November 5, 2016 President Davison called the meeting to order at 9:02 am and led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were 50 new members and 31 members renewing their dues. The club now has 909 members! President Davison offered to stay after the regular meeting and talk to the new members and answer any questions they have about the club.
OLD BUSINESS: President Davison reported the picnic held on Thursday November 3rd was a big success with over 150 members in attendance! A special thanks goes out to the following volunteers who worked very hard making it work; Vernon Cash, Ida Donegan, Arlene Cash, Judy Scott, Deb Armbrecht & her husband, Judy Morgan, Margareta Post, Pat Cress, Celso Melo, Jim Tracy, Wayne Post, Everett Belter, Joann Swafford and the following for cooking the fish, hamburgers , hot dogs; Tom Martin, Tom Baldwin, Don Willard, and Mo Davison.
Door prize winners were Dale Christy & Arlene LaCorgne (fishing pliers), John Dean & Steve Klonicke (mono fishing line), Tom Arvoy & Bob Craig (lip grips), Jaye Wolfe (tackle box), Terrie Killian (Jack Daniels), Rob Hoyle & Claudia Leedy (Outback Gift Cards), Tommy Stewart (Vacuum Sealer), Vernon Cash, Jaye Wolfe, Ida Donegan, Arlene Cash, Rich Gnaedinger, Tom Baldwin, Sue Waller, Tony Pagac, Tom Aldrich, Larry ZileBarb Skane, & Bob Makela (Free Club Fishing Tickets), Joe Scharbat (Spinning rod combo), Mike Kwiatkowski (boat rod combo), Mady Crowl (charter with Captain Robinson for 4 anglers).
It was announced that web master Dean Hooker will be putting on a demonstration of the clubs new web site at the December meeting. The site is constantly growing and is experiencing amazing activity with currently over 1300 hits per week. Members are using the site more and more to look at scheduled charter dates and book them early before they fill up.
As discussed at the last meeting the Pastime Princess has gone out of business and the club is looking for a replacement charter. Steve Newman and Mo Davison researched 4 boats in the Atlantic and 5 boats in the Gulf of Mexico. Information sheets were distributed at the meeting which are also on the web site. Members were asked to study them and rate them in order they would be interested in trying out. Members were reminded that once a boat or boats are selected discussions will need to be held with Captains to see if they will be willing to work within the club guidelines? Members were also asked to give feedback if they had any personal experience with any of these boats. All will be discussed at the December meeting.
Due to the loss of the Pastime the club schedule 2 trips with the Thunder in November on the 9th and 17th.
FISHING REPORTS FOR OCTOBER: Thunder grunts and 2 keeper grouper, All other Captains spotted sea trout, red fish, Spanish mackerel, black sea bass, cat fish, sting rays, and pig fish.
NEW BUSINESS: In an effort to make more trips available to our members Chuck Tomney had a sign up table for Good Time Charters out of Fort Pierce at November’s meeting. Info on the web site.
Additionally Jim Scheer has dates for February, March, and April of 2017 for Captain Clay Shidler with Hang Um High Charters. This charter books months in advance and sells out quickly so members were advised to sign up before the end of the year for these trips! Info on the web site.
Jim also has dates in December for the Waterproof charters out of Port Orange. These are all day trips on a 50 foot six pack boat (6 people) which produces some big fish. Info will be posted on the web site shortly.
FISHING TRIPS STILL AVAILABLE AT THE NOVEMBER MEETING:
Thunder, Hernando November 9 & 17
Captain Fussell, Crystal River November 8, 16, 17, & 29. December 5, & 13.
Captain Muldrow, Yankeetown November all trips full. December 7, 14, 28, & 29
Captain Robinson, Cedar Key November 18, 29, & 30. December 1, 15, 16, 22, 23, 27,28
Captain Scaccia, Port Orange November 9, 10, 14,15. December 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 12, 21,22
Captain Shannon, Cedar Key November 14, 15, 16, 28, 29. December 1, 2, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 26, 28, & 29
OTHER BUSINESS: Treasurer Joan Swafford read the financial report and handled the 100% raffle. The winners were Joe Scharbet, Bob Koehlang, Jim Bensema, Ron Freund, Bill Brunstrom, Jon Ellerbroek, George Steckel, Ron Deleonardis, Ed Mills, Jaye Wolfe, Alberet Michaud, & Ida Donegan.
Next Meeting Saturday December 3, 2016.
Meeting adjourned at 9:35 am.