The FFA Annual Picnic was held at the beautiful home of Sue L who graciously hosted many members of the club once again. A big thank you goes out to Sue and Ed for their efforts and graciousness. Hot Dogs, Hamburers, Sausages, as well as some delicoius seared Tuna (of course, we are a fishing club). Members brought other excellent dishes and many funny stories were shared. It was also great to see one of our newer members, Chris B, who attended his first club picnic. Thanks so much to Sue and Ed on a job well done!
On Sunday evening, September 11, the 2022 Albie Hunt concluded. As was true with the Fluke tournament earlier in the year the Hunt became a battle of (less than) inches, right up to the end. In fact, the winner was separated from the runner up by only 1/2 inch about 3/4 inch from the third place fish.
Ultimately, the winning fish was caught by Tom Waltner. His trophy fish was measured in at 25". Along with his "winner", Tom also caught 3 other Albies. For good "measure", Tom caught a beautiful Spanish Mackerel that he had for his celebratory dinner. Runers up were Mike LaRaia and Skip Bandini, both of whose fish were less than an inch shorter than the winner.
The Hunt went well and boat owners graciously enabled non-boating members to accompany them on their Albie trips. The Hunt was another event well attended with lots of smiles.
Even though Albies can frustrate fishermen to their limits the thrill and excitement of the catch is what keeps the sportsmen coming back for more. They are a tremendous fighting fish and the sound of your spool running adds to the excitement!
Congratulations to Tom, Mike and Skip on their catches.
FFA's annual Christmas Party will be held on December 3, 2022. The party will be
held at the home of member, Sue Lafoe.
If you are planning on going, please bring an appetizer or dessert to share. The party is from 5:00 pm till probably 9:00 pm. It is BYOB. Always a great party and thank you Sue for hosting.
List of 2022 Previous Speakers at FFA:
December - FFA Christmas Party
November - Jerry Ellis from Bourne, MA. The focus of his brief, informal talk will be the history of the Cape Cod Canal.
October - FFA VP Bill Prodouz spoken at our October meeting. He shared with us what has changed on fishing the Cape Cod Canal.
September - David Pierce (retired), former director of the Mass Division of Marine Fisheries was our speaker.
August - Harold Skeltons of" Mission 22 Fishing" (Armed Forces Program) also Fishing Knots by members, lead by Keith Roberts
July - No Meeting
June - At our June meeting we had Ben Gahagan talk about advances in biotelemetry have allowed scientists to unlock striped bass migration patterns and behaviors.
May - At May 3, 2022 meeting, our guest speaker was Crista Bank, Fisheries Liaison for Vineyard Wind. She provided details on the Cape Wind Farm.
April - Chuck Martinsen was our April speaker, he started working with the Town of Falmouth in 1993. He has held various positions since then and is currently serving as Deputy Director of the Marine & Environmental Services Department, as well as Game Warden, and Shellfish Warden for the town of Falmouth.
March - The March guest speaker was Seth Rolbein, the Director of the Cape Cod Fisheries Trust. Seth began his career as a journalist in the mid-Cape in the 1970s. He then joined WGBH-TV in Boston as a writer, reporter and documentary filmmaker, also writing for many regional and national publications, including The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.
February - Matt Zimmerman, is an experienced fisherman who began working as a guide in the Salem Sound. Matt is a successful charter captain with extensive experience in fly rod fishing for striped bass and Albies.
January - Our January speak was Lance Scarborough of the Kennebec Lure Company of Maine. Lance shared his knowledge with the club. Lance has fished for over 50 years.
List of 2021 Previous Speakers at FFA:
December - FFA Christmas Party
November - Ray Jarvis, captain out of Westport, MA, discussed light tackle and fly fishing for striped bass, blue fish, false albacore and bonito.
October - Captain Brian Coombs, the owner and operator of Get Tight Sport Fishing, discussed Striper Migration and Planning a Fishing Calendar discussing Striper Migration and Planning a Fishing Calendar
September - Nick Wildman and Georgeann Kerr - MA Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), discussed projects that restore our rivers, streams, wetlands, and watersheds
August - Biologist John Boardman - South Shore Recreational Fisheries Division of the MA Division of Marine Fisheries, role of his division, various striped bass facts, department initiatives, fishing regulations and division activities
July - No meeting
June - Kristen Kibblehouse - Atlantic Great White Shark Conservancy, roles sharks play in marine ecosystem, shark resarch, affect of sharks on Cape Cod region
May - Member Doctor Rich Rubin - Tick and Lyme disease prevention
April - Members Captain Kevin Downs and Bill Prodouz - How Moons, Tides and Currents Impact Boat, Surf and Canal Fishing, or Fish whenever you can but here are tips on how to improve your odds of success
March - Ryan Collins - Fishing the Cape for stripers (and other species) from the beach, boat and kayak
February - Chris Parisi - How to tie flies for catching bass
January - East End Eddie Doherty - Cape Cod Canal surfcasting seminar