What is the Fish-On Fishing Club?
The Fish-On Fishing Club of New Port Richey originated to promote the social gathering of Local Fishing Enthusiasts and to share knowledge with each other. We promote good sportsmanship, fellowship, conservation, improved angling skills, teaching children to fish and the mutual exchange of ideas to further angling enjoyment.
The Club holds monthly meetings the first Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at Gulf Landings Club House, 6035 Barefoot Ct., New Port Richey. Following the business part of the meeting, we have a fishing education segment. We usually have a guest speaker. Our guest speakers include professional fishing charter captains, professional guides, or Club members. Topics include techniques, strategies, tackle, and skills used to increase fishing knowledge. Also, at each meeting, there is a 50/50 raffle and an attendance raffle. A newsletter and calendar are mailed to each member monthly in order to keep everyone apprised of Club information and up-coming events.
Annually, The Fish-On Fishing Club sponsors the “Wish to Fish” Children’s outing. Through donations solicited by the Club members, we are able to take up to 30 children from Joshua House (a residential home for abandoned and abused children) fishing for a day. This is a “FREE” full day of fishing aboard the charter boat “Miss Virginia”. The trip also includes food and Club tee shirts for all of the children with volunteer Club members assisting the kids. In another outing we take out the Big Brothers & Big Sisters. Both outing results in a very enjoyable, rewarding feeling for the members as well.
The Club promotes community involvement such as attending CCA (Coastal Conservation Association) meetings as a group. We also have adopted a section of Main Street in New Port Richey and volunteers from the Club clean up once each quarter. We also assist the Local YMCA with their Kids Fishing Day and Officiate at their annual Pro-Am Fishing Tournament held at Catches Restaurant.
Spring Tournament 2014
The Club held it's annual Spring Fishing tournament on April 12, 2014. It was a beautiful sunny day with moderate a breeze, just about perfect conditions, except the fish did not want to cooperate. Whitebait has been scarce all spring and today was no exception. Several boats found plenty of pinfish, but most catching was done on artificials. At the end of the day, a lot of members turned up for the weigh-in at Nicks Park, even though parking was a bear. Lots of activity around the New Port Richey area today made for crowded conditions. There were 23 total participants
The winners were:
1st Chet Jasak
2nd Mike Spanhel
3rd Jack Hexter
1st Tom Contino
2nd & 3rd tie
Mike Kaplan & Terry Freeman
1st Jack Hexter
That's all folks. Not too many fish were caught, but we had a great time trying
After Holiday Party 2014
The annual After Holiday Party was held at Timber Greens Country Club on January 11th 2014. Cocktails started at 5:30, with dinner at 6:30 It was attended by 73 members and 3 guests. Dinner was delicious, prime rib and chicken with potatoes and vegetables with a Fish-On Cake for desert. The Chineese Gift exchange was fun as always, with numerous nice gifts being picked and exchanged numerous times. The Silent Auction was also fun, with many items being sold for face value, as opposed to finding a bargain. We raised $922.00 from this event for Wish to Fish..
Wish to Fish
On a fine Saturday morning, August 24, 2013, the Fish On Fishing Club chartered the Miss Virginia Charterboat to take 32 children from Hope Children’s Home on a fishing excursion. Winds were slight and seas no more than 1’ which promised to make a great day of fishing. The boat left the dock promptly at 8:00 AM with the kids, accompanied by 6 counselors and 14 Fish On Club members to assist in baiting hooks, and instructing the children in the sport of catching fish. We were also accompanied by Dr. Thomas Su, annually one of the trips main sponsors. On the ride out to the fishing grounds, the kids enjoyed a breakfast snack. When the boat first anchored, the catching started almost immediately with a lot of grunts and short red grouper coming over the rail. After a stop or two, some legal red grouper and a large and legal gag grouper made the scene, while the grunts continued to fill the cooler. Taking a short break, most of the children stopped fishing just long enough to eat a quick sandwich before getting a bait back to the bottom. The afternoon generated some excitement too. One of the fish that made it’s presence over the rail was a very large 42” redfish. This fish was almost bigger than the small lad who caught it. A school of porpoise also showed up, and while they didn’t eat any fish that were on the lines being caught, they dined upon several short red grouper that were caught and had to be released while they were present. When the porpoise appeared, there was a mad rush to the side of the boat where they showed themselves so everyone could get a look. Finally Capt Rob announced that we were heading home, cranked the engines and pointed the boat East. Arriving back at the dock at about 4:00, the group posed for a picture and waited while the crew cleaned their fish which they took back to the Home for a good fish fry.
Founded in 1968, Hope Children's Home has rescued nearly 5,000 children between the ages of 2 and 18. Most of these children have been discarded, abused, unwanted, or orphaned. Some of them have faced life situations that left them a little off track. The purpose at Hope Children's home is to share Christ with the children and mold them into Biblically educated members of our future society.
SPRING CLUB PICNIC
On Saturday June 1 (the first day of Snapper season,) 20+ club members and families enjoyed a great day in spite of the 70% chance of predicted rain. We ate lots of food during the Semi-annual picnic held at Anclote Gulf Park in Tarpon. The Club supplied brats and Hamburgers, soda and water, and members bring all kinds of side dishes to complement the main items on the menu. Many thanks to Dave Taylor for coordinating this event, and to Bob and Marlene Manon, especially Marlene for cooking the Brats and onions, and Jerry Sweet and Frank Bellizio for cooking the burgers