Club Meeting Minutes – 6/21/2018 at 9 AM Atagahi Park

Call to order was made by George Hewertson with 34 members and guests in attendance

The Pledge was led by Randy Bunn

George welcomed 3 new members & guests to the meeting: Tom Carpenter, Jerry Hyman, and Jake Tibstra.

50/50 Raffle:

Tom Carpenter did the drawing and drew his own ticket! Tom collected $33 from the total ticket receipts of $65.

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 program by Chad Quinn and the upcoming Fish-A-Rama this Saturday. George requested additional volunteers to help with FAR.
  3. Kevin Henebry suggested that we ask the Wood Workers group to donate a couple of “measuring boards” for measuring catches. (We currently have only 2).
  4. George reminded us that at the end of September he will be rolling off as Club President. A nominating committee for the election of next year’s Club officers has been appointed: Nick Revill, Carol Marines, and Rick Hybil.

Sunshine Report – Marian Wolf

Marian reported that 2 card were sent this month on behalf of the Club.

Programs & Events – Jim Bailey:

  1. Jim introduced today’s program: Chad Quinn from Bear Traditional Kayaks and Jason Riddick from Next Venture Outdoors.
  2. For next month’s Club meeting program, we are planning a “show & tell”. Club members are asked to bring their favorite fishing equipment (rod/reel/tackle) for fishing Connestee & local waters. We ask that you only bring 1 rod/reel and 1 or 2 of your favorite lures.
  3. We are also planning to invite Jim Whitmore (CFPOA GM) to one of our future meetings. And we are scheduling a cooking demonstration, which will likely be for the August or September meeting.
  4. We are continuing to plan a Connestee fishing tournament for the Fall. Possible dates are October 6, 13, or 20.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. To date we have a favorable account balance, compared to our budget.
  2. Tickets for this year’s Fish Fry are now available on-line. The price is still only $16 for adults, $8 for children. Total sales will be limited to approx 260-280 due to the capacity limitation of our Atagahi facilities.
  3. We have been unable to get delivery of our order for Threadfin Chad, due to the severe weather conditions at the supplier. We have cut the order to ½ the original so we can at least get some this year. And rather than stock all 4 lakes as originally planned, we will only stock lakes Wanteska and Tiaroga, since the order is so much smaller.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. Club memberships for the 2018/2019 season are at 217 households, about the same as this time last year.

  2. We have recently received several boat donations, which we are in the process of repairing and cleaning up. Watch our website for availability.

  3. And check out our website for a variety of information on the Outreach schedule, fishing tips, news & upcoming events, and a variety of other information about the Club.

Fish Fry – Steve Seelinger

  1. Steve confirmed that this year’s food offerings will include a side of pulled pork.
  2. Steve mentioned that the primary purpose of the event is to “have fun”. But the silent auctions and raffles also generate significant revenue for the Club. Chris Wunder, who is coordinating the auctions and raffles, is asking for donations from our Connestee residents. Hand crafted items sell the best. And we can always use fishing related items. And, of course, booze always sells well.
  3. We are aiming to have 48 bottles of wine for the Wine Bonanza. And we have gathered 39 to date.
  4. Steve also reiterated the need for Fish Fry volunteers, particularly for set up / take down, and someone to take the grills over to Maintenance after the event for power washing.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reported that there has been a surge in Outreach volunteers!
  2. Nick also reviewed the recent events with TVS, PARI, and Sheriff’s Shield Camp. Fishing with worms on the bottom has yielded the best catch results.
  3. There are 11 benches previously donated by the Club and located around Connestee. They all need pressure washing. Nick will contact Connestee Maintenance to borrow their pressure washer and recruit a couple of Club volunteers to do the cleaning.

Fishery Management Update – Rick Hybil:

  1. Surface water temperatures are about 79 deg; with temperatures at the 10 ft depth about 74 deg. Trout are likely hanging out in the thermocline, at about 10-20 ft depth.
  2. In his report, Jim Ungaro mentioned the delay we’ve had in receiving our order for Threadfin Shad. We expect the reduced order to be delivered in another 2-3 weeks, and are planning to stock the balance of the order next year.
  3. The Bluegill population in our lakes seems to be thriving.

Tagged Fish – Ray Tuers:

Ray reported that Steve Pyle caught a blue-tagged trout on 6/8 in Lake Wanteska.

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:

Al reported that Allan Jones caught a nice 20” trout on Lake Atagahi on 5/26. Allan commented that it was “good eating”.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, July 19th, starting at 9:00 AM in the Atagahi Park pavilion.

Adjourn to the meeting program – introduction by Jim Bailey:

Following the business meeting, we enjoyed an excellent presentation by Chad Quinn from Bear Traditional Kayaks. Chad reviewed the history of traditional Greenland kayaks and how he constructs these kayaks today. Chad also had several of his traditional kayaks and paddles on display for us to examine and discuss.


Al Byrne