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CLUB MESSAGE Written by Vice President Allen Morrow
In last month’s comments, I lamented the fact that it appeared that we would have to cancel the holiday banquet because of a lack of volunteers. Fortunately for our club I was wrong. We again solicited volunteers at our October meeting and more than enough of us volunteered to make the banquet not only possible, but a definite go. Therefore, mark December 7, the date of the holiday banquet, on your calendar for a great party.
The ability and desire of our members to volunteer was also borne out by the 17 members who donated 868 hours the help 4,335 kids catch a fish at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. Although SSPSA members provided over two thirds of the necessary hours we were very happy to receive the assistance of 28 Master Hunters who gave us 396 hours of their time. Those of us who volunteered strongly encourage others to join us next year. We all found that the kids make the experience to be both fun and rewarding.
On a more serious side there are a number of issues on the horizon that threaten recreational fishing as we know it today. Issues like the Orca problem in the Salish Sea, gill nets in the Columbia River and Willapa Bay, the Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan, predation by seals, sea lions and birds and last, but not the least, proposed license fee increases. It is essential that we all monitor proposed action by WDFW, the Governor’s Orca Task Force and the legislature to insure that recreational opportunities aren’t lost as decisions are made. You have been and will continue to receive messages from PSA, CCA and other interest groups encouraging you to attend meetings with WDFW or to at least send your comments regarding the proposals to the interested parties. So when you receive an email asking for your support please don’t ignore it. Rather you need to make your position known to the powers that be. Remember that the more noise we make the more likely our position will be considered.
Our next meeting will be on November first. The speaker will be “lingcod” Todd Girtz. Todd says “I love fishing! Rivers, lakes, oceans, ponds and small streams I love fishing all of them I enjoy catching everything from the smallest fish to the biggest but if it were up to me the more and the bigger the better I am always looking to learn more when it comes to fishing and I find by helping others catch fish it often helps me catch more fish.” He will share his knowledge of fishing techniques for lingcod and other bottom fish species. I hope to see you all then.
Come join for a "bobber dog-in" event on November 10. We will be out on the Puget Sound chasing Chum Salmon. Contact Mike Silvers at Mike Silvers [email@example.com] to see if we have an open seat for you or to find out details about the outing. Hope to see you there!
On Octover 13 members participated in a clam dig/surf perch fishing/bon fire event at Rooseveldt Beach. All got limits of razor clams 5 surf perch were caught by one member. Good time had by all!
At the Puyallup Fair, the Master Hunters out did themselves this year. Master Hunters volunteered for 13 days with 57 shifts and a total of 396 volunteer hours to help 4,355 kids catch fish at the Puyallup Fair. Because of the volunteers we fished 315 more kids this year than we did last year and did it with less fish.
Thanks for all the help!
On July 14th, Cub Scout Pack 462 had a ball catching Rainbow trout. After the scouts each caught two it was open to their siblings. The fish cooperated, sort of. All caught fish. The South Sound chapter of Puget Sound Anglers volunteers had a ball and a fabulous lunch provided by the Pack. Pack 462 is JBLM based. They have 62 cub scouts! A wonderful program and pleased we could help. Thank you Mike Silvers Mike Servey, Dennis Knutz, Kevin Fast, and John Ignac for your time.
Thanks to all the volunteers, the May 30, 2018 Kid's Fish-in at Mason Lake was a great success. You made some lasting memories for many a kid and I heard a lot of "Thank You's" from the parents.
We had at least 80 kids catch fish. Some kids (with teacher permission) took the fish back to the school to be grilled and eaten! Happy fishers at Mason Lake (Shelton, Wa) Kids Fish-In. See pictures below and Click here to watch some of the fun!
Our South Sound Chapter of PSA received a $5,000 grant from Cabela's in Lacey Wa, on May 26, 2018, for us to give kids rods and reels.
MEDIA ALERT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -
June 1, 2018
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s to donate 50,000 rods and reels in nationwide effort to get kids outside this summer
Gone Fishing movement kicks off with National Donation Day at Cabela’s in LACEY, WA
WHAT: Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is challenging families to put down their digital devices and get outside to discover the joys of fishing. To kick off Gone Fishing, the nationwide movement that gets kids and families connected to nature each summer, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s are donating 50,000 rods and reels to nonprofit organizations that help kids from all backgrounds connect to the great outdoors.
Media are invited to Cabela’s in Lacey, Washington on Thursday, June 7 for a special ceremony featuring Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) receiving the donations, The WDFW helps get kids outside with programs like “Fish Washington, Kid Fish Events”, receiving this donation of rods and reels will help increase the number of kids that participate in events throughout the year.
During the family-friendly Gone Fishing events taking place over the next two weekends (June 9-10 and 16-17), kids of all ages are invited to catch their first fish with free catch-and-release ponds, take home a “First Fish” certificate and beginner’s guides, and participate in free seminars, free crafts and free photo downloads.
The effort is part of the company’s mission to inspire future generations to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors. In the past five years, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have donated more than 300,000 items to youth-focused nonprofit organizations across North America.
WHEN: Thursday, June 7, 2018, 4 P.m.
WHO: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Insert name(s) of local nonprofit representatives attending the event)
MEDIA CONTACT: Tracy Hatton
Cabela’s – Lacey, WA