15 April 2014

Children's Fishing Derby : Sunday May 4 starts at 8 am

The Moodus Sportsmen's Club will hold our annual Children's Fishing Derby on Sunday May 4th. It's open to the public and there is no entry or admission fee for this event.

Junior fishing is not just about ensuring future anglers or fishing license revenues, although that's part of it.

But it is also based firmly on the premise that creating connections between kids and nature ensures a healthy future for them both.

With this in mind, the MSC is once again proud to host this annual event.

The derby begins at 8 a.m. and will run until noon. Hot dogs and other tasty items will be served for lunch.

Bring your youngsters - under age 12, and their fishing gear, and they can get some practice fishing in our stocked pond.

All children must be under adult supervision. It will be a great time for all.

Sponsored by The Original Guilford Coin Exchange

IMAGE CREDIT: The Oregonian / photographer - Joni Kabana.

Hale Ray's Project Graduation : June 27th at MSC

Hale-Ray Project Graduation is hosting a BBQ Fundraiser April 27th, 1:00 to 4:00
at the Moodus Sportsman’s Club.

Come join them for food & fun at this
great community event and help support an alcohol and drug free night for the senior class.

Please help raise money for a great cause and celebrate our seniors' success while enjoying a wonderful meal and conversation at a great location!



50/50 RAFFLE
Tickets in advance $10 || Adults at door $12
Kids 10 & under $8 || Seniors $8
Advanced tickets are sold at NHRHS office with Mrs. Tomasi, East Haddam Youth & Family Service, Moodus Package Store and 32 Main or contact Sarah Donner at 860-344-2255

21 March 2014

Town Wide Clean-Up - Saturday April 5th, 2014

It takes a lot to make a town look good, and it can't be done on its own.

So, once again, it's time. Come out and clean up the roadsides with us.

If you want to focus on your own street or a specific area, then call Jim Ventres at the East Haddam Land Use Administrator's Office [860-873-5031] to coordinate the effort or e-mail Will Brady [MSC website coordinator] at moodussportsman@gmail.com.

Anyone who takes part in the effort is invited to the Moodus Sportsmen's Club for one of its famous hearty lunches. Traditional picnic items such as hot dogs, baked beans, coffee and iced tea and lemonade will be served along with the seasonal bounty only a sportsmen’s club could serve.

We can't promise you'll find an armadillo, but sometimes what we find can be pretty strange.

At the lunch gathering we can inventory items collected and talk about ways and solutions to reduce these problems.

We will have information about the Town’s natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities that are available to all.

This effort is co-sponsored by the Sportsmen's Club, East Haddam Lions and Scout Troop #22.

20 February 2014

"March Madness Skeet Shoot Tourney"

Watch here for upcoming details!

In the meantime check this out Giant Skeet Shoot

Hunter Safety / Archery Courses in March

According to the Franklin Wildlife Management Area Field office both classes are fully enrolled.

We can use members to help out with the background on this so let JV or Fran know if you can assist.

Folks are still contacting Franklin to ask about being put on a wait list.

here are our scheduled dates and class times:
       DEEP Archery/Bowhunting Course
1     Sunday - 8 am to 4 pm

       DEEP Hunter Safety Course
14    Friday - 6 pm – 9 pm
15    Saturday - 8 am – 5 pm
16    Sunday 8 am - 2 pm

      Info for DEEP Franklin WMA Station:
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (860) 642-7239

The list [http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2700&q=429848&deepNav_GID=1633] will tell you the class is full (has been since late January, I believe) but persevere... and ask you be added to our stand-by list.

11 February 2014

More Ice Fishing Pictures

From Lake Hayward & from Bashan Lake

Fishing Derby Re-cap!

Text and pictures by Barbi Batchelder

[watch for more pix in a separate post.]

It was a perfect day for ice-fishing today, a little chilly with temps in the 20's, but plenty of sunshine! The ice ranged in thickness from 5 to 10 inches in different areas of the lakes, according to fishermen.

There were 125 contestants competing to catch the biggest fish in East Haddam, each trying their luck on one of the three lakes that included Moodus Reservoir, Bashan Lake and Lake Hayward.

Derek Babineaux, Jr., (13 years old) [that's him to the left]of Old Saybrook caught the heaviest fish, a 6.71 lb. Largemouth Bass, using shiners as bait, on the upper Moodus Reservoir, taking home the First Prize of $600. His father, Derek Babineaux, Sr. brought in the heaviest Yellow Perch, also on the upper Reservoir, weighing it in at .75 lbs., winning a $200 prize.

Simon Dell of Colchester hooked a 4.18 lb. Chain Pickerel, using minnows as bait, the heaviest of the third species of fish, netting a $200 prize, as well. That's Simon on the right, with Greg Casey next to him.

Derek Babineaux Jr - Bass 6.75 lbs (Lower reservoir)
Simon Dell - Pickerel, 4.18 lbs
(upper reservoir)
Derek Babineaux Sr. - Perch, .75 lbs (Lower reservoir)

After the weigh-in, contestants, their families & friends were treated to an incredible buffet-style feast at the Moodus Sportsmen's Club.

The meal spread included Wild mushroom soup, Corn chowder, pulled bar-b-q pork, Venison Chili, Venison & Pork Meatloaf (with secret spices), Spanish Rice, Baked Beans, Baked Potato Skins and a cold fish salad (made with Bluefish, Perch and Porgy) that was totally delicious atop a fresh-baked piece of french bread!

The day concluded with a raffle, and prizes included a large array of ice-fishing tools and equipment. Fun was had by all, and some were already talking about looking forward to next year!

Upcoming club events will include a March Madness Skeet Shooting Tournament. More details to follow in a future post.