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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

Club Meeting Minutes – July 20, 2017, Atagahi Park

Call to order was made by George Hewertson with 37 members and guests in attendance

The Pledge was led by Frank Wolf

George welcomed 4 new members and guests

50/50 Raffle:

The raffle collected $79, with Bill Gross holding the winning ticket for the first drawing and receiving $40. A second ticket was drawn for a fillet knife donated by Frank Wolf, which was won by Steve Garner.

President’s report and announcements – George Hewertson:

George reminded folks that Fish-A-Rama has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 19th, beginning at 9 AM. The event is free, a fishing license is not required, and all are welcome. All fishing equipment will be provided along with prizes and gourmet hot dogs.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. Our 2017 Club memberships are currently at 253 households. This is on track with last year’s memberships at this time.

  2. This coming Thursday, July 27th, is our next casual monthly luncheon. We are meeting outside the Connestee Clubhouse Grill (lower level), starting at 12:30 PM.

  3. We desperately need boat donations……..only 1 boat is currently available for sale. If you have a boat you don’t use, please consider donating it to the Fishing Club. Or if you know of a friend or neighbor with a seldom used boat, encourage them to donate it.

  4. Kevin Henebry described the fly fishing instruction he is organizing, to be held at the Pisgah Wildlife Education center. The event is free and all equipment will be provided. The likely event date is late September or early October. For more information, contact Kevin at jkhenebry@hotmail.com or 315-767-8208.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

Jim reported that the Club has requested $10,500 for next year’s CFPOA contribution to lake stocking. This is a small increase from the $10,200 in this year’s CFPOA budget.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reviewed the recent Outreach events. The fishing has been much improved at Atagahi Park, probably due to the addition of the fish feeder. And Lake Wanteska has proven to be a very good venue for smaller groups.
  2. The Outreach program continues to need new volunteers. Contact Nick Revill if you can help out.
  3. Nick also recounted the amazing catch by Chris Brown of an $800 pair of prescription sunglasses. Needless to say, the owner was very grateful!

Sunshine Report – Frank Wolf:

  1. Frank explained that Marian sends out sympathy and get well cards on behalf of the Club, and reminded folks to let Marian know of any specific needs for cards.
  2. This past month 4 card were sent.

Election of Club Officers – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reported that Jim Bailey has accepted a nomination for the position of Vice-President.
  2. No one has yet been nominated for the office or Club Treasurer. (Jim Ungaro is stepping down after this year).
  3. Nominations were accepted from the floor, but no additional nominations were put forward. The proposed slate of officer candidates shall remain open to nominations up to the August 17th Club meeting. The election shall be at the September meeting by members previously casting ballots electronically and those present at that meeting. If there is more than one candidate for an office, the candidate with the most votes shall win. If there is only one candidate for an office there shall be no balloting for that office and the one candidate shall be elected at the meeting by acclamation.
  4. Club officer terms run from October 1 to September 30.

Fish Fry:

  1. The Fish Fry has been sold out! Congratulation and Thank You to all who have worked so hard to make this event a success. And a special thanks to Steve Seelinger for stepping up to chair the event. The preparations for the Fish Fry started in February!
  2. Steve mentioned that more volunteers are still needed for Set up & Take Down, Beer Service, and Raffle Ticket sales.

Fishery Management Update – Rick Hybil:

  1. The lakes are getting really warm, with Lake Atagahi in the low 80’s. The trout are seeking cooler water, but oxygen levels below 20 ft are quite low. Advice is to fish for trout at 15 ft to 20 ft depth.
  2. We have no way to track the catch rate for various species. We get some useful input from tagged fish and lunker reports, but many catches go unreported.
  3. The Fishery Management committee is looking at additional forage fish stocking.

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:

There were no lunker reports this past month.

General Topics – George Hewertson:

  1. George mentioned that we have instituted a Lending Closet for fishing equipment. So, if you have guests or the grand kids coming and you need rods, etc, give us an email or call. (Contact info is on our website under the heading: Contact Us).
  2. George reiterated our commitment to providing fishing help to our newer Club members, with more Fishing 101 programs and one on one instruction. A good way to meet other anglers and arrange fishing outings is to attend the casual lunches on the 4th Thursday of the month (12:30 PM outside the Clubhouse Grill).

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, August 17th, starting at 9:00 AM in Atagahi Park

Adjourn to the meeting program:

Following the business meeting, we enjoyed an excellent presentation by nationally known, bamboo fly rod craftsman Lou Dondero.

7/20/2017 Al Byrne

Club Meeting Minutes – June 15, 2017

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

The Pledge was led by one of the meeting attendees

George welcomed 5 new members and guests

50/50 Raffle:

The raffle collected $86, with Scott Smith holding the winning ticket and receiving $43. A second ticket was drawn for a package of assorted fishing lures, which was won by Chris Wunder.

President’s report and announcements – George Hewertson:

  1. George recognized Phil Caccavale for being one of the original founders of the Fishing Club.
  2. Our Fish-A-Rama is this Saturday, June 17th. Frank Wolf and several others explained the particulars of the event fishing contests. Volunteer sign-up sheets were passed around.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. Our 2017 Club memberships are currently at 218 households. This is on track with last year’s memberships at this time.

  2. We desperately need boat donations……..only 1 boat is currently available for sale. If you have a boat you don’t use, please consider donating it to the Fishing Club. Or if you know of a friend or neighbor with a seldom used boat, encourage them to donate it.

  3. This coming Thursday, June 22nd, is our next casual monthly luncheon. We are meeting outside the Connestee Clubhouse Grill (lower level), starting at 12:30 PM. Nancy has reserved the covered area for us.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. Jim made available the current financial report.
  2. Jim also mentioned that Fish Fry tickets are now available for purchase on our website ($16 ea, same as last year). Ticket sales at the Clubhouse will commence approx 10 days prior to the Fish Fry and will include sale of Wine Bonanza tickets.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reviewed the recent Outreach events involving TVS and El Centro.
  2. The Outreach program is in need of volunteers to help with events, especially with the upcoming Sheriff’s Shield Camp event on June 22nd, 8:30 am to Noon.
  3. For the time period of 2006 to 2016 we have had more than 2,000 Outreach participants!

Sunshine Report – Frank Wolf:

Frank explained that Marian sends out sympathy and get well cards on behalf of the Club, and reminded folks to let Marian know of any specific needs for cards.

Fish Fry:

  1. The planning and preparations for the Fish Fry are going well.
  2. Janet Schreiber explained the new Wine Bonanza raffle, which has a goal of collecting 36 bottles of donated wine. Tickets for the Wine Bonanza raffle are $5 each / 3 for $10 / 7 for $20, and will be available during the Fish Fry tickets sales at the Clubhouse.
  3. Other raffle plans include a Dog Toy raffle. If you wish to donate a new dog toy, please bring it to our next Club event or give Janet (828-885-2233) a call to pick up.

Fishery Management Update – Rick Hybil:

  1. The Lake Atagahi water temperature at a 10 ft depth is approx 75 deg (varies day to day). Trout can be fished in 10 ft to 20 ft depths.
  2. For comparison, in 1991 on this date, Lake Atagahi was 62 deg at 10 ft!

Tagged Fish – Ray Tuers:

Ray reported that a 7th tagged fish has been caught, this one by Steve Pyle on Lake Wanteska using PowerBait. Steve, as a Club member, gets a $50 Clubhouse dining certificate.

Lunker Report – Bill Roehrich:

3 lunkers have been caught since the last meeting:

  • Cork Snearly caught a 5 lb bass in Lake Wanteska using a light green “jelly” worm.
  • Melinda Woods caught a 21” trout in Lake Atagahi using PowerBait.
  • Ron Silverman caught a 21” trout while trolling in Lake Atagahi with a jointed Rapala.

George Hewertson mentioned that we plan to do another “Fishing 101” program, with a little more individual attention.

Misc Comments by Attendees:

    1. Ron Phillips offered to take folks fishing in his boat for bass or trout, on a Saturday or Sunday. Give him a call.
    2. Kevin Henebry offered to help with any future fly fishing instruction.
    3. Chris Wunder mentioned the need for additional rental dock space (a known concern) but also emphasized the need for slips for pontoon boats. Chris also suggested the idea of offering boat rental. And Chris offered to take folks fishing.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, July 20th, starting at 9:00 AM in Atagahi Park

Adjourn to the meeting program:

Following the business meeting, Spencer Brown gave an excellent presentation and answered many questions about our lakes. Spencer is currently the Connestee Maintenance Supervisor and has been with Connestee Maintenance 27 years.

6/15/2017 Al Byrne

Club Meeting Minutes – May 20th, 2017

Call to order was made by George Hewertson with 51 members and guests in attendance

Pledge was led by George Hewertson

Comments from General Manager Keith Lamb:

Keith reviewed the recently completed Lake Wanteska dock and pavilion projects, and thanked the Fishing Club for our contribution to the cost of the dock. The planned bathrooms at Lake Wanteska will be similar to the bathrooms at Atagahi Park.

George welcomed 8 new members and guests (all planning to become members) to the meeting.

50/50 Raffle:

The raffle collected $74, with Scott Smith holding the winning ticket and receiving $34.

President’s report and announcements – George Hewertson:

  1. George reiterated that we are shortening up the “business” portion of our meetings, since much of the information can be found on our website.

  2. This year’s Fish-A-Rama is Saturday, June 17th. This is the last year that the Wolf’s will be able to coordinate the event, so we’re encouraging new Club members to gain experience by assisting Frank & Marian this year. To volunteer, contact any of the Club officers. Jim Ungaro commented on the importance of buying the food and the event set up (about 3 hours the morning of event). Note that Nick has the event signs and banner.

  3. After the business portion of our meeting, we will adjourn to the Fishing 101 sessions provided by 3 of our Club “experts”.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. We desperately need boat donations……..only 1 boat currently available for sale. If you have a boat you don’t use, please consider donating it to the Fishing Club. Or if you know of a friend or neighbor with a seldom used boat, encourage them to donate it.

  2. This coming Thursday, May 25th, is the second in our series of casual monthly luncheons. We are meeting in the Connestee Clubhouse Grill (lower level), starting at 12:30 PM.

  3. You may have noticed the new “Catch & Release” signs post in Atagahi Park. The purpose of this program is to improve the fishing experience, especially for the many children and Outreach participants who fish in Atagahi Park. The Fishing Club is asking for voluntary compliance; this is not a change to the current creel limits in the CFPOA Rules and Regulations.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. Jim reported that our current spending is in line with our budget.
  2. For the Fish Fry this year, we plan to rent a large tent to shelter the raffle and silent auction items. This will free up our existing tents for sheltered seating and beverage service.
  3. For our next Community Project, we are considering constructing a handicap accessible dock in Atagahi Park.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reviewed the recent Outreach events involving Special Olympics, TVS, and Cedar Mountain Home. T-shirts were provided to the participants, and Nick & Cheryl have also provided basketballs so the participants can shoot hoops after fishing.
  2. The Outreach program is always in need of volunteers to help with events.
  3. For the time period of 2006 to 2016 we have had more than 2,000 Outreach participants!

Fish Fry – Steve Seelinger:

  1. Steve gave a brief update of the planned Fish Fry scheduled for Friday, July 21st and asked for volunteers to help with the event.
  2. Janet Schreiber explained the new Wine Bonanza raffle and thanked those who have already donated wine (13 bottles so far). Tickets for the Wine Bonanza will be $5 each or 3 for $10. If Club members would like to donate additional bottles, they can bring them to the next Fishing Club event or give Janet a call (828-885-2233) to pick up.
  3. We will also be doing a 50/50 Cash raffle as part of this year’s Fish Fry.
  4. Other raffle plans include a Dog Toy raffle and a Grandchildren raffle. (Several Club members offered up their grandchildren for the raffle, but Janet explained that the raffle was for “toys for grandchildren”). If you would like to donate a dog toy or grandchildren toy, please bring it to our next Club event or give Janet a call to pick up.

Fishery Management Update – Bill Roehrich:

  1. The new fish feeder in Atagahi Park is working well and creates a lot of interest from the fish and from spectators when it activates.
  2. The lake water temperature is in the 70-73 deg range. Good for bass. Trout are moving into deeper water.
  3. No Tagged Fish were reported since the last meeting.
  4. Several lunker bass have been recently caught: a 6 lb 3 oz and a 3 lb 5 oz by Bill Roehrich and an 8 lb (guestimated) by Al Byrne. A $25 clubhouse dining certificate is awarded for the first 20 lunker bass reports. Limit 1 dining certificate per person per membership year.
  5. It was suggested that additional fish preparation recipes be shared on our website.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, June 15th, starting at 9:00 AM in Atagahi Park

Adjourn to the meeting program:

Following the business meeting, Ray Tuers cooked the hot dogs and the rest of us received some very helpful fishing instruction from Bill Roehrich, Steve Seelinger, and Nick Revill. And after that we we all got to partake of an excellent tube steak lunch with all the trimmings. Thanks to all who made this event such a success!

5/20/2017 Al Byrne

Club Meeting Minutes – April 20th, 2017

Call to order was made by George Hewertson with 39 members and guests in attendance

Pledge was led by George Hewertson, followed by a moment of silence in remembrance of Bob Chord and Peter Linsdsay

The Lindsay Outdoor Fund

Al Byrne announced the receipt of a $500 gift to the Fishing Club from Peter Lindsay. The details of Peter’s wishes for the fund can be found on the Club’s website cffishclub.org under the heading NEWS & EVENTS –-> Latest News. Suggestions are welcomed for spending projects that meet Peter’s expressed wishes.

George welcomed 1 new member & 3 guests to the meeting

50/50 Raffle:

The raffle collected $55, with John Gannon holding the winning ticket and receiving $27.

President’s report and announcements – George Hewertson:

  1. George explained that we are changing our meeting format in response to members’ wishes to shorten the “business” aspects of our meetings. George emphasized that the Club’s website contains a great deal of information about recent Club activities, finances, Outreach, boats for sale, and our upcoming calendar of events.

  2. George also mentioned the new “Fishing” group on Nextdoor. The intent is to provide a casual information exchange for those who fish locally or want to learn. Take a look and join the group if interested.

  3. And a reminder that fishing licenses expire at the end of this month.

  4. For our program this morning we will be hosting Val Gerdes from Whistlestop Market. Val will demonstrate cooking of trout, pan fish, seared bass, and breaded catfish.

  5. Our next Club meeting will be Saturday, May 20th at Atagahi Park. Note the change in start time to 10:00 AM. This meeting will feature our annual Hot Dog lunch and also a Fishing 101 program. Bill Roehrich will demonstrate casting techniques with various types of reels and lures, and Steve Seelinger will demonstrate fly casting and some of the finer points of fly fishing. This is a “hands on” program, so bring your own rod if you like; and plan on doing some fishing with our coaches.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. Membership drive – we currently have 135 households enrolled for the 2017/2018 season. This is somewhat less than we had at this time last year, so help us by encouraging your friends and neighbors to renew or join for the fist time.

  2. Monthly luncheon – this coming Thursday, 4/27, is the first in our series of casual monthly luncheons. We are meeting at Lola’s Old Hickory House (1196 North Country Club Rd, Brevard). Lunch will start at 12:30 PM, with those wanting to carpool meeting at the East Fork gate at 12 Noon.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. Jim reported our current bank balance is $7,600
  2. Jim also mentioned that the dock expansion at Lake Wanteska has been completed, at a total cost of $1,100 ($550 from the Fishing Club and $550 from CFPOA).
  3. And finally Jim explained Connestee’s plans for a gazebo and bathrooms at Lake Wanteska.

Sunshine report – Marian Wolf:

Marian reported on the Sunshine cards sent and asked to be notified as members identify a need for cards.

Fish Fry – Steve Seelinger:

  1. Steve gave a brief update of the planned Fish Fry event scheduled for Friday, July 21st. This is the biggest event in Connestee each year and is the Fishing Club’s primary fund raiser.
  2. Steve mentioned the need for volunteers and gave some examples of the many volunteer activities needed to support the Fish Fry.
  3. Janet Schreiber mentioned that she is preparing an email blast for Club members asking for donations of certain items for the silent auction and raffle. (Al Byrne will send out the email).

Outreach Update – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick thanked Chuck Dietsch for his exceptional efforts with the Outreach program.
  2. Nick also reported on the 1st Outreach event of the season, the Black Mountain Home for Children. We had 14 kids and two chaperones, and the catch was eight fish: 3 trout, 2 bass, and 3 sunfish. The kids had a great time and asked if they could come back for more fishing when they have a retreat at Whitewater Cove in November.
  3. This Saturday, 4/22, is the Special Olympics Outreach event at Atagahi Park, scheduled for 9-11 AM. We expect about 20-25 athletes to attend and need additional volunteers.

Fishery Management Update – Rick Hybil:

  1. Rick reported that last week approx 100 Christmas trees were placed in 7 different locations in Lake Wanteska. This makes a total of 285 trees place in Wanteska since the start of the Bass Enhancement program.
  2. Rick also addressed reports of a lack of Bluegill in Lake Atagahi. Several initiatives have been started to help address the concern:
    • The new fish feeder was recently installed at Atagahi Park.
    • We plan to encourage voluntary “catch & release” at Atagahi Park. Signs are on order.
    • We have money in the budget for future Bluegill stocking, and we will look at this option later in the season. The last Bluegill stocking of Lake Atagahi was in 2009.

Tagged Fish & Lunker Report – Ray Tuers & Bill Roehrich:

  1. Ray reported there have been 6 recent winners of the Trout Fishing Contest (including Ray himself and Rob Amato twice!). Details are posted on the Club’s website under FISHING INFO → Catches.
  2. Bill Roehrich described how he accidentally caught a tagged trout while bass fishing at the very far end of Little Atagahi.
  3. There were no Lunkers reported this month.

Our next monthly meeting:

Saturday, May 20th, starting at 10:00 AM at Atagahi Park

Adjourn to the meeting program:

Following the meeting we had an excellent fish preparation and cooking demonstration by Val Gerdes from Whistlestop.

  

 

4/20/2017 Al Byrne

Club Meeting Minutes – March 16, 2017

Call to order was made by Nick Revill with 26 members and guests in attendance

Pledge was led by Al Byrne

Minutes of our last meeting are posted on the club’s website: www.cffishclub.org

Nick welcomed 2 guests to the meeting

50/50 Raffle:

The raffle collected $50, with Jim Bailey winning the bag of tackle (donated by Frank Wolfe) and Kevin Henebry winning $25 in cash.

President’s report and announcements – Nick Revill:

  • We have begun our membership drive for the 2017/2018 season. To date we’ve had 81 members renewing. I hope you will help us with recruiting new members as you talk with your friends and neighbors and meet some of our new Connestee residents.

  • We are excited to announce that Steve Seelinger has offered to chair this year’s Fish Fry. We are lucky to have someone with Steve’s experience in the leadership role. Later in this meeting Steve will provide some additional information and discuss the need for volunteers.

  • Protecting our lakes – we plan to provide more educational information shortly to help all of us do the best possible job of protecting our precious lake water quality.

  • We have previously discussed having a monthly “social” meeting, in addition to our regular monthly Club meetings. The purpose would be to get together for regular, informal lunches or dinners at a local restaurant to talk fishing and related topics and for those who fish to get to know each other better. We would like start this with a member lunch on the 4th Thursday of each month. Give this some thought, and later in the meeting we will pole the group to see how many are interested and whether to start next Thursday.

  • Al Byrne has started a Nextdoor group called Fishing, with the intent of providing a casual information exchange for those who fish locally or want to learn. We hope to share fishing experiences, news & upcoming events, tips & tricks, and just fun stuff about fishing. Take a look and join the group if interested. (See Al Byrne after the meeting if you have questions about how to join).

  • For our program after this morning’s meeting, we are hosting Ryan Kaufman, of Headwaters Outfitters. Ryan will be talking about fishing in our local streams, plus the programs Headwaters will be running this year.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. Jim reported our current bank balance is $8,300.
  2. The dock extension at Lake Wanteska dam should be completed in 2-3 weeks at a total cost of $4,000. ($2,000 funded by the Fishing Club and $2,000 by CFPOA).
  3. A pavilion and bathrooms are also scheduled for the Wanteska dam area, with expected completion in 3-4 months (funded by CFPOA).

Sunshine report – Marian Wolf:

Marian reported on the Sunshine card sent.

Fish Fry – Steve Seelinger:

  1. Steve gave a brief summary of the planned Fish Fry event scheduled for Friday, July 21st. This is the biggest event in Connestee each year and is the Fishing Club’s primary fund raiser.
  2. Steve passed around sign-up sheets for the many volunteer activities needed to support the Fish Fry.

Outreach Update – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reported that 16 Outreach events have been planned so far for the season. Two new groups have been added: Black Mountain Home for Children and El Centro (for Hispanic kids). We will also be again hosting Cedar Mountain House. (They had declined to participate last year).
  2. An Outreach Advisory committee has been set up to help guide and support the Outreach program. Nick encouraged all Club members to contribute their ideas regarding Outreach. (Contact Nick or any member of the Advisory committee).
  3. Ted Migues reported that we will be getting our bait for Outreach from Carolina Bait. They are in Canton, but will deliver to the Connestee gate or Whistlestop. And they have agreed to donate up to 25 containers of worms free of charge.
  4. And thanks to Jim Bailey for donating the use of his mini-frig for the storage of worms & night crawlers.

Handicap Dock – Frank Wolf:

Frank reported that the General Manager and Spencer are very supportive of constructing a handicap/family accessible dock at Atagahi Park. We will hopefully see construction next year.

Social” Lunch – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick poled the meeting attendees and there was good support (10 raised hands) for having a regular, monthly lunch at a restaurant downtown. It’s a great opportunity show our support for the local businesses that contribute so generously to our Fish Fry auctions and raffle.
  2. We are planning to meet downtown at Jamie’s next Thursday (time tbd). Al Byrne will email the Club membership announcing the monthly lunches and asking for additional sign-ups.

Fishery Management Update – Rick Hybil:

  1. Rick reported that another lake stocking was completed last week with 1,800 lbs of trout (averaging about 1 ½ lbs each and 14-16”). More detail is available on our website under the heading “News & Events” → “Latest News”.
  2. 35 “tagged” fish (green tags) were included in the latest stocking.
  3. We are stocking only in the cold weather, with recent stockings completed in November, January, and this latest one in March. We should see some of the best trout fishing in our lakes this time of year.
  4. The new fish feeder was installed last week at Atagahi Park, to enhance fishing for our Outreach participants.
  5. The Bass Enhancement efforts for Lake Wanteska will continue with the placement of Christmas trees for fish hides.

Lunker Report & Fishing Update – Bill Roehrich:

  1. Bill reported no lunkers for last month.
  2. Bill also reported that, as the water temperature warms over the next few weeks, we should see the bass start moving into shallower water. Bill also provided an excellent display of the most productive baits for Spring bass fishing, and passed out a comprehensive list. The list is available on our website under the heading “Fishing Info” → “Fishing Tips”.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, April 20th, starting at 9 am in the Clubhouse Lounge.

Adjourn to the meeting program:

  1. Following the meeting we had an excellent presentation from Ryan Kaufman, head Fly Fishing guide of Headwaters Outfitters. Ryan discussed the many resources available from Headwaters and presented an in-depth review of fishing in our local streams.
  2. Headwaters is located on Rt 64 at the junction of Rt 215. Contact info for Ryan is email: ryan@headwatersoutfitters.com; phone: 828-877-3106; cell: 913-961-4928.

3/16/2017 Al Byrne

Club Meeting Minutes – February 16, 2017

Call to order was made by Nick Revill with 48 members and guests in attendance

Pledge was led by Al Byrne

Minutes of our last meeting are posted on the club’s website: www.cffishclub.org

Nick welcomed 6 new members and guests

50/50 Raffle:

The raffle collected $93, with Bucky Jones winning the “Mystery Tackle Box”

President’s report and announcements – Nick Revill:

  • We’ve made some significant changes to the Lunker & Tagged Fish Awards programs, with the intent of encouraging more reporting. Rick will cover these in his Fishery Management Update later in this meeting.

  • We are considering having a monthly “social” meeting, in addition to our regular monthly Club meetings. The purpose would be to get together for regular, informal lunches and/or dinners at a local restaurant to talk fishing and related topics and for those who fish to get to know each other better. The meeting attendees had a very favorable reaction to this suggestion. They responded most favorably to the dinner alternative.

  • For our program after this morning’s meeting, we have Bill Roehrich leading a Fishing 101 panel discussion with Jim Ungaro and special guest Dave Whisman. Dave is a well known WNC professional angler and owner of Clear Water Anglers Guide Service. We expect to continue this type of program as a series, with each program focusing on a different species of fish. And we also plan to do a more comprehensive, hands-on “how to fish” program in early Summer, possibly as part of the Fish-A-Rama event. (We’re thinking of expanding Fish-A-Rama to include adults and making it more instructional. We would still offer prizes for the kids).

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. Jim reported our current bank balance is $8,400, with $800 already spent to purchase the fish feeder.
  2. The annual Club Membership renewal starts 4/1 for the 2017/2018 season. Email notifications will begin next week.
  3. Our annual Fish Fry is scheduled for July 21st. Let us know if you are able to help out with the event.

Sunshine report – Marian Wolf:

Marian reported on the Sunshine cards sent.

Boat Sales Update – Al Byrne:

  1. To date this year we have sold 2 boats for a total of $500. Our challenge this year will be get in enough donated boats to sell.
  2. There were a number of questions and suggestions regarding the limited availability of small boat storage on the lakes. This concern was brought up to Keith Lamb at our last Club meeting, and he has already taken steps to improve existing storage and add additional storage locations. Keith may not be aware of how many empty storage locations are being paid for each year or the number of neglected boats. We will continue to follow up on these concerns with Keith and keep the Club membership informed.

Outreach Update – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reported that the Outreach Advisory Committee now includes Ted Migues, Jim Bailey, Chuck Dietsch, Carol Marines, and Emily Taylor (from Boys & Girls Club). Nick and George Hewertson continue as co-chairs.
  2. Many Outreach events for this season have already been scheduled and posted on our website.

Monthly Club Meeting Programs – Nick Revill:

  1. For our March program we have scheduled Ryan Kaufman from Headwaters Outfitters. He will discuss their new equipment and programs available.
  2. For April we are expecting Val Gerdes from Whistlestop to demonstrate recipes for pan fish, seared bass, trout, and breaded catfish.

Fishery Management Update – Rick Hybil:

  1. Rick reviewed the changes to the Lunker and Tagged Fish Awards programs:
    • For tagged fish reports by non-members, a $25 clubhouse gift certificate and 1 year free Club membership will be awarded. (Members reporting tagged fish will continue to receive a $50 clubhouse gift certificate).
    • For Bass lunker reports by members & non-members, a $25 clubhouse gift certificate and, for non-members, a free 1 year Club membership will be awarded. The lunker awards will be limited to the 1st 20 lunker bass reported in a calendar year, and will be implemented on a trial basis.
  1. The fish feeder for Atagahi Park has been purchased and will be installed in the Spring.
  2. Christmas trees (for fish hides) will be placed in Lake Wanteska in early March.
  3. The next stocking is scheduled for March, 2017. That stocking will include 35 tagged fish and also forage fish (if available) in Lakes Wanteska and Tiaroga.
  4. There were a number of comments and suggestions from meeting attendees regarding spraying of boats coming into Connestee. We will bring these up to Keith Lamb.
    • Provide spraying at East Fork gate or post a sign directing boats to the Main gate.
    • Walnut Hollow gate is also a significant source of boats entering without spraying.
    • We need to educate Connestee Security on the importance of spraying.
    • New Connestee residents may be bringing in boats inside moving vans or trailers, not realizing they need to be sprayed.

Lunker Report – Bill Roehrich:

Bill reported that Chris Wunder caught a 21″ rainbow trout weighing 4 lbs on February 1st. Chris was fishing on Lake Ticoa with a fly rod and a brown/green streamer fly.

Tagged Fish:

No tagged trout have been reported this month.

Other Topics and Discussion:

  1. Polar Plunge at Atagahi Park: Frank Wolf reported that Marian Wolf raised $1,800 for her plunge and the total for the event was $11,000 raised for Special Olympics.
  2. Handicap access for fishing: Frank mentioned that there are very few places on the Connestee lakes with adequate handicap access for fishing. Frank has asked Keith Lamb to get with Spencer and look at expanding handicap access for fishing at Atagahi Park.
  3. Fly Fishing School: the Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited is sponsoring a Fly Fishing School on Saturday, April 29th. For more information or to register, go to their website www.pisgahchaptertu.org.
  4. Life Rings on the Lake docks: there was a concern raised that life rings are removed from docks during the winter. It was recommended that they be left in place year round.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, March 16th, starting at 9 am in the Clubhouse Lounge. Ryan Kaufman from Headwaters Outfitters will be discussing their new equipment and programs.

Adjourn to the meeting program:

Following the meeting we had an excellent “Fishing 101” panel presentation from Bill Roehrich, Jim Ungaro, and professional fisherman Dave Whisman, owner of Clear Water Anglers Guide Service.

Although we were not able to video this presentation or provide slides, we have posted Bill Roehrich’s “Bass 101 Resource Sheet” along with these meeting notes on our website under the heading “News & Events –→ Club Meeting Minutes” and also separately under the heading “Fishing Info –→ Fishing Tips”.

2/16/2017 Al Byrne