We gathered and the heat cooled a bit once the rain started and the bugs seemed to stay away so we enjoyed the social camaraderie followed by great food and the short meeting after.
Thanks to Jeremy Cannon of FAT FELLAS for a great dinner. Visit Jeremy's restaurant FAT FELLAS in Newport on Hwy 70 next time you are in the area. Thanks to Drake Hollander, the Daiwa gear rep for joining us and speaking. More on Drake's fishing guide business at a future meeting.
I want to thank all of you for being there and for listening to my rambles, for your patience as we plodded along - sorry for those unable to attend, overall, we had close to the 60 that signed up.
We had winners: Dan Furminsky won one of the rod/reel combo rigs plus the 50/50 - others got a rod/reel combo and other tackle gear - congrats to all. Combo winners, please take your rod/reel to Don Willis at Custom Marine Fabrication & Sports - Don will spool with your choice of braid.
The upcoming red drum tourney can still be booked - see Art, get your money to him and sign your waiver.
I want to say thanks a lot to many of you for helping with the picnic setup/take down: John and Jim for handling the tickets, the stewards Ken and Tim, John Roy for always being there to help, Steve Mink, Guy/Jody Pascalerra, Liz/George and Wayne - if I forget to mention your name, pardon me. JIm Spatharos for his advice, input, raffle gear from his brother and overall help to me.
It was especially good to see Eric, Stephanie and Hunter - Gracie couldn't join but it was nice Eric, and his family did. Ok so that's it for the picnic meeting - we will analyze this and decide if, when, how best to repeat it sometime in the future.
Next meeting Community Centre Wednesday October 5 at 7pm.
Harvey Pye Co-Ordinator, Fairfield Harbour Fishing Club
The 2022 Big Drum Challenge happened on September 14. A total of 45 anglers participated in 18 boats:
Lower Neuse Anglers (LNA): 19 anglers in 8 boats
Eastern Salt Water Fishing Club (ESWFC): 9 anglers in 3 boats
Fairfield Harbour Fishing Club (FHFC): 17 anglers in 7 boats
The conditions were nearly perfect:
Wind: north 5-10
A total of 24 trophy sized red drum were caught:
About 50% of the catches were done with artificial baits and the remainder was done with natural basis. All of the fish were released unharmed. The largest fish:
Two @ 47” (split first prize of $130)
Two @ 46” (split second and third prizes of $120)
One DEQ red tag (worth $100) was retrieved. Two FHFC members caught their first Trophy Red Drum:
John Mc Clain (43”)
Lunch was catered by Bradley’s Restaurant (Oriental) Big Drum artificial baits were raffled for anglers that did not catch at least one fish. A total of 14 prizes were awarded. All prizes were Big Drum terminal tackle. Special thanks go to Henry Frazier for hosting the event at his marina: Whittaker Point Marina Special thanks to Don Willis, owner of Custom Marine Fabrication, for providing the prizes at a significant discount price.
Submitted by Art Thinguldstad