Thursday, November 21, 2013
You don’t need to have salt water running through your veins to join the Summerville Salt Water Anglers, but if you do that’s ok.
The club was founded four years ago by a small group of dedicated anglers looking for an excuse to get together to celebrate and promote the activity they love. It’s now up to 150 members, which makes it the biggest club of its type in the area. However, club president Warren Phillips says additional members are more than welcome.
“I’d say the club has something to offer both those who have never fished in salt water and want to learn about it and those who are experienced anglers,” Phillips said. “We are a family oriented club that meets to talk about fishing and holds several tournaments a year. We have a lot of fun. I mean, I can’t think of many things that are as amazing as seeing a 12-year-old pull in his first big catch.”
The club holds meetings at the Summerville Country Club’s Miler Pavilion on the second Wednesday of every month. Each meeting typically features a guest speaker, food and a raffle. Past speakers have included fly fishing experts, representatives from the DNR and Crosby Seafood, and fishermen with unique knowledge of local waters.
The Summerville Salt Water Anglers holds monthly fishing tournaments open to youth and adult members at no charge. Prizes are awarded for the biggest catch in each of four categories: Redfish, Trout, Flounder and Sheepshead. Points can be accumulated toward an Angler of the Year and Youth Angler of the Year contest.
In addition, the club hosts a series of approximately six more formalized tournaments during the year. A small fee is required for the series, but the emphasis remains on club members having a good time.
The club also participates in charitable endeavors and outreach projects such as the Oyster Reef Project.
On Nov. 15 the club held its End of the Year Party where it named its anglers of the year and presented a $3,100 check to Dorchester Children In Crisis officials.
“The focus of that organization is helping abused and neglected children which fits right in with our vision for the club,” Phillips said. “Fishing is important to us but we are also geared towards youth involvement and helping in our community.”
During the celebration Summerville Salt Water Anglers tournament directors Doug Connelley and Jody Tucker presented the Youth Angler of the Year Award to to Ian Fladd and the Adult Angler of the Year Award to David Fladd.
Visit http://summervillesaltwateranglers.com for more information on the club.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or firstname.lastname@example.orgSummerville Saltwater Anglers celebrate another year