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Final Stocking of the year

The final stocking of 2017 was done on Monday 11/20/17. Morgan Mill Trout Farm stocked 880 lbs. of 14-16 inch rainbow trout in all four lakes. Atagahi got 308 lbs., Ticoa got 282 lbs., Wanteska got 167 lbs., and Tiaroga got 123 lbs. Cost was $2,200 paid for by CFPOA.

Rick Hybil
CFFC Fishery Management Committee

New Family-Friendly dock at Atagahi Park

On November 14th Fishing Club President George Hewertson (foreground, left) presented a check for $2,000 to Acting General Manager Sharon Jenkins as the club’s contribution to the cost of the new family-friendly dock at Atagahi Park. Between them are Dan Weingartz (left), known as “Dan the Dock Man,” who built the basic structure, and Connestee’s maintenance superintendent, Spencer Brown, whose staffers finished it with railings and benches. In background are club members who attended the presentation, (from left) Jim Ungaro, treasurer; Jim Bailey, vice president, and Rick Hybil, Nick Revill and Ken Stark, all former officers. 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.

Fishing Club Honors 2017 Volunteers

In recognition of the efforts of our many volunteers who helped make the Club a great success in 2017, we celebrated with an amazing brunch in the Clubhouse on October 3rd. 

During the Brunch, we presented awards to some special folks for their exceptional contributions to the Club:

Distinguished Service (presented to those members that have made outstanding and varied contributions to the Club over the past year): Jim Bailey, Chris Brown, George Goyette, Barry Jones, Carol Marines, Marian Wolf

Honorary Membership (presented to a person not a member of the CFPOA or the Club who has benefited the Club by regular and exceptional service): Sharon Jenkins, Spencer Brown

Gerry Foth Exceptional Service (presented in recognition of exceptional service and dedication to the Club over an extended period of time): Nick Revill

Lifetime Membership Achievement (presented to a person who has served as president and displayed continuous outstanding leadership, and who has maintained an active interest in the Club for at least 10 years): Steve Seelinger

Largest Bass of the Year (presented to a member who catches a bass whose verified length exceeds the length of any other bass recorded during the year): Al Byrne


2 Lunker Perch caught

On 9/26 Pete Brewer caught a nice 14″ perch on Lake Ticoa using a Senko (see photo). And then on 9/30 George Goyette caught a 14 1/2″ perch on Lake Atagahi. George reported catching the perch right off the swimming dock at Atagahi Park with a 5″ Senko (watermelon, copper, orange, & red). Our last report of a lunker perch was a 14 1/4″ back in 2013 on Lake Wanteska!



Another Tagged Fish Caught

Congratulations to another winner in the Fishing Club’s Trout Contest: Lee Allaben of Chagee Lane caught a green-tagged 19” rainbow in Lake Ticoa on August 26th using a plastic worm. As a club member, Lee gets a $50 gift certificate for our Overlook restaurants. If you catch a tagged trout, report it to Ray Tuers, 877- 5572.

Fish-A-Rama attracts 40 participants

Another of the Fishing Club’s community events, the annual Fish-A-Rama, was held August 19th at Atagahi Park. The event attracted 40 anglers, almost half of them entering the fishing contest’s new adult category. (This year’s fishing contest was expanded to include an invitation to adults to join the children who traditionally crowd the shoreline). In fact, it was an adult, Kevin Singer, who landed the biggest fish of the day, a 23-inch catfish. The prize for that catch was a $50 gift certificate for clubhouse dining. Kevin, who was visiting Jake & Jessica Tibstra of Guledisgonihi Ct, exclaimed afterward “even if I hadn’t won anything, it was still a great day. This is a wonderful event!”

Altogether, there were 28 fish caught during the 9-to-noon fishing competition. Club volunteers circulated along the shoreline offering tips and assistance and providing rods and reels, tackle and bait.

After the contest, participants gathered at the park pavilion for a hot dog lunch with all the trimmings. They went through more than 100 “tube steaks” cooked on the nearby charcoal grill (by, of course, Ray Tuers).

Fish-A-Rama is free and open to all Connesteeans, their guests and CFPOA employees. “And didn’t we have fun!” Club President George Hewertson told the crowd as he introduced the winners in the contest. Each winner in the four children’s categories and the one adult category received a Fish-A-Rama tee shirt.

Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event such a success! And thanks to Ray Tuers for preparing this post and to Ray and Jim Bailey for the photos.

The contest winners:

Age Group 1 to 6

Most Fish Caught – Beckham Tibstra, 3; Largest Fish Caught (10” bass) – Bentley Tibstra, 5

Age Group 7 to 9

Most Fish – Molly Phillips, 7; Largest Fish (12” bass) – Molly Phillips

Age Group 10 to 12

Most Fish – Adian Phillips, 12; Largest Fish (11” bluegill) – Sara Bandhauer

Age Group 13 to 17

No fish caught

Adult Group

Most Fish – Kevin Singer; Largest Fish (23” catfish) – Kevin Singer

Lunker Trout Caught

On July 27th, during his first fishing outing in Connestee, Jeff Brewer landed a beautiful 4 lb, 20″ Rainbow trout using powerbait. Jeff recently joined the Fishing Club and was out on Lake Ticoa with Bill Roehrich in Bill’s boat. Congratulations Jeff!

Intro to Fly Fishing

If you are interested in taking an “Intro to Fly Fishing” course, Kevin Henebry (Fishing Club member and Fly Fishing instructor), has offered to arrange a class for 6-8 folks at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. There is no charge and equipment will be provided. Contact Kevin for more information ( Thanks.