September 2022 Presidents Message


Our next scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday, September 14 at Tower Lanes located at 6323 6th Ave., Tacoma, telephone 253-564-8853. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM but feel free to come early and swap fish stories or grab something to eat from the grill.  Obtaining speakers is still a challenge.  Hopefully we will be able to schedule someone of interest to the group for the September meeting.  Volunteers?  Suggestions?? 

Our August meeting was a full house with one new member who became eligible for the membership drawing sponsored by John Hager’s Southworth Marine of Port Orchard.  The drawing was won last month so we were starting over at $150.  Rick Schubert’s name was drawn but he was not present.  Next month’s drawing will be worth $260.  Again, thank you Southworth Marine.

Our speaker for August was member Art Tachell who put forth a great tutorial for those planning on fishing our Derby.  Art covered the usual locations, gear and tactics and interjected up to date information gleaned from his presence at Pt. Defiance Marina.  

The big news is that the Gig Harbor Chapter’s 26th annual salmon derby is now history.  Just enough of the quota was left for Saturday’s event.  Fishing was really good in early July and the short closure in late July helped stretch out the season.  It may well be that Saturday was our last day for Chinook in MA 11 this year.  Top prize was won by Dalin Kors with a fish weighing in at 18.09 pounds followed closely by Conner Fregeau at 17.65# and Steve Ulsberger at 16.18#.  This event wouldn’t have been the success it was without ticket purchasers, our volunteers and the many very generous donors.  I wish I could name them all but column space is at a premium.  On a side note I encourage everyone who took a membership form to join our organization.

We will be having a members’ only picnic on Sunday, 11 September.  We are providing burgers, hot dogs, chips and water/soft drinks.  Bring your own adult beverages.  This is being hosted by member Patrick Sanchez in Gig Harbor.  If you haven’t signed up and want to attend contact Patrick or one of the current officers for details.

Details are currently being worked out for another Fall nutrient enhancement project where salmon carcasses are transported to the upper Puyallup watershed and returned to the river.

Finally……..COHO!!  And be sure to check out the two upcoming Coho derbies; Sno-King Chapter (10 Sept) and the Everett Steelhead & Salmon Club chapter (24 & 25 Sept).

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