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Now that the holidays are in the rearview mirror it’s time to start thinking about the biggest SOL event.  The hall has been book for Fling #18 on Saturday March 2nd 2019. It will be held at the same place as last year at the Bayville Elks from 12 to 5. The Elks Club is located at 247 Atlantic City Blvd Bayville NJ.


 For the new folks, here's a brief thing on Flings in general:

A Fling is just what we here at Sol refer to as a gathering of members for any reason. Most flings involve fishing at some point. For instance, the Ditch Fling. But the Food Fling is the only big one that doesn't. It's based in the off season, and called the Food Fling for just that reason. We don't fish, we just eat and drink have a good time. This is our annual chance to all get together, just have fun and enjoy each other’s company without fishing. This is also the one where all family members, wives and husbands, children', moms and dads, whoever, are also invited. It’s a great family event.

The Food Fling is an all-volunteer event. Many of us make food, and many others donate food such as the basic burgers and dogs and such to feed the masses that come. Nothing is catered. It's all on us to feed each other. Folks make a pot of stew or soup, chili or such. Lasagna or whatever. Cookies or a pie or cake. Whatever you feel like making and bringing is always wholeheartedly welcomed and devoured as such. The trick is a whole bunch of folks make a small amount, just what you're comfortable with, and when it's all put together, it feeds all of us. we don't ask anyone to make enough to feed the whole crew. Any way that you are comfortable helping out works for us. We always also need help setting up the hall early and cleaning up after wards.

If you are a member in good standing on, you are welcome to come. Bring your family, it is kid friendly. It is held every year, the first Saturday in March which this year is March 2nd, and will be held from 12 pm to 5 pm.  The Fling also is the same weekend as the Berkeley Striper Club Flea Market.  Held on Sunday March 3rd from 9 to 2, so for those of you that will be making a weekend out of it or coming into town Saturday the Food Fling gives you a great opportunity to kick back and relax and socialize with some of the members here face to face.

The Fling doesn't cost anything to attend. We only ask a donation of your liking at the door to offset the cost of the hall rental and various other things we may need to pay for ahead of time.

We also run a Chinese Auction to raise money for a few local kids-related fishing funds. So, if you have something, most anything at all, that you would like to donate to the auction, please contact me by PM here, or by email. A great many of the plug builders and fly tiers on both coasts contribute every year to the auction, and it is always so much appreciated. But we accept most anything fishing or outdoors, or even sports related.

Alcohol, soda, and water will be provided like it was last year. Alcohol is not permitted to be brought in from the outside. Unfortunately if you get caught club members will ask you to leave and you will be escorted out of the building. I'm pretty sure the great folks here understand the liability issues with this and we shouldn't have any problems. With that said there will be a cash bar available with the following prices.


Drafts $2.00


Domestic Bottles $3.00


Import Bottles $3.00


Mixed Drinks $3.00


Wine $3.00


Soda Free (I think)




So that's it in a nutshell folks. It's the chance to meet other folks that you've maybe only talked to online. Maybe see folks once a year. And definitely have a real great time. Eat some of the best food you could ever imagine. And maybe win some awesome prizes. All the while helping out a couple charities in the process. That Sunday March 5th is also The Berkley Striper Club's annual Flea Market so for those of you who have never been to a Food Fling it also gives you an opportunity to meet some of the great plug builders who are members here and to hit a fishing flea market all in the same weekend.

The auction and 50/50 will proceed like it always has with the proceeds going to local fishing clubs for their youth fishing programs. A donation thread for the auction will be posted as well as lodging info at a later date. Lodging will probably stay the same as in years past with IBML, and Berkeley Seafood is no longer available for our Friday and Saturday get togethers. Bums may be open but we wont know till closer to the date if they will be open.

For those who wish to just make a monetary donation those can be made thru PayPal at or a check or money order can be sent too.

If you are in just reply in this thread with a simple "I'm in" so we can get an accurate headcount for food and such.

Can't wait to see everybody and a huge thanks to those who have helped with this and the volunteers who make this possible. :)






Donation threads will follow shortly.


Ship stuff to

Derrick Tryon

300 spohn rd

Sinking Spring Pa 19608




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Edited by DerrickT

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17 hours ago, ibe333333 said:

Sounds like my Berkeley trip will have to be a weekend trip.

That's what several guys do.  Last year it was hampered by a snow storm for the northern folks though.

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On 1/5/2019 at 9:19 PM, DerrickT said:

Now that the holidays are in the rearview mirror it’s time to start thinking about the biggest SOL event.  The hall has been book for Fling #18 

#18 ?? 

You gotta be ####ing me !!!!

It's really been 18 years ?

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