Pro Challenge Results

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Pro Challenge Event

Bass fishing pros Shaw Grigsby, Trevor Fitzgerald, and Tim Frederick were in attendance at the November meeting of The Villages Freshwater Fishing Club. They came to participate in the Pro Challenge event the following day, November 12. The Pro Challenge is a six pond, multiple team event that allows members to fish with or compete against professional anglers. Returning for this years event will be “Pro Team” Captains, Shaw Grigsby and Tim Frederick along with the newest “Pro” Captain, Trevor Fitzgerald. A team from The Villages Recreation Dept. will also compete in this years event.

The pros entertained questions, each in turn at the podium. The questioning led to good-natured banter between the pros about baits to be used…or not, and techniques to be employed…or not, always somewhat secretively, in the interest of competition.

The three pro team captains took turns drawing raffle tickets to fill their teams with three lucky club members each.

The Fitzgerald Team: Jack Hoban, Jim Jones (Score Keeper), Trevor Fitzgerald, Gary Leonard, Tom DeYoung

The Frederick team: Bill Gorman, Stephen Laky, Tim Frederick, Jim Geiger, Jim Greene

The Grigsby Team: (Randy Disanto, Club President), Lorri Lewis, Shaw Grigsby, Jan Windsheffel, Kirk Miller

Teams will assemble at the Miona Rec. Center parking lot at 7:30 AM on November 13. Participants will fish six designated Villages ponds until 1:15. They may fish any of the designated ponds they choose. Then they will proceed to Cody’s at Sumter Landing where the winning team will be announced and awards presented. Anyone wishing to attend as a spectator is welcome.

Bill Brooker, proprietor of Brooker Bait And Tackle, was also in attendance and explained what’s in store for their upcoming December open house on December 7. There will be a free barbeque lunch with all the sides, live music, equipment reps, and deeply discounted fishing equipment for the event, only.

Brooker’s Bait &Tackle

Brooker’s has thousands of fishing items.

Jerry Lester

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Fish Of The Month / October, 2019

When a member reports catching three fish in a Villages pond its not really a big deal. When those three fish weigh 4lbs. 3oz., 5lbs., and 7lbs. 1oz. now that’s a different story. A combination of years of experience and little bit of luck certainly paid off for FFC member Chip Austin. This early October catch is a good indication of what’s to come.

Chip Austin / Villages Pond Catch

Thanks to all who have reported and sent in pics. Keep them coming.FOTM

Rob Husson

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FWC At FFC October Meeting


Scott Bisping (L), Daniel Nelson (R)

Scott Bisping and Daniel Nelson of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission presented information about the Harris Chain of Lakes fishery

The Lakes have improved over the last 40 years.  Water clarity has improved.  As a consequence, weed growth has increased, which has resulted in greater fish populations.

Creel surveys are used to estimate catch rates. If you have fished Lake Griffin, you may have been surveyed by Denny Denis Dzurinko, one of our club members. In fact, that is Denny in this slide, although difficult to identify.

This is the result of creel surveys on Lake Harris. As to be expected, catch rates are higher for Black Crappie than Largemouth Bass.

This is an interesting chart of total catches per given site in the lakes of the chain. It shows that with the exception of Apopka, the lakes are about the same.

In the analysis of Hydrilla desirability, it was determined that fishing and recreational boating usage was split rather evenly, with boating being slightly greater. Additional survey results indicated that fishermen were inclined to be more tolerant of Hydrilla than boaters, some actually preferring more than at present.

Additional information was presented on the state of the Harris Chain fishery. All in all, it was a very informative presentation by Bisping and Nelson.

Daniel Nelson, FWC

Scott Bisping, FWC

Jerry Lester, 10/9/2019

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Fish Of The Month / September, 2019

The “Dog Days Of Summer” are coming to an end and as temperatures go down the fishing heats up. FFC member Steve Felix has reported several early fall results including this 21lb. 3oz. Longnose Gar,

21lb. 3oz. Longnose Gar / Lake Eustis / 9/9

and a 4lb. 7oz. Bowfin, both taken from Lake Eustis. Steve also reported catching a 1lb. 1oz. Crappie on a recent Guided Lake Sumter trip.

The guided trips started in April of 2018 and this was the first Crappie caught.

Thanks to all who have reported and sent in pics. Keep them coming.FOTM
Rob Husson

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R&R Fishing Clinic – September 2019

The first fishing clinic of the season was held Tuesday, Sept. 17th at Miona Rec. Center pond. Fourteen FFC members were given instruction on the many ways to fish a soft plastic worm.

Members Attending The September Clinic

Methods discussed were the Texas rig, Carolina rig, drop shot, and wacky rig. Instruction was also given on the advantages of fishing weightless. Now the big question, do these methods work?

September Clinic – Miona Rec. Center Pond

We will just have to wait a bit as the fish just weren’t responding to our offerings this time. I’m sure it won’t be long before we start getting some good reports from this group. Our clinics are held on the third Tuesday of the month. Any member interested in attending a future clinic, just sign up at any of our regular monthly meetings.

Rob Husson

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FFC Monthly Meeting, September 2019

The first meeting of the 2019-2020 season is now in the books. After some general announcements, upcoming club fishing trip information, and the presentation of “Fish Of The Month” pins, we also welcomed ten new members.
This month guest speaker was Capt. Al Layman from the Bass fishing guide service, Village Capt. Al Laman
With over 40 years of fishing and guiding in Florida’s lakes and rivers, and work with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Al shared some very valuable information with those attending. Some of the topics discussed were Bass spawning habits, how light can affect bait color, and conditions that can cause stress.
A raffle was also held for a 6 hour guided trip with Capt. Al and was won by FFC member Steve Klonicke and new member Charles Milazzo.

Steve Klonicke – Capt. Al – Charles Milazzo

All who did purchase tickets had a second chance at winning some goodies that Al had provided.

For more information about Capt. Al and Village simply click on the Guides/Tackle/More tab at the top of this page.

Rob Husson

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