Current Newsletter - Hot Springs Village Anglers Club

Your Organization
February, 2015
Volume 1, Issue 2
HSV Anglers News
I am looking forward to our first membership meeting of 2015.We had a very good
board meeting with discussion around annual Awards, how to improve member participation in events, focus on fishing skills, lakes improvement, and fellowship. Our 2015
budget was approved by the board and Dave Keith and Bob Brannan were appointed
as co- tournament directors for 2015.
As a reminder, please submit your 2015 annual dues to Al Lipson on or before our Feb
3rd membership meeting. We have two committee leader openings: Aluminum cans
and Village Pride Day; Looking for volunteers.
Inside News
The next Club meeting is
7:00 pm Tuesday, February
3rd at the Coronado Center.
The date for the 2015 Military Fishing Day has been
set for Thursday May 14th
so be sure to mark that date.
We will need 25 boaters and
additional help. Dave Keith
will present more detail at
upcoming club meetings. .
Don’t forget to bring your
aluminum cans to the
The club’s mentor program
matches an angler familiar
with local fishing techniques
with anglers new to the area
or unsure about how to use
new techniques. Anyone
that is interested in participating contact Scott McCord
(phone - 915-0975 or email [email protected] .
See you on Feb 3rd
Bob Baker
2014 Awards Banquet
The 2014 Banquet was a great success thanks to Peg Sampson and Dan Dilieto.
Maybe Peg should consider starting a party planning business. The trophies were presented to the winners identified in the January newsletter plus several additional
awards. They were Jeff Meek—President’s Award for his outstanding support of the club including numerous articles in The Voice.
James Tulke—President’s Award for his excellent service as club Treasure.
Dave Keith—Pete Hinson Sportsmanship Award for his many (space doesn’t allow me
to list them all) contributions to the success of the club.
The club presented out going President Mike Crews with a jacket in appreciation of his
service as
club President.
Choosing Your Rods
By Dorothy Philpott
Ray passed away January 17th. Ray
was a long time member, served on
the board as a Director for six years
and won co-angler of the year the first
six years it was awarded. He was the
first person I fished with when I moved
to the Village he introduced me to the
salt/pepper dead ringer, jig head
worm and fluorocarbon line. Their are
many stories I could tell about fishing
with Ray but what I remember most
was his laugh and he laughed often
and I will miss that most.—
Don Langston
Today's rods are designed to improve the angler's feel of biting fish.
The rod shaft is called a blank. When a rod is manufactured, the blank
is formed using graphite, fiberglass, or other material. The actions of
these blanks are called light, medium, medium/heavy, and heavy. The
action of the upper end of the blank, called the tip, can be regular, light,
and extra light. When the blank has been assembled, i.e., the guides
and handle have been attached, the end result is called a fishing rod.
Thus, whether you fish with a baitcasting or spinning rod, the action of
the rod refers to the blank. This information is meaningful when you
decide what type of fishing you will do.
The number of guides (eyes) on your rod is important. They help
transmit line signals to the rod so it is easier to feel the fish. The types
of guides available today have changed. Some guides have ceramic
rings inside the outer metal frames. Other guides have silicon carbide,
aluminum oxide, gold aluminum oxide, or chrome plated insert
inner rings. All of these types are claimed to help reduce the
friction that causes fraying or nicks in your line.
Think of the action of an oak tree when the wind blows. The
outer limbs of the tree move easily in the breeze, the trunk will
sway when the wind is strong. The roots only move when tornadoes hit or they're dug up.
Light action rods are not normally used to fish for bass, mainly because you need the strength of the blank to move a bass
out of cover.
Baitfish will chum, pop out of the water, and make frantic
moves to avoid being eaten. You want to duplicate this live action with your bait, so you use an extra fast action tip with a medium or medium/heavy action rod. This particular combination
gives you the backbone needed and the flexibility to catch fish
using topwater baits. With the flick of the wrist, the rod tip will
move the line quickly, pulling the bait over the water.
Medium or medium/heavy action rods with fast tips are used
when fishing crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and depending on the structure
and vegetation, some plastic baits. The pulling of the line under water
requires more power than topwater fishing, but not the horsepower of a
heavy action rod.
Heavy action with standard tip rods are used when fishing dense cover such as reeds, bushes, deep grass beds, or heavy timber. This rod
allows you to set the hook and get the fish out of these types of structures with more strength.
The guides on your rod are important. Be sure to check them before
you go fishing. If any are bent, straighten them out because the line will
not flow through them correctly. Take a Que-tip and turn it in the inside
of the circle of the guides. If any cotton sticks to the circle, have the
guide replaced before you use the rod again. If you do not, the line will
fray or have nicks in it and will break when you set the hook on a fish.
When purchasing your next rod, pay particular attention to the wrapping attaching the guides to the rod. If the wrapping is not sufficient, the
guides will become loose and need replacing.