Friday, September 30, 2016

FISHING UP SEPTEMBER WITH A RECORD

On a closing note to the month we finished up September with a record breaking large mouth Bass. Caught by Mr. Tom Caracciolo.   Pictured below it is the biggest fish we have ever caught at our 6th annual Bill Moran fishing derby.  This beauty came in at 16 inches.  


Everyone had a great day and Tom had some competition.  Kate Rottman caught a 14 3/4 inch bass and Tristan Conklin caught a 14.5 inch bass.  
Kate Rottman showing off her catch. 

Tristan Conklin with his 14.5 inch bass.  

You can tell from these pictures that everyone had a great time.   The fishing Derby is held in honor of Mr. Bill Moran who was instrumental in us becoming Audubon Certified.  Besides being a fisherman,  Mr. Moran was an avid birder, camper, skier and of course golfer.  We show case our pond as a example of our environmental management.  The pond was very prone to algae problems in the past.  We built a 2000 gal a minute water fall to help keep the water oxygenated and moving that acts as a water hazard to the left of the 8th green and is also extremely attractive.


"next year I'm bringing my pole"  
 We added two devices called Sonic Solutions.  (one at each end of the pond)  These kill Algae by using Sound waves.  We Dye the water a dark color so sunlight does not penetrate all the way to the bottom.   We also have fish that eat aquatic vegetation.  That allows the sound waves to do there job.  We keep the grass high around the edge of the pond.  This slows run off from heavy rains.  The slower moving water allows any particles or contaminates to settle out of the water before they get to the pond.
A little help please.  




All of these practices combined have allowed us to stay algae free for the past ten years.
 A perfect afternoon.

Our Member-Member tournament went very well.  Congratulations to all the flight winners and to overall champs John Bennett and Rob McGrath, who beat Aidan Quinn and Colin Gray on the final hole of the shootout.  
Mr. McGrath lining up his final Drive.  

Mr. Bennett:  Right down the middle!!!!!

Our damaged areas in some of our roughs are much better.  The cooler temperatures have helped a lot. We still have some areas that need attention but a lot of the seed has already germinated.  We will be fertilizing in the next few weeks.  That should help thicken things up.  In closing we are fast approaching October.  We are busy getting ready for leaves and cooler temperatures.  Keep those clubs handy.   October is a great month to play some golf.