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–> Don’t Miss this year’s Fish Fry!

Plans for this year’s Fish Fry on Sept 21 are nearly complete. Get your tickets now before they run out!

For the Fish Fry meal, we are planning a drive-through format, similar to what we offered last year. The meal will include a large catfish filet, deep-fried at the park, with corn-on-the-cob, boiled fresh at the park, and salads. Beer and soft drinks are included. Ticket price is the same as last year, $16.

Tickets for the Fish Fry meal can be purchased on the Club website cffishclub.org. Just click on the heading “Fish Fry” and fill in the purchase form.

And this year’s raffle includes 24 gift certificates from local merchants and restaurants, including many of your favorites: Cedar Mountain Café, Dugan’s Pub, Whistle Stop, Marco’s, Sora, Headwaters Outfitters, and many more, each for at least $50. Join us in supporting our local businesses by purchasing your raffle tickets.

Raffle tickets can also be purchased on the Club website under the “Fish Fry” heading. In the drop-down list just click on “Fish Fry 2021 Raffle Ticket Purchase”. Or you can click on the following link to go directly to the Raffle ticket order form: https://www.cffishclub.org/local-merchant-raffle/.

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

–> Fish Fry Tickets to go on sale Aug 30th

This year’s Fish Fry is scheduled for Sept 21st, and ticket sales will available online starting Aug 30th. There are a limited number of tickets, so plan to purchase your’s early!

We are expecting the format of this year’s Fry to be a Drive-thru, similar to last year, but with several improvements. Ticket-holders will pick up food and beverages from their cars, then find a place to eat on their own. We are planning to offer picnic tables spread out in Atagahi Park for small groups to gather for their meals, or bring their own chairs.

–> August 19th Club Meeting Cancelled

Considering the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in the county and the number of reported cases in Connestee Falls, this Thursday’s (August 19) Fishing Club meeting has been cancelled. Thank you for your understanding.

Fishing Club Executive Committee

–> Fishing Rods Donated

Club member Ron Silverman generously donated more than a dozen high-quality medium- and light-action rods, with spinning reels, to the Club at the July 15 meeting. We put them up for sale at a bargain price and sold all but one within a half hour. The $450 raised is going to support the Club’s community projects.

“I’m happy they’re being put to good use for a good cause,” said Ron. “This club is the best-run fishing club I’ve ever seen,” he told the crowd of more than 30 members at the meeting.

Ron should know about fishing organizations: He’s a world class angler who’s cast lines around the globe, still holds the world record for a crevalle jack he caught on a fly rod in Charleston Harbor and has written widely on fishing, including a book. He joined the club when he moved into a summer home on Lake Atagahi seven years ago from Charleston, where he was an active salt water angler.

He decided to donate the fresh-water rods and reels because he was moving back to his Charleston home year-round in less than a week and would be concentrating again on salt water species.

Ron lived next door to another of our expert Connestee fishermen, Bill Roehrich, and they became friends. So it was only natural that Bill, a retired sales person, took over the sale of the rods. Each rod and reel outfit was valued at approximately $200, but the club offered them for $50. The few rods without reels went for $25.

Ron had each reel filled with quality line and some outfits even had hooks and lures. “They’re ready to fish,” Bill told club members as they crowded around the display.

–> Club Meeting Minutes – July 2021

Connestee Falls Fishing Club – Monthly Meeting

Thursday July 15, 2021, Atagahi Pavilion – 9:00 a.m.

 

Call to Order – Myron Pstrak

  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Welcome New Members & Guests – 45 total in attendance with 2 new members
  • 50/50 Raffle – Winner Ross Stein collected $40
  • Minutes from last meeting approved

 Programs and events – George Goyette

  • Today’s program – Lorie Stroup, Zone Fisheries Biologist for the US Forest Service
  • August meeting – Les Saucier will share his secrets for catching Lunker redear brim

Secretary’ Report – Al Byrne

  • Club memberships are currently at 175.
  • Boat Sales – $2,000 ytd. Check the website for an up-to-date list and pricing of available boats.
  • Al recognized Ron Silverman’s many accomplishments and contributions to the Club. Ron and his wife Paula have sold their home in CF and will be living full time in Daniel Island, SC.

Treasurer’s Report – Myron for Vernetta

  • Overall the Club is financially sound, with a bank balance of $25,000.
  • Anniversary Books sales are $8,500 to date. 

Sunshine Report – Marian Wolf

  • Marian reviewed the sympathy cards sent.
  • Ray Tuers and Rick Hybil commented on the passing of Larry Host, one of the Club’s original founders.

Anniversary Book Promo

  • Frank Wolf offered Anniversary books for sale – 1 book sold today

Outreach Program – Nick Revill

  • Nick reviewed the recent Outreach events and precautions being take to properly clean equipment.
  • Great to be back with a full schedule after having to shut down completely last year.
  • Check the Club’s website for the schedule of upcoming events.

Fishery Management Update – Rick Hybil & Joe McMurray

  • Surface water temps are running around 80 deg. 75 deg at 15’; 50 deg at 25’.
  • Trout have moved to deeper water. Bass fishing has slowed but is still generally good. Bass are at 8-10’ depth.
  • We are still waiting for the catfish to grow to 8-11”. Should be available for stocking late this season or early Fall.
  • Planning to stock full-sized trout and fingerlings in late October or early Winter.
  • Thank you to Martin Lindsay for caring for the Atagahi fish feeder. Responsibility will pass to Stu Davidson.

Fishing Catch Awards – Al Byrne

  • Golden Trout ($100 gift card) – A Golden Trout remains uncaught in 3 of the lakes (Ticoa, Atagahi, Wanteska). We plan to stock an additional Golden Trout in each of the 4 lakes each year.
  • 1st Catches – 9 awards to date this year!
  • Lunkers – 13 awards to date this year, 9 for Les Saucier (8 redear & 1 bluegill)!.

Closure and final comments

  • Fish Fry is scheduled for Sept 21. Randy provided an update on plans for a full FF if restrictions allow. Need volunteers to help with the Wine Bonanza raffle.
  • New signage is in place at all 4 lakes. Great job George Hewertson!
  • Considering putting a pdf version of the Connestee Anniversary book for sale on our website.
  • Next meeting August 19.

Adjourn to presentation from Lorie Stroup

7/15/2021 A.Byrne

–> Save the date – 2021 Fish Fry

Save the date! Our 2021 annual Fish Fry is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept 21st, at Atagahi Park. We expect to resume most of the Fish Fry activities that we previously enjoyed prior to the last year’s restrictions.

Stay tuned for more details.

–> Club Meeting Minutes, June 2021

Connestee Falls Fishing Club – Monthly Meeting

Saturday June 19, 2021 – Atagahi Pavilion – 9:00 a.m.

Call to Order – Myron Pstrak

  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Welcome New Members & Guests – 22 total in attendance with 2 new members/guests
  • Minutes from last meeting approved

Programs and events – George Goyette

  • Today’s program – Fish-A-Rama
  • July meeting program – Lorie Stroup, Zone Fisheries Biologist for the US Forest Service, Pisgah Forest

Secretary’ Report – Al Byrne

  • Club memberships are at 171 ytd.
  • Boat Sales – we have a variety of small boats for sale. Check the website for an up-to-date list and pricing.

Treasurer’s Report – Al Byrne for Vernetta

  • Overall the Club is financially sound, with a bank balance of $23,700.
  • Large expenses to date include building of the Ticoa Park dock at a cost of $3,661 and fish stocking at $5,000. 

Sunshine Report – Marion Wolf

2 cards sent

Anniversary Book Promo

  • Frank Wolf offered Anniversary books for sale – 2 books sold today

Outreach Program – Rick Hybil for Nick Revill

  • The first Outreach event was held last Tuesday with 15 participants from the Sheriff’s Shield camp. Everyone caught a fish!
  • Check the Club’s website for the schedule of upcoming events.

Fishery Management Update – Rick Hybil

  • Surface water temps are in the high 70’s to 80 deg. The thermocline is running from about 10’ to 20’ depth. Bass and trout fishing generally good.
  • We are still waiting for the catfish to grow to 8-11”. Should be available for stocking later in the summer.
  • Planning to stock full-sized trout and forage fish in the early Fall.

Fishing Catch Awards – Al Byrne

  • Golden Trout ($100 gift card) – Scott Fluck, Lake Tiaroga, 6/11/2021
  • 1st Catch – Gideon Roe, 5 yrs old, bluegill, Lake Tiaroga
  • Lunker – Jimmy Fisher (CF Maintenance), 22” bass, Lake Atagahi

Closure and any final comments

Next Club Meeting – July 15th

Adjourn to Fish-A-Rama and Hot Dog Lunch

50 participants, 25 fish caught (2 Bass, 22 Bluegill, 1 trout). Great weather; great fun!

6/19/2021 A.Byrne

–> First Golden Trout caught

       

Club member Scott Fluck was our first winner in the Club’s new Golden Trout contest, earning a certificate and a $100 clubhouse gift card.

Scott, who lives on Soquili Drive, caught his Golden Trout while fishing June 11 from the dam at Lake Tiaroga, using a spincaster outfit with garlic-scented Power Bait on the line.

His catch leaves three more Golden Trout yet to be caught, one in each of our other lakes, Atagahi, Ticoa and Wanteska. For identification, each rainbow trout carries a 23-karat gold leaf bead attached to a plastic tag behind its dorsal fin.

The Club kicked off the program March 8. The contest is open to anyone with a CFPOA fishing license.

Anyone catching a Golden Trout should report it to Ray Tuers, by phone at 877 5572, or email at raytuers@citcom.net . Ray, who administers the program, needs details of the catch, the tagged bead, and a photo, if possible, to verify each fish.

–> Fish-A-Rama a great success!

Fish-A-Rama, the Club’s traditional free gift to Connestee Falls, returned under sunny skies June 19 after a year’s absence. It attracted some 50 registrants – mostly children – signed up to test their novice angling skills at Lake Atagahi’s beachfront park.

Fishing was a bit slow (25 were caught) but enthusiasm was high. And after the waterfront contest, the crowd converged on the park pavilion to consume nearly 150 quarter-pound Nathan’s hotdogs with all the trimmings at the awards picnic.

“It was a great turnout,” said Club President Myron Pstrak, “and I saw a lot of smiling faces… on both the children and grownups.”

Fish-A-Rama, long a popular event operated by the Club’s Outreach volunteers, was cancelled last year because of the pandemic. “We were so happy to resume it this year,” said Outreach leader Nick Revill. “I think people were more than ready to get back to having fun with folks.”

Carol Marines headed up registration and recording and said participants came from as far as Pennsylvania and Florida to join Connestee family and friends. Although almost all were children, a few adults cast out lines, too. Ages ranged from 18 months to 54, said Carol. “It was a great day!” she exclaimed afterward. She reported the 25 catches were divided this way: sunfish, 21; bass, 3, and trout, 1.

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