Weekly Update 7-28-2022 Meeting
Welcome to the Southern California Tuna Club in it’s 97th year. Hank Brown Called the Meeting to Order at 6:35 PM with 20 members in attendance.
- 8 of 20 Members of the Alaska trip have arrived home and tested positive for Covid. All are doing ok at this point and the others continue to test. We wish them well and a speedy recovery.
- Tom Schlauch will give a presentation tonight regarding filling out weight slips correctly as well as additional information regarding potential bylaw changes for members to consider and vote at the business meeting in January 2023.
There have been changes to the Club Calendar of Events
- Past Presidents and Sportsman Dinner is now 11/3/22
- Couples Trip is now scheduled for 11/12 thru 11/17/22 – see details below in Future Events section.
- The Tom and Jerry Party is now scheduled 12/15/2022
- Attention Pacific Dawn passengers… Both Charter Masters Al Hermer and Mike Engle will not be going on this trip. They are available should you have any questions. Ken Calof and Hank Brown will be the acting Charter Masters on board for the trip departing August 5th.
- Long Range Trip on the Pacific Dawn which had been scheduled for May 28 to 31st has been postponed due to bad weather. The new dates are August 29 to September 1st from Fisherman’s Landing in San Diego.
Members not seen for a while:
- Tom Vera, Lynn Fasnacht and Chuck Becker
- Welcome back Guy’s!!! Guests: None
Good Cheer Report:
- Co reports nothing new at this point other then the Alaska trip guy’s New Members: Tom Vera was in the house!
- None received however, some of the recent weight slips have been incomplete and filled out incorrectly.
- Hank Brown fished Izors spots around the 108 area for decent Sand bass and a couple of reds, one of the reds was 6.2 lbs. which is a great fish for local waters. Also of interest, the Sand Bass which were caught were full of eggs and or milt. They obviously had not spawned yet which may mean the dismal local fishing may change soon.
- There was a report of Bluefin on the West end of Cat, the East end as well as a catch of a Bluefin reported from an inflatable outside the Casino.
- Jeff Clary reports of Bluefin 9 miles out of San Pedro light.
Tom began the tackle discussion focusing on the proper filling out of club weight slips. The Tackle Committee request that when filling out the tackle class members report the line strength in Kilograms per page 35 in the book. Some slips are being submitted in pounds. As an example, one slip recently reviewed by the Tackle Committee stated the Tackle Class as 40
pound mono. Its important to note the Club has no classification as 40 pound
mono. There is no category listed on the line specifications on page 35 of the yearbook. Also, if you look at page 35, 40-pound line would be reported on the weight slip as 24 kg.
Time and Time Boated are two additional areas of confusion. The Time Should be reported as the total time it took to hook and land the fish. The Time Boated is exactly that…The time the fish was landed/boated. This is Important should there be a tie if two anglers caught the same type of fish during a tournament or first flag considerations.
Can the Captain and Weigh Master be the Angler Also? Yes
Also, it is important to note that when weighing the fish onboard that the boat be at anchor in a calm anchorage with the scale suspended. Once setting the fish on the scale and the scale settles down the lowest reading is what is to be reported. Please report the weight station as a member’s scale, with the date the scale was certified completed on the weight slip.
Please know that weight slips are expected to be completed as required and if not completed correctly could be disqualified.
If you are not fishing per club rules and would like to submit a weight slip Please write Honorable Mention at the top of the weight slip. Also submit Any pictures you take with your catch as they add interest to the Weekly Minutes and are inspiring and fun to see what other members have done.
Tom continued with a discussion of the possibility of Club Members voting to adopt the IFGA rules. Tom explained that although the rules are similar to the club rules there are differences which some may have strong feelings about. There are minor differences in leader lengths and in hooks not being allowed to be outside skirted lures, but the major difference is the IFGA allows the use of treble hooks if the lure was designed for treble hooks from the manufacture. The IFGA will also allow the use of treble hooks to be used
on live or dead baits with restrictions to overall length between lead hook and trailing treble hook. These will be explained during Hanks Tackle Talk.
The pro’s for adopting the IFGA rules would allow a member to both submit a catch for an IFGA record as well as a Club record. Currently you could hold a world record but would not be given any recognition from the Club.
Also, the changing of treble hooks to single hooks as required by the club does not allow lures designed by the manufactures to run correctly.
The Con’s are the use of Treble hooks. Some members believe treble hooks can do a lot of damage to a fish which is released or should break off during the fight. The Club has a long-standing history of not allowing treble hooks to be used during club events.
Look for more discussion to be presented by Hank Brown and Andrew Weiske in the coming weeks.
Past Events: None
- Pacific Dawn Long Range Trip #1. The trip was scheduled to focus on white seabass departing from Venture May 30 to June 1st but had to be postponed due to weather to August 29 to September 1; now out of San Diego and the trip has been expanded to 2 and ½ days. There will be 4 guests already signed up but not from SCTC leaving us 8 SCTC anglers. There may still be slots left so contact Al Hermer or Mike Engle.
- August 3-7 British Columbia Trip – John Lavarias says there is room for a few couple more couples.
- Options Trips – all three are full per John Lavarias but contact him to be put on his alternate list.
- August 5-8 long Range Trip #2 – Full – contact Al Hermer & Mike Engle for questions. At the landing contact Ken Calof or Hank Brown
- August 17 Club Trophy Shoot – Contact Paul Rybak
- August 18 – 20 Intra Club Tournament – Contact Larry Drum!! The flyers and rules are out and on the table in the front of the clubhouse or on the Club Website. Following the tournament Larry Drum will be hosting a dinner at his house in Avalon, Catalina.
- SIGN UP Now for the 2023 Fresh Water Trip which will be in Lake El Salto and Lake Picachos with two and a half days of fishing in each lake. Sign up now on the SCTC website to secure a spot for next year. Talk to Paul McEachern, Greg Bohnet or Hank Brown.
- Couples Trip – November 12 to 17, 2022. Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Cor Claus is our host to 20 beautiful ocean front rooms with all the activities, fishing, and endless cocktail parties you have come to expect from a SCTC Couples Trip. So far Cor has 15 couples signed up and we would like to see at least 20. Cor said the trip is now opened to guests. Let us get out of the country and relax in the sun and have fun fishing and playing golf with your best friends!! THIS WILL BE THE TRIP OF THE YEAR!!
Contact Cor Claus.
- Additional Announcements:
The Club line winder was found broken last week. The block which the motor is bolted on was broken and the motor was found to be laying on its side off this block.
Currently it is fixed. The block has been epoxied together and the motor re-set on the block. I believe the potential for this to happen is when members winding the larger size reels. It is important to make sure the reel seat is firmly clamped and tightened down. With the larger reels and the high torque motor the machine has these clamps if not tight may loosen up allowing the reel to come out of the clamps, allowing the motor arm to pin the reel down to the machine table thus something is going to break.
I thought of fixing the block so it could not break in the future but realized that if the block were made not to break and the same thing happens, rather than the block breaking the motor base would break…Better to make a new block than having to get a new motor.
Be Careful when using the machine and should you have any questions please ask for assistance.