Club Meeting Minutes – January 17, 2019

10 am, Clubhouse Lounge

Call to order was made by Jim Bailey with 60 members and guests in attendance

The Pledge was led by George Hewertson

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Jim welcomed 15 guests

50/50 Raffle:

Myron Pstrak held the winning ticket and collected $38.

President’s report and announcements – Jim Bailey:

  1. Jim reviewed the Club’s Objectives, as stated in our Constitution & Bylaws.
  2. Jim reviewed our recently developed Club goals for 2019.

Sunshine Report – Frank Wolf:

Frank reported that 1 card was sent this month on behalf of the Club.

Programs & Events – Carol Marines:

  1. Our first ever Club Fishing Tournament will be held May 11th. We hope to make this an annual event. And we need volunteers to help with marketing, score keeping, and auditing.
  2. For our program this morning, Mike Cheek of the NC Forest Service will speak about the recently opened Headwaters State Forest.
  3. For our February meeting program we will have Chris Wunder speak on catching trout in our Connestee lakes.

Secretary’s Report – Al Byrne:

  1. Club memberships for the 2018/2019 season are at 256 households, close to last year’s memberships.
  2. Boat sales for 2018 were over $6,000. Check our website for photos and pricing of current inventory.
  3. And check our website for a variety of other information about the Club, including Club History, Calendar of Events, Contact Info for Club Officers, Meeting Minutes, Outreach Program, Lunker Catches, and more.

Treasurer’s report – Jim Bailey for Jim Ungaro:

  1. Our financial performance for 2018 was very favorable, enabling us to support additional forage fish stocking and a significant community project for 2019.
  2. Jim briefly reviewed the highlights of the proposed 2019 budget and asked for a final vote from any Club members that had not previously voted. There were an additional 8 votes from the floor, bringing the total including previous voting to 61 “For” and 2 “Against”. Jim declared the proposed 2019 budget approved.
  3. A $1,000 donation to the Connestee Employees Fund was made at the December CFPOA Board meeting.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Last year we had 300 participants in our Outreach program.
  2. We are trying to fill several open positions on the Outreach Advisory Committee. And we are considering an “open house” event to help us identify additional Outreach community opportunities.
  3. We will provide hats to participants again this year. They were a big hit last year and much easier to inventory than t-shirts.
  4. Ted Migues parked the Outreach trailer outside the Clubhouse and asked for volunteers to take rods & reels home to maintain/refurbish.
  5. The 2019 Outreach season will begin in mid to late April.

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil:

  1. The surface water temperature in Lake Atagahi is running in the mid 40’s, with excellent oxygen levels.
  2. Trout fishing is very good. Bass and brim fishing is slow.
  3. A stocking of 14”-16” rainbows in all 4 lakes is planned for tomorrow (1/18).
  4. This year we are planning to stock forage fish in all 4 lakes to help enhance the bass populations. 3”-5” trout fingerlings will be stocked in Lakes Wanteska and Tiaroga. (This will be the 6th year for forage fish stocking in Lake Wanteska). And we will begin this year stocking Gambusia minnows in Lakes Atagahi and Ticoa. We do not plan to continue with any threadfin shad stocking.
  5. We are proposing to CFPOA a creel limit of 10/day for sunfish (currently there is no limit).  We are also proposing a creel limit increase to 5/day for spotted bass. (The spotted bass can dominate other bass).
  6. Spencer, with our help, will be placing Christmas trees in Lake Wanteska for fish cover.
  7. There was a comment from one of our members that he has recently been catching small trout in Lake Ticoa (< the 14”-16” that are stocked). Our answer: we do get a mix of trout sizes from the supplier, generally in the 14”-16” size, but with some falling below the target size.
  8. There was also a suggestion from a member that we pay more attention to Perch in our lakes. Our answer: there is a very limited food supply in our lakes and just too many mouths to feed. We continue to focus on the trout and bass populations, since these are what our members primarily fish for. Stocking additional species could significantly impact our existing species populations.

Tagged Fish :

No tagged fish were reported since the last meeting.

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:

  1. On 11/29/2018 Cork Snearly caught a nice 20” rainbow in Lake Wanteska.
  2. Al also commented that when out in a small boat, especially in the Winter, wear your life jacket. A fall into the frigid winter water can be life threatening.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, February 21, in the Clubhouse Lounge starting at 10 AM.

Adjourn to the meeting program – Carol Marines:

Following the business meeting, we were treated to a very informative presentation on the Headwaters State Forest from Mike Cheek of the NC Forest Service.


Al Byrne