Well summer is certainly here and it seems like it came on fast. Now’s the time for backyard barbecues, 4th of July, and outdoor fun. Speaking of fun, there’s still time to get in on the fun at the 4H. Macky can still use help and it’s sure fun to help and watch the kids catch the fish, some of them for the first time. Give Macky a call and have a great time.
Speaking of fishing, my time on the Roanoke side has been spotty. Some days I see hundreds or thousands of fish but they’re hard to catch. I have even been trying live bait, slinging my net with moderate success, thanks to Macky’s lesson. At least the weather has been enjoyable. Stay tuned for my words about my bait tank experience.
Also speaking of fishing, don’t forget our next club tournament coming up on Saturday, July 20th. We’ll gladly keep your fish for the August fish fry.
The Club has been busy in the last few months. Many thanks to members who helped at the lake clean-up day, the Bedford Youth day, DGIF stocking, our Boat Show, and the 4H kids fishing. We also assisted Chris Dunnavant of DGIF with his Striper Workshop. We took six boy scouts out for a day of fishing and education. Only two fish caught but they had a great time. Jason Dunavant of the Smith Mountain Eagle came out for a day of fishing and education for a newspaper article. That was one of the slow days, lots of fish seen but none bit. Watch for the article in the paper. Your president also took Darius Minnis and his dad Mark for a day of fishing. Darius won the fishing day prize in a raffle at the Aspiring Anglers kids fishing tournament sponsored by the Friends of the State Park. Darius caught a 29”, his first striper, and his dad got a 23”.
Besides the weather, the water has also warmed up. The surface temperature is now around 80 degrees. Time to think about CPR and mortality rate of the stripers released. If you’re going to release, then do it quickly. Net, unhook, photo and torpedo it back into the water straight down. The faster you can do this, the better the survival rate.
And the summer brings the heat and sun. When you go out, be sure to have sun block, proper clothing, and plenty of liquids. When I head out now a days, I’m usually coming off the water around noon to avoid the worst heat and sun. Please be careful.
Remember, next meeting is July 12th.