By Rebekah K. Bohannon Beeler
The Lake Tansi Small Pan Fish Anglers Club held their first meeting of the season on April 2, bringing to order the club’s events and dates and a season full of fishing days and frying nights which will continue every other Tuesday through October 15.
The club of coed anglers have tournaments, fish fries and rodeos for Lake Tansi fishing enthusiasts. Aside from awards for individual tournaments, records are kept all season to determine which two-person team has the largest catch of the year and the biggest fish of the year to be awarded at the final meeting of the season; a trophy for the team with the largest catch and an engraved plaque for the biggest fish of the year to hang triumphantly in the Lake Tansi Marina.
“We have a lot of fun, a lot of good people,” said club president, Patt Sawchuk, excited about the upcoming season.
The first tournament was held April 9, with prizes given for the most fish and the biggest fish. Fourteen fisherman in seven boats turned out for the opportunity to compete and start collecting fillets for the club’s first fish fry of the year set for June 18.
At the weigh-in, first place for most fish was awarded to Rich Shadwell and Ralph Smith with 18 pounds and five ounces, earning a kitty of $28. Shadwell and Smith also took home the biggest fish prize of $14 by reeling in a one pound crappy. Club President Patt Sawchuk and Vice President Ron Pulley came in second place earning a $21 prize with Dennis Wunder and Shawn Kipper taking the third prize of $14.
“It was a very windy day, but fulfilling,” Sawchuk commented. “And we still caught quiet a lot of fish. It was a pretty good catch for the first day.”
All in all, the general consensus remains, “A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work.” Lake Tansi POA members are invited to join the club and to compete in the regularly scheduled tournaments. The Pan Fish Rodeo Tournaments are open to the public and have been set for June 11 from 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. and September 10 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Lake Tansi Marina has estimated a need of $1000 to restock the lake and is taking donations and welcomes efforts toward achieving that goal. Ron Brown, treasurer and record keeper for the Lake Tansi Small Pan Fish Anglers Club, said, “Last year our club raised and donated $220 to the restock fund and we hope to match that donation this year.”
Club information, schedule and rules are available on the Lake Tansi POA website at http://www.laketansipoa.com/lakes/anglers-club.htm or contact Patt Sawchuk at 788-2486.