Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Big Year Announcements!!!

We have a few BIG announcements regarding The Big Year Tournament!!! 


First, the Inaugural Big Year Tournament will still run through October 31st. The one change is that we will not be posting the leaderboard updates after September 30th. After careful deliberation by the Board at the last meeting we thought this would keep the tournament competitive and keep everyone fishing up until the end. The winner will be announced at the NOFFC Fall Potluck Social we will hold in early November. We will double check everyone’s entries with them individually before the winner is announced, just to be sure we haven’t missed entries.


Second, we will also have a shortened tournament "The Little Year" starting November 1st, 2018 and lasting through March 31st, 2019. After discussing it we decided that there is such good fishing, especially for saltwater species like redfish, drum and sheepshead during these months, that we would keep the action going. Same rules as The Big Year, as many different species as you can catch, no size limits. We will announce the winner of this tournament at the Expo on April 6th, 2019. We will have new cards for you with different date stamps available for the participants.  


Finally, with regards to the next Big Year Tournament, the tournament will begin April 1st, 2019 and last through March 31st, 2020. The Winner of the next Big Year will be announced at the 2020 Expo. We will have new cards available for members with the new date stamp.


The response to The Big Year has been excellent! The member participation has been great, and we hope it continues to grow. We hope we can keep the excitement going by adding these few changes. The race for first place is still very close, with a number of fishers being within striking distance of the leader. Keep the entries coming! We still have about 13 weeks of great fishing action left in the tournament, and we hope you make the most of it!







Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Big Year Update! 8/11/2018

Kirk Dietrich's Redfish entry!
Since the last update, There has been a lot of activity! David now has the lead with entries of Gafftop Sail Catfish, White Trout, and Speckled Trout. Kirk Dietrich also added to his species list, with a Redfish he caught. Brian Karcher caught and entered Gafftop Sail Catfish, White Trout, Speckled Trout as well, and maintains his 3rd place position. Chuck Miller also makes a move up the leaderboard, now coming in at 5th place! Chuck made this happen with Needlefish and Croaker entries!


Chuck Miller's Needlefish entry!
Here's a fun fact for you: David and Brian Karcher have each caught fish in every state of the FFI-Gulf Coast Council Territory! They have entered fish from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida, and now Alabama! Both David and Brian's Gafftop Sail Catfish and White Trout were caught in Alabama waters. They are truly getting into the spirit of The Big Year, and exploring areas outside of their home waters! Here's the Leaderboard as of 8/11/2018:

David Karcher's White Trout 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, Striped Mullet, Florida Pompano, Ladyfish, Gafftop Sail Catfish, White Trout, Speckled Trout) 3/2/18 @ 7:19pm

2. Kirk Dietrich (Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Red Spotted Sunfish, Warmouth, Spotted Gar, Speckled Trout, White Trout, Gulf Killifish, Common Carp, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Striped Mullet, Channel Catfish, Ladyfish, Redfish) 4/22/18 @ 12:39pm

3. Brian Karcher (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Redear Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Gulf Killifish, Croaker, Red Spotted Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Warmouth, Florida Pompano, Pinfish, Ladyfish, Gafftop Sail Catfish, White Trout, Speckled Trout) 3/2/18 @ 7:21pm

4. 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

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


Brian Karcher's Speckled Trout entry
6. Grady Johnson (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Longear Sunfish, White Crappie, Gulf Killifish, Spotted Bass, Warmouth, Bullhead Catfish, Redfish, White Bass) 3/17/18 @ 8:17pm

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


Chuck Miller's Croaker entry!
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!


Brian Karcher's Gafftop Sail Catfish entry!

There's plenty of fish to catch, and still lots of time to do it! It's never too late to get a start on your species list! I can't wait to see everyone's catches in the 2 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.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Big Year Update: 7/29/2018

The Big Year Update: 7/29/2018

There haven't been many entries the last week or so, so I'll make this update short and sweet. Since the last update, Brian and David Karcher have both added Ladyfish to their Big Year species list! Here's the Leaderboard as of 7/28/2018:


Brian Karcher's Ladyfish
1. Kirk Dietrich (Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Red Spotted Sunfish, Warmouth, Spotted Gar, Speckled Trout, White Trout, Gulf Killifish, Common Carp, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Striped Mullet, Channel Catfish, Ladyfish) 4/22/18 @ 12:39pm


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


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


4. 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


5. Grady Johnson (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Longear Sunfish, White Crappie, Gulf Killifish, Spotted Bass, Warmouth, Bullhead Catfish, Redfish, White Bass) 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

David Karcher's Ladyfish

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!  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.

NOFFC Casting Clinic



The New Orleans Fly Fishers Club are hosting a Casting Clinic. This is a great opportunity for Beginners to learn how to cast, and for Intermediate and Advanced anglers to brush up on their casting skills. Here are more details on the Casting Clinic:

Date: August 11th, 2018
Time: 8:00am untill 11:00am
Location: Bayou St. John, near the intersection of Moss St. and Florida Ave.  Map for Casting Clinic

You can also go here: NOFFC Casting Clinic to get the latest on the event on Facebook.

The Casting Clinic is open to anyone interested in learning about fly casting. If you do not have any fly tackle, don't worry, the Club will have some rod and reel outfits that are available for use at the Casting Clinic.

Be sure to invite any friends or family who are interested in learning more about the sport of Fly Fishing!!!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Club Flyfishing Outing - 7/26/2018

Sunfish caught at the Gretna Park ponds. Photo by Bill DeCastro
July Club Flyfishing Outing:

Instead of having the General Membership meeting at The Blue Crab this month, we will be having a Club Flyfishing Outing at the Gretna Park Ponds. Anyone interested in joining the New Orleans Fly Fishers are welcome to join us, as well! Here are more details on the Club's outing below:

Location: Gretna City Park Ponds
Date: 7/26/2018
Time: 4:00-7:30pm
Target species: Bass, Sunfishes, and Rios

Click the link below for a map of the ponds. You can get directions to and from the ponds using this link, as well:

Gretna Park Ponds Map

If you haven't made any entries for The Big Year, this would be a great opportunity to get your species list started!




Friday, July 20, 2018

The Big Year Update: 7/20/2018

Grady Johnson's White Bass entry
July has been a hot month! Almost too hot! However, there have been a couple of anglers who have withstood the heat, and make some great additions to their species lists.  Kirk Dietrich moves up to 1st place, overtaking the spot once held by David Karcher, with catches that include Striped Mullet, Channel Catfish, and Lady Fish.  Grady Johnson also added a new species, White Bass, to his Big Year list. Go fishing when you have the chance, but be smart, and stay safe in this heat! The leaderboard now looks as follows:  
Kirk Dietrich's Channel Catfish entry
1. Kirk Dietrich (Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Red Spotted Sunfish, Warmouth, Spotted Gar, Speckled Trout, White Trout, Gulf Killifish, Common Carp, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Striped Mullet, Channel Catfish, Ladyfish) 4/22/18 @ 12:39pm

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

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

4. 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

5. Grady Johnson (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Longear Sunfish, White Crappie, Gulf Killifish, Spotted Bass, Warmouth, Bullhead Catfish, Redfish, White Bass) 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



Kirk Dietrich's Ladyfish entry

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!  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.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Big Year Update: 7/6/2018

Kirk Dietrich's Common Carp
I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July! It was a hot one, but there were fish being caught! David Karcher continues to hold onto 1st Place with the addition of Florida Pompano to his species list! Kirk Dietrich moved up do 2nd Place, recording catches of Common Carp, Bluegill, and Spotted Bass. As a result, Brian Karcher moved to 3rd place but he is still well positioned, and continues to add to his species list with a Florida Pompano! The leaderboard now looks as follows:      

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

2. 
Kirk Dietrich (Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Red Spotted Sunfish, Warmouth, Spotted Gar, Speckled Trout, White Trout, Gulf Killifish, Common Carp, Bluegill, Spotted Bass) 4/22/18 @ 12:39pm

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

4. 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

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



Brian Karcher's Florida Pompano
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.