We have Christmas dinner "potluck style" at our December meeting. The club provides turkey, ham, and beverages for the dinner. Santa will be there with presents for the children and we give away approximately 30 door prizes.
These are the activities that occur throughout the year due to the dedication of some Poggies, where new Poggie volunteers are always welcome.
At the end of July we have our salmon bake and silent auction at Jarstad Park in Gorst. The salmon bake is a pot luck with the club providing salmon and beverages. The auction is fun with lots of interesting items.
The Third derby is the Salmon Derby. Our biggest derby in late July or early August is Open To The Public. This is held in Bremerton fishing area.The fish ladder winner receives $1,000 and other prizes are determined by local area sponsorship. Prizes awarded at local area Port of Brownsville.
We have our meeting at 7:00pm in the Sheridan Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd in Bremerton. The facility is open at 6:30. This happens on the second Wednesday of the month September thru June. We hold a raffle each meeting and have food at every other meeting, (pizza). We also have a guest speakers visit through out the year. Guests and new members always welcome.
The Second derby is the Halibut Derby out in Straits of Juan De Fuca between Sequim and Port Angeles. (Fishing Area 6) Prizes are determined by the amount of tickets sold and awarded at the John Wayne Marina.
Yearly, the Poggies participate in research fishing with NOAA. This research is to study the bottom fish of Hood Canal. Of particular interest is the Yellow Eye Rock fish, due to their long life spans. This involves catching, implanting transmitters and releasing the fish unharmed. These fish now report electronically on their habitat movements. All other fish species that are caught are also recorded, their DNA taken and released.
Our first derby of the year is the Blackmouth Derby in the Bremerton area in February. Prizes are determined by the amount of tickets sold and awarded at the Brownsville Marina.
Poggies assist the 4th grade students, at Sunnyslope and South Colby Elementary schools, with their salmon in the classroom projects.
In July the Poggie Club sends four kids from 14 to 16 years old to the Washington State Conservation Camp. This is a great learning experience for young adults.
Those of you from the Public, we welcome you to look through our website & activities, see if this club is what your looking for. The cost is $25 per year and you or your family can join at any of the Community Events or General Meetings.
To Protect, Propagate, and Increase the Fish Population, and the Right to Fish