament details. Tournament registration forms will be available on the Club’s website, at Club meetings, at the Captain’s meeting, and from 7-8 am at Atagahi Park on the day of the tournament.
  2. For our program this morning, Wes Davidson will share his stories of fishing with his dad on Ohio lakes.
  3. Our May meeting will be on Saturday, May 18th and include a boat show and hot dog lunch. Meeting start time is 10 am.

Sunshine Report – Frank Wolf:

Frank reported on the cards sent out this month on behalf of the Club.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. To date we have 149 member households that have joined/renewed Club memberships (including lifetime members).
  2. We currently have a healthy stock of canoes in our RV1 storage rack. Not all are listed yet on our website, but you can take a look at them in RV1 and call Al Byrne if interested.
  3. The Club inventory of all the boat storage slips in Connestee has been completed. (Thank you Joe McMurray!). There are a total of 53 “open” slips, and Mae in CFPOA accounting will be following up on these with the registered owners.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

Jim reported that we spent $2,000 on the recent stocking of trout fingerlings in Lakes Wanteska and Tiaroga. Our Club finances remain in very good shape.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. The Outreach event this Friday with Black Mountain Home will likely be rescheduled due to the weather. Watch our website for schedule updates.
  2. Nick displayed the 3 different colored hats being given to Outreach participants this year. The hats can also be purchased for $20 ea.
  3. We need to utilize other Connestee venues for our Outreach events in addition to Atagahi Park. It’s an imposition on Atagahi Park users when we close the swimming area for an Outreach fishing event.
  4. We have 2 “casting camps” set up with TVS on the lawn at their factory location. We will likely also schedule a couple with the Boys & Girls Club.
  5. We plan to cap the number of Outreach events this year at 20.

Fish Fry – Randy Bunn:

  1. Randy reminded us that the FF is scheduled for Friday 7/19.
  2. Randy has signup sheets for the various volunteer functions needed and will be contacting team leaders shortly.
  3. The new fish fryer that Jim Ungaro recently purchased looks good. Jim U will purchase 2 more.
  4. Chris Wunder will lead the FF fund raising/donations efforts again this year. Chris will again be providing calendars for sale at the FF, and he needs additional photos of Connestee life. Chris is also hoping to have additional female volunteers to help with donations from local businesses.

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil:

  1. Lake surface temperatures are running in the low to mid 60s.
  2. Trout fingerlings (3”-5”) were stocked in Lakes Wanteska and Tiaroga on 3/28. And we expect to soon release Gambusia minnows in Lakes Atagahi and Ticoa as forage fish. We need a couple of boat owners on each lake to help with distribution of the minnows.
  3. The silt spill in Little Atagahi came from dredging golf course pond #5. Silt control will be priority for any future golf course dredging.
  4. Rick showed us his “catch & release” trout net and spoke to the proper method and time constraints for safely releasing trout.
  5. Ray Tuers has drafted a revised recommendation for “catch & release” of trout in our lakes. This will be posted periodically in the Friday Flyer.

Tagged Fish – Ray Tuers:

Ray reported that 2 orange-tagged trout have been reported, the first this season. Winning Club members Dan Shook and Chuck Kropp receive $50 Clubhouse dining certificates. (Non-members get a $25 gift certificate and a free 1 year Club membership, if eligible).

Lunker Awards:

On 4/15 Jim Rudy caught a 13 1/8” crappie trolling in deep water on Lake Ticoa.

Other Comments/Discussion:

  1. It was suggested that CFPOA guest fishing licenses be made available online.
  2. There was an observation that CF Security has started checking fishing licenses and creel limits. It was suggested that they also carry with them a copy of the CF Fishing Regulations.
  3. There are quite a few boats dislodged in the boat storage racks on the lakes, due to the high winds last Sunday. It is the owners’ responsibility to get their boats back into the proper locations.
  4. Yes, CF registration stickers are required for paddle boards.

Our next monthly meeting:

Hot Dog Lunch and Boat Show – starting at 10 AM Saturday, May18th, at Atagahi Park.

Adjourn to the meeting program – Carol Marines:

Wes Davidson shared his memories of fishing as a youngster with his dad on Ohio lakes. Excellent presentation Wes…….thanks for stirring up many of our own childhood memories.

4/18/2019

Al Byrne

Club Meeting Minutes – 3/21/2019 Clubhouse Lounge

Call to order was made by President Jim Bailey with approximately 30 members in attendance.

Randy Bunn led The Pledge

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Jim welcomed one new guest, Glen Hartsom and our guest speaker Lt Greg Stroup representing the School Resource Officers and the Sheriffs Shield Camp.

50/50 Raffle:

Jim Rumph held the winning ticket and collected $23.

President’s report and announcements – Jim Bailey:

  1. The minutes of last month’s Club meeting were approved.
  • Randy Bunn will be the 2019 Fish Fry Chairperson and will need lots of volunteers to help out. Randy passed around volunteer signup sheets to get the ball rolling.

Programs & Events – Carol Marines:

  1. Our first ever Club Fishing Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 11th. There will be a $25 entrance fee. Details are almost complete and we need volunteers to help with marketing.
  • For our program this morning, Lt Greg Stroup will be discussing the Sheriff’s Shield camp.
  • Our April meeting program will be “Fishing in Ohio” and presented by fellow member Wes Davidson.
  • There will be no program per se in May as, following our regular meeting; there will be another “boat show” along with our famous hotdogs. This will take place on Saturday, May 18 at Atagahi Pavilion. If you have a “tricked out” boat we would love to see it there.
  • Tentative plans for future meeting programs include: Sheriff Mahoney; representatives from our Outreach participating organizations; and a demo of how to fillet fish. Please let Carol know your suggestions for future meeting programs.
  • Carol also reported that she (representing CFFC) along with the GM and others attended a recent Chamber of Commerce meeting. While it was mostly political the food was excellent and she received a number of positive comments especially with regard to our Outreach program.

Sunshine Report – Frank Wolf:

Frank reported that 4 cards were sent out this month on behalf of the Club.

Secretary’s Report – George Hewertson for Al Byrne:

  1. George reminded Club members that their memberships for the 2018/2019 seasons expire on April 30th. You can renew online on our website or stop in the Admin office and pick up a membership form. To date we have approximately ninety members that have currently renewed so far.
  1. In addition members were reminded that April 30 is also the date that current CF fishing licenses expire and will need to be renewed. This can be done at the Admin office.
  1. As always if you know of any folks not using their boat, please encourage them to donate it to the Fishing Club. We currently have a healthy stock of canoes so again if you know of anyone looking for one, ask them to call (Al Byrne) or go to our website.
  1. The Club continues working on completion of an inventory of all the boat storage slips in Connestee.
  1. George encouraged everyone to carry at least one or two CFFC ‘business cards” in their pocket and subsequently handed a pack out – they were all taken, we need to order more!

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. Jim reported that our finances remain in very good shape but will soon begin to draw down as we enter into our summer season of events.
  • Jim also reminded folks to renew their memberships sooner rather than later in order for it to be reflected in our budget.
  • Frank Wolf and Larry Host both suggested ideas for community projects. These and any others are welcomed and will be put forward for due consideration and further discussion.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick informed us that the first of the 2019 Outreach program events would take place on Friday, April 19 when we will again be hosting guests from Black Mountain Home.
  • There are currently already a number of programs confirmed and as Nick continues to reach out we can expect more to come. Program dates and names of groups can be viewed on our website.
  • Building on last year’s success, Nick is actively engaged in the design (color) and purchase of hats again for this season. He has also purchased a number of hoops with the idea of using them for practice (casting) sessions.
  • As always, volunteers are always welcome and both Nick and Carol suggested an “orientation” session could be made available for those who would like to learn more.

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil:

  1. Conditions for trout fishing are currently at their best with them being very active and healthy right now. There are also indications that, despite the water remaining cool, bass are also being caught.
  • The last “winter” stocking of 14”-16” rainbows took place on March 12th. 1,440 lbs, approximately 960 fish, were introduced to our lakes. The exact numbers and distribution can be reviewed on our website. With the surgical skill of Rob Amato and the dexterity of Joe McMurray, 35 were tagged with this years color orange.
  • The next stocking of 14”-16” rainbows is planned for November.
  • For this year’s stocking of forage fish, we will continue our program of stocking trout fingerlings (3”-5”) in Lakes Wanteska and Tiaroga. And this year we will expand our forage fish stocking to include releasing Gambusia minnows in Lakes Atagahi and Ticoa this April.
  • On March 19 another batch of Christmas trees, eighty-five in total, were deposited in Lake Wanteska. The site map on our website will be updated to reflect the locations. Once again a huge thank you to our maintenance staff for making this possible.
  • A letter was submitted to the Connestee GM and Board recommending a creel limit of 10/day for Sunfish (currently there is no limit), and also proposing to add a new species; “Spotted Bass” with a size limit of 14-inch minimum, except 2 may be less than 14 inches. The daily creel limit would be set at 5. This total includes any other type of bass in combination (i.e. largemouth bass), caught on the same day.

The above proposal was unopposed and consequently has been incorporated within the CFPOA by-laws and the literature handed out with the fishing licenses updated accordingly.

  • There followed an open discussion regarding catch and release, including techniques, of trout or indeed was it preferable to catch and keep. At the end of which, Steve Seelinger suggested that, given the various views/interpretation that we may be sending mixed messages. His suggestion that a definitive statement be made/published will be considered.

Tagged Fish – Ray Tuers:

  1. Ray pointed out that it’s now been quite a while since any tagged fish have at least been reported.
  • The tag color for 2019 is orange (see also under Fish Management)

Lunker Awards:

Rick Sailing caught a 25” trout at Lake Atagahi Park and Cork Snearly a 20” one on Lake Wanteska.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, April 18, in the Clubhouse Lounge starting at 10 AM.

Adjourn to the meeting program – Carol Marines:

Following the business meeting, Lt Greg Stroup gave an excellent and very insightful talk on the role of the School Resource Officers (SRO’s) and particularly the Sherriff Shield Camp program. At the end of his talk it’s reasonable to say that the one thing that was on everyone’s mind was:

“How can we help?”

*There are tentative plans for both he and Sheriff Mahoney, the person behind these initiatives, to do a future joint presentation.

Final note: I’m happy to say that our one guest, Glen, subsequently went home and signed up as our newest member.

3/22/2019

George Hewertson

Club Meeting Minutes – January 17, 2019

10 am, Clubhouse Lounge

Call to order was made by Jim Bailey with 60 members and guests in attendance

The Pledge was led by George Hewertson

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Jim welcomed 15 guests

50/50 Raffle:

Myron Pstrak held the winning ticket and collected $38.

President’s report and announcements – Jim Bailey:

  1. Jim reviewed the Club’s Objectives, as stated in our Constitution & Bylaws.
  2. Jim reviewed our recently developed Club goals for 2019.

Sunshine Report – Frank Wolf:

Frank reported that 1 card was sent this month on behalf of the Club.

Programs & Events – Carol Marines:

  1. Our first ever Club Fishing Tournament will be held May 11th. We hope to make this an annual event. And we need volunteers to help with marketing, score keeping, and auditing.
  2. For our program this morning, Mike Cheek of the NC Forest Service will speak about the recently opened Headwaters State Forest.
  3. For our February meeting program we will have Chris Wunder speak on catching trout in our Connestee lakes.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. Club memberships for the 2018/2019 season are at 256 households, close to last year’s memberships.
  2. Boat sales for 2018 were over $6,000. Check our website for photos and pricing of current inventory.
  3. And check our website for a variety of other information about the Club, including Club History, Calendar of Events, Contact Info for Club Officers, Meeting Minutes, Outreach Program, Lunker Catches, and more.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Bailey for Jim Ungaro:

  1. Our financial performance for 2018 was very favorable, enabling us to support additional forage fish stocking and a significant community project for 2019.
  2. Jim briefly reviewed the highlights of the proposed 2019 budget and asked for a final vote from any Club members that had not previously voted. There were an additional 8 votes from the floor, bringing the total including previous voting to 61 “For” and 2 “Against”. Jim declared the proposed 2019 budget approved.
  3. A $1,000 donation to the Connestee Employees Fund was made at the December CFPOA Board meeting.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Last year we had 300 participants in our Outreach program.
  2. We are trying to fill several open positions on the Outreach Advisory Committee. And we are considering an “open house” event to help us identify additional Outreach community opportunities.
  3. We will provide hats to participants again this year. They were a big hit last year and much easier to inventory than t-shirts.
  4. Ted Migues parked the Outreach trailer outside the Clubhouse and asked for volunteers to take rods & reels home to maintain/refurbish.
  5. The 2019 Outreach season will begin in mid to late April.

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil:

  1. The surface water temperature in Lake Atagahi is running in the mid 40’s, with excellent oxygen levels.
  2. Trout fishing is very good. Bass and brim fishing is slow.
  3. A stocking of 14”-16” rainbows in all 4 lakes is planned for tomorrow (1/18).
  4. This year we are planning to stock forage fish in all 4 lakes to help enhance the bass populations. 3”-5” trout fingerlings will be stocked in Lakes Wanteska and Tiaroga. (This will be the 6th year for forage fish stocking in Lake Wanteska). And we will begin this year stocking Gambusia minnows in Lakes Atagahi and Ticoa. We do not plan to continue with any threadfin shad stocking.
  5. We are proposing to CFPOA a creel limit of 10/day for sunfish (currently there is no limit).  We are also proposing a creel limit increase to 5/day for spotted bass. (The spotted bass can dominate other bass).
  6. Spencer, with our help, will be placing Christmas trees in Lake Wanteska for fish cover.
  7. There was a comment from one of our members that he has recently been catching small trout in Lake Ticoa (< the 14”-16” that are stocked). Our answer: we do get a mix of trout sizes from the supplier, generally in the 14”-16” size, but with some falling below the target size.
  8. There was also a suggestion from a member that we pay more attention to Perch in our lakes. Our answer: there is a very limited food supply in our lakes and just too many mouths to feed. We continue to focus on the trout and bass populations, since these are what our members primarily fish for. Stocking additional species could significantly impact our existing species populations.

Tagged Fish :

No tagged fish were reported since the last meeting.

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:

  1. On 11/29/2018 Cork Snearly caught a nice 20” rainbow in Lake Wanteska.
  2. Al also commented that when out in a small boat, especially in the Winter, wear your life jacket. A fall into the frigid winter water can be life threatening.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, February 21, in the Clubhouse Lounge starting at 10 AM.

Adjourn to the meeting program – Carol Marines:

Following the business meeting, we were treated to a very informative presentation on the Headwaters State Forest from Mike Cheek of the NC Forest Service.

1/17/2019

Al Byrne