So, we ran into some trouble signing up a speaker for the January meeting, being 2 days after the holiday and all. We had a speaker lined up to discuss winterizing etc which fell through unexpectedly. So, Billy volunteered to help out, which is his nature. He will tell us about general maintenance and equipment upkeep, light repairs, rod blanks and related terminology, fishing lines and types of braid, plug building question will be answered. He even has a short list of emergency fix items every angler should carry to keep your commando run going.
Billy D has led an interesting life. He is a veteran and also served as our club President. He has done woodwork, fixed cars and just about everything else. Needless to say, he wears a bunch of hats. He services reels, builds custom rods, and is a superb plug builder. He is also a terrific teacher and mentor. His generosity with his knowledge and time is beyond comparison.
New to the club? Make sure you introduce yourself to Billy. He likes to talk, but it will be worth your while, I promise you. If/when you get the invite to go to his shop----GO! He is like a Doctor, see one, do one, teach one.
Join us Wednesday January 3rd, 7 pm, at Memorial Town Hall in Madison, CT. Don't miss the opportunity to pick the brain of our own “Mad Scientist”!
Join us for our annual demo day on January 20th where you will be able to talk to and purchase merchandise from some of the top manufactures in the business as well as from numerous local plug builders. The following venders will be on hand with more to come!
Goo Goo Man
Guy Cotten Surf tops
Flatlander Surf Bags
Washed Ashore Plugs
High Hook Lures
Guppy Lure Company
Bold Coast Burns
Joe Baggs Bucktails
$5 donation/admission at the door
More information about presentations/demonstrations to follow!
Join us on Wednesday November 1 for our monthly meeting at the Madison Surf Club. This month's meeting will feature a presentation by member Drew Ciok. He will share with us the ins and outs of fishing the New Jersey shore. This will be just in time for our annual club trip to Island Beach State Park in late November. Also, we will have a roundtable discussion lead by George Baldwin and Jim Kellerer on when, where and how to fish the Danny plug. All are welcome! The meeting starts a 7 pm sharp!
They say that 10% of the anglers catch 90% of the fish. If that’s true, it’s not because those 10% are supernaturally gifted angling demigods. It’s not because they are lucky. It’s because they do a lot of little things that other anglers don’t. That philosophy forms the core of Steve Culton’s presentation The Little Things – seemingly insignificant practices that can make a big difference in your fishing. “When I’m on the water, I adhere to certain core principles. But I also make adjustments and try new approaches,” says Steve. “That’s what The Little Things is all about.”
Steve Culton is a fly fishing guide, instructor, speaker, fly tyer, and writer. His work has appeared in Field & Stream, American Angler, The Flyfish Journal, The Drake, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Eastern Fly Fishing, Fly Rod & Reel Online, and Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide. Steve likes to fish when, where, and how most other people don’t. You can see more of his work on his website, currentseams.com.
JOIN US ON OCTOBER 4TH AT 7 PM AT THE SURF CLUB IN MADISON, CT TO LEARN ABOUT THE LITTLE THINGS THAT CAN UP YOUR GAME!
We have a last minute change to the speaker for the September meeting. Instead of the basics of wet suiting, we will have Pat Abate sharing his valuable insights on fishing Block Island. Whether you have fished Block Island a 100 times or are contemplating your first trip, don't miss this opportunity to gain some tips and insights to fishing this magical place.
At this meeting will also be having the election of our Board of Directors. Please note that we need to start the meeting promptly at 7:15 to give all our prospective directors a chance to state their views on various topics related to surfcasting.
Please join us on September 6th at the Surf Club in Madison CT. Meetings are open to all!
What should be in your bag to increase your chances of success this fall? Find out all the secret weapons used by some of the club's best sharpies Mike Mullen, Kevin Schwatlow and Pat Vogt. This month's meeting will be held at the Surf Club on August 2 at 7 pm. Don't miss the opportunity to get the inside track on the plugs best suited for the fall run!
What's in your bag?
Ron Arra is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the June meeting. Ron is a 5-time United States Distance Surfcasting Champion, professional surfcasting and fly casting instructor, best selling author, and world renowned angler. Arra is also the author of two best-selling books, "The Ultimate Guide to Surfcasting", and "Power Surfcasting”— published by Globe Pequot Press. Ron’s instructional video entitled "Surf Fishing & Distance Casting” was also critically acclaimed.
Come on down to the Surf Club in Madison at 7pm on June 7th to improve your casting distance with one of the best in the sport!
Peter Jenkins from the Saltwater Edge will be doing a presentation on fly fishing for stripers in the surf. Ron Poehailos, owner of 3-TAND reels, will also be at the meeting. He will be showing the club his highly regarded fly fishing reels. In 2014 3-tand earned BEST FLY FISHING REEL with its light tackle fly reel, the TF-70 at the ICAST/IFTD show. Ron also owns Zeebaas reels and Hansom Tackle. This month's meeting will be held on Wednesday May 3 at 7pm at the Surf Club in Madison, CT.
Guest Speaker: Al Gag
Al “Gag” Gagliarducci is a well respected surfcaster throughout the East Coast. Al has a long history in the fishing industry and has been building and designing custom lures since 1978. This month's meeting will be held on Wednesday April 5 at 7pm at the Surf Club in Madison, CT.
Janet Messineo will be our guest speaker on Wednesday March 1st, 7PM at the Old Memorial Town Hall (8 School Street in Madison, CT). Janet will present a visual guide of the Vinyard, discuss the sport of surfcasting and also some of the women figures within the sport.
As always our meetings are free and open to the public.
Wednesday February 1st at 7PM at the Old Memorial Town Hall in Madison, CT
The Connecticut Surfcasters Association are hosting guest speaker Alfred Anuszewski of the well known Campo's Crew. Campo's crew fished during the Block Island heyday in the early 1980's, these influences have shaped most of what our surf gear is built on today, the premise of "it better be able to take abuse" from bags to reels, through wired plugs and modifications of gear. It was the beginning of a revolution which continues today as surfcasters up and down the coast are constantly pushing the limits and making modifications to their gear.
Article link by Alfred Anuszewski on fishing the Heddon Lure Company's hellcats.
Article link by Alfred Anuszewski on fishing the Wadd Style needlefish
Excerpt from Dennis Zambrotta's Surfcasting Around the Block, chapter 3
This meeting is free and open to the public, see you there.