NEWS CASTS Newsletter of the Daniel Island Inshore Fishing Club Volume 66 April, 2014 ___________________________________________________________________________
Editor’s Message This month I’d like to pass on some recreation/fishing related news from the community. The Daniel Island POA has purchased kayaks and paddleboards for a new rental program. They built lockers at the Beresford boat ramp so you don’t need a transport vehicle. Information can be found at http://www.dicommunity.org/News/12202 ~245481. A new boat ramp accessing the Wando is in the design stage. It will be at Governor’s Park. This should take about 18 months to complete. DNRC is taking the lead but I found that money has been allocated in the City of Charleston annual budget. Improved access vs. more people and fishing pressure? What are your thoughts? When Julian and David discussed kayak fishing they mentioned the kayak festival. Julian sent this link. http://ccprc.com/index.aspx?NID=1542 We’re surrounded by water so let’s fish. Jim Home – 843-471-1285 Cell - 406-544-0113
Daniel Island Inshore Fishing Club Meeting April 15, 2014 - 7 p.m. Providence Baptist Church Send dues to treasurer Suzie Twitchell or bring to April meeting.
Daniel Island Kids Fishing Tournament Monthly Update Saturday, June 14th, 2014 The Daniel Island Property Owners' Association has ordered 200 small fish to be introduced into Smythe Park Lake. 10 of these fish will be tagged. Hopefully these fish will grow to be caught by Fishing Tournament kids this year and in years to come. Thanks to the POA and Fred Danziger for making this commitment to future fishing success.
April 2014 Forecast April is a great time to fish. Predators are hungry after long (and lean) winter months. Trout and Redfish begin crashing baitfish. Flounder return to the creeks after spending the winter offshore. The biggest problem anglers will encounter is deciding which species to target (because they are all actively feeding). The large winter schools of Redfish will break apart. This is good news as the smaller schools that form are less wary and easier to catch. Trout and Flounder take up stations in creek mouths and along points to feed on baitfish trapped by the current. Hungry fish and beautiful spring weather. Yes, April is a great time to fish! Captain Greg Peralta email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/CaptainGregPeralta Twitter @CaptGregP (843) 224-0099
Fishing Reports Joe Kowalis â€“ Family-fishing photos This is a picture of my brother holding a Brown Trout caught on the Muskegon River in Michigan on a 10 degree day...he said the only reason they were outside was because the fish were biting. He said he couldn't feel his fingers...The second is his buddy holding a Pike. Joe Kowalis
Julian Levin Used a hard suspending bait to catch trout from his Versa Board.
Lunker Bass By Ron Silverman
Paula and I recently purchased a second home in Brevard, NC. It is in a development with four small lakes, the two biggest being Lake Ticoa and Lake Ataghi, each approximately 70 acres. Our house is on Ataghi. It turns out that my immediate neighbor on the lake is Bill Roehrich, about my age, the local fishing guru, a diehard bass fisherman, and very nice person. He helped me in many ways to get our new house ready to move into as well as to commission the construction of a small custom made pontoon modeled after one he had had built several years before. Of course, we wanted to fish together. I told Bill that I knew nothing about modern bass fishing techniques. He agreed to help me out. I had a chance to fish with Bill for the first time in late March. It was a windy gray day in the low 50’s when we took Bill’s pontoon boat to Lake Ticoa. Bill knows every nook and cranny of this small lake. We started out fishing a small cove to get out of the wind. Bill casts like you see bass guys on TV. Flick of the wrist and the lure is just where intended. I put on a Rapala Shad Rap with a big lip that I had brought along. I was not casting nearly as accurately as Bill. However, I began catching bass, nothing big, but one or two in the 14” to 16” range. In pretty short order, I had caught six bass, and Bill none. I don’t know who was more embarrassed! Bill had tried several hard baits, but I had the only one with a big lip that ran really deep. Finally, Bill caught a bass on a hard bait, switched to a wacky rigged Senco worm, and began catching bass. I continued to rack up more bass with some frequency on the Shad Rap. Bill said that I had hit upon the “pattern”. Just to learn, I switched to a Senco on another rod and caught a bass on it, which was really fun. We were a short distance from having circled the entire lake and calling it quits. I was unhooking a bass, when Bill cast his Senco expertly under a dock. He immediately hooked up and excitedly said, “Ron, get the net. This is a monster!” FYI, he was using braid with only a 10-lb fluorocarbon leader. When he got the fish to the surface, we both were in shock. It was huge, tremendous girth and length, with an eye that looked the size of a silver dollar staring at us as the bass surged back and forth near the surface. I made several heart-stopping attempts to get the bass in the net; finally got a head shot and lifted her into the boat. Unlike the quote from Jaws, “You need a bigger boat”, what we really needed was a bigger net. When we went to unhook the bass, we could see the tail of another fish it had swallowed sticking out of its gullet (which turned out to be a sizable sunfish). Bill was truly shaken. He had been fishing for a lot of years, but never seen a bass of this size. We could not guess how much it weighed. We got organized, headed for the dock, and followed the IGFA procedures for measuring and photographing the fish; length 29”, girth 21”. We then put the bass in a cooler full of lake water and headed to the nearest Engle’s to weight it in on a certified scale. It was just about 11 pounds (10.8), the biggest bass that Bill had ever caught, finally fulfilling his dream of catching a 10-pound plus bass. We had hopes of releasing the bass back to the lake, but it was gone. I could not have been happier for Bill and to have been a witness to his great catch. It seemed remarkable that a bass this size could come out of a small cold-water mountain lake at 3,000 ft. elevation. It had been a great day of fishing, one that neither of us will ever forget.
How big is the mouth of an 11lb â€œBigmouth Bassâ€?? Here is the two fisted answer:
Jim Lemcke After our last meeting I went right out and bought the suspending and top-water baits that Greg recommended. I snuck out between storms to experiment. It took me an hour or more to really accept and follow the instruction that you must wait a long time after jerking the bait (Xrap) before you move it again. All trout I caught hit the bait really hard when it was sitting still. Now that the water is over 60 degrees I will give that top-water a try.
Chug N Spook Jr.
David White I like bananas In the latest issue of Sport Fishing Magazine the long lasting belief that bananas are bad on your boat is broken. No less a Controlled Scientific Study Yea – I think it was the first DI Fishing Club meeting I attended I was told bananas were back luck never bring them on your boat!!! Eggplant and bananas from now on I need all the help I can get NOTE-‐ don't forget to remove the eggplant off your boat when you come in -‐ it makes a mess and smells after a couple of days in the hot sun See attached
Recipe of the Month – Suzie & Dave Twitchell like this *As an option add a little cream to change the sauce Flounder with Champagne Grapes 4 (6-‐ to 7-‐oz) flounder or sole fillets All-‐purpose flour for dredging fish 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/4 cup finely chopped shallot 2/3-‐cup sweet vermouth 7 oz. stemmed Champagne grapes (1 1/2 cups) 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces 1-‐tablespoon fresh lemon juice Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 250°F. Rinse fish and pat dry. Season both sides of fillets with salt and pepper, and then dredge in flour, shaking off excess. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 12-‐inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until it begins to smoke, then sauté 2 fillets, turning over once, until golden and just cooked through, about 4 minutes total. Transfer with a slotted spatula to a platter and keep warm, uncovered, in oven. Add more oil if necessary, and sauté remaining 2 fillets in same manner, transferring to platter. Sauce: Add shallot to skillet and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add vermouth and simmer, scraping up any brown bits, 1 minute. Add grapes and cook over low heat, swirling skillet, until just heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and add butter, swirling until incorporated. Add lemon juice and season sauce with salt and pepper. Spoon sauce with grapes over fish and serve immediately.
The Daniel Island Inshore Fishing Club serves as a focal point for Daniel Islanders and their families to learn more about and participate in various aspects of inshore fishing and related educational, conservation, and social activities. It offers the opportunity to meet other Daniel Islanders interested in inshore fishing, from beginners to more advanced anglers, who utilize bait, spin or fly tackle in pursuit of their quarry. Members must reside or work on Daniel Island and be 18 years of age. Visitors are welcome to come to any meeting without obligation to join. Meetings are usually the second Tuesday of each month, in the evening. Location and time for meetings may vary and are communicated to members via email and this newsletter. To find out more, contact: Jim Lemcke, President at 843-471-1285 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Island Inshore Fishing Club Membership Application Individual ($35)
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If Yes, DICA License number on boat/trailer: __________ Comments and Suggestions: _________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ I am a resident of Daniel Island or currently work on Daniel Island and at least 18 years of age. Please accept this application for membership in the Daniel Island Inshore Fishing Club. Enclosed is my payment of $35 individual or $40 family calendar year annual dues. WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY Daniel Island Inshore Fishing Club events, trips, and activities are undertaken at the member’s sole risk. Any risk or injury is the member’s entire responsibility. The Daniel Island Inshore Fishing Club, its officers, and its other members are not liable to any member for any claims, demands, injuries, damages or actions arising due to injury to member’s person or property arising out of or in connection to any event, trip, or activity. The member further holds the Daniel Island Inshore Fishing Club, its officers, and its other members harmless for all claims which may be brought against them by the member or on member’s behalf for such injuries or claims. I have read and understand the above waiver and release of liability. ____________________________________ Signature of member
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Please return to Suzie Twitchell, 1402 Elfe Street, Daniel Island, SC 29492