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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R&R Fishing Clinic / April 16th, 2019

A passing cold front can affect the bite but it didnt deter members from attending the April clinic held at Duval pond.

Members At April Clinic / 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.

Spinnerbait Fishing / Duval Pond

Rob Husson

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Gina Russo of FWC Speaks to Club

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.

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F.O.T.M. (Fish Of The Month) March, 2019

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.FOTM

Rob Husson


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March Happenings

Club Hatchery Trip
On Monday March 18th seventeen FFC members visited the the Florida Bass Conservation Center in Webster, FL.

FFC Members At The Bass Conservation Center, Webster, FL.

It is the largest of two freshwater fish production hatcheries in the state. Along with Largemouth Bass and Crappie, it also supplies Catfish, Bream, Triploid Grass Carp, Striped Bass and Sunshine Bass. The Florida Bass Conservation Center also conducts extensive research on aquaculture methods.

Fish Tagging Station

After a power point presentation describing the operation of the center, FFC members were given a tour of the many raceways on the production floor that contain fingerlings to adult breeders.

Raceway Containing Breeders

Adult Breeders

For those interested, a behind the scenes tour of the water pumping and filtering system used at the center was offered. If you missed this years trip, the center is open to the public year round.

R&R March Clinic
This months clinic was held at Poinciana pond. Those who braved the chilly morning temps were instructed on how to rig and fish a “Wacky Rig”

(L to Rt) Tom Helmold, Ted Kasubick, Steve Felix (behind the hoodie)

If you want to know if this method works, Just ask FFC member Tom Helmold.

Tom Helmold’s 3lb. Wacky Rig Catch

This nice 3lb Bass was the catch of the day. Members who would like to attend one of our clinics can sign up at our regular monthly meetings.

Greetings From Tennessee
FFC Program Chairman Bob Knorr made the trip north to attend the Bassmaster Classic in Knoxville Tennessee. In conjunction with the event was the Bassmaster Classic Outdoor Expo. This three day event was presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods and covers 220,00 square feet in two venues. Guests have the opportunity to see the newest products from all of the major manufacturers. A few familiar faces were spotted and Bob took advantage of some good photo ops.

Trevor Fitzgerald, Bob Knorr, Brian Thrift

The guest speaker at our February club meeting, Trevor Fitzgerald was there to introduce his new line of Brian Thrift Signature Series rods. Also spotted was our January guest speaker Terry Scroggins.

Bob Knorr, Terry Scroggins

Thanks Bob for sharing the info. and pics.


NOTICE: We apologize, due to venue constraints we are not accepting new members and guests at this time. Monthly meetings will be open to current FFC members only. We do encourage residents who are interested in joining our club to get on our waiting list. Just send your name and phone number to fwfmemberwaitinglist@gmail.com When space becomes available we will contact you in order received.

Rob Husson

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Scott Bisping of FWC On Harris Chain

Scott Bisping of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) presented a comprehensive review of the Harris Chain of Lakes as a fishery.  His review included many graphs of the areas of study. The data was drawn from electo-shocking, creel surveys, and user input.


Scott Bisping


The members of the Club took advantage of Mr. Bisping’s knowledge by asking many questions.  His opinion was that the Harris Chain fishery was as good as it had been in a long time.  Jerry Lester


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