President’s Message for June 2017

Gig Harbor PSA Presidents Message June 2017

We had a fun meeting in May and everybody learned how to maintain their boat trailers from Andy at King Trailers. 

This month will be a little different format for our speakers. We will be holding a round robin tuna fishing talk hosted by two of the best albacore tuna captains from Westport. Capt Mark Coleman with All Rivers and Saltwater Charters and Capt Darrell Johnson with Far Corners Express Sport Fishing.  Both Mark and Darrell run express style fishing trips for tuna and will give us some tips for this upcoming summer tuna season. This will be a must attend meeting and I would expect a full house so come early to reserve your seat.

Mike will be putting on one of his big raffles for this event so grab your tickets from him when you get there.

Doug Dixon is looking for some boats for the Cast for Kids event in Tacoma this summer. If you can volunteer to take some kids fishing get with him at the meeting.

Our derby is schedule for Saturday 12 Aug. mark your calendars. We will need some help manning the Pt. Defiance weigh station and for setup at Bass Pro.  If you want to volunteer to help out your club let me know at the June meeting.

Remember on meeting night you can take advantage of your club membership and shop at Bass Pro and receive a discount. Just in time to stock up for the summer.

Local salmon fishing will open around Tacoma on 1 June. I would expect it to be quite good. The south sound chinook run numbers look good for this summer. We will be covering some chinook techniques for catching salmon in Puget Sound during the July meeting.  

There was no winner of the Southworth Marine monthly membership drawing as member # 92 Withrow Reid was not present, so the pot will be increasing to $260 for the June meeting.

Once again the meeting starts at 7PM on 14 June but I encourage members to come early and join us at 6PM in the Uncle Bucks restaurant for dinner and to share fishing reports.

See you all there.

 

John Keizer

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President’s Message for May 2017

GHPSA Presidents Message May 2017

We all enjoyed a great April meeting and were glued to our State PSA President Ron Gardner’s seminar on halibut fishing. This month’s speaker will be Andy Anderson with King Trailers and will give us the secrets of keeping our trailers running great to all the salmon hot spots this summer. 

We have two event days at Bass Pro on May 20 & 27 supporting the kid’s trout pound. We need 4 members each day to work catch and release pond helping the kids C&R trout. This is fun time watching kids land trout and helps instill fishing in their future not just video games. Signup sheet will be at the meeting. 

As I mentioned at the last meeting we have revamped our big fish awards. You can now entry one entry for chinook salmon, coho salmon, trout, steelhead and halibut.  So each member will have up to 5 entry’s total over the season 1 for each fish category. Weight doesn’t count expect for bragging rights! For each entry you will be entered into a drawing for the grand price for $500. So if you catch all 5 species you get 5 chances to win. To enter fill out the form on our web site and attach a picture of your fish for each category of fish caught. Bring it to the meeting to enter. Note: All steelhead only required an in water picture. All entries will be due by 1 Nov 2017.

The winner of the Southworth Marine monthly membership drawing was our own treasurer, Jeff Zuniga, who took home $260.00. This month membership drawing will be worth $150.00.

Now that we have the salmon season set for this year and everyone’s making their fishing plans keep August 12th on your schedule for our annual summer salmon derby and 9 December for our club winter blackmouth derby.

When you see club members Dave Johnson and Art Tachell shake their hands and tell them thanks for all the time and effort they spent representing us at the NOF salmon season process this year. Trust me when I say they earned it!

I been asked a few times why we not having more club fishing outings this year? The answer is very simple, low turnout by club members. I cut the outings back to just a few a year and have no plans to add anymore at this time. However if you’re interested in putting one on feel free to take the reins and host one. If you have a great idea stop by the GHPSA board meeting on 2 May at Ben Dew’s Clubhouse Grill, 6501 6th Ave in Tacoma. It starts at 6PM and doesn’t last longer than an hour. All members are welcome. My new policy is all club business is handled at this meeting and not at the general meeting.

Keep in touch with all the happening at your club on our web page gigharborpsa.org and signup for our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Gig-Harbor-Puget-Sound-Anglers. You will find out the latest information on what’s happening here.

Mike will be putting on another of his fantastic raffles with some nice items in May.

Once again the meeting starts at 7PM on 10 May but I encourage members to come early and shop at Bass Pro with your club discount or join us at 6PM in the Uncle Bucks restaurant for dinner and share fishing reports.

See you all there.

 

John Keizer

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President’s Message for April

If you didn’t make the March meeting you missed Robbie Tobeck from Griffin McClean speak on Marine Insurance and Lori Green speak on Scotty Downrigger maintenance.

This Month the State President of Puget Sound Anglers Ron Gardner will be here to speak on Halibut fishing. Ron gives a great presentation and its well worth attending. We will also be reviewing the upcoming salmon seasons with reports from our club representatives Art Tachell who covered Puget Sound and our Vise President Dave Johnson who attend the costal fishery. See when and where we will be fishing this summer.

Our membership chairman Pete Pitman reports were up to 114 members and growing. The membership drawing, sponsored by Southwest Marine was for $150 and member Darren Rose who was not present missed out. This month the drawing will be $260.

The club purchased a new speaker sound system and it really improved the quality of the meeting last month. We will continue to make improvements as needed. If you have a great idea stop by the GHPSA board meeting on 4 April at Ben Dew’s Clubhouse Grill, 6501 6th Ave in Tacoma. It starts at 6PM and doesn’t last longer then an hour. All members are welcome. My new policy is all club business is handled at this meeting and not at the general meeting.

Blackmouth season closes the middle of this month. I encourage all our members to get out and enjoy one of the best winter seasons I have seen in years. All the northern areas Port Townsend, the Straits especially the banks having been producing fish. I would look at Marine Areas 9 and 6 or make a trip out to Sekiu. All these areas have been great blackmouth fishing.

Keep in touch with all the happening at your club on our web page gigharborpsa.org and signup for our Facebook page. We will keep putting all latest club information and news on outings both of these.

Mike will be putting on another of his fantastic raffles with some nice items.

Once again the meeting starts at 7PM on 12 April but I encourage members to come early and shop at Bass Pro with your club discount or join us at 6PM in the Uncle Bucks restaurant for dinner and share fishing reports. If you’re looking for fishing tips on an upcoming season or a boat ride share this is when it happens, during the magic hour before the meeting.

See you all there.

John Keizer

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President’s Message for March 2017

Gig Harbor PSA Presidents message March 2017

February was a great meeting we had 80 members listening to Tom Nelson from the Outdoor Line Radio show on Dirty Downrigger Tricks. This month we have All Pro retired center for the Seattle Seahawks Robbie Tobeck speacking on marine insurance. Robbie is the owner of Griffin McClean insurance and a hardcore tuna angler and will be giving us details and tips on how to properly protect our boats. We may even get a few fishing and football stories out of him.

We are also lucky to have Lori Green from Outdoor Emporium come in talk all about Scotty Downriggers. Lori is the service technician and will cover all the care and maintenance requirements for Scotty downriggers. You don’t want to miss this one!

March will be our big fish awards, if you entered you will want to be there to see if you won $$$.

The monthly membership drawing sponsored by Southworth Marine was won by George McCloed who went home with $370.00. This months the drawing will be back to $150.

Art Tachell will be giving us all the latest report on the current North of Falcon salmon setting season process. Were all hoping for a better season than last year after the suffering all the anglers and fishing industry had. Trying to get out on the water especially in Marine Area 11 with the total shutdown all winter was horrible experience and something we don’t want repeated.

Keep in touch with all the happening at your club on our web page gigharborpsa.org and signup for our Facebook page. We will be putting all latest club information and news on outings both of these.

Mike will be putting on another of his fantastic raffles with some great rods & reels. 

Once again the meeting starts at 7PM on 8 March but I encourage members to come early and shop at Bass Pro with your club discount or join us at 6PM in the Uncle Bucks restaurant for dinner and share fishing reports.

See you all there.

 

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January President’s Message

Welcome to a new year and some exciting new changes at Gig Harbor Puget Sound Anglers.

First I would like to thank the outgoing leadership staff of Bill Brengman, Bob Watts, Scott Douglas and Thom Names. It was a tough year for them dealing with a quickly changing salmon season but yet hosting a salmon derby on very quick notice.  Thanks for all you guys have done for the club this past year.

Let me introduce our new leadership team this year. Our Vice President is Dave Johnson, Secretary Chris Tremblay, and Treasurer Jeff Zuniga. They’re all very active in the club and we are all now planning a fun and rewarding series of meetings and activities for 2017.

The first big change for 2017 is our general meeting will move to Tacoma Bass Pro starting with our January 2017 meeting. The date of the meeting will also change from the second Tuesday night at 7PM to the 2nd Wednesday night at 7PM.  Tacoma Bass Pro is located at 7905 S. Hosmer Street Tacoma WA. 98408. Just off I-5 exit 129. (253) 671-5600

The meeting will be held in the FishBowl meeting room in the Uncle Bucks Restaurant near the bowling center. As you enter Bass Pro it will be on the left side of the building. I would encourage members to come early and have dinner at Uncle Buck’s Restaurant, they have a great menu or have an adult beverage at the bar and share fishing tales and techniques before each meeting.

Bass Pro also has offered GHPSA members in good standing discount shopping on meeting nights. More on this and how it will work at our January meeting.

Leading off our list of exciting speakers this year will be Greg Mueller. Greg is the President of the Washington Trollers Association. Learn how the commercial guys are so successful catching salmon and how to fish like they do. I have heard Greg speak at other PSA clubs and I guarantee you will learn a lot of fishing tips from his presentation. Don’t miss out on this one!

Following Greg in February will be non other than the host of ESPN The Outdoor Line radio show Tom Nelson. Tom is a fantastic speaker who broadcasts every Saturday morning 6AM-9AM on AM 710.

Our new quarterly winter fishing event will be held on Saturday Jan 14 at Lake Washington. We will have a group outing for cutthroat trout.   Be at Renton’s Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park at dawn we will fish to 1PM. The ramp is located at 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. exit 5 off 405. More details will be presented at the meeting.

You will want to keep an eye on our web page gigharborpsa.org and signup for our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Gig-Harbor-Puget-Sound-Anglers. We will be putting all latest club information and news on outings both of these.

Bring Cash, you will not want to miss out on our all new raffle at the January meeting….TRUST ME ON THIS! Grand prize is a Scotty 2106B HP Electric Downrigger loaded with braided line.

January is also dues month. Bill Long will be helping us out training our new Membership Chairman.  Be ready to renew your $30.00 family membership so you don’t miss out on your Bass Pro shopping discount.

I look forward to seeing all the regular members and we want to welcome back any members who might have dropped out of the club during the past year. If you’re new to the area or are just interested in fishing and want to check out a fun event come by and join us…guests are always welcome at Gig Harbor Puget Sound Angler meetings.

See you all at the new Bass Pro meeting location and get ready to enjoy the all-new 2017 meeting format.

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