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A Line from your President…

This month I would like to share my thoughts on the pandemic and how we can carry on until we can meet again at the Park Avenue Community (Senior) Center. With case numbers remaining high, I feel that it will be some time, probably not until next year, before we can resume general meetings. Considering all of us fall in the most vulnerable category, I think we will be among the last groups to be able to assemble in large numbers safely. I will follow up with updates as they occur. One of the key functions of our club is the social opportunities it presents. This does not have to cease just because we cannot meet in large groups. I encourage all club members to keep in touch with each other and maintain that social connection. Especially reach out to members you feel might be suffering from the lack of companionship. Give them a call and let them know they are being thought of. Everyone needs a little human connection now and then. Invite a club member to meet you for a socially distanced walk or a visit to a local park or lake. Meet to go fishing. It is easy to maintain social distancing in a boat if one fishes the bow while the other fishes the stern. Pick an un-crowded spot on the lake shore where you can sit 6’ apart. Just because we need to be careful does not mean we cannot go out and enjoy life. The local lakes are coming to the end of their catfish stocking, but there are still plenty of fish in the lake. Bass have been biting well in the early morning hours. I have gone bass fishing a few times this season at El Capitan Reservoir and fishing has been good, though most of the bass have been small. My largest was 3 lb. 8 oz. According to the CDFW website: “Stocking schedules in the South Coast Region and Inland Deserts Region will be affected for the remainder of 2020 and into the 2021 calendar year as CDFW works to disinfect and repopulate the hatcheries with fish. Fish from other hatcheries are still being planted in these areas, but the numbers and locations have been greatly reduced.” Despite this dire announcement, there is some good news for those of you who are venturing out for the June Lake outing. According to the CDFW website, CDFW is bringing in fish from the western side of the Sierras and sometime during the week of 8/23 to 8/29 the lakes in the June Lake Loop, including June, Gull and Grant Lakes were stocked. Silver lake is supposed to receive a stock on the week of 9/6. For those wishing to trout fish a little closer to home, Cuyamaca and Doane Pond were also on the stocking schedule for the period of 8/23 to 8/29. Multi-day Saltwater trips continue to see good catches of Bluefin and Yellowfin tuna, and Yellowtail. I want to end my letter by reporting some sad news for the Club, but some great news for Ken Harrison. After a lifetime in Encinitas, Ken is packing up and moving to Bishop. I know you will all joining me in congratulating Ken and wishing him great success in this new venture. But wait, there’s more. Before he leaves Ken will be setting up a virtual meeting on Zoom for the September meeting. He has set up two guest speakers to speak to the club on 9/11. Until we meet again, Monique and I miss all of you and wish you good health.

Tony Smock President

“So Many Fish…...So Little Time”