This annual event should be on every anglers calendar. Not only a great opportunity to purchase quality gear at great prices but also a chance to meet the local pros and pick up some tips. On hand at this years event were Shaw Grigsby, Mark Menendez, Cliff Prince, Peter T, and Tim Frederick. There were also raffles, door prizes, and a great BBQ lunch.
FFC Members & Pros / Brooker’s / Dec 1st, 2018
Whenever I get a message from FFC member Jon Young, I know it’s gonna be something good and his last message didn’t disappoint. It looks like Jon has found a “Honey Hole” on the Oklawaha River. Fishing on November 8th in the same general area where he landed a 9+ pounder in October, he landed this 7lb. 4oz. beauty. WTG Jon, we’re looking forward to your December report.
Jon Young 7lbs. 4oz. Oklawaha River
If you still need proof that there are some pretty nice fish swimming in our local ponds, check this out. FFC member Richard Shire landed this nice 7lb. 5oz. beauty while fishing Santiago pond on November 26th.
Richard Shire 7lbs. 5oz. Santiago Pond
This pond has always produced some decent size fish. Its easy access and long shoreline make it a favorite for many.
A Stringer Of Fish
Now here’s a fishing story that just has to be shared. Based on recent reports of some pretty good fishing on Lake Sumter, Pres. Randy DiSanto, Chip Austin, and yours truly decided to book a trip. On November 23rd, with cool temps and a slight breeze we weren’t sure what would happen. Well it didn’t take long to record several nice fish. At one point while fishing a 3/0 hook Texas rigged worm, I got into what I thought was a Lake Sumter monster. As it neared the boat I could see that a second fish was trying to steal the bait from the one I had hooked. A quick scoop of the net revealed what really happened.
Rob Husson 7lb. 12oz. double catch Lake Sumter
When the first fish (3lbs.) took the bait the hook protruded from it’s lip with the worm still attached. When fish number two (4lbs. 12oz.) saw what appeared to be a quick snack it grabbed it pulling the hook right through the lip of number one making two fish on a stringer. I removed the hook from number two, cut the hook off and pulled the line back through the lip of number one. After both fished were released I said to myself “If only Kim Stricker could have filmed it” After fishing several areas around the lake, the final count for the trip was 43 and a great story to tell.
The second annual “Pro Challenge” was held Thursday, November 15th. The four competing teams met at the Miona Rec. Center. They were given final instructions and a map of the five ponds to be fished. The team Captains decided which ponds to fish and in what order. After some last minute strategizing and a little trash talking, teams headed out at 8:00 am sharp for the four hour event. The “Orange” team, captained by “Pro” Shaw Grigsby started at Miona Rec. Center pond. The “Blue” team captained by John Rohan and the “Red” team captained by Ron Freund went to Poinciana pond. The “Green” team captained by “Pro” Tim Frederick took a different approach and took his team to Bonita pond, the furthest away from the starting location.
As each team moved from pond to pond the numbers started to add up and all four teams had fish recorded.
John Rohan 1lb. 6oz.
Teams also picked up several spectators along the way and was a definite morale boost.
Spectators joining the fun
Randy DiSanto, Garry Leonard, Jan Windscheffel
Tricia Knott 130z. catch
Jim Geiger 4lbs. 1oz.
After four hours of fun the four teams headed to Cody’s Roadhouse where the winning team was announced and awarded commemorative plaques. The Villages Rec. Dept. provided goodie bags to all participants. The club also gave each participant a nice selection of soft plastic baits.
Tim Frederick’s winning team
Participants at Cody’s
Here’s The Results………….
After a disappointing loss last year, Tim Frederick’s “Green” team wins with with a best five fish total weight of 20lbs. 11oz.
The winning team also recorded the biggest fish, a 6lb. 2oz. monster caught by Wayne Shepherd.
Wayne Shepherd 6lbs 2oz.
Shaw Grigsby did record a non-qualifying 4lb. 12oz. Channel Cat.
Shaw Grigsby 4lb 12oz Channel Cat
23 fish were caught with a total weight of 36lbs. 3oz.
Here’s where things now stand. “Challengers” win in 2017, “Pros” win in 2018. Next year????
Tim Frederick 4lbs. 13oz.
Special thanks to the “Pros” Shaw Grigsby and Tim Frederick and Director of Recreation John Rohan for taking time from their busy schedules to make this years event a huge success.
Thanks also to FFC member Dave Dupas for some great pics.
The Recreation Department Team posed for this picture the morning of the “Pro Challenge”, Novemeber 15, 2018.
L:R James Pierce, Scott Grimes, Tracy, Whitten, John Rohan, Captain, Mike Watt, Score Keeper
Posted by Jerry Lester
Pros Tim Frederick and Shaw Grigsby and shop owner Bill Brooker, of Brooker’s Bait and Tackle, were guests of the Freshwater fishing Club meeting on November 13, 2018. Brooker spoke about a recent tournament he held for high school students from all over Florida. The one-day tournament on the Harris Chain required in excess of 20 lbs. for 5 fish. On the Sunday following, Junior teams caught 5-fish sacks approaching 20 lbs. Brooker stated that he had never been so favorably impressed with the behavior of a group of boys.
Frederick and Grigsby took the stand separately and together to to provide techniques for catching Largemouth Bass. They discussed, baits, lines, knots, rods, and reels.
Teams were selected for the “Pro Challenge by raffle. First, the Shaw Grigsby team was drawn:
Shaw Grigsby, Jan Windscheffel, Gary Leonard, Norm Long
Then, the Tim Frederick team:
Tim Frederick, Jim Geiger, Wayne Shepard, Tricia Knott
And then, the Freshwater Fishing Club Club fishing team
Team Leader: Ron Freund, Jim Greene, Bill Vockell, Don Conkey
The Recreation Department team will be identified on the day of the event, November 15. The event will start at Lake Miona Recreation Center at 7:30 am and last until 12:30
Posted by Jerry Lester
October in Central Florida has always been a month of change and based on what has been reported, it looks like we’re in for some great fall fishing. FFC member Jon Young was the first to report. While fishing with shiners in the Oklawaha River on October 5th, he reeled in this 9lb. 14oz. trophy. I bet that he is still smiling!
Jon Young 9lbs. 14 oz. Oklawaha River
For FFC member Wayne Barksdale, catching trophy size Bass is just another day at the office. On October 15th, it took Wayne only three casts and this 9lb. 3oz. Lake Griffin beauty was on. A Junebug trick worm did the job. What a way to start the day.
Wayne Barksdale 9lbs. 3oz. Lake Griffin
The month ended on a high note for our Club President, Randy DiSanto. Fishing Santiago pond on October 31st and throwing a crankbait with no results he decided to slow it down and fish a soft plastic worm. Two casts later this 7lb. 8oz. Villages pond giant decided to eat. A nice Halloween treat for sure!
Randy DiSanto 7lbs 8oz. Santiago Pond
Things are starting to heat up and November should be even better. Thanks to all who have reported and sent in pics. Keep them coming.
The second clinic of the 2018-2019 season took place on Tuesday, October 16th at Santiago pond.
R&R Clinic / October, 2018
Eight FFC members were shown how to fish a soft plastic lizard. Other topics discussed were line type, size and weight, and types of leaders that are commonly used. With water temp still at 80 degrees, the fish just didn’t seem interested in our offerings. Club Secretary Jim Jones managed to land two nice fish.
First was a 4lb. 11oz. Bass. A short time later he reeled in his second, a nice 2-1/2 pounder. A sign of things to come when the water temps start to drop.
The November clinic has been cancelled but will resume in December. Sign up at any monthly meeting.