Save Our Native Species Inc.
S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie Fishing Club
(A 501 C (3) not for profit organization)





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Contact Information:
Jerry Skrypzak

Vice President
Ed Kissell

Don Tombaugh

Terry Pfeffer

Mail: PO Box 3605
Erie, Pennsylvania 16508

Phone/Fax: 814-453-2270


Newsletter The S.O.N.S. publish a monthly newsletter, ('The Bucket") that is mailed to its members. It contains articles and information that is of interest to our readers. 

August  2017  Bucket

NEXT MEETING:  September 26.  Have a Fun and Safe Summer. Good Fishing!
Walleye continue to be easy to catch. Perch however have been slow but seem to be improving.

Photos thanks to Tom Pruzenski

Our annual volunteer picnic was held on Monday August 6th at Shade’s Beach. There were 125 volunteers present. They were treated to a great picnic meal that was provided by Trawka’s Market that was planned and served by SONS Director, Ron Lubak with the help of his family members.

The night was absolutely perfect. There was low humidity, a nice lake breeze and a fun atmosphere. The volunteers that were in attendance were invited based on their participation in club activities. There were 150 club members who donated at least three times in service of our club. Among these 150 individuals were about 50 who participated in at least ten of our events.

This group was honored for their service with a special memento, a nice golf shirt with an embroidered SONS logo. SONS Director, Joe Springer, was honored as “Volunteer of the Year”. Joe logged 150 separate events mostly at our fish hatchery where he worked rearing and hatching fish and performing maintenance, cleaning and organizing. Joe was presented with a special jacket that noted his exceptional volunteerism.

There was another group of our volunteers that I would like to call our “Over 50” gang that included Bob Zawadzki (138), Don Tombaugh(71) Ralph Friend (55), Rich Smith (53), Jack Bock (51), Rich Brine (50), Jack Hartman (50), Larry Lipinski (50) and Chuck Miller (50) all who donated their services over 50 times to the club.

Then there was Mike Felege, Sam Brady,  Doug Vest, Jack Klapthor and John Krupinski who volunteered over 30 times.

.Adding   to our honor roll of volunteers are Rich Muse, Tom Pruzenski, Jim Christensen, Kevin Jonosco, Rick Nyberg all who volunteered more than 20 times.

Then there were Bob David, Bill Henderson, Sindee Lijewski, Jim Mattson, Paul Holtz, Guy Rousell-Dupre. Ken Minns, Frank Toskin and Ray Yurcak helped between 15-20 times.

.Bert Camp, Jim Carpenter, Herb and Mildred Kightlinger, Darrell Orleski, Ray Halt, Bob Nielsen, Mike Zawadzki, Cas Haraburda, Ed Heubel, Ron Luak, Ken Plonski, Bill Stewart, Zack Carpenter, Rich Cass, Bob Kazmaier, Diane Miller, Ben Pamubla and Doug Smith who all worked more than ten times.

Sindee Lijewski is one of our regular volunteers. In spite of her physical challenges she pitches in at our projects bringing with her an aura enthusiasm and cheer that is an inspiration to all of us and the kids we work with. Thanks Sindee!

We are an aging organization but periodically we have a young volunteer. This year it has been sixteen year old Kevin Jonosco who spent long hours helping out at our hatchery.

Attorney Dan Pastore was invited to our volunteers’ picnic. Attorney Pastore spent hundreds of hours representing us in our law suit against the City of Erie Zoning Board on a pro bono basis.  He was introduced to the attendees and publicly thanked for his hard work. Dan has been one of our strongest supporters over the years. Through his company FISH USA he has donated hundreds of prizes for our raffles as well as hosting our web site on his company’s server.

Pres. Jerry Skrypzak and Attorney Dan Pastore
Finally there are the club’s officers and directors who not only attend numerous meetings, spend hours planning and making preparations for all of our activities. They volunteer too! Special thanks to our officers VP Ed Kissell, Secretary Don Tombaugh and Treasurer Terry Pfeffer and our directors Rich Smith, Rich Brine, Chuck Miller, Mike Felege, Joe Springer, Ron Lubak, Bob Zawadzki, Bill Henderson, Ken Plonski, Jack Klapthor, Jack Bock and John Krupinski. Lastly thanks to all of the volunteers’ spouses for supporting them so they can support us.

All of those in attendance were given a great thermos mug that keeps beverages hot or cold for hours.

Photos by Tom Pruzenski


For six years in a row the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie has provided a 8 free fishing trip to some of our local veterans. We provided sign-up sheets at shows and other events throughout the year. Over 400 signed up. We were able to take about 220 vets out on the boats during the 8 trips. Donations from many of our local social clubs, especially various VFW and American Legion clubs make help make our veterans’ fishing trips possible.

This year the trips (2 trips per day) were on the Edward John   July 24 Aug 22 and                                                       on the Perch Pirate July 18 Aug 15. Bad weather caused the cancellation of the afternoon trip on July 24th so it was rescheduled for August 14th.

Fishing was a bit slow on most of the trips but the comradery was good.

When asked, the veterans all raved about the great time that they had. S.O.N.S. volunteers who were also vets went along to help. A lunch was provided and the participants were given a commemorative T shirt.


Upper left the Edward John ready to depart on Aug. 14th with about 25 Vets. Upper right the Perch Pirate inbound after a morning of fishing on Aug. 15. Lower left a close up of SONS directors Chuck Miller and Rich Smith riding on the bow of the Perch Pirate similar to Leonardo De Caprio and Kate Winslet did in the movie “Titanic” Chuck and Rich were two of the organizers and planners of the Vets’ outings. Lower Right Frank Toskin holds up a banana defying the banana free zone sign, Taking bananas on a fishing boat is considered bad luck.


The above graphic was published in the Detroit Free Press to illustrate the high water levels along the Great Lakes. I observed this first hand at Lake Ontario in Rochester NY a few weeks ago, The lake front properties have water in the streets, sand bagged basement windows, fixed docks under water and a one mile no wake zone from shore.


On July 29th nearly 500 adults and children came out to our free family fishing event which was held between 9 and 1 on that day during the Discover Presque Isle Celebration. Three days later on August 1st we set up at Liberty Pier during one of the 8 Great Tuesday Concerts. We estimate that another 200 adults and kids participated in another free fishing event. Since then we did another clinic for the Millcreek summer rec program with 20 kids and on Aug 14th we had another 100 kids from the Greater Erie YMCA.  Add this to the hundreds of other kids that we taught to fish this year and you have got to be proud of what we do.

This drawing was sent to us by Aiden Rupert. Isn’t it Great?


Sat. Aug 26th 8 AM Gem City Outdoorsmen’s Club Youth Field Days Volunteers needed
Sat Sept. 9th 9:30-3 6th Street Side Frontier Park Volunteers L.E.A.F. Festival volunteers needed
Tues Oct 3rd (Time to be determined) Vista #3 Presque Isle State Park fish habitat building volunteers needed


Downriggers: Three Walker electric downriggers two long arm and one short arm and 3 raised swivel mounting bases, downrigger balls and releases asking $1000 call Bob at814-397-8873
Anchors: 12 pound slip ring new $40, 4 pound with 100 ft of rope used $25, and 16 pound Danforth used $25 call Bob at 814-397-8873
Boat: 1990 Carver Montego 26 ft  Model 2557, Fiberglass hull, Merc Cruiser 350, galley, head, shower, radio, power trim tabs, AC/DC refrigerator, nice, low hours, Asking $10,000.00 Call Dennis at 814-450-0190 Can be seen at Lampe Marina.
Boat: 12 ft Crestliner Aluminum Boat asking $450.00 call Tom at 814-864-1886 after 3PM
Ice Hut: Amish built, one man, on skis 3”X4’10” opened call Tom at 814-864-1886 after 3 PM

Wanted: Old photographs of Erie’s Waterfront-Ships, Boats, Buildings, Fishing, and Fishermen, Railroads etc. Call Jerry at 814-452-6291. I would like to borrow and scan them for my slide pres



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