The annual Camp Villages Fishing Derby has always been a favorite and this years event sold out quickly.
On Tuesday June 11th we had 40 future anglers and their grandparents gather on the banks of Lake Mira Mar to learn the basic skills of fishing.
Participants were separated into groups of 10 and guided to six different stations which included knot tying and practice casting.
A Perfect Clinch Knot
FFC member Jim Jones had his Bass boat on display and gave participants instructions on boating and water safety.
Boating And Water Safety Instruction
A highlight at this years event was a presentation by FWC Resource Biologist Scott Bisbing and FWC Fisheries Biologist Dan Nelson. Participants were given a hands on demonstration as to how tagged fish are tracked and studied.
Telemetry Used For Tracking Tagged Fish
At the last station, participants got the chance to try out what they had learned by casting a line in the stocked pond.
As soon as the lines hit the water it was nonstop action for the next hour and a half. Nearly everyone caught a fish.
The day finished off with lunch that was prepared by The Villages staff and each participant was given a new rod and reel combo to take home. The club also provided each participant with a buff that was purchased with monies donated by members at a recent 50/50 raffle.
Special thanks to all of the Freshwater Fishing Club members who volunteered their time to make this years derby a great success.
Now we have all heard the term “Dressed For Success” but I would guess that no one would think that it applies to fishing. Well, based on the photos below it appears that catching fish is more than just fine tackle properly presented but a combination of gear and attire that impresses the big ones. Case in point. While fishing a Villages pond on May 9th and rockin’ his favorite fishing hat, FFC President Randy DiSanto landed this 8lb. 2oz. beast. Was the hat a factor? Who knows but I bet we will be seeing a lot more of it.
Randy / 8lbs. 2oz. / Lake Paradise
On May 12th I received a report from FFC Program Chair, Bob Knorr. While fishing the canals in Ft Lauderdale and working his 2018 Villages Bass Tournament Champ shirt he landed a nice 2lb. Peacock Bass and a 4.13 lb. Largemouth. Once again, was the shirt a factor? It’s been said that fish can see us.
Bob Knorr / Peacock & Largemouth / Ft Laudedale
Thanks to all who have reported and sent in pics. Keep them coming. Rob Husson
The last Freshwater Fishing Club meeting of 2018/19 was held Tuesday, 5/14/19 and officers for the 2019/20 season were voted in. The results are as follows, Officers
President – Randy DiSanto Vice President – Rob Husson
Secretary – Jim Jones Treasurer – Len Durcholz Board Members
Trevor Bailey, Jerry Lester, Jerry Echols,
Don Kindilien, Charles Byus Board Member At Large
Steve Felix Program Chair
After some general announcements and the presentation of the “Fish Of The Month” pins, the Glen Lau film “Bigmouth Forever” was shown. This has always been a club favorite.
Camp Villages is fast approaching (June 11th) and should be another success. Thanks to all who have signed up to volunteer.
Judging by the pics and reports that I received, it looks like the April 23rd club trip to Haines Creek – Lake Eustis was a great time. All four boats reported catches that included Bass, Bowfin, Gar, and whatever that little thing was that Steve Felix caught. Next months trip will be on May 23rd at Lake Panasoffkee. For more information just click on the Meetings/Events tab at the top of this page.
Fish Of The Month Fishing the local ponds can sometimes be a challenge but those who put in the time are often rewarded for their efforts and that was certainly the case for FFC members Frank Martines and Jim Geiger. On April 5th, Frank took a nice 8.1 lb Bass at Briar Meadow pond using a Ned Rig. On April 11th, Jim took his first selfie holding a nice 6lb. 15oz. Miona Rec Center pond Bass. This one taken with a black trick worm.
Now here’s something that we don’t have in the local ponds (a good thing) but a blast to catch. Check out this 48″ Longnose Gar that FFC member Phil Beitel caught during the April club trip. This toothy critter weighed approx. 15 lbs. and was the big fish of the day.
Thanks to all who have reported and sent in pics. Keep them coming
A passing cold front can affect the bite but it didnt deter members from attending the April clinic held at Duval pond.
This months topic was how to fish spinnerbaits. Members were shown the two most common types of baits, the “Colorado” blade and the “Willow” blade and how they move in the water. Although not designed to be weedless the upward facing hooks make it possible to pull through weeds with ease.
This month’s guest speaker was Gina Russo from Florida Wildlife Commission. Her presentation, “Catch and Release Techniques: Fishing for Conservation” covered fishing rules, proper fish handling, and de-hooking. She demonstrated de-hooking devices and release gear. Ms. Russo was energetic and passionate about the subject.
Based on all of the reports that I have received, it appears that things are definitely improving. Some real nice fish were caught in March and as always there is one outstanding catch that is worthy of being called “Fish Of The Month” On March 26th, FFC members Rip and Marni Strautman fished Rodman Reservoir. It seems that they have found a “Honey Hole” that has produced several “Trophy Catch” qualifiers.
Marni Strautman 8Lbs. 14 Oz. Rodman Reservoir
Marni’s 8lb. 14oz. monster proves that they are still there and still biting. WTG Marni.
Thanks to all who have reported and sent in pics. Keep them coming.