21st Annual Fishin in the Pines

21st Annual Fishin in the Pines

2021 Lake Cuyamaca “Fishing in the Pines” Kids Derby

Hey there Gals & Guys Serving/Cooking/Prepping Team Members,

Prep Day: (09:30am Friday the 24st) started out perfecto at Al’s house with all our fillet Masters: Dwayne Patenaude, Charlie Fouquette, Mike Kezelle, Cliff Johnson, John Jones, Rudy Garcia, Bill Brown, Butch Paddock, Al Staz. and myself (MIA with Barb hiding in the house) at Al Stasukevich’s Pondarosa. Once again, our refined process of filleting/marinading & packing is nothing short of top shelf according to Al. We got those beautiful Yellowtail, Yellowfin & Bluefin fillets cut, marinated, and bagged up for Saturday. I would say about 3-4hrs. later in the afternoon the sky darkened all around the county and the lightning and rain started, acting as if it was going to foul Butch’s and his staff’s Big Day.  THANKS AGAIN ALL YOU FILLET TEAM MEMBERS.

Game Day: WOW, Saturday the 25th morning 0630 not much in the way of threatening weather :0)  Yaaay! Off to Sonya’s (“Ramona Café”) to meet up with some of our assume gang, and some of our other heavy hitters hit their regular Saturday morning hang out at Hwy. 67 Café. After a good solid energy boost from the two Cafes, it’s on the road again and off to Julian to make the final turn heading to the Lake. A lot of us arrived approaching the lake about 9:45 seeing the first glance of the Anglers that we would be cooking and serving to/for. There was a fair number of Anglers and vehicles coming into view so we knew it was going to be another great event. The cooking and serving stations were starting to come alive and set-up was well underway. Butch’s staff made it pretty darn easy again to grab a parking place, and our tools and we were off to the races of getting things prepared to cook for and serve to the mass amount of Little Fisher persons and their Families, on that Great Mountainous Paradise. SO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT! The morning progressed and before we knew it, the time had come to get busy with the task at hand of feeding some of 5-600 people.


It was a little lighter than years past, Dang that Covid for messing up all that it has messed up :0(          IT WILL BE BIGGER NEXT YEAR!!!


We had some newbies show up on site that I would like to mention and thank for coming & welcome to the team: Warren Wong, Harley Hart, Al & Barbara Stasukevich (Glad you guys made the trek, your already part of the team!) Thank you all!

All of the chefs on the grills, the servers, & everyone that helped was very much appreciated and I thank you for everything, you are what makes this all happen!!!: Dwayne & Debbie Patenaude, Ray and Jill Broadfoot, Butch Paddock, Al & Barb Staz, John Otto, Glenn Gerber, Norm & Sue Campbell,  Doug & Dora Shulte, (John, Holly, Paige & Emma Jones), Debbie Humphrey,  Kevin Burkart,  John Gleaves, Mike Kezele, Bob Pence, Charles Fouquette, Cliff Johnson, Chris Fletcher, Harley Hart, Warren Wong , Shannon & Tyler, Butch Paddock, Debbie Zittle, Ed Thilken, Dave Hilfiker and Myself, Thank you, guys, Great Job!!! We really missed those who couldn’t make it this year and look forward to your help in the future. Lots of Kids, Parents, Grandparents & lots of people ate and drank because of you guys!! Thank you all so much for volunteering, it sure makes a difference for all of those kids and the event. I hope you all had a good time and I don’t know how many times I heard THANK YOU from the Customer (Participants) for all our efforts!!!

  Thank you, O.P. Ball, Butch & Crew

                                                       GREAT JOB FROM A REALLY GREAT TEAM!


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