"The REEL THING" -
With our tournament coming up next weekend, it seemed expedient to send the June bulletin out now. May has been an exciting fishing month for the club with the Spring Ice-out trip to Kennesis Lake proving to be a winner. Six out of the ten of us on the trip all caught speckled trout with Leon, Paul and Maria starring with a couple fat brookies each. Leon’s grandson and Maria both caught their first brookies on this trip, while we all had a great time, even those like me who didn’t manage to ring the bell. Since the streams opened on the first of the month, there have been tremendous results from a few folks who have been working the Ganaraska for browns and rainbows. Here’s a couple of early reports from Jim and Ray for your perusal. Since receiving these, there have been several other reports of similar success from the guys…..nothing from the gals, yet. We’re still waiting to hear from Sharon, Maria and the others.
Our regular weekly practice casting sessions at the beautiful Milliken Park Pond setting are back in action with good turnouts.Folks tuning up for our biggest event of the year, The SCARBOROUGH CASTING CHAMPIONSHIPS, next weekend, June 3rd and 4th. It is expected that all our members will do everything in their power to set aside the Saturday (accuracy games) from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. to attend, assist, participate and support us all with this fun event. It doesn’t matter if you are a first-time caster, barely able to get your line towards the targets, or a seasoned expert like Jim, Ray and Paul. There awards, medals, plaques and trophies for all…..as well as meeting some of the top casters in the world expected to show here from as far away as Lexington, Valparaiso, Rochester and of course, Toronto.
A new highlight in the awards department this year will be a fifty-dollar dinner certificate from the best seafood restaurant in Toronto, NEPTUNE’S COVE. It will be won by the all-round novice caster in the six accuracy games coming up with the lowest total scores. Depending on the total number of casters, we may limit this award to those who have never competed previously in any regular casting competition in order to make for a fair result. E.g. if there are enough (three or more) participants in that category casting all six games. In addition, the NEPTUNE’S COVE restaurant has been kind enough to give us ten-dollar dinner coupons for every person who registers for at least three games. In effect, that means that the $10.00 registration fee ($3.50 ea game, or $10.00 for three) is free.
Of course, there are always more accuracy than distance casters, however, we hope that there will also be a few of our club members out to see some of the phenomenal distances achieved by these casters, such as Harvey Beck from Toronto, who won the two-hand salmon fly distance last year with a long cast in excess of 270’, close to the Scarborough record of 282’. The distance games will be cast in the upper, north-east corner of the park.
Sheila and I took in the Kentucky Bluegrass tournament last weekend, making our first long trip with our 24’ camping trailer and it proved to be a fun-filled outing, other than having to deal with a pain-full, pulled groin injury that considerably hampered my personal casting results, but Sheila stood up for the both of us, taking a fourth place in the 5/8th accuracy, just missing the bronze position by one demerit. The Kentucky folks were great even offering to walk for me on the distance fields (they knew they probably wouldn’t have too far to walk, I guess). ust kidding! They were a big help to Sheila and me and ran a great show overall……..hopefully we can match it with our own event, next weekend.
P.S. - To ChristineVandervoet.... hopefully you were able to pull this bulletin from our website. Please let me know. Also, the other ladies are hoping you will be joining us next weekend, along with Bob. - Gord.
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