Oregon Coast Anglers,
OCA members met on March 1st at the Marina Activity Center. There were twenty four attendees including two anglers that heard about OCA at the Lower Umpqua Fly Casters Exposition (LUFC).
Mark Teeter reported that OCA has $9,425.50 in the checking account and that all our transactions have been transferred to Quick Books as Salmon for Oregon requested. This balance includes the purchase of an additional fifty club hats.
We have successfully completed a number of events already this year. The OCA Fishing Class graduated twelve students with the knowledge and equipment needed to go fishing (attached story). The OCA Fish Dinner was attended by over eighty members and guests. We had a great evening and recruited five new members. Please check the Oregon Coast Anglers FaceBook Page to view pictures. The Christmas Trees for Salmon Project is an ongoing saga. The good news, the trees were moved out of Reedsport, thanks to OCA volunteers (attached story). The bad news is they aren’t in Camp Creek. After a couple of reschedules, we are planning a student field trip on March 15th, when Reedsport high school students will place the trees in Camp Creek. OCA was well represented at the LUFC Exposition in Reedsport. Members handed information about our fishing club, while Steve tied flies. We engaged numerous anglers interested in OCA, one member renewed his membership and $59.00 were donated. The Petition to the ODFW Commissioners to split the Central Coast Halibut Area was launched officially at the OCA Fish Dinner. Since then it has been distributed from Florence to Bandon for signatures. It will be due to ODFW in late March. If you wish to sign the petition, please visit Turman Tackle, Reedsport, The Outdoors Store, Florence, The Bite’s On, Coos Bay, Port o’ Call, Bandon and other local tackle shops. The petition will be presented to the ODFW Commissioners at their April meeting in Astoria.
It’s time to start planning for the July 21st OCA Banquet, our only fund raiser. Although we had a successful banquet last year, there is room for improvement. More volunteers are needed in many different areas. I’ve attached a sign up sheet with all the positions needed to make this banquet our best, yet. This year’s banquet will be a bigger challenge, because of the location and more attendees. At the Reedsport Community Center we will have to set up, tear down and clean and we are planning for 150 attendees. Please contact me to let me know, where you would like to help. Also, now is a good time to start soliciting donations (attached is a donation receipt). When completing the donation slip, fill it out twice, one copy for the donor and one copy for OCA. The OCA copy will be used for thank you letters. With your help, this will be the best OCA Banquet, yet!
Salmon fishing for 2018 is looking poor, worse than last year. Mark Teeter and I attended the ODFW Ocean Salmon Industry Group meeting in Newport on February 27th. ODFW is expecting significantly fewer Ocean Coho, and Chinook Salmon also are in trouble. ODFW was pushing for a either Mark Select Coho Season (hatchery fish) or a Non-Select Season, but not both. If they go with the non-select season, it will be very short. I argued for the mark select season, which would provide the most angling opportunity. As most of us experienced last year, it was hard to find Chinook Salmon in the Ocean. This year will be similar. I did voice support for a “Bubble Fishery” at the Chetko River. I have high hopes for a club fishing trip in October to Brookings! OCA has a member and friends in the Oregon South Coast Fishermen’s Club. The final public input meeting regarding this year’s salmon regulations will be with the Pacific Fisheries Management Council on March 26 at the Red Lion Motel in Coos Bay starting at 7:00 PM.
All depth bottom fishing runs until March 31st, five fish per day. Starting April 1st fishing inside 30 fathoms starts. The 30 foot dropper rig is legal this year outside 40 fathoms, however no bait is allowed and the limit will be 10 fish. Please check the regulations, so you know which fish may be retained.
We discussed club apparel. Members wanted a cafeteria style of selection, meaning they could select from a menu of items available, locally. They also selected a design from Signs and Shirts Unlimited for an OCA decal. I will look into various means of fulfilling members wishes.
Progress is being made in the area of OCA Directors. Two Directors have been approved by the members, Bill Hennig representing Florence and Jerry Noel representing Reedsport / Winchester Bay. Yosh Ashikaga has agreed to represent Bandon, so we need membership approval. I’m hoping to get a representatives from Coos Bay and Salmon for Oregon, soon.
The next OCA meeting is scheduled for April 5th. I’ll send out a notice and agenda prior to the meeting.