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.