By Rebekah K. Bohannon Beele
The Small Pan Fish Anglers Club held its final tournament, fish fry and meeting until the club reconvenes next April. From the productive fishing season to electing the new club officers, the club has set itself up for next season’s success.
The Small Pan Fish Club held its final tournament of the 2013 season on Oct. 1. Six boats launched for the last tournament. First place anglers were Ron Brown and Bruce Wood with six lbs. 12 oz. Shawn Kipper and Dennis Wonder came in second with six lbs. 10 oz. Paul Gardner won big fish of the final tournament with 14 oz. Shawn Kipper fell in the water for the second time at a season tournament. Club members heartily suggested he was trying to be his teammate’s big fish.
Pan Fish Club President Pat Sawchuk said, “It was a slow day for fishing, but not for fun!”
Overall, the club was blessed with a great season of fishing and even a surplus between Pan Fish Club Fish Fry dates.
The club’s final Fish Fry and meeting for 2013 was held on Oct. 15 at the Hiawatha to enjoy the fruits of its labor, hold the final club meeting, elect new officers and present club 2013 season awards.
A delectable meal of fried fish and sides brought by members, such as cole slaw, chickpea bean salad, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, scalloped carrot casserole, and lasagna and even desserts of watermelon, gelatin pineapples and a fantastic autumnal grape salad was met with healthy appetites. Thereafter, Sawchuk opened the season’s final meeting and began with giving her thanks.
“I would like to thank Kali’s Kitchen for our trophies, the POA for supporting our rodeos and to all our members and friends for participating and sharing with us all season and for bringing all the wonderful food,” said Sawchuk.
Gratitude was also extended by Sawchuk to Larry Light and Ed Sawchuk for gathering supplies for the fish fry and cooking the fish, as well as her club board for their help all season, Vice President Ron Pulley and Treasurer Ron Brown.
The meeting then moved on to the pressing business of electing officers. Ed Sawchuk was voted as election official to manage and record the election. Pat Sawchuk was nominated for reelection and she accepted the nomination for club president and Michelle Vaughn accepted her nomination for vice president. Ron Brown, this season’s treasurer, humbly declined nomination for reelection as treasurer, while Jerry Vaughn accepted his nomination. All nominees were unopposed and all were voted in as nominated.
The remainder of the fish surplus from this year’s catch were given as door prizes won by Ron Brown, Glenn Strunk and Michelle Vaughn. Pat Sawchuk, reelected as club president, then made announcements regarding the commencement of the 2014 season with sign-ups to be held at the Thunderbird on April 1. Those who wish to join must be a POA member in good standing and have proper and up-to-date registration on the fishing vessel.
One of the bigger issues the Small Pan Fish Club is passionate about is restocking the lake, having donated $218 from 2012 season rodeos and planning to donate again from the 2013 rodeos.
“It’s so great to be back with this group of people. I want to invite the Pan Fish Club in the early spring to participate with the Lake Committee in the restocking of the lake,” said Carl Flanagan, fish club enthusiast and member of the Lake Committee. “We plan to put 2,000 shellcracker and bluegill back into the lake. I love my family and I love my friends, but pretty near next to that, I love that lake.”
The awards and records were then presented for the impressive 2013 season. For overall season catch, Ron Brown and Bruce Wood secured third place with 54 lbs., Dennis Wonder and Shawn Kipper came in second with 70 lbs., and Pat Sawchuk and Ron Pulley won first place with 144 lbs. and were presented trophies by Ron Brown.
Big fish of the season award went to Rich Shadwell with 1 lb. 2 oz. Larry Light and Glenn Strunk were also recognized for the most big fish wins of the season with five overall. The big money winners of the season were Ron Pulley in tournaments, Larry Light for big fish and Dennis Wonder and Shawn Kipper in rodeos.
As the season closes, Small Pan Fish Club looks forward to restocking the lake, reconvening with sign-ups in April and having another banner season. Call Pat Sawchuk for more information about the Small Pan Fish Anglers Club at 788-2468.