Andy Block will be running the 4th Annual Smoked Fish Smoke-off at the May 7th Monthly Meeting. Andy is holding up the 1st Place prize; an apron embroidered with the Club logo. Check the flyer in the Chum Line for details.
Norm Manley is running the Free Club Surf Tournament on May 11th. The weigh in will be at Betty Steflik Park from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Norm is holding the surf fishing rod that will be raffled off at the weigh-in.
Guest speaker was Dan Smith from Hometown News who spoke on catching Flounder. He said that Matanzas Inlet in April is the best time and place to fish for Flounder.
Flounder do not school but they like the same areas. If you see Dolphin feeding on Flounder they can be your enemy or friend. The Flounder will move out into deeper water so you know where to fish for them.
Dan Smith demonstrated his "walking the dog" technique when fishing for Flounder. Flounder move away from the shore when the sun comes up and will follow the bait. He wades from the shore into deeper water with his rod and artificial bait.
Tim Miller reported on the May 18th Bottom Trip on the Critter Fleet out of Ponce Inlet. This trip is open to Club members first. The limit is 65 anglers.
Flounder have hard mouths. And they are smart. If you miss the bite you will need to change the color of the artificial bait and if "walking" them back to the shore and they see the bank they go nuts.
Captain Tim Jarvis had a full house at his Quick Tips Seminar on fishing the canals.
Weighmaster Rita Waddell announced that 14 out of 23 species have been weighed in so far this year. Fish of the Month was won by Pat Gleichmann with her 7 lb. Redfish. Don't forget that only one Redfish can be kept in Volusia County and two can be kept in Flagler County.
Captain Jarvis held a Q&A Quick Tips Seminar at the April 2nd Monthly Meeting.
VP Dana Syens and Spring Classic Co-Chair reminded everyone that the mandatory Captains Meeting will be at Beach Front Grille on April 26th and the Weigh In will be at Hidden Treasure on April 27th. Proceeds will benefit the our local DAV. Dana also recapped the FREE Count the Spots Tournament winners run by Tom and Lisa Moravec on March 30th.
Captains BBQ no longer want to be a weigh station. The weigh station has been moved across A1A to Hammock Bait & Tackle which will be open 7 Days a Week from 6:00 a.m. until 6 or 7 p.m. They will be open at 5:30 a.m. for the Spring Classic on April 27th. Pictured is owner Erica Vickers.
A few tips Dan Smith shared with us were: fish the west end of any bridge if there is a beach there look along the darker sand and move away from the shore fish look into the current to feed. Grand Slam makes artificial bait named "Dan Smith's Special Edition."
Bill May reminds members that nominations for Club officers will end this month and elections will be held at the May Monthly Meeting.