FEBRUARY MEETING - BILL WETZEL

CSA is excited to host one of the great sharpies in the sport today- Bill Wetzel. Bill has over 20 years of experience fishing all types of water on Long Island and beyond. Bill will be sharing his expertise on fishing the waters of Long Island from the back bays to the the lighthouse at Montauk Point. Don't miss this opportunity to pick the brain  of one of the most respected members of the surf casting community. Join us on February 7th at the Clinton Town Hall in Clinton, CT at 7 pm.

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January Meeting - CSA's own Mad Scientist - Billy D!

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”!

CSA Demo Day!

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! 

24-7 Lures
Goo Goo Man
Frank Goncalves
Guy Cotten Surf tops
3-Tand/Zeebaas/Hansome Tackle
Al Gags
Flatlander Surf Bags
Lamiglas Rods
Fatty Lures
Washed Ashore Plugs
High Hook Lures
Guppy Lure Company
Bold Coast Burns
Fatty Lures
Van Staal
Cobra Baits
Joe Baggs Bucktails
Tsunami
Stormr
Tank Surfcasting
Fiberstar Composites

$5 donation/admission at the door
More information about presentations/demonstrations to follow!

Fishing the Fall Run in NJ

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!

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THE LITTLE THINGS...

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 JournalEastern Fly FishingFly 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!

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Surfcasting Block Island!

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!

 

Monthly Meeting August 2017 - It's in the bag!

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?

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June 2017 Monthly Meeting

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! 

Monthly Meeting May 2017

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.

MONTHLY MEETING: APRIL 2017

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.

MONTHLY MEETING: MARCH 2017

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.

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Janet Messineo has lived on Martha’s Vineyard since 1966, and has been fishing the shoreline of the island for more than 35 years. She has written for and been featured in books, magazines, and appeared on television shows. They include Reading the Water, On the Run, New England Stripers,The Big One, An Amazing Story of the Vineyards Derby, Offshore, On The Water, Vineyard Style, Martha’s Vineyard and Edible Vineyard Magazines. She has been featured in articles in the New York Times, the Boston Globe and a DVD called Feeding the Water. Janet has been a professional taxidermist since graduating from the Pennsylvania Institute of Taxidermy in 1987. She has been the owner of Island Taxidermy and Wildlife Art Studio since that time. She specializes in saltwater fish. Her work has been shown in many art galleries on the Vineyard such as Louisa Gould’s Gallery in Vineyard Haven and The Schrimshaw Gallery in Edgartown. Visit her Gallery on this site to see some of her work. You can purchase some of these beautiful pieces today. Janet would also like to share her years of surfcasting experience from the shores of Martha’s Vineyard with you.
— http://www.vineyardsurfcaster.com/

As always our meetings are free and open to the public.

Source: http://www.mvmagazine.com/news/2015/09/01/...

MONTHLY MEETING: JANUARY 2017

7PM WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4TH, 2017

THE CLUB WILL BE HOSTING ROB TAYLOR OF NEWPORT SPORT FISHING CHARTERS OF NEWPORT, RI AS OUR EVENING'S SPEAKER.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE OLD MEMORIAL TOWN HALL.

ROB IS WELL VERSED IN THE SURF AS WELL AS FROM THE BOAT.  ROB HAS A KNACK FOR SUCCESS WITH LARGE FISH AND HE'S GOING TO SHARE HIS APPROACH IN THE SURF WHILE TARGETING THESE FISH AND WHY HE HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL.  ROB WILL ALSO COVER WHY HE HAS SO MUCH CONFIDENCE IN THE RIGGED EEL, WHAT PLUGS HE THROWS, AND HIS THOUGHTS ON SURFCASTING TODAY. 

LATER THIS MONTH, THE CT SURFCASTERS WILL BE HOSTING THE 6TH ANNUAL CSA DEMO DAY ON SATURDAY JANUARY 28TH, 2017 AT THE CLINTON CT TOWN HALL.  

DEMO DAY IS AN EVENT TAILORED TO THE SURFCASTER.  THE CLUB'S GOAL AT DEMO DAY IS TO SHARE SOME OF WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT SURF FISHING THROUGH CLUB MEMBER DEMONSTRATIONS, PRESENTATIONS, AND SEMINARS. PLEASE FOLLOW OUR FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION, SCHEDULES, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR DEMO DAY.  CLICK HERE

MONTHLY MEETING: DECEMBER 2016

THE MONTHLY MEETING FOR DECEMBER IS FOR MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS ONLY.  THIS IS THE HIGH HOOK AWARDS AND FAMILY BANQUET NIGHT.  PLEASE RSVP TO MIKE MULLEN, CLUB PRESIDENT.

MEETING TO BE HELD AT THE SURF CLUB IN MADISON DECEMBER 7TH, 2016.   6:30PM  

THE EVENT WILL BE CATERED BY NEW HAVEN PIZZA TRUCK.

MONTHLY MEETING: NOVEMBER 2016

7PM WEDNESDAY NOV. 2 GUEST SPEAKER SAM SMITH

AS THE SEASON BEGINS TO WRAP UP OVER THE NEXT MONTH OR SO, SOME OF US MIGRATE INSIDE TO TURN PLUGS, BUILD RODS, AND SOME OF US KEEP ON FISHING.

ONE OF THE CONNECTICUT SURFCASTER MEMBERS, SAM SMITH, IS NO STRANGER TO THE "KEEP FISHING" MOTTO AS HE HAS BEEN A PERENNIAL WINNER OF THE BASS A MONTH CLUB CONTEST THAT THE HOLDS EACH YEAR.  THE GOAL IS TO CATCH AT LEAST ONE STRIPED BASS IN EVERY MONTH OF EACH YEAR. SOUNDS EASY, RIGHT? GO AHEAD AND TRY IT, THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THE KIND OF DEDICATION SAM PUTS INTO HIS OWN FISHING.

SAM WILL BE PRESENTING ON HOW TO EXTEND YOUR SEASON, EITHER ADDING TIME AT THE END OF THE YEAR OR STARTING EARLIER IN THE SPRING (OR BOTH).  HE WILL DISCUSS HIS GEAR, TACKLE, TECHNIQUES, AND GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF STRIPED BASS BEHAVIOR DURING THE LATE FALL TO EARLY SPRING MONTHS.

AS ALWAYS, WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE, THE MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

MONTHLY MEETING: SEPTEMBER 2016

THE CONNECTICUT SURFCASTERS MONTHLY MEETING FOR SEPTEMBER IS AT THE TOWN OF MADISON SURF CLUB.

WEDNESDAY SEPT. 7th @ 7:00PM

OUR GUEST SPEAKER FOR THE MEETING IS DAVID PICKERING WHO WILL PRESENT ON THE FALL RUN AND HOW TO PREPARE AND FISH THE VARIETY OF CONDITIONS WE FACE IN THE EVER CHANGING FALL WEATHER. 

"David is a year round striper fisherman and fishes extensively along RI's oceanfront, in Narragansett Bay and at Cape Cod.  Most of his catches come from shore although he fishes on occasion from a boat and from a kayak.  As far as size, he has landed many trophy stripers upwards of 50 lbs. He generally fishes with rigs and plugs which he makes himself.  That is a theme in many of his writings.  He has written over 300 feature magazine articles on striper fishing and has written parts of several books.  His is a frequent contributor to the Fisherman Magazine and On the Water Magazine. His award winning photos have appeared on magazine and catalog covers as well as in the many stories he writes." excerpt from David's public Google profile.

David also maintains frequent posts on his blog on fishing Rhode Island waters.

MONTHLY MEETING: AUGUST 2016

THE MONTHLY MEETING FOR AUGUST WILL BE A FISHING OUTING, PLEASE CHECK THE CSA MESSAGE BOARD OR CHECK THE CLUB PRESIDENT'S EMAILS FOR DETAILS.

MONTHLY MEETING: JUNE 2016

FOLLOWING ON THE HEELS OF THE SUCCESSFUL MAY MEETING TOPIC OF WHAT'S IN YOUR BAG?  THE CLUB MEMBERSHIP WILL BE HIGHLIGHTING ANOTHER IMPORTANT TOPIC: FISHING WITH BAIT. FROM EELS, LIVE OR DEAD TO CHUNKS TO DO WHAT WE ALL LIKE TO DO, CATCH FISH.  THIS DISCUSSION WILL COVER THE FINER POINTS OF FISHING WITH BAIT.

THE TALK WILL COVER WHAT GEAR IS USED from CoNVENTIONAL TO SPIN RODS TO THE BAIT USED; THE CUTS, TERMINAL TACKLE, RIGS, AND LIKELY WHERE THE BAIT IS EITHER PURCHASED OR CAUGHT AND TRANSPORTED TO AND DURING AN OUTING.  We WILL HEAR FROM KEVIN SCHWATLOW ON EELS, BILL AND MARGE SCRIVENER ON BAIT AND WAIT AND MR WILL SIROTNAK ON ACTIVE CHUNKING. 

TO GO ALONG WITH JUNE'S THEME OF FISHING WITH BAIT, THE RAFFLE PRIZE WILL BE A RIGGED EEL KIT AND AN ENGEL BAIT COOLER RETAILING ARUOND $250. 

THE MEETING WILL BE AT 7 PM JUNE 1 AT THE SURF CLUB.

ALSO OUR 2016 SLATE OF CLUB OFFICERS IS:
MIKE MULLEN, PRESIDENT
CHARLIE GARGANO, VICE PRESIDENT
ROBERT COHN, SECRETARY
JIM SAVAGE, TREASURER

MONTHLY MEETING: MAY 2016

THE MONTHLY MEETING FOR MAY WILL FEATURE A PANEL DISCUSSION FROM OUR CLUB MEMBER ABOUT WHAT IS IN THEIR BAG FOR SPRING TIME PLUGS.

WE WILL HEAR FROM PAT ABATE, PETE K, KEVIN SCHWATLOW, MIKE MULLEN, BILL DELIZIO, AND MATT LEJEUNE.  THE DISCUSSION WILL INCLUDE THE SITUATIONS, CONDITIONS, AND REASONING AS TO WHY THESE SURFCASTERS CARRY WHAT THEY CARRY.

ALSO, MAY IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THIS IS WHEN WE HOLD OUR CLUB OFFICER ELECTIONS.

THE MEETING IS AT 7PM AT THE MADISON SURF CLUB, AND FOR A RAFFLE ITEM WE HAVE A 3 TUBE FLATLANDER SURF BAG.  SEE YOU THERE!