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The Farragut Story 

The Farragut Striper Club evolved from the Farragut Rod and Gun Club, an organization founded in 1948. The Rod and Gun Club roster boasted 125 active hunters and fishermen during the its hey day. The Farragut Inn on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn (from which the club got its name) served as the original meeting place. As the years passed, and members moved out of Brooklyn, the club became inactive.   

In 1966 a group of anglers who fished Riis Park and Fort Tilden (until the M.P.s caught them) decided to form their own group. In the small Riis Park parking lot Jerry Bernard wrote down the names of some of the regulars. At that moment, the Farragut Striper Club was born.

A week later, at P.S. 194 on Avenue W and Knapp Street, the men on that list had their first meeting. Members of the original Rod and Gun Club, who were still in the area, were also invited to join. Since the interest was primarily surf fishing, the name "Farragut Striper Club" was chosen. Art Wenner, who was a past president of the Farragut Rod and Gun Club, was elected as the new club’s president and served in that role from 1966 to 1970.

The club grew, and on March 22, 1969 the Farragut Striper Club had its first Awards Dinner Dance. The Knights of Columbus on Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay was to be the place, but as fate would have it, the hall burned down just before the event, and the K of C in Ridgewood had to be booked at the last minute.

As time passed, and members moved to the Long Island suburbs, the club’s meeting location moved east. For many years the club met in Valley Stream on Long Island, but more recently a new location was chosen in Massapequa.

Today, the club’s focus remains on surf fishing the northeast for striped bass, bluefish and weakfish. Membership is currently limited to 40. All members are active surf fishermen, and many log an impressive amount of time on the water. Members are free to experiment with all angling techniques. Many Farragut surfcasters have their niche, and specialize in such things as bucktailing, plugging, fishing rigged eels, bait fishing or flyfishing. Related skills or interests include plug making, fly tying, and rod building.

Current members concentrate their efforts on the north and south shores of Long Island. A healthy portion of the club relocates to Montauk for the fall. Interested members also plan trips to places like Cape Cod, Nantucket or Block Island.

The club has been active in conservation initiatives, including the Save Our Stripers (SOS) campaign. Over the years, the club has also participated in regional tournaments including Schaefer, Field and Stream, Atlantic City, and the New York Surf Fishing Contest. Today, members compete against each other in Farragut’s own club contest, and against other clubs in the New York Surf Fishing Contest. Competition can be intense, but is always friendly, since the Farragut Club is more about camaraderie and teaching fellow members how to become better fisherman.

Club activities also include fishing outings, an annual Christmas party, and the post-season awards dinner. In addition to supporting all related conservation efforts, the club strongly advocates catch-and-release. In recent years, more than 95% of all "keeper-sized" fish were released.

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