President's Report

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

We all had a good time at the JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner that was held on November 12th at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant. We had an attendance of 149 anglers and guests at this dinner that started at 4:00 p.m. with tasty appetizers and followed by choices of fish, chicken and prime rib dishes.

Congressman Pallone stopped by to say how much he appreciates the JCAA’s efforts to support anglers in our continual struggle with ongoing fishing issues that involve sea bass, fluke, etc. Congressman Pallone also indicated that he would try to make changes with the Magnuson-Stevens Act to allow more flexibility concerning fishing quotas that have had and continue to have a devastating effect on both commercial and recreational industries.

Tom Siciliano was recognized as Sportsperson of the Year for all the work he does to support recreational fishing. On receiving his award, Tom requested anglers to be more involved in recording their fishing trips with the Angler Survey that is set up with the Fish & Game. The New Jersey Federation of Sportsmen Clubs received the Youth Education Award for their involvement in getting youths more involved in fishing. Member Jerry Natale accepted the award on behalf of the Federation.

The 50/50 prize reached just over $700 and when the winning ticket was drawn, Greg Kucharewski’s wife had the winning ticket in her hand. Greg, past recipient of JCAA’s Youth Education award, and his wife agreed to give this $700 back to the JCAA so that this money can be used to further fund JCAA’s efforts to get youths involved in fishing. Greg has been heavily involved in the Hooked on Fishing not on Drugs program throughout our area and also introducing it to local schools.

It was a very nice night of celebration and our JCAA Treasurer, Doug Tegeder, told me that his wife commented on how fast it moved along. We started the dinner at 4:00 p.m. and finished just after 8:00 p.m. These four hours included a cocktail hour, a dinner, comments from speakers (mine was under two minutes) and the drawing of tickets from the large assortment of tricky tray prizes and door prizes. Mark Taylor was our Master of Ceremonies and he did a great job in moving this dinner along to the satisfaction of its attendees. This dinner was very enjoyable and I look forward to our Sportsperson of the Year dinner in 2018!

On another topic, I want to express our thanks to the Manasquan River Tuna & Marlin Club for the $1,000 donation that was presented to JCAA Board members at its November 9th meeting by club member Ken Warchal. Thanks so much Manasquan River Tuna & Marlin Club anglers! Your donation is very helpful in supporting the JCAA and its many activities!

Election of Officers for 2018

In December we elect the Officers for 2018. Here is the nomination committee so far. As you can see we have a few vacancies. Anybody interested in filling these vacant positions should contact me at (732) 656-0139.

The proposed slate of JCAA Officers for 2018 is as follows:

President – Mark Taylor 1st Vice President – John Toth 2nd Vice President – Open Treasurer – Doug Tegeder Recording Secretary - Open Corresponding Secretary – Open Membership Secretary – Kyren Dooley Tournament Director – Open
Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings

Dear JCAA Supporter, JCAA Wishes you and your family Happy Holidays!

We thank you for your continuing support of the JCAA! Without it we could not have accomplished all of our objectives during this year.

This has been a challenging year for JCAA. There are ongoing costs associated with trips that are required for JCAA volunteers to represent anglers at fishing-related meetings in Washington and other locations throughout the country, especially in Trenton where legislation affecting our fisheries and environmental issues is passed. In addition to the administrative costs associated with mailings, office rentals, etc., the JCAA actively supports youth educational programs and staff show youths how to fish and enjoy this sport. The JCAA also supports scientific research that is sorely needed by the recreational community All of the activities of the JCAA is done by volunteer staff, with the exception of an Office Manager who is needed to handle required administrative activities.

The JCAA is a 501.C3 organization and donations that are given to it are eligible for tax deduction purposes. The year 2017 is rapidly coming to a close and during this time period individuals and businesses often make contributions to charities and organizations that provide a tax deduction benefit.

Please consider providing a donation to the JCAA. Your donation will help us to fight for and protect the fishing rights for all recreational anglers who fish in New Jersey. You also benefit since your donation can be used to reduce your 2017 tax assessment. If your company provides for a matching donation, you may be able to double your contribution.

Please make your check out to the Jersey Coast Anglers Association and mail it to

JCAA 1594 Lakewood Road Victoria Plaza Unit 13 Toms River, NJ 08755

Thank you so much for your continued support! May your holidays be joyful and may you have a very Prosperous and a Healthy New Year!

John Toth President, JCAA
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