Ensuring that The Oakland Casting Club will continue to be a vibrant, productive organization…. That is my goal. I am forever indebted to this club for improving my casting, leading me to new fishing destinations, and forging friendships of a lifetime. I hope that other members will have similar experiences. In my free time, I am an optometrist at Castro Valley Optometry Group and an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry.
I first arrived at the Oakland Casting Club in 2008. I had never fly casted before, and it was very intimidating. However, with the help of instructors such as John Wurzel (R.I.P.), I was able to improve. I am also indebted to Chris Korich for always being more than willing to take me to the next level and beyond. The Oakland Casting Club has become my escape, my home away from home. It’s just a great place to hang out and practice the skill of fly casting.
I have been a member of The Oakland Casting Club since 2012. Being a part of the club has not only made me a better caster but has also allowed me to develop great friendships with other members of the club. It is an honor and privilege to serve as the treasurer for a club that has given me so much.
Since joining in 1988, I have been actively participating in all aspects of The Oakland Casting Club, and credit the Club and its great members with keeping me involved in competing, teaching and serving in many positions on the OCC Board. My casting achievements include setting National Records in Bass Bug and 3/8th oz. Plug Accuracy, as well as winning several Senior Women All-Around Championship and Senior Women All Fly Accuracy awards at ACA National Tournaments. I enjoy teaching fly and plug casting for our Public Casting Lesson sessions, as well as for young teens participating in the Redwood Heights Summer Program. My philosophies toward Fly Casting and Fly Fishing are simple: learn casting fundamentals from The Oakland Casting Club experts, continue to improve using correct techniques and always practice catch-and-release fishing. These guidelines will serve you and the environment well while ensuring your enjoyment of this wonderful sport.
I’m the Tournament Director for The Oakland Casting Club. I’m retired from a career in construction, so I have a lot of time to spend on fly casting and fishing. I fish around the Tahoe area and in the Southern Sierras. The club has casting games about twice a month, in addition to fly tying and fishing trips. We also give casting lessons in the spring and summer.
Since 1937, members of The Oakland Casting Club have won hundreds of National and World casting titles and set many records in the process. Equally impressive, our members have made huge contributions to casting technique, instruction, tackle design and fly line standardization that has helped millions of anglers around the globe. Fortunately, the club’s cumulative angling, casting and equipment expertise continues to be shared freely at our wonderful casting pools, with possibly the best year-round practice weather on the planet! As the longest benefitting member since 1970, I feel a deep obligation to serve OCC and share what I can with new members and future generations of champions and tackle innovators.
I have been a member of The Oakland Casting Club for 30 years. Why? The members are a great bunch of people. Fishing with the family and on the club trips is great fun even when fishing is not the best. Helping with casting lessons, especially with the young people, is a really satisfying experience. I have also been involved with the tournaments, winning a few awards locally and nationally. The club will always be important for its members and the community.
Originally from Germany, I have been in the US for about half my life and with the Oakland Casting Club since 2001. The club is part of my family. It allowed me to learn so much about casting that I was able to win a fair share of National titles and a few medals on the international level. I have served our local club and the American Casting Association in various capacities – including president. For work, I am a physicist who does mostly electronics – in the Santa Barbara area.
Charlie (Arata) Kobata
I have fished most of my life, giving up bait and ocean fishing since retiring from the auto repair business, some 10 years ago. Working part-time at Fish First to support my “habit,” I have been a member of the Oakland Casting Club where I work to perfect my Spey casting, while also trying my hand at constructing bamboo fly rods. I am also a great cook!