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Outdoors notebook: Fishing club faces uncertain future

| Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Is a local fishing club on its last legs?

The Twin Lakes Fishing Association has been around for 26 years, stocking trout in Upper and Lower Twin lakes near Greensburg. Many of the fish are tagged for prizes each year.

But that might all come to an end unless the club can get some additional help, member Don Ringling of Greensburg said.

“We at the Twin Lakes Fishing Association are in desperate need of more participation from our members in the form of being an officer, getting donations for tags, stocking of fish and in general coming to our meetings to help in any way possible,” Ringling said.

If that help is not forthcoming, “2014 could possibly be our last year of operation,” he said.

Anyone interested in helping is asked to attend an upcoming meeting. They're held at 4:15 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month outside of summer at the boathouse on Lower Twin Lake. Meeting dates are Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21.

Sport show

Tri-County Trout Club is promising a bigger and better sport show and flea market this year.

The event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at Arnold Volunteer Engine Co. No. 2 social hall, 1702 Fifth Ave., Arnold.

The show will offer for sale new and used fishing, hunting, camping, sporting and collectible items. There will be vintage lures and fishing and hunting licenses, fly-tying materials, fishing rods and tackle, turkey calls, books, turtle soup and hot food and beverages.

Admission is $3, though children younger than 12 are free.

Tables still are available if you have gear to sell. Call 724-335-2679 or email pabrookie@gmail.com.

New record?

A Pennsylvania man may have caught the all-tackle length world record musky.

Matt Forjohn of Ambler, Montgomery County, was fishing the St. Lawrence River in New York on Dec. 2 when he reportedly caught a 51.18-inch musky, measured from its lip to the “v” of its tail. That's equivalent to 130 centimeters.

The current length record is 128 centimeters.

Forjohn's fish, measured using an official International Game Fish Association device, has been submitted for certification as a record. Confirmation is pending.

The musky reportedly was just the third Forjohn had ever caught. He released it alive.

Landowner protection

Gov. Tom Corbett recently signed into law Senate Bill 648, which protects landowners who allow hunting on their property.

The bill states that “a landowner who grants permission to a person to hunt on the landowner's property shall not be liable for unlawful acts committed by that person unless the landowner willfully conspires in commission of the unlawful act.”

Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at bfrye@tribweb.com or via Twitter @bobfryeoutdoors.

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