President’s Message

2/16

I guess we did the smart thing by postponing this month’s outing. We will discuss when we will make it up at this month’s meeting.
John Weimer and I took the opportunity to attend George Poveromo’s Saltwater Seminar in the Tampa area. We ran into another MCFF member ( Mike Kwasny ), at the seminar. Even though the majority of the sessions were geared toward spin and bait, etc., I still picked up a few tidbits of information that will help me be a better fisherman with the long rod. This brings me to an important point.
I believe that one of our main goals as a club is to offer as much knowledge and education as we possibly can, to all of our members. In order for this to happen, you need to attend our monthly meetings to learn from some of the most knowledgeable guides and guest speakers avail-able. In my estimation, our Captains and guides are some of the BEST in the entire State of Florida. That being said, I would like to ask each of our MCFF members to make one additional New Years resolution; to attend as many of our meetings as possible. I would love to see a ” full house ” at each of our meetings. With our new loca-tion at the SGC, we have triple the room as we had at TLP, so there is room for all.
I am thankful that I no longer live in the Northeast. My back would be screaming at me from all of the shovel-ing. However, the winter has grabbed a hold off us here in Florida. Hopefully, we don’t let it stop us from getting out on the water. There are fish to be caught out there. Take the good with the bad. A day of fishing could yield one fish, or thirty fish. But as the old saying goes, ” even a bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work “. Hope to see many of you on the water and at the SGC.
Yours in fishing,
Ken


 

Ken’s Message 5/20/15

It’s been a busy few weeks for the MCFF. It started with our April Outing at Durante Park ( Outing Report in April newsletter ). Then we were involved in the Sea Grass Survey, in which John Weimer and I attended. This was an excellent event that I’d like to see us give more support to in the future. There was talk of trying to do this on an annual basis. A few of our members were then involved with Mote, helping out at a youth clinic held at the Aquaculture Park. I was out of town, so I don’t know who helped, but it was mentioned to me that we had a few folks there. Many thanks to those that gave a helping hand. We had a strong turnout for this past Saturday’s Project Healing Waters event, held at the Bradenton Yacht Club. I counted at least seven members in attendance. We all had a great time helping the vets. Many fish were caught and many smiling faces were seen by all.
We will be capping off this month with our Emerson Point Outing on the 30th, at 8-12. Our plan is to go to A.M.O.B. for lunch and a cold one after the outing.I hope to see many of you there. On a sad note, we will be saying “good bye” to a very valuable member of the MCFF, and a good friend. Carl Raekers has accepted a job in California and will be moving shortly. Our thanks and best wishes go out to Carl. You will be missed.
Tight Lines,
Ken

Ken’s Message 4/20/15

Forget about ” Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My “. Here on the West Coast of Florida, we say; Tarpon and Bonita and Mack’s, Oh My. May is a fantastic month for fishing our local waters, as our southern neighbors northerly migration starts to peak. I hope that all of our MCFF members have an opportunity to get into these magnificent fish.
For our “snow bird” members that have already returned to your northern homes, I wish you a safe and happy summer. Make sure that you get out and fish your northern waters. There aren’t many things that I miss about living in New York, but one of them is wading the many streams in the Catskills, in search of fresh water trout. Dry fly fishing the numerous May fly hatches along my home waters of the Esopus Creek is forever etched into my memory bank.
For our local members, lets get involved in  the Project Healing Waters event, which is scheduled for May 16th in Bradenton. We should have additional information available at our April meeting. Hope to see you there.
Tight Lines,
Ken

Ken’s Message 3/8/15

ARE YOU READY?????
I believe that I heard the dinner bell ring. March is one of my favorite months to fish. Everything in our local waters starts to
” chew “. It is quite possible to catch a half dozen or more different species in the same outing. This makes for a fun day on the water. The water temperature is climbing and the back country fish are moving out into the local bays, along with migrating fish starting their northern swing. Make sure that you find the time to get out on the water.
We have a lot going on this month; casting clinic, fishing outing, kayak inspection (prior to March meeting), as well as, kayak rentals available at this months outing (courtesy of Dave Martin). Take advantage of these opportunities….. Join in the FUN.
Looking forward to seeing you on the water and at our monthly meeting.
Tight Lines,
Ken

Ken’s Message 7/7/15

Ya, ya, ya, it’s HOT….. So what… Let’s get out and fish. The key is to be on the water early or late in the day. The nice thing is that there isn’t much pressure on your favorite spots. Most folks are staying home in their AC, or pool. So let’s get out there and bend a rod. Make plans to join other MCFF members at our July outing @ Turtle Beach on the 25th, from 7AM-11AM.
I would like to send out a BIG thank you to our outgoing newsletter editor, Evan Jones. Not only is he a past-president, but he worked tirelessly for the past few years getting all the great information contained in the newsletter out to the membership. THANKS Evan. Also, let’s all thank Al Hirsch for stepping up to the plate and accepting the vacated position. Al has come up with some great new ideas for the newsletter. Let’s all support his efforts, by submitting photo’s and reports, etc. of your fishing trips.
Remember that our July meeting will be our 2nd annual Fly tying ( instruction, demos, sales ) and Swap Meet. Send information on your wants and needs, or what you have for sale to our website. There will be a door prize ( 8wt. fly rod ) given to the lucky winner. We may also have an auction on a box of flies donated by the CCA, from this springs tournament. Hope to see you all there.
P.S. We will have drinks and snacks at our meeting.

Tight Lines,
Ken