Monday, June 18, 2018

Big Year Update: 6/18/2018

Chuck Miller Longear Sunfish entry caught on The Pushe
As slow as things were last week, that's how much things have picked back up again! Kirk Dietrich was back in action again, submitting 3 saltwater species (Speckled Trout, Silver Perch, and Gulf Killifish)! Grady Johnson also had success in saltwater, with his Redfish entry. Jimmie Hyatt also submited a Gulf Killifish. While most of the action was in saltwater, there was also some success in warmwater this week.

We had a strong showing at The Pushe this past Saturday. The conditions were challenging at the Pushe, due to rain fall from earlier in the week, but Chuck Miller had success adding a Longear Sunfish to his Big Year entries! Things are starting to heat up with The Big Year, and everyone is starting to catch more fish! Let's keep the momentum going, and get on the water!!!  Here are the updated results, as of 6/18/18:


Grady Johnson Redfish entry
1. David Karcher (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Rio Grande Cichlid, Pinfish, Gulf Killifish, Redear Sunfish, Flier, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Croaker, Redspotted Sunfish) 3/2/18 @ 7:19pm

2. Sean Gilthorpe (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Gulf Killifish, Croaker, White Trout, Speckled Trout, Longear Sunfish, Redspotted Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid) 3/1/18 @ 5:05pm

3. Brian Karcher (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Redear Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Gulf Killifish, Croaker, Red Spotted Sunfish, Green Sunfish) 3/2/18 @ 7:21pm


4. Kirk Dietrich (Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Red Spotted Sunfish, Spotted Gar, Speckled Trout, White Trout, Gulf Killifish) 4/22/18 @ 12:39pm

5. Grady Johnson (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Longear Sunfish, White Crappie, Gulf Killifish, Spotted Bass, Warmouth, Bullhead Catfish, Redfish) 3/17/18 @ 8:17pm


6. Chuck Miller (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Redear Sunfish, Spotted Bass, Rio Grande Cichlid, Longear Sunfish) 3/1/18 @ 6:09pm

7. Joe Bandera (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Longear Sunfish, Green Sunfish) 3/8/18 @ 7:11pm


8. Jimmie Hyatt (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Gulf Killifish) 3/1/18 @ 9:28am

9. A.J. Rosenbohm (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid) 4/2/18 @ 7:18pm

10. Bill DeCastro (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid) 4/3/18 @ 8:21pm

11. Urbain Breaud (Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Bluegill) 3/23/18 @ 7:56am

12. Ray Baltz (Bluegill, Largemouth Bass) 3/17/18 @ 8:31am

13. Joel Hamilton (Bluegill) 4/16/18 @ 7:12pm

14. Jack Crais (Largemouth Bass) 4/21/18 @ 2:56pm

15. Meade Phelps (Bluegill) 5/26/18 @ 4:35pm


Also, just as a reminder:  Please be sure that (1.) To include the Big Year Photo ID Card with your Big Year submissions, and (2.) To submit all CPR entries to nolaffc@gmail.com so we can track them more accurately.  Remember, it isn't the size of the fish that's important, it's the diversity of fish species that will determine the winner.The time of 1st entry will be the tie-breaker (in the event it is needed).  Most importantly, have fun!



Kirk Dietrich Speckled Trout entry
The Big Year is off and running, full steam ahead!  I can't wait to see everyone's catches in the upcoming months.  If you haven't had the opportunity to pickup a stamped tournament ID card, please let either myself, A.J. Rosenbohm, or Jimmie Hyatt know so you can participate in The Big Year!  Please take advantage of this tournament, and use it as an opportunity to catch fishes you normally don't pursue within the FFI Gulf Coast Council region.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Big Year Update: 6/13/18

Kirk Dietrich's Spotted Gar Entry
Things have slowed down a little this past week.  Kirk submitted the only entry from this past week, a Spotted Gar.  Hopefully more members will get more time on the water, especially with a club outing at the Pushe this weekend.  This trip will present opportunities for everyone to add warmwater species to their Big Year list!  Here are the updated results, as of 6/11/18:

1. David Karcher (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Rio Grande Cichlid, Pinfish, Gulf Killifish, Redear Sunfish, Flier, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Croaker, Redspotted Sunfish) 3/2/18 @ 7:19pm

2. Sean Gilthorpe (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfush, Gulf Killifish, Croaker, White Trout, Speckled Trout, Longear Sunfish, Redspotted Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid) 3/1/18 @ 5:05pm


3. Brian Karcher (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Redear Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Gulf Killifish, Croaker, Red Spotted Sunfish, Green Sunfish) 3/2/18 @ 7:21pm

4. Grady Johnson (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Longear Sunfish, White Crappie, Gulf Killifish, Spotted Bass, Warmouth, Bullhead Catfish) 3/17/18 @ 8:17pm

5. Chuck Miller (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Redear Sunfish, Spotted Bass, Rio Grande Cichlid) 3/1/18 @ 6:09pm


6. Kirk Dietrich (Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Red Spotted Sunfish, Spotted Gar) 4/22/18 @ 12:39pm

7. Joe Bandera (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Longear Sunfish, Green Sunfish) 3/8/18 @ 7:11pm
8. A.J. Rosenbohm (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid) 4/2/18 @ 7:18pm

9. Jimmie Hyatt (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid) 3/1/18 @ 9:28am

10. Bill DeCastro (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid) 4/3/18 @ 8:21pm

11. Urbain Breaud (Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Bluegill) 3/23/18 @ 7:56am

12. Ray Baltz (Bluegill, Largemouth Bass) 3/17/18 @ 8:31am

13. Joel Hamilton (Bluegill) 4/16/18 @ 7:12pm

14. Jack Crais (Largemouth Bass) 4/21/18 @ 2:56pm


15. Meade Phelps (Bluegill) 5/26/18 @ 4:35pm


Also, just as a reminder:  Please be sure that (1.) To include the Big Year Photo ID Card with your Big Year submissions, and (2.) To submit all CPR entries to nolaffc@gmail.com so we can track them more accurately.  Remember, it isn't the size of the fish that's important, it's the diversity of fish species that will determine the winner.The time of 1st entry will be the tie-breaker (in the event it is needed).  Most importantly, have fun!

The Big Year is off and running, full steam ahead!  I can't wait to see everyone's catches in the upcoming months.  If you haven't had the opportunity to pickup a stamped tournament ID card, please let either myself, A.J. Rosenbohm, or Jimmie Hyatt know so you can participate in The Big Year!  Please take advantage of this tournament, and use it as an opportunity to catch fishes you normally don't pursue within the FFI Gulf Coast Council region.

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Big Year Update: 6/4/18

Brian Karcher's Rio Grande Cichlid entry
Things have definitly picked up!  Over the last 2 weeks, there have been many noteworthy catches.  Chuck Miller, Jimmie Hyatt, Bill DeCastro, A.J. Rosenbohm each recorded a Rio Grande Cichlid over the last couple of weeks.  Various species of sunfish have also been entered by many Big Year participants.  David (Red Spotted Sunfish) and Brian Karcher (Red Spotted Sunfish, Green Sunfish), Joe Bandera (Green Sunfish), and Meade Phelps (Bluegill) all caught their entries for the respective entries over the last couple of weeks.  With his Bluegill entry, Meade Phelps joined in on The Big Year fun!  Remember, it's never too late to get in on The Big Year!  Here are the updated results as of 6/3/18:


Meade Phelps Bluegill entry
1. David Karcher (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Rio Grande Cichlid, Pinfish, Gulf Killifish, Redear Sunfish, Flier, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Croaker, Redspotted Sunfish) 3/2/18 @ 7:19pm

2. Sean Gilthorpe (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfush, Gulf Killifish, Croaker, White Trout, Speckled Trout, Longear Sunfish, Redspotted Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid) 3/1/18 @ 5:05pm


3. Brian Karcher (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Redear Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Gulf Killifish, Croaker, Red Spotted Sunfish, Green Sunfish) 3/2/18 @ 7:21pm

4. Grady Johnson (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Longear Sunfish, White Crappie, Gulf Killifish, Spotted Bass, Warmouth, Bullhead Catfish) 3/17/18 @ 8:17pm


5. Chuck Miller (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Redear Sunfish, Spotted Bass, Rio Grande Cichlid) 3/1/18 @ 6:09pm


6. Joe Bandera (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Longear Sunfish, Green Sunfish) 3/8/18 @ 7:11pm



7. Kirk Dietrich (Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Red Spotted Sunfish) 4/22/18 @ 12:39pm

8. A.J. Rosenbohm (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid) 4/2/18 @ 7:18pm

9. Jimmie Hyatt (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid) 3/1/18 @ 9:28am


10. Bill DeCastro (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid) 4/3/18 @ 8:21pm

11. Urbain Breaud (Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Bluegill) 3/23/18 @ 7:56am

12. Ray Baltz (Bluegill, Largemouth Bass) 3/17/18 @ 8:31am

13. Joel Hamilton (Bluegill) 4/16/18 @ 7:12pm

14. Jack Crais (Largemouth Bass) 4/21/18 @ 2:56pm


15. Meade Phelps (Bluegill) 5/26/18 @ 4:35pm


David Karcher's Redspotted Sunfish
Also, just as a reminder:  Please be sure that (1.) To include the Big Year Photo ID Card with your Big Year submissions, and (2.) To submit all CPR entries to nolaffc@gmail.com so we can track them more accurately.  Remember, it isn't the size of the fish that's important, it's the diversity of fish species that will determine the winner.The time of 1st entry will be the tie-breaker (in the event it is needed).  Most importantly, have fun!


Bill DeCastro's Rio Grande Cichlid entry
The Big Year is off and running, full steam ahead!  I can't wait to see everyone's catches in the upcoming months.  If you haven't had the opportunity to pickup a stamped tournament ID card, please let either myself, A.J. Rosenbohm, or Jimmie Hyatt know so you can participate in The Big Year!  Please take advantage of this tournament, and use it as an opportunity to catch fishes you normally don't pursue within the FFI Gulf Coast Council region.



Monday, May 28, 2018

4th Annual Bream Busters Tournament Results and Recap

Club President A.J. Rosenbohm measuring a nice Bluegill - Photo by Jimmie Hyatt


This past Saturday, the New Orleans Fly Fishers Club hosted the 4th Annual Bream Busters Tournament.  We were fortunate to have excellent weather!  The morning skies were blue, with some light cloud cover, provided all anglers with opportunities to catch some nice fish.  There was also good member participation in this tournament, as we had 11 club members in the field of competition.  Lastly, there were some very nice fish being caught!  The top 5 fish submitted all measured more than 7" in length!  Bill DeCastro and Kirk Dietrich both caught some excellent bluegill measuring in at 8-1/16", but Bill DeCastro had the earlier entry, which broke the tie.  Here are the complete results from Saturday.

Beautiful fish and a Beautiful Morning! - Photo by Bill De Castro

1. Bill De Castro      8- 1/16” (Tiebreaker - Entry Time)
2. Kirk Dietrich       8-1/16”
3. Sean Gilthorpe    7-9/16”
4. Grady Johnson    7-1/ 2”
5. Chuck Miller       7-1/8”
6. Joe Bandera         5-7/8”

Monday, May 21, 2018

Bream Busters Practice & Meet and Greet

Since there is no formal club meeting scheduled for this week, we will be having a fishing outing before the Bream Busters Tournament. This will be considered a practice run before the Bream Busters Tournament. 

Also, If you live in the Greater New Orleans Metro Area, and are interested in or new to flyfishing, come on over and get to know our club!
NOFF Bream Busters Practice Details:
Date: 5/24/18
Time: 4pm - 7pm
Location: NOFF City Park Cleanup Site, Diagonal Dr. South of the Harrison Ave. Loop
Come on out! We hope to see you there!



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Big Year Leaderboard - 5/20/18

Grady Johnson's Spotted Bass Entry
Things have been getting interesting!  We have been receiving entries for the last couple of weeks from many of our club members.  However, there's a handful of people who are consistently catching new species and making the most of The Big Year!  David Karcher, Brian Karcher, and Grady Johnson have been doing very well!  David Karcher moved into 1st place with a Croaker.  Brian Karcher advanced to 3rd place this week, while catching a Gulf Killifish, Rio Grande Cichlid, and Croaker.  Grady Johnson improved his position, moving to 4th place, recording entries for Spotted Bass, Brown Bullhead Catfish, and a Warmouth.  The Big Year Leaderboard is as follows:


Brian Karcher's Rio Grande Cichlid Entry
1. David Karcher (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Rio Grande Cichlid, Pinfish, Gulf Killifish, Redear Sunfish, Flier, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Croaker) 3/2/18 @ 7:19pm

2. Sean Gilthorpe (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfush, Gulf Killifish, Croaker, White Trout, Speckled Trout, Longear Sunfish, Redspotted Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid) 3/1/18 @ 5:05pm


3. Brian Karcher (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Redear Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Gulf Killifish, Croaker) 3/2/18 @ 7:21pm

4. Grady Johnson (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Longear Sunfish, White Crappie, Gulf Killifish, Spotted Bass, Warmouth, Bullhead Catfish) 3/17/18 @ 8:17pm


5. Chuck Miller (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Redear Sunfish, Spotted Bass) 3/1/18 @ 6:09pm


6. Joe Bandera (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Longear Sunfish) 3/8/18 @ 7:11pm


7. Kirk Dietrich (Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid) 4/22/18 @ 12:39pm

8. A.J. Rosenbohm (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish) 4/2/18 @ 7:18pm

9. Jimmie Hyatt (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish) 3/1/18 @ 9:28am


10. Urbain Breaud (Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Bluegill) 3/23/18 @ 7:56am

11. Bill DeCastro (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish) 4/3/18 @ 8:21pm


12. Ray Baltz (Bluegill, Largemouth Bass) 3/17/18 @ 8:31am

13. Joel Hamilton (Bluegill) 4/16/18 @ 7:12pm

14. Jack Crais (Largemouth Bass) 4/21/18 @ 2:56pm



David Karcher's Croaker Entry
Also, just as a reminder:  Please be sure to submit all CPR entries to nolaffc@gmail.com so we can track them more accurately.  Remember, it isn't the size of the fish that's important, it's the diversity of fish species that will determine the winner.The time of 1st entry will be the tie-breaker (in the event it is needed).  Most importantly, have fun!


Grady Johnson's Brown Bullhead Catfish Entry
The Big Year is off and running, full steam ahead!  I can't wait to see everyone's catches in the upcoming months.  If you haven't had the opportunity to pickup a stamped tournament ID card, please let either myself, A.J. Rosenbohm, or Jimmie Hyatt know so you can participate in The Big Year!  Please take advantage of this tournament, and use it as an opportunity to catch fishes you normally don't pursue within the FFI Gulf Coast Council region.

The 4th Annual Bream Buster Tournament



The 4th Annual Bream Buster Tournament will take place this weekend!  Come join us in City Park for a morning of fun!  Here are the details of this weekend's tournament.

Date: Saturday, May 26th 
Time: 7am - 11am
Location: City Park 
Tournament Boundaries: City Park & Bayou St. John
Meeting Location for Measurement: Casino Building - Patio of Morning Call

Sunfish species of the Lepomis genus (Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Warmouth, Longear Sunfish, Redspotted Sunfish) are all qualifying fish, and can be entered in this tournament. Fishing ends at 11am and all participants must be in line by no later than 11:15am in order for their fish to be eligible for the tournament.  

All qualifying fish will be measured by the Tournament Director, using the Official Tournament Ruler.  The winning fish will be the longest fish entered.  There will be only one winner.  Time of entry will be the tie-breaker (earliest time entered wins), in the event it is needed.  The winner will receive a plaque and bragging rights for a year!

We hope you can make it out, and join us for a good time!