President’s Message September 2020
What’s been happening
Heat and slow fishing
Tilapia still the fish to catch in the heat. Several ponds in The Villages have tilapia. Largest are in the pond at Freedom Pointe.
Bass have been caught on live bait and alt. tack. at GOR while doing our crude census. We are allowing you to use alternative tackle(artificial barbless lures and plastic worms) thru September.
What we are doing with pond management at GOR
On August 12th water samples were taken from the middle of all 3 ponds at a depth of about 3-4 feet.
Water pH was 7.6 and alkalinity was 60 in all three. This is ideal.
From our fish census and observation the fish count to date seems well balanced. During the 10 days after we had our bait fishing event Dan and I have been trying to get the small fish interested in our smelly mealworms, beetles, and fish pellets. We were even thinking about adding more smelly stuff to attract them. Lo and behold, the little fish finally realized we were throwing them food!
On August 30th I put in a small cup of worms and bugs and saw over 100 small fish from 3” bass and bluegills up to 6” bluegills. This shows us there are plenty of small fish for those big bass we can’t catch:(
The weed problem will be worked on with the razor rake that GOR management is getting for us to use. We have several strong members helping us clear lanes on the big pond and the middle pond. Hopefully this will give us better access to place our flies in front of some big bass and get them to the bank without losing them in the thick weeds.
We are also planning on placing artificial fish attractors which will be marked in the ponds within our casting range. The goal is to put big bass in reach of our flies:):)
Where we are with our meetings…
September morning business meeting, monthly fly tying, and evening meeting are all canceled.
Future meetings in Oct, and Nov. remained scheduled We will notify you asap if they are canceled.
Oct 5th Monthly Fly Tying meeting 2-4pm The Bridge Room
Oct 7th Monthly Business meeting at 9am Bridge Room
Oct. 21st 7pm Evening Presentation Capt. Rick Grassett “SW Florida Fall Fly Fishing Tactics” The Bridge Room
Oct 28th 9am-noon The Annual Ed Rapisardi Fly Casting Tournament at Grand Oaks Near the Outdoor Chapel
Oct 28th noon TCFF Club Picnic & Raffle, Bake Bean Cook-Off, followed by Ed Rapisardi Celebration of Life Outdoor Chapel
Nov 2nd Monthly Fly Tying Meeting 2-4pm The Bridge Room
Nov 4th Monthly Business Meeting at 9am Bridge Room
Nov 18th 7pm Evening Meeting Capt. John Hand “Fly Fishing the Everglades Backcountry” The Bridge Room
Remember to wear your mask and name tag when you come to meetings.
In the mean time we will continue our outdoor activities with the
Friday morning fishing at GOR. You may fish there at anytime when they are open and the golf driving range is not being used.
The driving range opens around 9 am but has very little use so far.
I have been over there only once when I had to quit because of golf lessons on the range. You could probably still fish the large pond on the east side by the barn and be safe from range balls. Again the range is rarely used.
With all the rain we had over the last couple of weeks they have trouble cutting the grass around the ponds. If you are fishing I suggest you wear low cut boots or your f