President’s Message for February 2015

We had a fantastic February meeting. It was our annual Crab Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Meeting started at 6:00 PM to accommodate the dinner and we held the general meeting at its regular time of 7:00 PM.   A special thanks to Roger Chapman for organizing the dinner and a big thanks to everyone else who also helped out. It was a fun time and the crab was good.

During the general meeting we announced the recipients of our “2014 Largest Fish Awards” and the “Angler of the Year” for 2014. There were fewer submissions this year so we only gave out 2 awards. The club member that caught the Largest Halibut was Terry Olsen. His fish weighed 62lbs and was caught on May 24th, 2014. Our Lady Reeler Award, for the largest fish caught by a Lady, went to Maryellen Ward for her fish that weighed 35.5lbs and was caught on June 17th, 2014. Her fish was also a halibut. This is our 2nd year for the Angler of the Year award, which goes to the club member who earns the most points by fishing in our various club outings and by volunteering. The 2014 award winner is Pete Pitman. Congratulations everyone! Each received a nice plaque and a $100 check. We had our monthly membership drawing that is sponsored by Southworth Marine and we had a winner of the $260. That means the pot starts back at $150 for the March meeting. Speaking of Southworth Marine, John Hager, who is the owner and a longtime member of our chapter, recently had some medical procedures performed. We wish him the best and a very speedy recovery.

Our guest speaker for the night was Eric Linde of Linde’s Sport Fishing ( He gave a great talk Columbia River Springer fishing. Eric is a very good speaker and you really missed out if you missed him. We appreciate him taking time from his busy schedule… I know he had just finished speaking 5 times at the Portland Sportsman Show the previous weekend. Thanks Eric, the presentation was great!

Just so you can plan ahead, our speaker for March will be Todd Girtz. He will be talking about fishing our coastal waters. In April, we will have Bill Herzog coming to discuss Kokanee fishing. This is perfect timing for our May club outing, which will be Kokanee fishing on American Lake. For more specifics on upcoming speakers and club outings, checkout our website.

We have a great chapter who loves to fish and learn about fishing. If you want to become a better fisherman, come check us out! Guests are always welcome. Checkout our website or Facebook page for the latest updates regarding our meetings and our club activities. We meet the second Tuesday of every month (except in August) at the Tacoma Outboard Association (646 N Wilton Road, Tacoma, WA).   Wear your lifejacket, be safe on the water, and good luck fishing…

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