Capt. Nick Angelo
Capt. Dan Bumgarner
Capt. Frank Bourgeois
Offshore Hernando County
Capt. Bryon Chamberlin
Capt. Dave Chouinard
Capt. Pat Damico
Capt. Dave Dant
Sarasota Bay area
Capt. Rick Grassett
Sarasota Bay, Charlotte Harbor, Tampa Bay
Capt. Pete Greenan
Boca Grande, Everglades
Capt. Paul Hawkins
Capt. Ray Markham
Sarasota and Tampa Bay
Capt. Russ Shirley
Capt. Wayne Simmons
Tampa Bay Area
Capt. Steve Soults
Nature Coast Area
Capt. Jason Stock
Waiver and Release Form found on Links page.
Carl Hansen Classic
October 20, 2012
Everglades Weekend 2012
Fish don't mind being wet but most fishermen do if you have to start out in rain. And so it was this weekend when the heavens opened up on Saturday morning along with gusty winds. The weather report was for continued rain so most headed home with some fishing on the way across the Alley. All in all it was still a great weekend with good fellowship and great food.
More photos to follow.
Manatee River 2012
Tom Hummels winning bass
Don Coleman Classic
December means Ft DeSoto fishing and the Don Coleman classic. Each year we invite the clubs from the surrounding area to fish with us in a tribute to Don who contributed much to fly fishing in this area. Don was the author of "Wading the Saltwater Flats with a Fly Rod" a publication that is given to each new member of the club. This is also the premire lunch event as Alan Sewell cooks up his red and white chili. Robert Fischer also made some of the best jambalaya I have had. Many thanks to all those who brought side dishes and snacks. Annie Hays organized the always hilarious Texas Chili Cook Off skit which can bring tears to your eyes.
Up Coming Outings
February 2012: Manatee Reservoir
March 2012: Clam Bar
April 2012: Special outing Everglades canals
More to come on regular April monthly outing.
Fort Desoto August 2011
March - 2011
Semi Annual Casting Clinic
Annual Suncoast Fly Fishers Hog Roast
April - 2011
The Year 2010 in Pictures:
The Don Coleman Classic December 2010
The weather man didn't cooperate but then he didn't cooperate last year either. Rain and cool temperatures reduced the number of those of us who fished this morning but with a waders and a good rain jacket you could stay dry and what better way to work up an appetite for the annual Chili Cook-Off at 12 o'clock. Joining in the festivities were members from not only our club but also the Tampa Bay Flyfishers, Mangrove Flyfishers and the Tarpon Coast Flyfishers.
There were pots of Chili to consume, as well as all the fixins. Hot coffee was the welcome drink of choice after a cold morning standing in the cold waving a big stick. Thanks as always to Richard and Alan for a wonderful lunch. And Merry Christmas to everyone.
The Clam Bar November 2010
A great day on the shallow flats of the Clam Bar. Extreme low tide left the bar exposed for most of the morning. Once the tide began its move in things heated up.
Morgan the wonder dog, always on patrol for a good butt scratch!
Carl Hansen Memorial
The Suncoast Fly Fishers hosted the annual Carl Hansen Memorial outing on the Hillsborough River on the 30th of October. A beautiful day dawned with members of the Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club joining us for a contest to see who will take the Hansen trophy home for the 2010-2011 year. This is a numbers tournament, the club member who catches the most bream before the lunch at 12 p.m. will win for their club. The Tampa Club also offered up a new traveling trophy for the largest bream caught during the outing.
A gallant effort was put made by Ken Hofmeister and John Adams with numbers in the 80's but this year we relinquished the trophy to Tampa after a stellar performance by Jeff Janachek ( I hope I spelled this right) with 138 fish caught in roughly 4 hours. Tampa also took home the largest fish award also.
Thanks to Mark Hays and Richard Oldenski for an outstanding lunch.
Federation of Fly Fishers Expo, Orlando 2010
The Suncoast Fly Fishers were well represented at the expo both hosting the raffle and acting as auctioneer.
Ft Desoto September 18th
Who says you can't fish when the wind blows? We did and we caught fish although they weren't the intended species (Redfish) nor were they of great size, but who ever said this would be easy! On days like this it seems that the Suncoast Fly Fishers is more of an eating club with a fishing problem. Lunch was wonderful as always with plenty of storytelling to last a life time. Hope to see everyone at the Carl Hansen Memorial this month.
Not big but a good pull
I swear that fish was huge!
Do you really believe what Alan is talking about?
Yep that's the most ridiculous story I have ever heard!
This is what we do the best!
Now it's getting deep
While we were waiting to eat lunch, Ken Hofmeister struck up a conversation with another fly fisher who was wading off the seawall at the picnic area. Turns out he is from the UK and was here on holiday. An invitation was extended to join us for lunch but his wife was waiting and making the smarter choice he chose to join she who runs the house. Just recently we received an e-mail from this gentleman ( Alan Sandom) and a link to a UK website, a wonderful article, take a look http://www.ukswff.co.uk/Florida_2.shtml
It just doesn't seem that we can catch a break with some cooler weather, 0630 at the memorial and it is already 80 degrees, and calm (read MUGGY). Rods were being strung, kayaks made ready and the last sips of coffee taken then its hit the water.
Some chose to wade, some went by water craft, all went with hopes for the wining fish.
Anatol, our newest member was seen heading for the water with Jerry Yancey to wade the flats off the Memorial. Alan, Joe, and I launched our kayaks in search of piscatorial adventures. Ken Doty and wife Sue were already out looking for the early bite.
As I approached Tarpon Key, Ken D was up along the shore line in search of Mister Redfish, and schools of Mullet were everywhere. As I looked to the west tails began to appear so the anchor was set and the quest was on. First was the famous Gurgler, no interest. The weighted crab pattern was next, too heavy, now the un-weighted crab, nothing doing.
On the horizon appears Ken "Mullet" Hofmeister (more on the Moniker later) in search of fishes. I holler, tailing reds just for you! The red kayak makes a beeline for the school and lines are in the air. The distinctive voice shouts "fish on" and the little red kayak appears to have sprouted a motor as it takes off mostly in circles. Over the gunwale comes that distinctive silver redfish with no spots, yes the famous MULLET! The question pertaining to the "Moniker" has been answered.
Next to arrive is Al Pitcher, looking like he needs a fish fix. He wants to know why I would be trying to catch a redfish with a spine out of it's butt, "a what I ask", a ray you silly boy. Well I think this is going to be a discussion that will go on for a long time.
It's closing in on 11 am and lunch is calling so we all head to the beach to load and then lunch
The Craig family had found what may be the winning location for this outing with numerous fish caught off the Clam Bar on the east side of the Skyway approach.
Richard as usual, had a huge spread of luncheon meats, cheese, and associated fixins along with icy beverages. Marianne Hayes fixed up a great pasta salad. And a great turnout for lunch with some members who could not fish this morning still able to join us for a great lunch and fellowship.
I hope everyone can join us next month as we fish the Chassahowitzka River and its small tributaries. At least the water will be cool since this is a spring fed river.
Ken "Mullet" Hofmeister in search of mangrove fish
The home of silver redfish and spiked butt redfish
Hillsborough River Deux
Because of low water on the Withlacoochee River it was agreed that we should return to the Hillsborough River where river levels were perfect for a great day of fishing. Fish were caught and lunch was consumed. A great day all around.
A beautiful day for fly fishing!
Special Club Outings:
Everglades in Pictures 2010
The Good, the not so good and the Unbelievable
Doty's Spider will catch anything!
Oh that poor waitress!
It's the bank robber and the fish whisper!
The fish looks small but Ken has big hands!
Possibly a dollar fish!
Annie puts the pressure on
Like father like son
Casting with Capt. Pat
It was quite a site, John Gierach would have been proud, 39 men and 1 woman standing on a beach waving a stick. The bi-annual Capt. Pat Damico casting clinic was a huge success. Beginning with the basics and progressing to more advanced techniques, Capt. Pat taught us the skills necessary to become better casters and in turn hopefully help us bring more fish to hand. Why our new president Tom Gadacz was even captured multi-tasking with the phone in one hand and casting with the other.
Our annual hog roast and our March outing happen to fall on the same day this year. This provides us with an entire day to plan club activities. First on the agenda is a casting clinic at Ft. DeSoto lead by FFF certified casting instructor, Capt. Pat Damico and his team of skilled fly casters. The clinic will focus on all skill levels to give each of us an opportunity to improve our casting. We'll begin at 09:00 at the east end of Mullet Key.
Come a little earlier to rig up your rod and have some coffee and donuts to warm up for the clinic. After the clinic we'll have a light lunch at the East Beach Picnic area. After lunch, those so inclined to practice their new casting skills can fish the waters at Ft. DeSoto. If you do decide to fish, keep an eye on your watch so that you're not late for the hog roast at 4:00 PM. What a day this will be! If you haven't already signed up, be sure to sign in at the March meeting.
Recommended Flies for the March outing and Newsletter Reference for Instructions:
- January 2007 p.6
- April 2009 p.11
Whatever Bend Back
- September 2009 p.11
- May 2008 p.9
After what seems like 6 months of winter, the sun finally shone on the Suncoast Fly Fishers as we gathered at Ft. DeSoto for a morning of fishing, camaraderie and a wonderful lunch. 56 degree water and weeks of wind did not put the fish into the eating mood and most of us spent a lot of time practicing casting and very little time with something tugging on out lines. But hey, it ain't called fishing for nothing! At lunch, Mark and Annie Hays grilled marinated venison kabobs and Marianne served her tasty macaroni salad. Jim Larson provided cocktail shrimp for appetizers and Kitty Rich baked a variety of cookies for dessert.
Don't forget the casting clinic and pig roast in March.
Recommended Flies for the February outing and Newsletter Reference for Instructions:
- January 2007 p.6
- April 2009 p.11
Whatever Bend Back
- September 2009 p.11
- May 2008 p.9
January Outing -
The sun shown bright and warmly for our January outing at Pinellas Point. At first we were saddened by the sight of frozen dead fish on the shore, but our spirits brightened as we got out on the water and started catching fish. Mostly trout were caught. It was a good day for the Irish. At Noon, Rick Kelly claimed the biggest fish, a 17 inch ladyfish. However, in the afternoon, Ron Kelley caught an 18 1/4 inch trout and won the prize. At lunch, our club perfromed a group magic act, making bratwurst, German potato salad and beans disappear faster than you could say "Harry Houdini!" . You should have been there!
Recommended Flies - for the January outing and Newsletter
Reference for Instructions:
- Jan. 2007 p. 6
- Apr. 2009 p.11
Whatever Bend Back
- Sep. 2009 p.11
- May 2008 p. 9
December - No Outing - Merry Christmas
Weedon Island Preserve provided us with a good morning of fishing on the outgoing tide. Catching, however, was difficult. Not many fish were caught, but those that were hooked were big. Mark Hays took the prize with a 29 and 1/2 inch snook. Don Manning scored with a 19 inch trout. New members, Kyle Langan and Mike December, each caught a 19 inch jack. We had plenty of stories to share at lunch, which included Alan Sewell's Texas style smoked sausage and Mark Hays' smoked mullet. You should have been there!
October Outing - Hillsboro River - Carl Hanson Memorial Tournament
He did it again! Our fearless
leader, Ken Hofmeister, won the Carl Hanson Tournament
and brought the trophy back to our club. Following
Jim Swann's advice, he fished at Sargent's Park and caught 53 fish. The rest of us also caught fish, but we couldn't catch up to Ken. The club prize for the largest fish, however, goes to Woody Miller for an 18 inch Mudfish that almost bit off his thumb while being released. Kudos also go to the Tampa Bay Club for serving an outstanding lunch of chili, corn bread and a variety of toppings. You should have been there!
September Outing -
September Outing -The September outing at
Alligator Lake was well attended, and we all had
a great time. A cool breeze made fishing on the
lake very pleasant. The fish too were cooperative,
and we caught a lot of them. However, they were
all small. The largest was an 8 inch bass caught
by Mark Hays. Mark was also the star at lunch,
treating us to smoked fish filets and his famous smoked fish spread. You should have been there!
Recommended Flies for the September outing and Newsletter Reference for Instructions:
|Spiders and Beetles||Feb. 2007 p. 8|
|Mighty Myakka Minnow||July 2008 p. 8|
|Pickett Pin||July 2008 p. 8|
|Wolly Bugger||August 2008 p.8|
August Outing - Emerson Point
The fish were not eager to bite at Emerson Point, but we had a good time fishing with our friends from the Mangrove Coast Fly Fishing Club. We saw plenty of snook feeding, but they were not interested in our streamers. Sharks were also actively feeding in the Manatee River, which kept most of us fishing the flats. Our friends from the Mangrove Coast caught a few trout. The largest fish reported by our club was an eight inch grouper caught by Joe Dail. Members of both clubs mingled, told stories and made plans for future outings over a picnic lunch. You should have been there!
Snook - Ken Hofmeister - 22 inches
Bass - Woody Miller -16 inches
Sunfish - Joe Dail - 10 inches
Open Category - Mark Craig - Ladyfish - 17 inches