President’s Message June 2021
Several weeks ago former member Randy DiSanto text me and said he just got back from a pond in The Villages with a Caddis Hatch and bass and bluegills were having a feeding frenzy. He was going to get his fly rod out. This last week Russ, Larry, and Mal were kayaking in the Ocala National Forest and enjoyed a Mayfly hatch catching many bluegills and bass. The picture shows a bass stuffed with mayflies.
Even though we are getting into the hot months of summer there are still opportunities like this to make fishing exciting.
When it heats up some say the bass are harder to catch. I believed it, because I wasn’t catching any. Then I read an article by someone who said he caught his biggest bass in the heat of the summer. He went where the bass were…under the heavy vegetation mats in the ponds. We just have to figure out how to get a fly under those mats and hook a bass and land it ;(
Some of us switch to saltwater and go for snook at night under the dock lights. Don’t forget this is the best time of the year to catch a tarpon in the Crystal River and Homosassa areas.
Our ponds in Central Florida can get very hot and that’s when the Tilapia get going. Did you know they do very well in temperatures up to 104 degrees!
Our Summer Calendar (Check closely some dates have been changed)
June, July, and August
No Regular morning Board/Business meetings and no Evening meetings are scheduled These are very slow months.
WE WILL HAVE:
Monthly Fly Tying at Grand Oaks in the Bridge Room from 2-4pm on June 7th, July 6th, and August 2nd.
Monthly Tilapia Derby at Freedom Pointe between 9-11am as the ponds heat up. Dates to be determined. They will be posted in Russ’s weekly club news and fishing planner email.
Bass, Bistro, and Beer A monthly Evening Fishing/Social at Grand Oaks June16th, July 14th, and August 19th. Come and fish the early evening hours and the winner gets a beer at the Bistro. If you don’t fish you can still come and have a beer or dinner and socialize.
We will restart our Morning Business meetings and our Evening Presentation Meetings.
We will update you when our guest speakers are rescheduled.
Oct 13. Fall Picnic. 11-2pm Ribs and stuff with Baked Bean cook off with Celebration of Life for Ed Rapisardi
Nov 10th Fall Fest. 5-8pm. Bridge Room this is a catered event