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*Rainbow Stocking on 10/16

On 10/16/2020 Alfred from Morgan Mill Trout Farm delivered and stocked the following Rainbow Trout:

  • 509 lbs. of large 15 +/- inch Rainbows ( approximately 339 fish @ average 1.5 Lb.) in Lake Atagahi.
  • Approximately  2,380 fingerlings in Lake Tiaroga.
  • Approximately 3,287 fingerlings in Wanteska.

Total cost was $3,099 paid for by CFPOA.

Thanks to Joe McMurray for taking the lead on this stocking.

Rick Hybil, CFFC Fishery Management Committee

*Club Officers begin 2021 term

 

 

On October 1st our Club officers began their terms for the 2021 season:

President - Myron Pstrak

Vice-President - George Goyette

Treasurer - Vernetta Milts

Secretary - Al Byrne

*2020 Fish Fry a great success!

This year’s “alternative” Fish Fry was held Sept. 22nd at Atagahi Park. Club volunteers served 185 Club members and their guests as they drove through Atagahi Park and picked up their food and beverages from their cars, then found a place to eat on their own.

This year’s Fry also included our annual Wine Bonanza raffle and a Local Merchant raffle for gift certificates purchased by the Club from local merchants. In addition, a special silent auction was held for a Weber Smoker donated by Lowes.

To view the Wine Bonanza raffle drawing, the list of Local Merchant raffle ticket winners, and the Silent Auction winner, go to our website cffishclub.org under the heading Fish Fry.

If you have one of the winning ticket numbers for the Local Merchant raffle, please email Al Byrne (abyrne146@gmail.com) with your name and ticket number; and we will arrange to deliver your prize. If a prize is not claimed by the end of the day Monday, 9/28, we will draw another winning ticket number for that prize. So hold on to your tickets even you didn’t win in the first drawing!

Thank you for supporting your Connestee Falls Fishing Club.

Club President Jim Bailey watches as Joe Mihelcic, T.J. Kopt and Mike Huckabey deep fry up some 200 catfish filets
Club President Jim Bailey watches as Joe Mihelcic, T.J. Kopt and Mike Huckabey deep fry up some 200 catfish filets
Marian Wolf delivered trays of filets to her assembly-line volunteers
Marian Wolf delivered trays of filets to her assembly-line volunteers
Jerry Brown pulls up in his pickup for his picnic dinner
Jerry Brown pulls up in his pickup for his picnic dinner
Volunteers formed an assembly line operation to fill dinner boxes
Volunteers formed an assembly line operation to fill dinner boxes
These diners brought their own table and chairs, complete with a floral centerpiece
These diners brought their own table and chairs, complete with a floral centerpiece
Some of the diners enjoyed their dinners at picnic tables in the park
Some of the diners enjoyed their dinners at picnic tables in the park
Winning tickets for the Merchant raffle were drawn following the Fry
Winning tickets for the Merchant raffle were drawn following the Fry

*Fish Fry 2020 tickets now available

This year’s re-imagined  Fish Fry at Atagahi Park will be held Sept. 22 and will have a new look, adhering to pandemic restrictions.

Because no crowds are allowed in the park, the Fry will have a drive-through format in which ticket-holders will pick up food and beverages from their cars, then find a place to eat on their own. The names of ticket-holders will be recorded at the time of purchase on the club’s website and checked off from that list during the drive-through.

Tickets are $16 and may be charged to a CF member account or paid by check.

Cars will be directed through the park on the usual one-way road. Food and beverage stops will be set up along the way. Ticket holders may show up at their choice of serving times, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Each meal will be delivered in a container. The menu will include a large catfish filet, deep-fried at the park, with salads and corn-on-the-cob. Beer and soft drinks are included.

A raffle for gift certificates for local businesses will be held, with tickets available on the website. And a special silent auction will be held for a Weber Smoker donated by Lowes. Also, on-line tickets are available for the annual Wine Bonanza raffle. All raffle tickets and silent auction bids may be charged to a CF member account or paid by check.

Tickets for the Fish Fry meal and the Wine Bonanza raffle are now available on the Club website cffishclub.org. Just click on the heading "Fish Fry".

Tickets for the Local Business Raffle and bidding for the Silent Auction item are not yet available. You will be notified as soon as the purchase forms are posted on the website.

Thank you for your continued support of the Connestee Falls Fishing Club!

*Save the Date – Sept 22nd

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The Fishing Club is cooking up a treat for pandemic-weary members: a social-distance-friendly Fish Fry to sub for our usual summer picnic gathering.

We’re aiming for Sept 22nd, so mark your calendars. We’re planning a new way to serve up our famous fried catfish dinner at Atagahi Park, with all the trimmings, including beer and soft drinks. More details to come.

*July Club Meeting

Where to buy Tackle

  1. Walmart - good selection of lures at Walmart Supercenter in Arden.
  2. Tackle Warehouse (Tacklewarehouse.com) 1-800-300-4916 - full selection of a wide array of tackle, clothing, anything related to fishing.
  3. True South Lures (Truesouthlures.com) - reasonably priced custom lures.
  4. Dirty Jigs - huge variety of jigs.
  5. Sportsman's Warehouse in Asheville. Good selection of tackle and also a good place to go to handle various rod/reel combinations.

8/1/2020 Bill Roehrich

*Forage Fish Stocking 6/11/2020

Southland Fisheries delivered our order for 24,000, 1-3 inch sunfish (bluegills & shellcrackers) on Thursday June 11th. They were stocked as forage fish to help support our bass population. The sunfish were distributed in four places along the shoreline in Lake Atagahi, from Little Atagahi to the large cove near the Atagahi dam. The fish looked and acted healthy with only a small number of fatalities during the 165 mile trip from the fish farm.

Thanks goes to:

Joe McMurray for helping muscle some that needed to go into the water using a net.

Spencer Brown for providing us legal passage along the lake berm to access desirable stocking sites.

Ray Tuers for the photography ( see upcoming Connestee Falls News).

Jim Ungaro for counting the fish to verify the invoice quantity and $'s.

The total cost of this stocking was a $12,330, funded with $6,000 from CFPOA and $6,330 from the Fishing Club.

Rick Hybil
Fishery Management Committee

*June Fishing Club meeting and Fish-A-Rama cancelled

Our priority is to help keep us all safe during the pandemic, so the Fishing Club has cancelled its 6/18 monthly meeting and, regretfully, also its annual Fish-A-Rama, scheduled for 6/20. We will keep you informed on when regular meetings and other events will resume. In the meantime, keep healthy… and go fishing. It’s a good way to enjoy the outdoors alone!

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