Fish Of The Month – August, 2019

For most of us, this past August wasn’t high on our list of favorite months to fish. Although there were a handful of decent size fish caught it was mostly just casting practice for the rest of us. Now when I say “most of us” I mean everyone but FFC member Wayne Barksdale. Call it luck or call it experience, whatever it is, Wayne can always find ’em. On August 29th, Wayne was headed to Lake Yale but a roadblock and traffic jamb put a quick end to that idea. Next stop was Lake Griffin and it turned out to be the right choice. In just three short hours Wayne landed a total of ten Bass with the biggest weighing in at a whopping 8lbs. 9 ozs.

Wayne Barksdake – 8lbs 9oz. – Lake Griffin

In just five feet of water with lots of grass this giant fell for a speed worm. I’m sure we will be getting a Lake Yale report from Wayne soon.

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

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July Happenings and Fish Of The Month

Two weeks in and nothing reported, it was looking like July was going to be a total bust. Finally on July 16th, FFC member Tom Spade reported his catch.

Tom Spade / 4.4 lb. Bowfin / Lake Eustis

While fishing Lake Eustis at the entrance of Dead River, Tom landed this 4.4 lb. Bowfin. This one was taken with a night crawler.

On July 23rd. FFC member Jim Jones broke his dry spell by landing this nice 3.85 lb. Bass at Calumet pond.

Jim Jones / 3.85 lbs. / Calumet Pond

Jim has been fishing ned rigged TRD Tubez and it seems to be a hit.

FFC member Bob Heinbach has been tossing his “Trash” fly in the pond behind Freedom Pointe and the Tilapia are loving it!

Bob Heinbach / 3.42 lbs. Tilapia / Freedom Pointe

Bob’s latest was taken on July 28th measuring 17-1/4″long and 3.42 lbs. on the scale. Yes, Bob now carries a scale!

FFC member Wayne Barksdale is back on the water and as always has another great catch to report.

Wayne Barksdale / 6lbs. 7oz. / Lake Griffin

This 6lb. 7oz. Lake Griffin beauty was taken with a Horny Toad on July 30th. Wayne also sent along a nice pic of Lake Griffin at sunrise.

Lake Griffin sunrise

It doesn’t get any better than this.
Fish Of The Month – July 2019
We all know that saying that starts with “If at first you don’t succeed” and for FFC member Steve Felix, it now has special meaning. Some time back Steve caught a Bass that would have qualified as a Florida “Trophy Catch” contender. Unfortunately it was not approved due to improper handling of the scale. Now let’s fast forward to July 22nd. While fishing Lake Eustis in an area just south of Dead River, Steve was given a second chance when he got into yet another “Trophy Catch” qualifier.

Steve Felix / 8 lbs. / Lake Eustis

This one wasn’t going to give up easy because in the struggle to get this one in the boat, Steve’s rod broke! When he finally got it in and on the scale (correctly) the magic number of 8lbs. appeared. It looks like Steve will be sporting a cool “Trophy Catch” T-shirt soon.
Thanks to all who have reported and sent in pics. Keep them coming.FOTM
Rob Husson

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Fish Of The Month / June, 2019

With air temps in the mid 90’s and feels like temps in the triple digits, summertime fishing can be quite a challenge. If you dress appropriately, stay hydrated, and you are prepared to try different methods, you will be rewarded. It appears that FFC member Trevor Bailey has a good handle on things and he reported several nice June catches. On a June 6th outing on Lake Griffin the catch of the day was a nice 4lb. 9oz. Bass taken with a One-Knocker. A second trip to Griffin on June 14th had even better results. A 6lb 1oz.

Trevor Bailey, 6lbs. 1oz. Lake Griffin

and a 7lb. 9oz. Bass taken with a One-Knocker and a frog. WTG Trev, hope the streak continues.

Trevor Bailey 7lbs. 9oz. Lake Griffin

Now we have all heard the term “Photo Bomb” and here is a good example.

Bob Heinbach “Photo Bomb”

It’s FFC member Bob Heinbach and his latest catch. This nice 17″ (approx. 3lb.) Villages pond Tilapia was taken with what Bob calls a “Trash” fly.

17″ Villages Pond Tilapia

It looks like Bob is on to something here with his custom design. Club President Randy DiSanto recently road tested one of Bob’s creations and its a winner.FOTM
Thanks to all who have reported and sent in pics. Keep them coming.
Rob Husson

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Camp Villages Fishing Derby – 2019

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.

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.

Proper Presentation


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 Reward

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.

Rob Husson

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Fish Of The Month / May 2019

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.FOTM
Rob Husson

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FFC Monthly Meeting, May 2019

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,
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
Bob Knorr

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.

Rob Husson



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Club Trip / Fish Of The Month / April 2019

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.

Members With Their Catch
Mike Sadowski Weighing Bowfin
Mike’s Bass On The Scale
And Whatever This Thing Is….

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.

Frank Martines 8.1 lbs. Briar Meadow
Jim Geiger 6lbs. 15oz. Miona Pond

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.

Phil Beitel 48″ Longnose Gar

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

Rob Husson

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