Englewood Fishing Club, Inc.
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                       Englewood Fishing Club

                      Newsletter October 2017

    New meeting location:  Rotonda                    Community Center,
               646 Rotonda Circle,
                 Rotonda West, FL

Directions:
From Port Charlotte: Driving on Route 776 from the East make a left turn on to Sunnybrook (at light), until you get to Rotonda Circle (3rd stop sign).  Make a left turn on to Rotonda Circle and go to 646 Rotonda Circle (1/2 mile).  Make a right turn in to Broadmoor Park and the Rotonda offices and Community Center.
From Englewood and Venice: Driving on Route 776 from the West (Englewood), make a right turn on to Sunnybrook (at the light) and go until you get to Rotonda Circle (3rd stop sign).  Make a left turn on to Rotonda Circle and go to 646 Rotonda Circle (1/2 mile).  Make a right turn in to Broadmoor Park and the Rotonda offices and Community Center.

From either of these directions you could take Gulfstream Blvd and follow it to Sunnybrook. Turn South on Sunnybrook and follow directions to Rotonda Circle.  Turn left on Rotonda Circle and go to 646 Rotonda Circle and the entrance to the Rotonda Community Center.

From Placida Road (Placida and Grove City)  Turn East off of Placida Road at the light on to Rotonda Blvd West,  Follow Rotonda West to Parade Circle (Fellowship Church at this stop)  Turn left on Parade Circle and go to Rotonda Blvd North (at boat storage location).  Turn left (North) on Rotonda Blvd North and go to the stop at Rotonda Circle.  Turn right on Rotonda Circle and go to 646 Rotonda Circle (1/2 mile) and turn right in to the Rotonda offices and Community Center.

These directions are also posted on the club website:  www.englewoodfishingclub.net

Meeting:  October 12, 2017,  Rotonda West Community Center, 646 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda West, FL.   6:30 PM.
Program:  Roger Chambers, owner, Fine Bait & Tackle, North Port, FL
Topic: Cast netting and bait.  He will bring several styles of cast nets to discuss.  At the end of the meeting he will conduct live demonstrations outside and allow members to practice.

Upcoming events:  
October fishing tournament.   October 16 and 17th.  New format.  Two day Snook fishing tournament.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for the largest Snook caught during the two day event.  (You do not have to fish both days).  You must measure and photograph your catch with a photo that shows the fish against a measuring tape or ruler.  If it is a slot fish you may keep it based upon your individual discretion.  Awards will be given for both onshore and inshore categories.  There will not be any official weigh-in or lunch.
Send photos to:  Sam Stanchak at:  samstan26@ hotmail.com  or text him at:  724-456-4394.

November fishing tournament.  November 14, 2017.  Shark Tournament.  Catch and release photo event.  We will catch, measure (or guess), photograph with measurement if possible and then release.  Get your boat ready and start collecting your good bait.  We plan to have several members who have boats or access to boats to make room for members who need a ride and want to participate.  This will be a morning event and them meet at the Waterside Grill to eat lunch and tell our fish tales.  Put the date on your calendar now.

Christmas party:  December 5, 2017.  The Hills Restaurant.  More information in upcoming Newsletters and meetings.  Put the date on your calendar.

Past events:
Pioneer Days events:  Our thanks to everyone who assisted in the parade float decorating, walking & handing out candy to children, riding the float and to Bill Bennett for providing his boat as the float.
Thanks to all, especially Dick Kern, who assisted with the Cardboard Boat races.  We had two youth teams who competed and our older youth team took second place in their division.

We hope everyone survived hurricane Irma without serious problems.  Our hearts go out to those who were less fortunate.

Please remember to bring non-perishable food items to the club meeting to help those in need.

Web site:  www.englewoodfishingclub.net


                    Englewood Fishing Club

           Newsletter September 2017

       New meeting location starting

                  Sept. 14, 2017

Location: Rotonda Community Center, Broadmoor Park
646 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda West, FL 3394

Directions:
From Port Charlotte:
Driving on Route 776 from the East make a left turn on to Sunnybrook (at light), until you get to Rotonda Circle (3rd stop sign).  Make a left on to Roronda Circle and go to 646 Rotonda Circle (1/2 mile).  Make a right turn in to Broadmoor Park and the Rotonda Community Center.
From Englewood and Venice:
Driving on Route 776 from the West (Englewood) make a right turn on to Sunnybrook (at light) until you get to Rotonda Circle (3rd stop sign). Make a left on to Rotonda Circle and go to 646 Rotonda Circle (1/2 mile).  Make a right turn in to Broadmoor Park and the Rotonda Community Center.

From either of these directions you could take Gulfstream Blvd and follow it to Sunnybrook and then turn and follow directions to Rotonda Circle and 646 Rotonda Circle.  From the East Gulfstream is on the East side of Home Depot and From the West it is the 2nd stoplight East of Wallmart and the next light past Winchester.

From Placida Road (Placida & Grove City)
Turn East off Placida Road at the light on to Rotonda West.  Follow Rotonda West to Parade Circle (Fellowship Church).  Turn left on Parade Circle then turn left on to Rotonda North (at the boat storage area).  Go North to the stop sign at Rotonda Circle.  Turn right on Rotonda Circle and go to 646 Rotonda Circle, Broadmoor Park.  Turn Right int the park and the Rotonda Community Center.

If you lose these directions, they are posted on the club web site:  www.englewoodfishingclub.net

Meeting: September 14, 2017, Roronda Community Center, 646 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda West, FL   6:30 PM
Program:Roger Chambers, owner, Fine Bait & Tackle, North Port.
Topic: Cast netting.  He will bring several style of cast nets do discuss.  At the end of the meeting he will conduct live demonstrations outside and allow members to practice.

Upcoming events:
Fishing Tournament
Saturday, September 16. 2017  First day of a two day Fishing Tournament.  You can fish one or both days.
Weigh-in for this day will be from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM at the Stump Pass Marina.  (lunch on your own afterwards).
Sunday, September  17, 2017.  Second day of Tournament fishing.  Weigh-in this day will be from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM at the Stump Pass Marina.
Winners will be based upon largest fish weighed in during the two days.
Sign up at the September 14 meeting.

Youth fishing event.
Saturday September 16, 2017.  Sarasota Count Recreation youth fishing event.  North Manasota Key Beach.  9:00 AM until 11:00 AM.  Volunteers are needed to assist with bait distribution, measuring and recording fish caught and coaching.  This is the same day as the club fishing tournament but we will appreciate any helper willing to come.

Englewood Pioneer Days
Saturday September 2, 2017.  Cardboard Boat Races, Indian Mounds Park, Englewood.  9:00 AM until about noon.
We will be sponsoring two youth racing teams.  Come out and cheer them on and watch this fun event.

Monday September 4, 2017.  (Labor Day)  Englewood Pioneer Days Parade. (Dearborn Street and Old Englewood Road).Starts at 9:00 AM.  We will have a boat and members in the parade.  Come see the parade and support our team.

We hope everyone has enjoyed their summer.  Fall events are starting on the fish catching should improve.
See you at the meetings and events.

Web site:  www.englewoodfishingclub.net


                     Englewood Fishing Club                                             Newsletter August 2017

Meeting: August 10, 2017, Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Road, Englewood, FL  6:30 PM
Program: Panel of members making presentations and answering questions.

Wanted:  Bud Angus is coordinating the August program.  More panel members are needed.  Please contact Bud if you can be of help and are willing to talk about formation.  Contact Bud at: email:  budangus@gmail.com or telephone 941-475-9118

July fishing tournament results:
Inshore: six species measured.  1st place: Tom Amatucci (12 points), 2nd place: Frank Purvis (8 points), 3rd place: (tie) Dave Richardson & John Livecchi (3 points).
Offshore: Ten species measueed.  1st place: Bob LaBarbera (18 points), 2nd place: Cappy LaBarbera (7 points and had the longest fish as the tiebreaker for second place), 3rd place: Steve Gambaro (7 points).  Honorable mention: Bill Reisen with the biggest fish of the tournament, a 32" Red Grouper.
Onshore: 1st Place: Dick Kern (3 points), 2nd place: Dot Kern (2 points)
Ladies winner: Linda Reisen  ( 24" Red Grouper and 15" Lane Snapper)
We had 14 members submit photos of their catch for the tournament.  Thanks to all who participated.

No fishing tournament for August.

Upcoming events:
Englewood Pioneer Days.  
Cardboard boat races: Saturday September 2, 2017 at Indian Mounds Park, Englewood.  We will once again sponsor a boat in the Cardboard boat races. Starts at about 10:00 AM  Get there earlier to look at the boats and get a good viewing spot.
Pioneer Days Parade:
Labor Day, Monday September 4, 2017, Dearborn Street.  Starts at 9:00 AM
We will have a boat float in the parade.  Volunteers are needed to decorate the boat, ride in the parade and hand out candy to children along the parade route.  Contact Jim Thompson if you can volunteer to help.  goin2pot@aol.com or 941-456-3684.

Moving notice:
We will be moving our meeting location next month- September 14, 2017 meeting.  We will begin meeting in the new Rotonda West Community Center, 620 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda West.
Directions to this new meeting place will be in the September newsletter.

Food Pantry:  Please remember to be generous and bring non-perishable food items to our meetings to be passed on to the local food pantry to help those in need.  Thank you for your past generosity.

web-site:  www.englewoodfishingclub.net


                Englewood Fishing Club
                   Newsletter July 2017

Meeting: July 13, 2017, Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Road, Englewood, FL.  6:30 PM
Program: Capt. Dave Stephens, Back Bay Extremes
Topic:  Summer fishing in the back bays

June Fishing Derby results:  Unfortunately the event was canceled due to lack of boats to take fishermen out.  We did have two groups that went out and they had limited results.  The July format should help improve this situation.

Upcoming events:
July Fishing Derby:  New format (trial).  During the entire month of July you may fish when you want and as often as you want.  Measure and photograph your catch and submit the photo of the largest fish of each species you catch that day.  This includes catch and release species.  This means for example that you could go out several days during the month and catch Snapper each time.  You would then submit a picture of your largest Snapper each time out.  If you caught a Red Fish or a Grouper you would do the same.  The largest of each species can be submitted for each time you go out fishing.  Be sure to take your camera and tape measure with you.
You would submit your photos to Sam Stanchak and include your name, fish species, and whether you were fishing inshore, offshore or onshore.  This is important as we will have winners in each category as we usually do.  Women too need to get out there and fish.
submit your photo the email address set up for this:  ewfcfishpics@gmail.com

No fishing derby in August.

Member Survey:  We handed out a member survey at the last meeting and will do the same at the next meeting for those present who did not complete the form.  For all who miss this we will then send an email of the form out so that you may complete it and return it to us. This will help us better serve the wishes and interests of the members and coordinate better our fishing interests and opportunities.

Food pantry:  Please bring non-perishable food items to our meetings to help those in need.  Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Web site:  www.englewoodfishingclub.net       Check out the new updated and information on upcoming and past events.

                  Englewood Fishing Club
                   Newsletter, June 2017

Meeting: June 8, 2017, Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL    6:30 PM
Program:  Capt. Phil Ruffuni
Topic:   Flats and near shore fishing

May Fishing Derby results:  Inshore:  1st place: Tom Warner, 1# Mangrove Snapper & 4# Sheepshead.  2nd Place:  Lou Tarullo & Tom Amatucci, .8 # Mangrove Snapper each.  
There were no entries from offshore or onshore.

Upcoming events: 
June fishing derby.  Thursday June 15, 2017, open format where you can weigh in any legal species on our approved list.

Weigh-in, Stump Pass Marina, 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM.

July fishing derby:  New Format. (trial).  During the entire month of July you may fish when you want, measure and photograph your catch and submit this information by email anytime during the entire month.  Winners will be determined at the end of the month.
More details on this in next month's newsletter.

No fishing Derby in August.
 
Youth fishing event:  Five youth received awards during our March and April youth fishing event.  Congratulations to the youth and their member sponsor.

Special Raffle Drawing:  The club was given a "Spot" satellite tracker by a former member.  This is an older model but still functional.  You would have to sign up with the Spot Company for their services and pay their fees.  A member won this and donated it back to the club for another drawing.  We sold tickets at the May meeting and will sell them again at the June 8 meeting and then hold the drawing for the winner at the end of the June meeting.  We will sell one chance for a dollar or six fir $5.00.  The tickets will be at the table where we sell T-shirts and hats.  We have a good supply of these items too including a mesh hat that is good for these hot days.

Member information survey:  We are working on a survey document that we can send to all members to update their fishing preference information as well as other general fishing background.  We would hope that this can help us with getting to know each other better and to foster more fishing/boating relationships among the members. This survey should come to you as an email and with a link that will allow you to complete it and email your information back.  We strive to help you enjoy fishing here to a greater extent.


Food pantry: Please bring non-perishable food items to the meeting to be passed on to agencies that help those in need.

Web-site: sww.englewoodfishingclub.net      Check out the new updates.

                Englewood Fishing Club
                  Newsletter May 2017
Meeting: May 11, 2017, Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL  6:30 PM
Program:  Capt. Larry Todd
Topic: Local manufacturer of over 400 lures and jigs. "what works best in our waters".

 April fishing derby results:  This is being held Friday May 5 at Sebastian Inlet State Park.  We will announce the results at the May 11 meeting.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters youth fishing event: Our thanks to the more than 20 Englewood Fishing Club members who came and assisted in this annual event that provides fishing opportunities to local youth.  Thanks to Bob Nordstrom who coordinated the event, Dick and Dottie Kern who obtained the fishing poles, reels, tackle boxes, hood and sinkers, Bob Nordstrom and Ed Arnold who obtained bait and drinks from Gasparilla Marina, George Fox for certificate preparation and awards and John Livecchi for cooking the hot dogs that were devoured by the youth and adults.  We had 41 youth and their sponsors at the fishing event.  Over 25 fish were caught with the most being catfish.

Upcoming events:

May 18, 2017  May fishing Derby:  This is an open event with all our listed species eligible.  Weigh in will be at Gasparilla Marina.  Sign up at the May 11 meeting and get details.

Special Raffle Drawing:  Sue Brose won the "Spot" Satellite personal tracker and donated it back to the club to have another drawing.  So for the months of May and June we will again sell tickets for you to have a chance to win this piece of safety equipment.
We will sell one chance for a dollar or six for $5.00.  We will sell them over by where we sell T-shirts and hats.  We will hold the drawing at the June meeting.  You do not have to be present to win.  If you want to buy chances and will not be attending one of these meetings, send a check made out to the Englewood Fishing Club for the number of tickets you would like to purchase.  Send this check and your request to Jim Thompson, PO Box 3428, Placida, FL 33946.  We will get your tickets into the pot for the drawing.

Web-site:  www.englewoodfishingclub.net     Go to the web site for pictures of recent events, general information and links to resources.





                  Englewood Fishing Club
                     Newsletter April 2017

Meeting: April 13, 2017, Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL  6:30 PM
Program: Captain Mike Myers, Reel Shark Charters
Topic: Tarpon Fishing Tactics

March Fishing Derby Results: 1st place: Karen White, 1.2# Ladyfish. 2nd place, Bill Crooks, 1.0# Ladyfish.  No other fish were caught.  We had many anglers trying but not catching.  However, over fifty club members enjoyed the picnic meal at the Don Pedro State Park.  The sun was great, the sand and water were good and a lot of talking, sitting and walking occurred.  

Upcoming events:

Saturday, April 22, 2017 Annual Big Brothers/Big Sisters youth fishing event.
Volunteers will be needed.  Sign up at the April meeting.  Starts at 8:00 AM and Finish at noon.
Chadwick Park on Manasota Key.  There will be about 50 youth and their sponsors at the event.  We will be providing a fishing pole & reel, bait, advice, help, encouragement and praise.

Sunday April 30 through Saturday May 5, 2017.  Sebastian Inlet State Park fishing event.
You need to make reservations now if you have not already done so.  Come all or some of the days.
Monday: North Jetty fishing for anyone present 
Tuesday: North Jetty fishing and Dinner at Squid Lips Restaurant 6:00 PM
Wednesday:May 3.  Party Boat Ft. Pierce Lady (888-Lady-788). Make your reservations
Thursday: May 4.  Fishing, sightseeing, shopping.  The space center is only 50 miles North.
Friday: May 5.  Pier fishing and club fishing tournament. 6:30 AM until 11:30 AM on the North Jetty.  Weigh in is on the jetty.  We will then have a club fish fry at 5:00 PM at the Sebastian Inlet State Park at a pavilion.  Bring fish to cook and a dish to share.
Saturday: May 6.  Surf fishing, south side of the inlet.
Please let the event coordinator Cappy LaBarbera, cghost42@hotmail.com, know that you are coming and what days you plan on being there.

Children's fishing recognition program:
The club will award certificates of "Honorary Club Membership" and a club T-shirt to children who are 12 years old or less.  The rules are: 1. The child must be sponsored by a member. 2. The child's picture must be taken holding the fish. 3. There is no limit on the quantity of children a club member may sponsor. 4. The fish must be caught in the months of March and April, 2017.
Send the picture, sponsors name, child's name, shirt size, and return address to:  George Fox, 1684 Bay Shore Drive, Englewood, FL 34223 or email to: foxg_98@yahoo.com.
The child will receive a certificate suitable for framing with their picture attached and a club T-shirt by return mail.

Special raffle drawing:  The club was given a "Spot" satellite personal tracker by a former member.  This is an older model but still functional to provide emergency signals.  You would have to sign up with the Spot Company for their services and pay their fees. 
We will sell one chance for a dollar or six for $5.00.  We will sell them over by where we sell the T-Shirts and hats.  We sold them at the March meeting and will sell them at the April meeting and then have the drawing for the winner at the end of the meeting.  You do not have to be present to win.

Food pantry:  Remember to bring an non-perishable food item(s) to the club meeting to be given to agencies that help those in need.  Snowbirds, this is a good way to clean out your shelf of unused food items before you leave to go back North.  Send them with a buddy if you leave before the meeting.  





                    March 2017
          Englewood Fishing Club Newsletter

Meeting:  March 9, 2017, Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Road, Englewood, FL, 6:30 PM
Program: Captains for clean waters
Topic: Conservation plans and current status.

February El Cheepo Sheepo Fishing Tournament results.
Inshore:  1st place: Lou Tarillo, 3.8#,  2nd place: Ken Gordon, 2.9#,  3rd place: Larry Richardson 2.6#
Onshore:  1st place:  Bill Crooks, 1.6#
Lady Anglers:  No ladies reported to the weigh in with fish.  There were ladies fishing but this was an off day.
Summary:  40 members registered to fish and 18 keeper Sheepshead were reported caught.  Numerous small catches reported by several boats, red tide was in the air and it was windy.

Official Coast Guard Notice: Stump Pass Dredging Project
The dredge can be reached on marine VHF channels 13, 16 and 72
  • Project Engineer is Wes Perry. His phone # is: 630-207-3999
  • Operations Manager is Christopher Faught.  His phone # is 630-632-2335

  • Upcoming events:

    Thursday March 23, 2017  annual Don Pedro Park fishing, picnic and social event.
    The club will furnish the meat, buns & condiments.  Each member is asked to bring a dish to share and their own beverages,
    The Don Pedro Park has limited boat docking facilities.  The club will furnish shuttle service to and from the island for this event.  The shuttle will be pontoon boats from the Freedom Boat Club docks at the Cape Haze Marina off Placida Road, Englewood.  The shuttle starts at 9:00 AM and the last shuttle will leave this dock at 10:00 AM.  The return shuttle will start about 1:30 PM and make the necessary trips to return all party goers.  We will have room for your fishing gear, beach chairs, coolers, umbrella, food & other items that you bring.  Sign up at the March meeting and list a potential food dish that you will bring to share.

    Saturday April 22, 2017  Annual Big Brothers/Big Sisters youth fishing event.
    The club obtains fishing rods and reels for the youth and provides bait and a hot dog lunch for them.
    We will need volunteers to help sign them up and hand out fishing equipment, hand out bait and provide help and information to them as they fish.  There will be up to 50 youth attending.  The event is held at Chadwick Park on Manasota Key.  We start at 8:00 AM and finish up at noon with the hot dog lunch.  Sign up to help at the March meeting.

    Sunday April 30 through Saturday May 6, 2017  Annual Sebastian Inlet State Park fishing event. 
    You need to make reservations now if you have not already done so.  You can come all or some of the days.
    Events: Monday May 1, North Jetty fishing for anyone present.  Tuesday, May 2, Pie fishing, Dinner at Squid Lips Restaurant  6:00PM
    Wednesday May 3, Party Boat Ft. Pierce Lady (888-Lady-788) Make your reservations., Thursday, May 4, fishing, sightseeing, shopping
    Friday May 5, Club pier fishing tournament, North Jetty 6:30 AM until 11:30 AM  Club fish fry at Sebastian Park 5:00 PM
    Saturday, May 6, Surf fishing, south side of inlet.
    Please let the event coordinator Cappy LaBarbera, cghost42@hotmail.com if you are coming and what days you will be there.

    Children's fishing recognition program:
    The club is going to award certificates of "Honorary Club Membership" and a club T-shirt to children who are 12 years old or less.  The rules for the award are as follows: 1. The child must be sponsored by a club member, 2. The child's picture must be taken holding the fish, 3. There is no limit on the quantity of children a club member can sponsor, 4. The fish must be caught in the months of March and April, 2017.
    Send the picture, sponsor's name, child's name, shirt size, and return address to:  George Fox, 1684 Bayshore Drive, Englewood, FL 34223 or email foxg_98@yahoo.com
    The child will receive a certificate suitable for framing with their picture attached and a club T-shirt by return mail.

    New member orientation:  Our thanks to members Bill Bennett, Fred Cook, Bill Crooks and Cappy LaBarbera for being great presenters to a group of 21 new members regarding fishing in our area.  This was a great program and helpful to all attendees.

    Special raffle drawing:  The club was given a "Spot" satellite personal tracker by a former member.  This is an older model but still is functional and can provide emergency signals for someone out fishing.  You would have to sign up with the Spot company for their service and pay their fees.  This device can be very beneficial for emergency situations.
    We will sell one chance for a dollar or six chances for $5.00.  We will sell them over by where the T-shirts and hats are sold.  We will sell them at the March and April meetings and hold the drawing at the April meeting.  You do not have to be present to win.

    Food Pantry: Remember to bring an non-perishable food item(s) to the club meeting to be given to agencies who help those in need.

    Web site:  www.englewoodfishingclub.net      ; Use the interactive share a ride feature to enhance your fishing experience with others.


                         February 2017
            Englewood Fishing Club Newsletter


    Meeting:  February 9, 2017, Lemon Bay Park, 
    570 Bay Park Road, Englewood, FL
    6:30 PM

    Program:  Fishin Frank, Fishin Franks Bait & Tackle, Port Charlotte, FL
    Topic:  Fish fighting techniques

    January fishing derby results:  Offshore:  1st:  Bob LaBarbera 1.4lb Snapper.  2nd:  Cappy LaBarbera 1.2lb Snapper 3rd: Steve Gambaro 1.0lb Snapper
    Inshore:  1st: Fred Cook, 2.4lb Black Drum & 2lb Trout (6 points),  2nd:  Dave Claudius .8lb Mangrove Snapper & 1.6lg Sheepshead  (4 points)  3rd:  Ken Gordon .6lb Mangrove Snapper & 1.2lb Black Drum (4 points) (point tie goes to heaviest fish so Dave received second place)
    Big fish award:  Tom Warner 6lb Redfish
    Women: No fish were weighed in by a lady fishing.  Ladies ??????????
    Runners up:  3 points each: Dave Lamb & Mark Madonna  

    Special notice:   The club lost one of it's old time embers this month.  Capt. Phil Fessenden passed away from illness on January 23, 2017.  He will be missed.  We offer our sincere condolences to his family.  The family has requested a donation in lieu of flowers to: Masonic Lodge, Phil Fessenden Veteran's Track Chair Fund.

    Upcoming events:
    February 16, 2017, El Cheepo Sheepo fishing derby.   This is a Thursday event.  Sign up at the February club meeting.  The weigh-in will be at the Waterside Grill, Gasparilla Marina from 1:00PM until 1:30PM.  Sheepshead catches trump all other species but you need to bring your catch in because sometimes the Sheepshead do not cooperate.

    March 23, 2017.  Annual Don Pedro Park social and fishing derby.  This is a family event and we will again shuttle members from the Cape Haze Marina, Freedom Boat Club docks to Don Pedro Park and back.  This is a date change since the park pavilion was not available when originally planned.  This is a Thursday.  More information later.

    April 22, 2017  Annual Big Brothers/Big Sisters youth fishing event.  We will need volunteers to help the youth.  This will go from 8:00AM until noon.  Help the youth learn how to enjoy fishing.  Sign up at the April meeting.

    April 30 - May 5, 2017.  Sebastian Inlet State Park fishing event.  This is a date change from previous years in hopes of having better weather.  Make your park, motel or other reservations now. Friday May 5 will be our fishing derby and we will have the annual fish fry that night in the park.  Other information coming soon.

    Special new member event Saturday February 25, 2017 at 3:00 PM.  This will be for new members who have joined during the last few months.  We want new members to get to know each other better and perhaps form some fishing partnerships.  We will have longer time members make presentations and answer questions regarding fishing equipment, lures, bait and techniques that apply to this area.  Plus fishing areas offshore, inshore and onshore will be discussed.  Fish species and regulations and other information will also be covered.  The location has not been determined yet.  New members should look for their invitation soon.

    Shirts and hats:  Shirts and hats are on sale at each club meeting.  We have women's T-shirts and tank tops now.  Wear your club shirt with pride. 

    Food pantry: Please remember to bring an non-perishable food item(s) or paper goods or toiletries or soap to the meeting to be taken to the food pantry to help the less fortunate.  We thank all the club members who continue to support this worthy cause.

                            January 2017
             Englewood Fishing Club
    Newsletter

    Membership dues for 2017:  Over one-half of our previous members have renewed their membership for 2017.  Our membership year is from January 1 through December 31 of each year.  The family membership remains at $40.00.  To renew your membership, send a check paid to Englewood Fishing Club and mail it to John Livecchi, 20206 Astoria Ave., Port Charlotte, FL 33952.  We hope everyone enjoys our programs, fishing tournaments and events and decides it is worthwhile to continue their membership.  The dues provide for our meeting facilities and activities.  Thanks to all who have already renewed.

    Meeting: January 9, 2017, Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Road, Englewood, FL.  6:30 pm
    Program: Capt. Karl Butigian
    Topic: Where to fish during red tides, Myakka & Peace Rivers emphasis.

    New officers and Board of Directors.
    New Board of Directors were elected at the December club meeting.  The Board met and selected officers.  They are:
    President: Ric Curcio            Vice-President: John Halvorsen            Treasurer: John Livecchi
    Club Secretary:  Gayle Walsh     Board recording secretary:  Jim Maloney
    Board Members:  Tom Amatucci, Bill Bennett, Dick Kern, Cappy LaBarbera & Jim Thompson.

    The club Christmas party was a success with 91 attendees.  Club members donated 71 toys and $110 to the Toys For Tots program.  Thanks to all who helped make these events successful.

    Upcoming Events:
    January Fishing Derby:  January 19, 2017.  Three categories: inshore, offshore & onshore plus the women's competition
    Weigh-in will be at the Stump Pass Marina 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm.  The Tiki Bar should be open for those wishing lunch.
    Sign up at the January meeting.

    February 16, 2017 is the annual El Cheepo Sheepo fishing Tournament.

    March 22, 2017 is the annual Don Pedro Park tournament and cookout.  Put the date on your calendar

    Sebastian Inlet Tournament:  Date Change- make reservations now.  The new dates are April 30 through May 5, 2017.  Due to weather conditions of the past couple years the fishing committee thought it was prudent to have a spring event instead of the fall event. 

    Shirts & hats:  Ladies, we now have t-shirts and tank tops for the women.  Hats and shirts are sold at each meeting.  Wear your Englewood Fishing Club shirt and hat with pride.  The cost is low.  The club doesn't make a profit.

    Food Pantry:  Please bring a few non-perishable food items, toiletries, paper goods or soap to the meeting.  There are many families with significant needs at this time and your compassionate help is greatly appreciated.

    Web-site: www.englewoodfishingclub.net   ; Use the web site for information, ride sharing and links to resources.  Let us know of ways you would like to see us make it better.


                                December 2016
                Englewood Fishing Club
    Newsletter

    Meeting: December 8, 2016, Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park R., Englewood, FL  6:30 PM
    Program:  Capt. Jay Withers.
    Topic:  Winter Snapper and Sheepshead fishing.
    Note:  This is also out meeting to elect new members to the Board of Directors.  The candidate slate will be presented at the meeting for the election.

    Last month's meeting:  Our thanks to member John Halvorsen for filling in when the scheduled speaker was unable to attend.  John presented his recent paper "Welcome to my boat".  This covers courtesies and possible expectations of someone riding on another person's boat.  This article is now posted on the club web site.  We also had other fishing methods discussed by various club members.

    November tournament results:  Onshore: 1st place, Bill Crooks, (9 points), 2.6lb Permit, 1.6lb Sheepshead, 1.8lb Bluefish.
    Inshore: 1st place: Jim Thompson (9points), 4.0lb Black Drum, 1.2lb Flounder.  2nd place: Fred Cook (3 points), 1lb Trout,
    3rd place: Hugh Laubis, (2 points), 1.8lb Black Drum. 
    Offshore:  1st place: Bill Bennett, (3 points), 4.6lb Bonita.     Women:  No lady participants this month.
    Lots of red tide reduced the catch.  Many dead fill floating.  Twenty three anglers went fishing.

    Upcoming fishing derby:  January 19, 2017.  Three categories: offshore, inshore & onshore plus the women's group.
    Weigh in will be at the Stump Pass Marina.  Sign up at the January meeting. 

    Christmas party December 6, 2016.  Boca Royale Restaurant, Englewood.  Your reservations should be in by December 1.  See you at the party

    Toys For Tots:  Please help the unfortunate youth.  We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children at the Christmas Party and the December 8 meeting.  Please support this worthy cause by bringing a toy.

    Hats and Shirts: We have a supply of shirts and hats on hand for members to purchase at the club meetings.  We now have a T-shirt and a Tank Top for women.  These make great Christmas gifts as well as show of a nice scene of fish on the back.  See Ken at the meeting and get your now.

    Food pantry:  Please bring non-perishable food item(s), paper goods or toiletries to the meeting for us to pass on to an organization that assists those in need.  We have been doing this for years and the needy appreciate the efforts of our club members.  Thank you for your continued support of this worthy cause. 

    Membership dues for 2017 are now due.  The amount remains at $40.00 per year for a family membership.   Many members have already paid but this is a reminder to the rest of you.  See John Livecchi at the meeting and pay him or send him a check of $40.00 made out to the Englewood Fishing Club. 
    John's address is: 20206 Astoria Ave., Port Charlotte, FL 33952

    visit the web site for information and links.  One recent change is that you do not need a password to use the link to the ride sharing aspect of the web site.  We had too many problems with it functioning correctly and therefore made it more convenient for club members to use.  You can use it to find a ride with someone or if you have room on your boa and would like someone to go with you and enjoy a day if fishing and share expenses.


    Web site:  www.englewoodfishingclub.net     ; Use the web site for information, ride sharing and links to resources.

    Club web site:   www.englewoodfishingclub.net




                                     November 2016
                Englewood Fishing Club
    Newsletter
     
    Meeting:  November 10, 2016, Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Road, Englewood, FL 6:30 PM
    Program:  Capt. Tadd VanDemark, A Tadd More Charters

    Last Month's meeting:  Our thanks to Fishin Frank of Fishin Franks Bait & Tackle and Josh Olive, Waterline Publisher for presenting our program on short notice.  They passed out plastic bait, jigs and hooks and gave everyone hands on experience on properly putting plastic baits on hooks and jigs.  No injuries were reported of blood due to sharp hooks.

    October 27 fishing tournament: A very windy day created rough conditions and the cancellation of the offshore category.
    Lots of fish were caught, especially Ladyfish and undersized Trout but few keepers.
      Inshore winners: 1st place Cappy LaBarbara 9 points- 1.6# Black Drum, 1.0# Mangrove Snapper & 1.2# Trout.
    2nd place: Steve Daniel 3 points- 2.2# Bluefish and 3rd place: Bob LaBarbara 2 points, .6# Mangrove Snapper
    Onshore winners: Three way tie for 1st place: Dick Kern, Dot Kern & Bill Crooks 3 points each .6# Flounder each.
    Women's division winner:  Dot Kern 

    Upcoming events:
    Fall picnic Saturday November 12, 2016.  Lemon Bay Park Pavilion.  Picnic starts about noon and we eat at 1:00 PM.  The club provides hot dogs, brats & hamburgers with condiments, paper/plastic utensils and water.  Club members should bring a dish to share and other beverages of their choice.  Sign up at the November club meeting if you did not do so at the October meeting.  We expect a good crowd as usual.

    November fishing tournament:  Wednesday, November 15, 2016 is an open tournament for all listed species.  This will have three categories of offshore, inshore & onshore.  Weigh-in will be at the Gasparilla Marina from 1:00 to 1:30 PM.  Be on time.  Sign up at the November club meeting.

    Christmas party, Tuesday December 6, 2016.  Boca Royale Restaurant, Englewood, FL.  $30.00 per person in advance.  Send your reservations and money to George Fox.  Make checks payable to George Fox and send to him at: 1684 Bayshore Drive, Englewood, FL 34223.
    If you need a reservation form, get one at the November meeting or get one emailed to you by contacting Jim Thompson at goin2pot.com.  Get your reservations in early as we expect a large and joyous group.

    TOYS FOR TOTS:  Again, we are collecting Toys For Tots for children in need.  These must be new, unwrapped toys.  The toys we collect will be passed on to the US Marine group to hand out to children at Christmas time.  Please bring toys to the November or December club meetings or to the Christmas party. Your generosity and compassion for children in need is greatly appreciated.  Your gift may be the only gift a needy child receives this Christmas.

    SHIRTS AND HATS:  We have ordered a supply of club logo shirts and hats to have on hand for members to purchase.  Remember, these make good Christmas presents to family members as well as for you to wear with pride.  This time we will be including two style of women's shirts so they can feel more comfortable and stylish.

    ELECTION OF BOARD MEMBERS:  Election time is here to elect Board Members to serve for the next two years.  George Fox and Bob Nordstrom are the election chairmen.  Please see them at the meeting if you would like to serve on the Board and possibly as an officer.

    Food Pantry:  Please remember to bring non-perishable food items, toiletries, paper goods (including diapers) or soap to the meeting.  These items will be passed on to be distributed to those less fortunate.  Thanks to all who have contributed in the past and we hope that you will continue to do so.  There are many families with significant needs at this time.


                           October 2016
          Englewood Fishing Club Newsletter

    Meeting: October 13, 2016, Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Road, Englewood, FL  6:30 pm
    Program:  Capt. Tadd VanDemark, A Tadd More Charters

    September fishing derby results: Doug Smith Memorial Tournament.  Not many fish were weighed in.
    Offshore: 1st place: Bob LaBarbara, 9.4 lb Red Grouper, .6 lb Lane Snapper, .6 lb Snapper  (6 points)
                   2nd place: Steve Gambaro, 6.8 lb Red Snapper, .4 lb Snapper (4 points)
    Inshore:  1st place: Tom Amatucci, 2.0 lb Black Drum, 2.2 lb Sheepshead, 1.2 lb Mango Snapper (9 points)
                  2nd place:  Steve Daniel,  2.8 lb Trout (3 points)
    No onshore fishermen or women reported in with fish.

    Sebastian Inlet State Park event has been canceled due to incoming bad weather conditions.

    Upcoming events:

    Saturday November 12, 2016.  Fall Picnic at Lemon Bay Park.  Starts at 11:00 am and eat at noon.  The club furnishes the meat and condiments.  Members should bring a dish to share and their own beverages.

    Tuesday December 6, 2016.  Annual club Christmas Party, Boca Royale Restaurant, Englewood, FL  Start signing up now.  The reservation form is attached to this e-mail or you can get a form at the club meetings.  The cost remains at $30. per person.

    Recent club involvement:
    The club sponsored a cardboard boat in the Englewood Pioneer Days events.  Our team won first place in their class for the second year in a row. 
    The club sponsored a boat as a float on the Pioneer Days parade.  Thanks to Bill Bennett for providing his boat as our entry.  We also thank the dozen or more members who decorated the boat, rode in the parade and walked the parade route handing out candy to children.  This was a very good showing of our club and our presence in Englewood.
    We had seven members who assisted the Sarasota County Parks Department with their youth fishing day at Manasota Beach.  There were over 50 children and club members recorded their catches, provided bait, identified and measured fish and assisted in any way possible.  It was a very successful event for everyone.

    Election of Board Members:  Now is the time of election of Board Members.  If you would like to be considered for a board position for the next two years, please step forwards.  We can use new members and ideas.  See Bob Nordstrom or George Fox to get your name in.  We also can always use more people on the various committees.

    2017 membership dues are due by the end of the year.  You can pay at the meetings or send your $40 family membership dues to:  John Livecchi, 20206 Astoria Ave., Port Charlotte, FL 33952.  Make checks payable to: Englewood Fishing Club.  Thank you for continuing your membership and helping us provide good programs and activities.

    For sale, rent or wanted:
    Tom Clark has a boat slip available behind a private home in Englewood Isles.  The home is owned by a snowbird and Tom has leased the slip but no longer has a need for it.  He is looking to sub-lease it to someone.  The waterway is fairly shallow at low tide, approximately 2 feet. He pays $150 per month.  It does have electricity and water.  Contact Tom at aquaholictomc@hotmil.com  or 609-477-2485.

    Toys For Tots:  We are once again participating with the US Marine group to collect toys for children.  We will be collecting toys at the October, November and December meetings and at the Christmas party.  Please be generous for the children.  The toys are to be new and unwrapped.  After we collect them they will be given to the Marine group to distribute.

    Helping Hands:  Please remember to bring non-perishable food items, paper goods, diapers and toiletries to club meetings to be passed on to those who are in need.

    Web-site:  www.englewoodfishingclub.net

    Englewood Fishing Club Newsletter November 2016
    Meeting:  November 10, 2016, Lemon Bay Park, 570 Bay Park Road, Englewood, FL 6:30 PM
    Program:  Capt. Tadd VanDemark, A Tadd More Charters

    Last Month's meeting:  Our thanks to Fishin Frank of Fishin Franks Bait & Tackle and Josh Olive, Waterline Publisher for presenting our program on short notice.  They passed out plastic bait, jigs and hooks and gave everyone hands on experience on properly putting plastic baits on hooks and jigs.  No injuries were reported of blood due to sharp hooks.

    October 27 fishing tournament: A very windy day created rough conditions and the cancellation of the offshore category.
    Lots of fish were caught, especially Ladyfish and undersized Trout but few keepers.
      Inshore winners: 1st place Cappy LaBarbara 9 points- 1.6# Black Drum, 1.0# Mangrove Snapper & 1.2# Trout.
    2nd place: Steve Daniel 3 points- 2.2# Bluefish and 3rd place: Bob LaBarbara 2 points, .6# Mangrove Snapper
    Onshore winners: Three way tie for 1st place: Dick Kern, Dot Kern & Bill Crooks 3 points each .6# Flounder each.
    Women's division winner:  Dot Kern 

    Upcoming events:
    Fall picnic Saturday November 12, 2016.  Lemon Bay Park Pavilion.  Picnic starts about noon and we eat at 1:00 PM.  The club provides hot dogs, brats & hamburgers with condiments, paper/plastic utensils and water.  Club members should bring a dish to share and other beverages of their choice.  Sign up at the November club meeting if you did not do so at the October meeting.  We expect a good crowd as usual.

    November fishing tournament:  Wednesday, November 15, 2016 is an open tournament for all listed species.  This will have three categories of offshore, inshore & onshore.  Weigh-in will be at the Gasparilla Marina from 1:00 to 1:30 PM.  Be on time.  Sign up at the November club meeting.

    Christmas party, Tuesday December 6, 2016.  Boca Royale Restaurant, Englewood, FL.  $30.00 per person in advance.  Send your reservations and money to George Fox.  Make checks payable to George Fox and send to him at: 1684 Bayshore Drive, Englewood, FL 34223.
    If you need a reservation form, get one at the November meeting or get one emailed to you by contacting Jim Thompson at goin2pot.com.  Get your reservations in early as we expect a large and joyous group.

    TOYS FOR TOTS:  Again, we are collecting Toys For Tots for children in need.  These must be new, unwrapped toys.  The toys we collect will be passed on to the US Marine group to hand out to children at Christmas time.  Please bring toys to the November or December club meetings or to the Christmas party. Your generosity and compassion for children in need is greatly appreciated.  Your gift may be the only gift a needy child receives this Christmas.

    SHIRTS AND HATS:  We have ordered a supply of club logo shirts and hats to have on hand for members to purchase.  Remember, these make good Christmas presents to family members as well as for you to wear with pride.  This time we will be including two style of women's shirts so they can feel more comfortable and stylish.

    ELECTION OF BOARD MEMBERS:  Election time is here to elect Board Members to serve for the next two years.  George Fox and Bob Nordstrom are the election chairmen.  Please see them at the meeting if you would like to serve on the Board and possibly as an officer.

    Food Pantry:  Please remember to bring non-perishable food items, toiletries, paper goods (including diapers) or soap to the meeting.  These items will be passed on to be distributed to those less fortunate.  Thanks to all who have contributed in the past and we hope that you will continue to do so.  There are many families with significant needs at this time.



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