Outer Banks Anglers Club gears up for activity-filled year

Published 6:17 am Tuesday, February 22, 2022

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The Outer Banks Anglers Club held their first meeting of the year on Monday, January 31, 2022. President Jeff Frye opened the meeting with a welcome to all existing members and guests. He expressed his excitement about the coming year and the events planned to grow the membership and to involve all members in the activities.

Jeff then introduced our keynote speaker, Mr. Jack Horst, a U.S. Navy veteran, and now Vice Commander of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary serving the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Mr. Horst told us that one of the missions for the Auxiliary was to promote boating safety and education. This is provided by classes held at various schools and online. In addition, the Auxiliary supports the search and rescue training of the Coast Guard Air Station based in Elizabeth City and the Boat Station Oregon Inlet. Interesting videos and pictures were provided.

The business part of the meeting focused on several topics including promotion of the club, membership recognition and benefits, education through focused programs and hands on clinics, and creating an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome and part of something special. These ideals along with our past guiding principles will help promote our mission of camaraderie and good fellowship.

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Next was a discussion on the upcoming tournament and the various in-house events. These are key to fulfilling our mission of utilizing lessons learned from our meetings, applying those skills and then add a bit of competition.

The first event is the annual catfish tournament and is scheduled for early April. This tournament is open to all members and fish can be caught by land or boat in North Carolina waters. There is a weigh in and a cook out in the afternoon after a day of fishing. Prizes and awards are given for the largest fish.

The annual banquet is being held in April at Captain George’s Restaurant. Members always enjoy this wonderful function. This is the anglers awards and recognition night, so it brings with it its own excitement and anticipation. Tickets on sale now.

The final item of the meeting are the drawings for the 50/50 winner and the two TW’s Bait and Tackle gift cards.

President Frye closed the meeting and left the membership with a challenge to help grow the club and continue to promote camaraderie and good fellowship through implementation of the ideas discussed tonight. He welcomed additional comments and ideas.

Next meeting is scheduled for February 28, 2022 at the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church in Kitty Hawk. Hope to see everyone there. New members and guests are welcome.

– Submitted by Tony Lombardi