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Stocking

troutThe Club held its last trout stocking of 2012 Nov. 10. It put $3,500 worth of rainbows in the four lakes. The money came as a donation from the Club, appropriated in its 2012 budget. The Property Owners Association also sets aside funds each year for stocking, which is always overseen by the Club’s Fishery Management Committee.
As usual, the amount of fish put in the lakes was proportional to the size of the lakes:
LAKE TICOA, 32 per cent, 533 pounds

LAKE ATAGAHI, 35 per cent, 583 pounds

LAKE WANTESKA, 19 per cent, 317 pounds

LAKE TIROGA, 14 per cent, 233 pounds
All the trout were 1 1/2 to 2 pounds.
The spring 2012 stocking was held March 19, when we put in nearly 800 rainbows in the 1 1/2-pound range. Thirty of them carried green tags in their dorsal fins for the Club’s Trout Contest.
The first stocking of 2012 was held Jan. 25. Then, the Committee took the occasion to put extra fish — some 750 pounds — in Lake Ticoa to make up for being unable to put fish in it during an October 2011 stocking because the lake was down then for maintenance.
In addition to that, it conducted a normal trout stocking in January in all four lakes consisting of nearly 2,400 pounds.

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Lunker Awards

Brim/Bluegill 1 ibs. 7 oz. 12 1/4 ins. Barry Hancett

Brim/Bluegill 1 ibs. 7 oz. 12 1/4 ins. Barry Hancett

Congratulations to the latest Fishing Club Lunker Award winner, Pete Brewer, of Gigagei Court, who landed a 4-pound, 20-inch largemouth bass Oct. 14 while fishing in Lake Ticoa. Pete was using an artificial lure, a twin-tail grub.

Before Pete, the most recent winner was Hutch Hutchison, of Gagama Ct., who landed a 10-pound, 28-inch catfish at Lake Ticoa Sept. 21. Hutch was actually fishing for bass with a twin-tail spider grub on a spinning rod. It took him 10 minutes to land the big catfish.

On July 19, Bill Foley, of Oakanoah Circle, caught a 22-inch, 5-pound rainbow trout while fishing with Power Bait from the dam at Lake Ticoa.

Before Bill, Barry Hanchett, of Inoli Circle, won a Lunker award when he landed a 1-pound, 7-ounce bluegill, which we also call brim or bream. It was 12 1/4 inches long and Barry caught it on a live cricket, one of the most effective baits for the species. Barry was fishing in a cove in Lake Ticoa June 9 near his home.

In October we awarded a belated Lunker certificate to Larry Woliver, who was fishing with his brother-in-law, Mike Rothman, of Middle Connestee Trail, June 1 in Lake Ticoa. He landed a six-pound, 25-inch rainbow trout using Power Bait.

The Lunker contest is open to all Connestee anglers holding current CFPOA fishing licenses, club members or not. Eligible fish must be at least these minimum lengths: bass, 19 inches; catfish, 25; perch, 14; brim, 11 and trout, 20. We recommend releasing all lunkers where practical to enhance the fish population. Call Bill Roehrich at 884 6642 if you catch a lunker.

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New Fish Hides

FishHide Sep. 2012

FishHide Sep. 2012

Our Fishery Management Committee placed eight homemade fish hides in Lake Wanteska recently in a new program to enhance the food chain there. It’s part of our effort to make Wanteska shine as a bass lake.
The hides, designed and made by Club Secretary Jim Ungaro, a member of the Committee, cost a fraction of what a similar commercially constructed hide would cost. They’re made out of old plastic plant containers, supplemented with PVC and other plastic tubing. Some stand up to six feet tall. They are placed in 20 to 25 feet of water.
“They mimic trees and promote the gathering of fish,” said Jim. “They’re not pretty, but they’re effective.”
The idea is that the small fish that are attracted to the hides in turn attract larger predators, mainly bass.
Jim sank three of the hides in Wanteska in August and the remaining five on Sept. 28.
He built them at his home, attaching up to six plant containers on top of one another to make a structure some six feet tall. In each container he drilled holes to allow bait fish to actually hide inside. Then he attached narrow plastic tubing to mimic tree branches, providing further cover.
Jim placed stones in the lowest section to weigh the hide down. To keep it stable and upright under water, he attached lateral PVC pipes to form legs at the base.
He developed the design based only on his experience as a fisherman and from looking at other artificial hides. Jim gets the plant containers free from a local landscaper. The other materials cost less than $5 per hide. A similar hide purchased commercially would cost about $150, he said.
The Committee paid for the materials out of $310 in donations made by Club members for that purpose.ass lake.
The hides, designed and made by Club Secretary Jim Ungaro, a member of the Committee, cost a fraction of what a similar commercially constructed hide would cost. They’re made out of old plastic plant containers, supplemented with PVC and other plastic tubing. Some stand up to six feet tall. They are placed in 20 to 25 feet of water.
“They mimic trees and promote the gathering of fish,” said Jim. “They’re not pretty, but they’re effective.”
The idea is that the small fish that are attracted to the hides in turn attract larger predators, mainly bass.
Jim sank three of the hides in Wanteska in August and the remaining five on Sept. 28.
He built them at his home, attaching up to six plant containers on top of one another to make a structure some six feet tall. In each container he drilled holes to allow bait fish to actually hide inside. Then he attached narrow plastic tubing to mimic tree branches, providing further cover.
Jim placed stones in the lowest section to weigh the hide down. To keep it stable and upright under water, he attached lateral PVC pipes to form legs at the base.
He developed the design based only on his experience as a fisherman and from looking at other artificial hides. Jim gets the plant containers free from a local landscaper. The other materials cost less than $5 per hide. A similar hide purchased commercially would cost about $150, he said.
The Committee paid for the materials out of $310 in donations made by Club members for that purpose.

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