Bill Pecoraro, Joel Janecek and Gary Disbrow and I were one of the teams and this is the first tournament I have fished where our boat managed to end up with a fairly respectable catch. It is only my third and yes, I did compete against many better or many more informed contestants as where the fish were. But each time I think I get a little better at it. And that becomes my soap box for our other members. About the only way you have a chance is to get out there and give it a try. When I look at the $25 entry fee ($100 boat fee shared by 4 team mates), I see it as a donation to the club as the worst case. It can be less than a night out in a restaurant and it simply becomes part of my learning experiences. So I suggest to all the other club members, do not debate how good your chances are or worry about who you might be competing against, just go ahead and enter and give it a try. Just remember, if you do not enter, you cannot ever win.
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As I told the 12 young service men and women who we shared a day out on the water fishing for Stripers, it was our “privilege” to be able to be with them and share the passion we have for the Striped Bass at SML. We were able to raise enough money to present each one with a custom built spinning rod and reel. We appreciate very much the many donors of money to help us purchase the required material. And we especially thank Mark Melius of MYTOYZFISHING for his time and skills which he donated in building the rods from raw blanks.
I hope everyone had the chance to see the several good articles which were printed in the Eagle, Roanoke Times and Laker Weekly and to see the TV bit that was run on this event.
There is not much more to report on this month so I will leave you with this question: Have you given any thought on who can help with this bulletin in January 2013 after my last issue comes out in December and who would you like to lead you in 2013 as your new President?