Club Meeting Minutes – 5/19/2018

10 am at Atagahi Park

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

The Pledge was led by Ken Stark

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

50/50 Raffle:

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

President’s report and announcements – George Hewertson:

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

Programs & Events – Jim Bailey:

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

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

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

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

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

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

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

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

Fish Fry – Steve Seelinger

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

Outreach – Nick Revill:

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

Fishery Management Update – Jim Ungaro:

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

Lunkers & Tagged Fish – Ray Tuers:

None reported this month

Our next monthly meeting:

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

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

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

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


Al Byrne