Sportsperson of the Year Dinner
November 12

by Paul Turi, Co-Chairman
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association November 2017 Newsletter)

On Sunday, November 12th, 2017 we will be having our Sportsperson of the Year Dinner. Again, the dinner will be held at the beautiful Crystal Point Yacht Club in Pt. Pleasant from 4:00-8:00PM. Tickets this year are $75.00 per person and $650 for a table of 10. To reserve your tickets call Dan Miller at (609) 641-7821 or email Dan at

Tom Siciliano has been elected this year’s sportsperson of the year. Here is the nomination for Tom presented by the Point Pleasant Fishing Club.

“The Point Pleasant Fishing Club nominates Tom Siciliano for the JCAA 2017 Sportsperson of the Year.

Tom Siciliano has been involved in fisheries management for over 25 years, attending NJ Fisheries Council meetings and providing valuable input. As President of the JCAA, he fought for recreational anglers on Salt Water Fishing Licensing, subway cars on reefs and improving the data collection and science used by fisheries managers, continually challenging managers on their science. In 2004, he participated in the initial meeting of the new data collection method now known as MRIP where he provided valuable guidance and ideas on how to maximize the data collection methods. He advocated for the inclusion of all variables such as weather, number of boat registrations, and number of boats moored at marinas. He has also called for the use of data from Vessel Trip reports that party and charter boats have been required to submit for many years and data mining those reports to compare data over many years.

Tom has served as president of the Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County; corresponding secretary of the Manasquan Fishing Club; and corresponding and recording secretary of the JCAA; and as treasurer of the Sunrise Bay Fishing Club. He is currently treasurer of the Point Pleasant Fishing Club.

Data collection is of paramount importance to Tom. He has provided the state with catch vs. effort data from the Sunshine Foundation fishing tournament for the past 13 years as well as the Point Pleasant Fishing Club boat, “Ideal”, for the past six years. To say that he is obsessed with data collection might be an understatement. He has often said that the three most important things for accurate and effective fisheries management are: data, data and data. Recreational fishermen will never be hurt with too much data. It is the lack of sufficient data that has been the cause of questionable fishery management decisions for many years.

Tom has volunteered at the Jacques Cousteau Reserve and Rutgers Marine Field Station for the past 13 years helping with the study of larval fish abundance in the Great Bay Estuary. Also with striper and fluke tracking studies, trawl surveys and several black sea bass studies. One of those studies has the potential to show that hook and line fishing is a better indication of the health of the fishery and a better way to evaluate the size of the stock. In 2011 he was volunteer-of-the-year.

He has also been a frequent judge at the Science Fair put on by the future scientists at the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science.”

As always I am also in need of door prizes and Chinese Auction and Silent Auction prizes. If you have something to donate, please contact me at (609) 709-9215 or email me at

Remember, bring your significant other. I always have prizes for the ladies too.

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