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.
Wish to Fish 2014
The Fish-On Fishing club of NPR held its 14th annual Children’s Wish-to-Fish outing. This year they invited children from the Hope Children’s Home. The club charters the Miss Virginia and supplies the children with club T-shirts, breakfast snacks, lunch, afternoon snacks, and a fun filled day of catching fish. Fifteen club members will have very fond memories of seeing the excitement on all the children’s faces and helping the kids bait their hooks and helping them reel up their catch. All the kids caught plenty of fish, enough for several “Fish Fry’s” to later be enjoyed at the Hope Children’s Center. For more information go to www.FishOnClub.org and www.hopechildrenshome.org..
Club Members enjoyed a very nice Picnic at Anclote Gulf Park
Approximately 40 Fish On Club members, spouses and guests enjoyed a GREAT picnic at Anclote Gulf Park. After a lunch of burgers and brats, supplemented with the various treats brought by the members, we all enjoyed some games of horse shoes, bocce ball, and ladder toss. Weather could not have been better and lots of camaraderie.
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..