Tom Abdelnour provided a rundown of his fishing experience on Ocala National Forest lakes and springs. Tom discussed access to these remote bodies of water and his techniques for fishing them. Tom fishes vegetation where available from his 12-foot jon boat including lily pads, eel grass, Hydrilla. When fishing pads, he stressed casting deep into the pads.
There are approximately 600 natural lakes in the Ocala National Forest with lakes Bryant, Mill Dam, Kerr, Crooked, Wildcat, Lou Echo, Grasshopper, Eaton and Quarry Fish Pond being the most popular. A booklet titled “Fishing Opportunities in the Ocala National Forest” by the Ocala National Forest Interpretive Association is available at the Visitors Welcome Center at the intersection of S.R. 40 and C.R. 315. This booklet describes sport fishing locations, with recommendations for fishing methods and accessibility, as well as a topographic map. Tom also fishes several of the Forest springs with Alexander being his favorite.
The club paid for four seats to fish the Lake Sumter charter on September 22 and then provided them to four lucky raffle winners. The club provided the raffle entirely free. Lucky winners are pictured below.
Jim Jones was elected Club Secretary.