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President's Report

by John Toth
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association March 2017 Newsletter)

It is show season and JCAA will be at the following great events: George Poveromo’s Salt Water Sportsman Seminar in Linwood on 2/28, The Atlantic City Boat Show from 3/2-3/5 and the Saltwater Fishing Expo in Somerset from 3/17-3/19. Stop by to say hello, learn the latest about regulations on fluke and sea bass, buy a couple raffle tickets or enter early for our fluke tournament on 8/5. In addition to a 50K cash prize doormat fluke category and a Grand Prize drawing for a boat, motor and trailer, we have some new incentives for early entrants this year. Specifically, we are going to have cash prizes for the early entrants who catch the largest fluke: 1st place - $1000, 2nd place - $500, 3rd place - $250. By entering early you will save $30.00 from the regular entry fee and if you enter at one of the above shows we will even throw in two free JCAA t-shirts.

With the end of the winter nearing and despite regulations on certain species still in doubt, it won’t be long until many of us will be on the water fishing again. There have been a lot of justified grumblings about unfair regulations and fatally flawed fisheries science. A growing number of fishermen have stated they are not going to comply with size and bag limits, nor do they intend to register with the NJ mandatory saltwater registry program. While we understand that sentiment, JCAA would still like to encourage all anglers to register or reregister in the program.

There are several reasons to do so; for one it is the law and most of us are law-abiding citizens. Secondly, if you are not legally registered you could be disqualified from a record catch or from winning a tournament. Lastly, in the future quotas for various species might be assigned by the number of fishermen in each state or region. Having fewer anglers in our state could someday result in smaller quotas and more restrictive regulations. The registration is free and it is simple to do. Just go to this link.

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