By Frank Richetti

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association January 1998 Newsletter)

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 30th starting at 7:30 at the Brick Township municipal hall. Make sure your club sends a delegate, we have a number of important issues to discuss and we need everyone’s input.

Our annual elections take place during the December meeting each year. Each office is held for a one year term and all offices, except the president, may be held for as many terms as the candidate is elected. The president is restricted to only two consecutive terms. The nominating committee has found candidates for all offices except for membership secretary. Nominations will be open to the floor until just prior to the elections. The nominations for 1998 are:

President Frank Richetti
1st Vice President Pat Donnelly
2nd Vice President Mark Taylor
Treasurer Doug Tegeder
Corresponding Sec. Gary Caputi
Recording Sec. John Gillis
Recording Sec. Eric Peterson
Membership Sec. Open

For most of us the fishing season is over, the boats have been winterized and covered, all the rods and reels have been cleaned oiled and put away for a long rest. But that doesn’t mean that the action is all over! In fact, there is plenty of action going on right now in the halls of fisheries management! Now is the time, when the plans for fluke, seabass and scup (porgies) are being formulated. Now is when final rules for this winters glass eel fishery are in the works. Now is the time to make your opinions known. We will be discussing all these plans during the December meeting.

The winter season is also time for sportsman shows, boat shows and fishing seminars. JCAA uses many of the shows and seminars as an opportunity to reach out to the sporting public, to inform them of the state of important fisheries and to seek their input and support. This year we will again have a booth at the Garden State Outdoor Sportsman’s Show, held at Raritan Center Expo Hall. This is a four day show running Thursday, January 8th through Sunday, January 11th. We are looking for a few volunteers to help man the booth each day. It’s a great way to meet other fishermen, swap stories, pass on information, sell raffle tickets and generally have a good time. When you come to work the JCAA booth, you get into the show for free as long as we have your name in advance.

Please see me at the next meeting or call either Tom Fote or me to line up days that you could help.

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