Club Meeting Minutes

–> Club Meeting Minutes, May 20th

Connestee Falls Fishing Club - Monthly Meeting

Thursday May 20, 2021

Atagahi Pavilion – 9:00 a.m.

 

Call to Order – Vice President, George Goyette

  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Welcome New Members & Guests – 38 total in attendance with 4 new members/guests

Report – George Goyette

  • Minutes from last meeting approved

Programs and events – George Goyette

  • Today’s Program – Chef John
  • June Meeting will start at 9 am June 19 followed by Fish A Rama and Hot Dog lunch

Secretary’ Report – Al Byrne

  • Club memberships are at 160 ytd.
  • Boat Sales – we have a variety of small boats for sale. Check the website for an up-to-date list and pricing.

 Sunshine Report – Marion Wolf

  • 2 cards sent

Anniversary Book Promo

  • Frank Wolf offered Anniversary books for sale (with prizes!)

Outreach Program – Nick Revill.

  • 16 events already scheduled. Check the website for event schedules.
  • New Outreach trailer being purchased.

New Lake Signage Update - George Hewertson

  • The new signage is in place; just waiting for parts to complete. Should be completed by end of month.

 Fishery Management Update – Rick Hybil

  • Rick provided an update on recent and planned stockings. We are still waiting for the catfish to grow to 8-11”. Should be available later in the summer.
  • Joe McMurray reported on water & fishing conditions.

 Lunker & 1st Catch Awards – Al Byrne

  • 1st Catch
    • Gabe Robinson King, 3 yrs old, bluegill, Lake Atagahi
  • Lunkers
    • Justin Worley, 20 ½” bass, Lake Wanteska, 4/27
    • Cork Snearly, 14” yellow perch, Lake Wanteska, 5/19

Closure and any final comments/questions from the floor

  • Next Club MeetingReminder June 19th

 Chef John’s Fish Cooking Demonstration

 

–> Monthly Club Meetings Resumed

We resume our regular meetings

The Club resumed regular monthly meetings April 15 with an eye on pandemic restrictions. The first was held outdoors at the Atagahi Park pavilion and members wore masks and maintained social distancing.

It was the first full-membership meeting since a similar one outdoors last October. The next will be May 20, when our clubhouse chef is scheduled to present tips on preparing fish caught in our lakes.

Despite a temperature that hovered in the low 50s, more than 40 members turned out. As usual, the Club served a free “coffee-and” light breakfast.

For most of the first hour members heard reports from Club officials about activities of the past few months. Then Ty Mooney, a certified fishing guide from Headwaters Outfitters, presented a program on fishing for smallmouth bass.

Boat Launching Pier at Ticoa Park

President Myron Pstrak told about the recently completed launching pier next to the boat ramp at Lake Ticoa’s park. The Club paid the cost of materials and the pier was built by our CFPOA maintenance workers.

Myron said the new pier, similar to those at ramps on our other lakes, makes it easier for boaters to launch small craft.

Fishery Management Report

Fishery Management Committee co-chairs Rick Hybil and Joe McMurray reported on current conditions on our lakes. Joe, one of our most active anglers, said fishing is accelerating as water temperatures rise into the low 60s. “The fish are biting,” he told members, “so get out there and enjoy!”

Joe said the size of bass in Lake Atagahi seem to be larger these days and he believes it is because last year’s stocking of sunfish is providing more food for the predatory bass.

Rick said the CFPOA and the Club will spend some $22,000 this year on stocking, with $7,000 being a donation from the Club and $15,000 coming from an appropriation in the Association’s annual budget. He said there has already been a stocking of 1,500 pounds of rainbow trout in January and trout fingerlings as forage fish in March. Another sunfish stocking is scheduled next, he added.

Signage project progressing

Former Club President, George Hewertson, unveiled the newest community sign board at Atagahi Park’s beachfront. It replaced an earlier sign erected last year, which was moved to Lake Tiaroga.

The project is the latest in the Club’s Community Spirit Program, in which we have donated a number of improvements throughout Connestee over the years.

This latest project calls for such signs at each of our lakes. When completed this spring, there will be signs at Lake Ticoa – one at the dam and one at Ticoa Park – and one at Lake Wanteska’s dock area and the one at Lake Tiaroga, in addition to Atagahi’s.

The prototype sign was purchased from a commercial company. Since then, George and Spencer Brown, our CFPOA maintenance supervisor, decided to design and build the others in-house. The Club is paying for all materials.

The new signs are larger than the prototype and made entirely of weather-resistant cedar. They are two-sided. Community notices, mostly having to do with fishing, will be posted on one side and a large map of the location lake will be on the other.

Membership drive begins

The annual Club membership drive has begun and we’re looking for current members to renew and newcomers to sign up for the first time. Membership settled at a little more than 200 during the pandemic last year and the Executive Committee is anticipating it will increase this year as restrictions ease up.

Annual household membership dues remain at $15. Registration is easy on the Club’s website, cffishclug.org. You can charge the dues to your CFPOA account, or send in a check to our treasurer, Vernetta Milts, at 279 Tinequa Dr., Brevard, 28712.

The current year’s membership expires April 30. New ones are valid through April 30, 2022.

Membership is open to all CFPOA members and long-term renters.

Your dues go to support the Club’s many community services, including helping to stock our lakes, our Outreach program, and special events such as our popular Fish Fry and the Fish-A-Rama for children.

The Executive Committee remains unsure what gatherings it will be able to hold during the pandemic. Many had to be cancelled last year.

It is still considering ways, if the pandemic persists, to hold special events and our summer Outreach Program gatherings. Last year the Club did hold an abbreviated Fish Fry, with drive-through serving.

Meeting Program

Headwaters Outfitters fishing guide Ty Mooney gave a very informative talk on fishing area waters for Smallmouth bass. You can contact Ty by call Headwaters Outfitters at 814-673-3596 or emailing him at ty@headwatersoutfitters.com.

*Meeting Minutes – Club Meeting 10/31/2020

Club mtg 10_31

A ‘Catch-up’ meeting (report by Ray Tuers)

            The Club held its first meeting in seven months on Oct. 31, a kind of pandemic-era catch-up gathering that we called an End-of-Season, Meet & Greet, Bring-Your-Own-Chair and Wear-Your-Mask meeting.

            It was held at the Atagahi Park pavilion on a Saturday morning. And although temperatures hovered close to the 30s that day more than 40 members and guests turned out.

            “I think folks are just anxious to get out and do something,” said Club Treasurer Vernetta Milts, who with other Club officers reported on latest activities.

            Our new president, Myron Pstrak, opened the meeting with a series of updates on activities. He mentioned September’s drive-by version of our annual Fish Fry, the latest stocking, the record number of large fish caught so far this year and a number of other subjects.

            Vice President George Goyette talked about programs we may hold at future meetings, Secretaary Al Byrne reported on boat sales and the new First Catch awards for children, and Fishery Management Committee Co-chair Joe McMurray told members about lake conditions.

            Chris Wunder, who is putting out our annual calendar and the club’s book celebrating Connestee’s 50th anniversary, reported on those projects.

            And Randy Bunn gave a roundup on the Fish Fry, which Vernetta said yielded a net profit of $4,000 to benefit the Club’s various projects and programs.

            The Executive Committee decided to try the socially distancing format during its early October meeting and set the Saturday date. Many members brought their own chairs and all wore masks. Before and after, we served our usual “coffee-and” light refreshments.

            At the end, members applauded the effort and several cried out their thanks to the officers.

            “I’m glad we did it,” said Myron. “I think it went well and members certainly seemed to appreciate getting out and talking fishing.”

*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

Club Meeting Minutes – 2/27/2020

10 am, Clubhouse Lounge

Call to order was made by Vice-President Myron Pstrak with 25 members and guests in attendance.

Pledge of Allegiance

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Myron welcomed 1 new member.

50/50 Raffle:

Tom Murray held the winning ticket and collected $23.

President's report and announcements – Myron Pstrak:

  1. The minutes from last month’s meeting were approved.
  2. There are several changes to the Club’s contests, including the Lunker awards and Tagged Trout program. More details will be presented by Rick Hybil later in this meeting.
  3. A new fish feeder has been installed in Ticoa Park.

Programs & Events – Myron Pstrak:

  1. For today’s program Bruce Mcdonald of the NC Forest Service will speak about plans for Dupont Forest.
  2. March program - TBD.

Sunshine Report:

No Sunshine cards sent this month.

Secretary's Report – Al Byrne:

  1. We have a very nice Starcraft 12’ jon boat and an excellent 12’ Jackson sit-on-top kayak for sale. We have also reduced the price of the 13’ Chrysler sailboat to $300.
  2. If you are looking for a particular type of small boat and don’t see one listed on our website, let Al Byrne know. We may have a boat we are repairing and haven’t listed yet, or we can watch for a future donation.

Treasurer's report – Vernetta Milts:

  1. We spent $966 for the new fish feeder at Ticoa Park. ½ of the cost will be
    reimbursed by CFPOA.
  2. Our current bank balance in $15,862.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Teddy Migues will be stepping down from the Outreach program. He will be sorely missed! We will need volunteers to pick up the Outreach trailer for events.
  2. Nick has been unable to contact PARI regarding scheduling an event. And it appears Meridian Behavior Health will no longer be a participant.
  3. The following organizations have already been scheduled for events this season: Boys & Girls Club, Special Olympics, Bound for Glory, Sheriff’s Shield Camp.
  4. And Nick has gotten a very favorable response from the VA.

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil & Joe McMurray:

  1. Rick reviewed the Feb 10th stocking. Details are on ourwebsite. Total cost was $4,000, paid for by CFPOA.
  2. The next stocking of full-sized trout will be in November. Trout fingerlings will be stocked in Lakes Wanteska and Tiaroga in April.
  3. The surface temperatures in all the lakes is running between 46.6
    and 48 deg. Oxygen is 11.1 to 11.4. Good oxygen has been measured down to 60 ft.
  4. The new fish feeder at Ticoa Park is working well and attracting a lot of trout. We need a volunteer to help operate it (fill with food & set timer as needed).
  5. Joe McMurray will need about 6 volunteers to help construct the
    new fish hides. Looking at the end of March / early April.
  6. Rick explained the “enhanced” lunker program. The new program
    provides a $25 clubhouse dining certificate for a lunker of any species. There is no limit on the number of $25 certificates awarded per species or per
    angler. (Angler must have a Connestee fishing license). We ask that lunkers be
    “catch & release” except for trout. Note also that we will honor those who
    wish to remain anonymous and not have their catches publicized.
  7. The Club is also initiating a new contest called the “Golden
    Trout” contest. One specially identified trout will be stocked in each lake once
    a year. And a $100 clubhouse dining certificate will be awarded to anglers who catch one of these. (Angler must have a Connestee fishing license). The “Golden Trout” stocking for this year will be in April.

Community Project – Ray Tuers & Al Byrne:

Ray and Al reported that several
postings have been added to the new sign board in Atagahi Park. Take a look! If you have a relevant posting you would like to add, please contact Al Byrne.

Tagged Fish:

No tagged fish have been reported since the last meeting.

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:

No lunkers have been reported since the last meeting.

Our next monthlymeeting:

Thursday, March 19th, convening at 10 AM in the Blue Ridge Lounge.

Adjournto the meeting program:

We had a very interesting and informative
presentation by Bruce Mcdonald of the NC Forest Service. Bruce reviewed many interesting facts and future plans for the Dupont State Recreational Forest.

2/27/2020
A.Byrne

Club Meeting Minutes – 1/16/2020

10 am, January 16th, 2020, Clubhouse Lounge

Call to order was made by President Jim Bailey with 36 members and guests in attendance.

Pledge of Allegiance – led by George Hewertson

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Jim welcomed 8 new members & guests.

50/50 Raffle:

Bruce Blodgett held the winning ticket and collected $45.

President's report and announcements – Jim Bailey:

  1. The minutes from last month’s meeting were approved.
  2. Connestee has acquired the permits and is planning to start installation of bathrooms and a meeting room at Wanteska dam.
  3. The Club received a $100 donation from Kathy Morrow in memory of Bob Clark.

Programs & Events – Myron Pstrak:

  1. For today’s program Headwaters Outfitters will present “Fishing in the Upper Branches of the French Broad”.
  2. February program - TBD.
  3. Contact Myron with suggestions for future meeting programs.

Sunshine Report:

No Sunshine cards sent this month.

Secretary's Report – Al Byrne:

  1. We have sold 2 jon boats already this year. Off to a good start! And we have a 17 ft hand-made, cedar strip, Rangeley Guide Boat for sale - $75. Needs some repair.
  2. The proposed Club budget for 2020 is posted on the Club’s website and Club members were notified on Dec.19th of the availability for online voting. At today’s meeting we will complete the voting process with members in attendance who have not already voted.
  3. Many of our Club members completed the fishing survey that was included on the 2019/2020 Club membership form. Below is a summary of the results:
    • 91% of respondents ranked trout as their #1 or #2 fishing preference. 72% of  respondents ranked bass as their #1 or #2 preference.
    • 66% of respondents rated their satisfaction with fishing in Lake Atagahi as. “satisfied” or “very satisfied”. 72% rated Ticoa as “satisfied” or “very satisfied”. 63% rated Wanteska as “satisfied” or “very satisfied”. And 42%
      rated Tiaroga as “satisfied” or “very satisfied”. Note that fishing satisfaction with Lake Wanteska improved from 38% in our 2016 survey to 63% for 2019.

Treasurer's report – Vernetta Milts:

  1. We finished 2019 with a $1,255 deficit for our year end P&L. This is much more favorable than the $8,435 budgeted deficit.……primarily due to favorable proceeds from the Fish Fry and Calendar sales. We ended the year with $15,680 in ourchecking account.
  2. The proposed budget for 2020 is intentionally conservative for both revenues and expenses, projecting a YE net income of -$2,195.
  3. The voting on the proposed 2020 budget was completed with a show of hands from attending members. With those votes added to the votes already submitted online, we had a total of 83 votes “for” and 1 vote “against”. The proposed 2020 budget is therefore approved by the Club membership.

Outreach – George Hewertson for Nick Revill:

  1. George reported that we hosted 390 participants during the 2019 season! Thank you to our volunteers!
  2. As Nick develops the schedule for 2020, there are some uncertainties with several of our usual participants:
  3. With United Way ceasing operations in Transylvania County, funding for TVS and other programs is uncertain.
  4. The participation of PARI is uncertain due to a change of programming for Duke University.

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil:

  1. The stocking plan for 2020 is posted on our website under the heading FISHING INFO à Fishery Management. Planned stocking expenditures are $18,200 from CFPOA and $7,600 from CFFC.
  2. The next stocking of 14-16” trout will be in February…..1500 lbs. We are planning to cut back somewhat on trout stocking during 2020, compared to 2019.
  3. Surface water temperatures are running about 50 deg in Lakes Atagahi, Ticoa, and Wanteska. Tiaroga is at about 53 deg.
  4. Spencer is planning to lower the lakes for riser checks and inlet dredging. Aiming for February.
  5. Trout fishing is very good. Bass are biting due to the warm weather. Suggest a slow presentation for bass.
  6. Joe McMurray showed us several artificial fish hides that he’s constructed (3 trees & 1 log). Joe is planning a “work day” at Lake Atagahi to construct and place hides. Contact Joe is interested in helping.

Community Project – George Hewertson:

George reported that the new sign board has been installed in Atagahi Park near the family fishing dock. Spencer may construct the sign boards for the other lakes, rather than purchasing as we did for the prototype.

Tagged Fish:

No tagged fish have been reported since the last meeting.

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:

11/29 – Joe McMurray – 20” largemouth on Lake Atagahi.

Other Topics:

  1. There is no plan that we are aware of for dredging Little Atagahi. Residents should consider submitting a request to the GM so that it can be budgeted if decided.
  2. Club members are reporting excessive erosion into Little Atagahi from new housing construction. Residents should contact CF Admin to report issues.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, February 20th, convening at 10 AM in the Blue Ridge Lounge.

Adjourn to the meeting program:

We had a very informative presentation by Hannah & Chris from Headwaters Outfitters. They described fishing for muskie in the upper branches of the French Broad. And they also touched on fishing for smallmouth. Thank you Myron for arranging this very interesting program.

1/16/2020
A.Byrne

Club Meeting Minutes – 11/21/2019

10 am, November 21st, 2019, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education

Call to order was made by Vice-President Myron Pstrak with 24 members and guests in attendance.

Pledge of Allegiance – led by Ellie Kratt

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Myron welcomed 3 new members & guests.

50/50 Raffle:

John Eades held the winning ticket and collected $29. The balance of the pot ($28) was donated to the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.

President's report and announcements – Myron Pstrak for Jim Bailey:

  1. The minutes from last month’s meeting were approved.
  2. Reminder – there will be no Club meeting in December. Our next Club meeting will be January 16th in the Clubhouse Lounge.
  3. After selling out, we have restocked our “Beauty of Connestee” calendars …… available for sale online with delivery to your Connestee home, or at CFPOA Admin.
  4. A donation of $1,100 was made to the CFPOA Employees Fund, an increase over our $1,000 donation last year. Thank you CFPOA employees for your great support and service!

Programs & Events – Myron Pstrak:

  1. For today’s program we will take a guided tour of the Fish Hatchery here at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.
  2. No meeting scheduled for December.
  3. Contact Myron with suggestions for future meeting programs.

Sunshine Report – Marian Wolf:

No Sunshine Report today.

Treasurer's report – Vernetta Milts:

  1. We are projecting a $3,000 deficit for our year end P&L. This is much more favorable than the $8,435 budgeted deficit.……primarily due to favorable proceeds from the Fish Fry and Calendar sales.
  2. Calendar sales for October were $760, bringing the total so far this year to $2,905.
  3. The proposed budget for 2020 has been approved by the Club’s Executive Committee and is available for online review and voting. Final voting on the proposed budget will be held at the January 2020 Club meeting.

Secretary's Report – Al Byrne:

  1. The proposed Club budget for 2020 is available on our website under the heading “About Us”. You may also cast your vote online “For” or “Against” the proposed budget anytime before the January Club meeting. An email to all Club members will go out in early December, with links to the proposed budget and the voting form.
  2. Al noted that the proposed 2020 budget shows a projected deficit of $2,195. This deficit is intentional, as was the planned deficit for 2019. We have accumulated a significant amount of cash in the Club’s account, and are planning to spend down some of that cash, putting it back into the community (in the form of a community project, lake stocking, and Outreach). Note that we are a “community service” club. All of the proceeds from our events, memberships, fund raising, and other activities go back into the Connestee community and Transylvania County (with Outreach).

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick is finishing up the summary report for this year’s program.
  2. We hosted 365-370 participants this year! Thank you to our volunteers!
  3. Nick is reaching out to new groups for next season and would appreciate any suggestions.
  4. John Kratt commented on the benefits of the Ourtreach program, to both the participants and to the volunteers.

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil:

  1. Last Thursday Morgan Mill distributed 1440 lbs of 1-2 lb trout to the 4 lakes.
  2. 336 fish to Atagahi; 300 fish to Ticoa; 182 fish to Wanteska; 135 fish to Tiaroga.
  3. For the year (with 3 stockings – January, March, and November) the totals for each lake: 1000 fish to Atagahi; 920 fish to Ticoa; 550 fish to Wanteska; 400 fish to Tiaroga.
  4. Trout fingerling stocking for lakes Wanteska and Tiaroga is planned for later this month. Note that the bass enhancement program for lake Wanteska was started in 2012.
  5. Surface water temperature in lake Atagahi is running in the low 50’s.

Tagged Fish:

No tagged fish have been reported since the last meeting. Only 5 have been reported this year (out of 35 distributed over the 4 lakes).

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:

10/28 – Brandon Garren (CF Fire & Rescue) – est 8 lb largemouth from Ticoa.

11/2 – Joe McMurray – 21 3/4” largemouth on a rubber worm from Ticoa.

11/3 – Joe McMurray – 22 ½” largemouth, also on a rubber worm from Ticoa.

Other Topics:

A serious silt problem in lake Wanteska was identified back on June. Connestee Maintenance has been addressing the problem and water flowing into the lake has been running clean during the last couple of rainfalls. There is still a concern that we’ll get significant mud flow with a very heavy rainfall.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, January 16th, convening at 9 AM in the Blue Ridge Lounge.

Adjourn to the meeting program – Tour of the Fish Hatchery at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. Note that the correct name for the hatchery is the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery.

We had a very interesting tour of the hatchery, with a “behind the scenes” view that the public doesn’t usually see. Thank you to Matt Christian for guiding us thru all the stages of trout production and offering his insightful commentary.

Thank you Myron for arranging this very informative program! 11/21/2019  A.Byrne

Club Meeting Minutes – 10/17/2019

9 am, October 17th, 2019, Blue Ridge Lounge

Call to order was made by President Jim Bailey with 25 members and guests in attendance.

Pledge of Allegiance

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Jim welcomed 2 new members & guests.

50/50 Raffle:

Steve Seelinger held the winning ticket and collected $34.

Water Safety Moment – Jim Bailey:

  1. Jim commented on the concern for battery safety and introduced Al
    Byrne (the “Boat Doc”) to address the topic.
  2. Al reviewed the two most serious battery hazards: battery acid
    spills and short circuiting across battery terminals. Following Al’s remarks there
    was a good discussion and recounting of personal experiences.

President's report and announcements – Jim Bailey:

  1. The minutes from last month’s meeting were approved.
  2. Jim announced that the “Beauty of Connestee” calendars will be made available for sale online and delivery to your Connestee home.
  3. Jim also introduced new Club officers Myron Pstrak (vice-president) and Vernetta Milts (treasurer).
  4. Since Joe McMurray was unable to attend the Volunteers Recognition Brunch and receive his award for Sportsman of the Year, Jim took this opportunity to recognize and thank Joe for all that he does for the Club.

Programs & Events – Myron Pstrak:

  1. There is no formal program for today, but we’ll have “open mic” for fish stories.
  2. For our November 21st meeting we are planning a field trip to the Fish Hatchery at the Pisgah Wildlife Center.
    • 9 AM - meet in the Connestee Pickleball parking lot and carpool to the Wildlife Center.
    • 10 AM - convene in the Pisgah Wildlife Center auditorium for our monthly meeting.
    • Following the meeting, adjourn for a 30 min tour of the fish hatchery with Lee Sherrill.
  3. For a future program, Bill Roehrich suggested a presentation/discussion of our nearby lakes (access, fishing, etc).

Sunshine Report – Marian Wolf:

Marian reported no cards were sent this month and explained that the sympathy cards are sent to members for family illnesses and deaths. Marian encouraged us to let her know as we become aware of any future needs.

Secretary's Report – Al Byrne:

  1. Club memberships for this year remain at 252 households, comparable to last year.
  2. We have 2 very nice 10’ jon boats for sale, and we are in the process of picking up a Gheenoe canoe with trailer.

Treasurer's report – Vernetta Milts:

  1. We currently have approx. $18,000 in our account, expecting to have approx.
    $13,000 at year end.
  2. The proposed budget for 2020 will be presented at the November Club meeting. Final voting on the proposed budget will be held at the January 2020 meeting, with electronic voting available to Club members prior to the January meeting.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick is in the process of reaching out to this year’s client organizations and our
    volunteers for feedback on this year’s program.
  2. Nick expects to complete the summary report of this year’s program by the end of October.

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil & Joe McMurray:

  1. Joe reported the thermoclines as follows: Atagahi – 15-20’, Ticoa
    – 20-25’, Wanteska – 20-25’; Tiaroga – same 68 deg top to bottom.
  2. Bass fishing continues to be a little slow, but improving. As the
    water continues to cool, trout fishing will improve as they move up towards the surface.
  3. Our final stocking of the year will be in November…..a total of approx 1,000 14-16” trout distributed to the 4 lakes and approx 5,000 trout fingerlings placed in Wanteska and Tiaroga.
  4. The Gambusia minnows stocked earlier this summer appear to have distributed nicely around Atagahi and Ticoa. A decision has not yet been made regarding stocking of Gambusia next year.
  5. There was a report on Nexdoor of a possible sighting of a Snakehead fish in lake Ticoa near the dam. It is very unfortunate that this was widely publicized without positive verification, since there are other species that could easily be confused with a Snakehead (e.g. a Bowfin), especially when observed in the water. If you catch a fish you believe to be a Snakehead, retain it and let any of our Club officers or Rick Hybil or Joe McMurray know so that it can be correctly identified. Snakeheads are voracious predators and can be caught relatively easily on top water or shallow running lures.

Tagged Fish:

No tagged fish have been reported
since the last meeting.

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:

No lunkers
have been reported since the last meeting.

Our next monthly
meeting:

Thursday, November 21st, convening at 9 AM in
the Pickleball parking lot for a field trip to the Pisgah Wildlife Center and
tour of the hatchery.

Adjourn
to the meeting program – “Open Mic”

We heard several interesting fish stories.
Thank you to those who shared.

10/17/2019
A.Byrne

Club Meeting Minutes – 9/21/2019

Call to order was made by President Jim Bailey with 34 members and guests in attendance.

The Pledge was led by Frank Wolf

Welcome New Members & Guests:

Jim welcomed 5 new members & guests.

50/50 Raffle:

Bill Roehrich held the winning ticket and collected $36.

Water Safety Moment – Jim Bailey:

Jim reviewed the following Fall Boating Safety Tips:

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a boater's odds of dying during a boating mishap go up in October and November. With the waterways much less crowded, why are these the deadliest months? Usually, it's because the boater is unprepared for the condition.

  • Wear a life jacket. Cold water saps strength; a PFD can buy you a little more time
  • Make sure a ladder or dockline will let you get back aboard without assistance
  • Dress appropriately. Sunny does not necessarily equal warm.  Dress in layers, starting with a thin base layer, and avoid things like jeans and cotton shirts, which do not dry as easily or retain heat as well as wool and synthetic materials.
  • Tell a friend where you're going and when you plan to return. When someone knows you're overdue, he or she can alert authorities
  • Always carry a means of communication:  Cellphone, VHF radio for bigger bodies of water.
  • Gear Up On Safety - Make sure everyone on board knows where to locate safety gear.
  • Leave the Alcohol Ashore

President's report and announcements – Jim Bailey:

  1. The Volunteers Recognition Brunch is scheduled for October 1st, starting at 10:30 AM in the Cherokee Room.
  2. Jim introduced George Hewertson, who updated us on the progress of our Community Project for the Signage Board at Atagahi Park and follow-up plans for next year.
  3. The Connestee Photo calendars have sold out at the CF Admin office. But Jim Bailey still has a few available for sale.

Club Officer Elections – Hewertson, Revill, Henebry:

George reviewed the election process as stated in our Club Bylaws and announced the election results:

  • President – Jim Bailey
  • Vice President – Myron Pstrak
  • Treasurer – Vernetta Milts
  • Secretary – Al Byrne

Jim Bailey thanked Carol Marines and Jim Ungaro for their exceptional service to the Club and introduced new Club officers Myron and Vernetta.

Programs & Events – Carol Marines:

  1. Today’s Program – Fish Stories
  2. October – no formal program

Sunshine Report – Frank Wolf:

Frank reported on the cards that were sent.

Secretary's Report – Al Byrne:

  1. We have sold a total of 12 boats this season, and we have several inexpensive canoes and a complete 13’ sailing dinghy remaining in our RV1 storage rack. There is also a recently donated, very nice 10’ aluminum jon boat.
  2. Club memberships for this year remain at 252 households, comparable to last year.

Treasurer's report – Jim Ungaro:

  1. Recent expenditures include $700 for the Community Project signage for Atagahi Park, with 3 more signage boards planned for next year.
  2. We expect to be on budget overall at year end.

Outreach – Nick Revill:

  1. Nick reviewed the highlights of the Special Olympics outing. The event went very well, with 40 attendees including the chaperones.
  2. Overall for the season, the Club sponsored 21 Outreach events with a total of 370 attendees. Congratulations to Nick and all the volunteers who support this program!
  3. The hats provided to participants have continued to be well received and easier to manage than previous choices. A new color is planned for next year.
  4. Nick reminded us that the Club maintains a free fishing equipment “lending closet”. We have a selection of rods, reels, and tackle. (Provide your own bait).

Fishery Management – Rick Hybil, Joe McMurray:

  1. The lakes are slowly cooling, with surface temperatures running around 75 deg. Joe reviewed his findings of thermocline locations and oxygen levels for each of the lakes.
  2. Our final stocking of the year will be in November…..14-16” trout in all 4 lakes and trout fingerlings in Wanteska and Tiaroga.

Tagged Fish:

No tagged fish have been reported since the last meeting.

Lunker Awards – Al Byrne:

On 6/8 Tim Brown caught a 29”, 9 lb catfish near Atagahi Dam, and then late in the evening on 7/22 Tim caught a 19 ½” largemouth by Ticoa Dam in 1 ft of water.

Our next monthly meeting:

Thursday, October 17th, in the Blue Ridge Lounge.

Adjourn to the meeting program – Fish Tales

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