The Awards Banquet

The Narragansett Surfcasters held its annual Awards Banquet at the Spain Restaurant in Narragansett on April 9th. A lively group of fifty members turned out for the big event and while enjoying the happy hour, they ogled the raffle table goodies and stocked up on raffle tickets.

We began the evening with a respectful moment of silence for Mary Dangelo, Jim Gallagher, and Craig Champlin, three long-time members of the Club who passed away over the last year.

A wonderful dinner was served by the Spain’s gentlemanly staff. And what a meal it was, consisting of clams casino, calamari, fresh salad greens, Spanish rice, roast pork and potatoes, chicken and vegetables, sautéed shrimp. Who could ask for more? Then came a selection of tasty desserts!

The awards portion of the evening was kicked off by Dick Durand who honored Cliff Richer for his years of unwavering commitment and dedicated service to the Club. Cliff received a well-deserved gift certificate to one of his favorite shops, the Bear’s Den.

Also recognized were Joe Coppola for his outstanding Surf Day contributions, Chip Bowlby for schlepping his bins of Surfcasters merchandise to every meeting, and to John MacDuff for his many equipment donations to our raffles. Thank you, guys.

What would our awards affairs be without the presentation of the Largest Striper and Bluefish awards? Well, you may have already guessed that Ed Sousa took both top honors. Again! Ed will hold the big trophy for yet another year and was also presented with a Surfcasters hoodie and the pick of the raffle table tackle for his big fish. Way to go, Ed! We all vowed to step up and give you a run for your money this year.

Raffle Time! Al Williams and John MacDuff were very busy hawking the raffle tickets and were just barely able to keep up with the demand but no one went away without their share of tickets. The raffle table held over forty tackle items, four surf bags, three reels, four rods, and a special $150 Snug Harbor gift certificate. Not too shabby.

We wrapped up the proceedings with drawings for a door prize gift certificate to Quaker Lane Outfitters and the special fly fishing rod and reel combination we put together of a Van Staal reel and LL Bean rod. And it’s a good thing John Miller drove down from Massachusetts that night to join us because he grabbed the goods! And went home a happy fisherman, no doubt.

If you haven’t seen the photos of the festivities posted on the Home page, just click here.

Upcoming Events

Earth Day Beach Clean-up is on Saturday April 27th at 9 AM. Members will gather at Maridee’s Bait Shop on Pt. Judith Road to team up before heading out to collect trash at fishing spots along the coast. Dress appropriately for the day’s conditions and wear gloves. Marty from DEM is coordinating the event and will provide large trash bags. Picker-uppers will again meet at Maridee’s at noon to socialize and to enjoy a cookout. The event will not be held if the weather inclement.

Members are invited to bring their kids and grandkids to our annual Kid’s Fishing Day which is 9 AM Saturday, May 11th this year. This fun and rewarding event will be held at the Carolina Trout Hatchery, our usual location. Don’t have children? No problem, you can volunteer to set up, assist the kids, weigh-in their catch, cook lunch, clean up, whatever needs to be done to treat the kids to a quality experience. Each participant will receive a special gift and there will be awards for the three largest fish caught. You must register for this event, so please contact Al Williams at 401 741-9622 with the number of children you wish to bring so we can provide for everyone.

Our May Hook, Line, and Sinker Night will take place on May 21st. The Club has purchased various sizes of treble hooks for members to replace their dull and rusty hooks on their favorite plugs. Members are invited to bring two or three plugs that need new hooks to the meeting where tools, VMC 4 hooks, and quality split rings will be available. Pizza will be available and the usual raffle will be held.

A special presentation of Nelson Valle’s documentary on the history of surfcasting in our area will be shown starting at 7 PM. You may have heard about Nelson’s fine movie from other members and now is your chance to see it for yourself. It has a one hour twenty minute run time. Nelson has recently turned his camera to some of today’s Surfcasters who are featured in his latest work that can be seen here.

Our cookouts at Snug Harbor begin on June 18th at 6 PM! We have a new grill this year to ensure that your burgers are efficiently burned to a cinder, just the way you like them! See you there!