President's Report

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

The winners and details of our 23rd JCAA Fluke Tournament held on August 5th are posted in this newsletter. What I want to focus on is the Awards Ceremony that was held at the Clarion Hotel on August 10th where the participants came to receive their prizes and have the opportunity to win not only more than 50 door prizes, but also the boat & motor (Grand Prize) donated by Yamaha through its representative, Ron Zastocki.

Mark Taylor did a fine job of Master of Ceremonies for this event and he generated so much excitement for it! We had help from Bruce Halstater, Bill Browne and Wayne Geider handling the registration information, along with Al Marantz selling our tournament T shirts, Don Marantz selling JCAA's Super 50/50 Raffle tickets, Kyren Dooley and Linda Haertel selling 50/50 tickets with the winning ticket drawn that night. JCAA Board members, Frank Richetti, Ken Warchal, Paul Haertel, and others pitched in to get the prizes ready for the winners. Doug Tegeder processed the financial paperwork necessary for distribution of the prizes. Paul Turi, did a great job in managing this successful tournament and itís following Award Ceremony. I hope I did not skip anybody that helped us with this ceremony!

But I have to tell you that the Awards Ceremony was a night of FUN! We had about 350-400 attendees and just everyone was in such a good mood and up for this event! It started off with free finger-type food and soda that was available starting at 5:00 p.m. along with a cash bar.

What made this ceremony all the more memorable was a 10-year old boy (Dylan Cole) who caught a 9.69 lbs. fluke with a length of 28 inches that won his fishing team $12,881! That included the port prize of $1,200 along with the Calcuttas that they entered. Dylan received a standing ovation from all who were present. While standing in front by the podium, Dylan had such a smile on his face that he could slay the world! His father had his arm around him and both of them were beaming with pride! Dylan also had the type of clothes on that he could go fishing at a moment's notice! It was a night that he will remember for the rest of his life! All of this made our Awards Ceremony a special occasion with all of us just witnessing the happiness shared by this winning team and the father and son. It was not just the money that they won, but all of us were just so happy to see this boy win such a big fluke and the father and son sharing their precious experience!

Our Fluke Tournament Director, Paul Turi, had been managing our tournament for a number of years and he wants to step down from this position to pursue other activities such as having more time to go fishing and also golfing. The JCAA needs a new Fluke Tournament Director and information on this position is listed in another section of this newsletter.

We are currently in something called a "Dead Zone" since the fluke season closed early on September 5th. I have written a column on that issue that is also in this newsletter with the title of "What Can We Fish For and Tough Times for the For-Hire Fishing Boats.

Our Sportsperson of the Year is scheduled for November 12th and we need your club's nomination for who you want to recognize to receive this prestigious award. We want to review your club's nomination at our September 26th General Membership meeting. More details on how to submit this nomination is also detailed in this newsletter.

Finally, at the JCAA office on September 6th, several of our Board members heard representatives from the Pacifico Aquaculture company give us a presentation on their proposal to commercially farm striped bass in New Jersey's waters. We listened to their presentation but did NOT give any approval to this request. I have written a brief column on this issue, but we will discuss this in more detail at our September 26th General Membership meeting.

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