President's Report

by Mark Taylor
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association June 2019 Newsletter)

It’s time to enter the 25th Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament. The date of the tournament June 15th is fast approaching. Don’t wait to the last minute to enter because that is when you may not fill out the entry form correctly. Make sure you enter the Calcutta’s you want and don’t forget the Largest Fluke Category because this does happen. Remember also, the entry fee is $150 until June 3rd. After June 3rd the entry fee will be $180. So get your entry in before the price rises. Reminder that the Award Ceremony is on Thursday, June 20th at the Clarion Hotel in Toms River. On displayed outside at the Awards Ceremony there will be a brand-new StarCraft Boat powered by a Yamaha Outboard and sitting on a Yacht Club Trailer which will be given to a lucky individual and will have their picture taken. These are amazing companies that come through for JCAA and the recreational community every year. I am looking forward in continuing to work together for years to come.

Year after year the recreational community is always in a tough situation whether it is with species size and bag limits or with having access. Every one of us must voice our individual opinion at public meetings. We may not like the options or the outcome but we must be heard. I would like to see more people attend these public meetings and write letters to the proper people. Get involved before it’s too late. There will be public meetings coming up on Striped Bass in early fall so plan on attending. When the dates are made available we will put it out there on our website and Facebook page.

Liberty Landing Marina is a weigh station for the 25th Annual Fluke Tournament and also a 1st Place Region Sponsor for Jersey City. Liberty Landing Marina had their 2019 Vendor Spotlight and Swap Meet Event on May 11th which they invited JCAA to have a table there to promote the tournament. The weather was great and there were a lot of people walking through the event. Thank you Liberty Landing Marina for inviting us to attend.

The 2019 Annual High Roller Raffle drawing was held on May 9th at 7:30PM in Toms River. Congratulations to all the lucky winners of this year’s raffle. All the winners should have received a phone call by a JCAA representative and made the arrangements on how you will be getting your winnings. Thank you to all those that supported JCAA by purchasing a few raffle tickets. JCAA is greatly appreciated to all those that supported us by donating these great prizes for this year’s raffle. Those companies or originations are: Capt. Mike Placko "Sign Me Up Charters," Fisherman's Headquarters, Grumpy’s Tackle, Canyon Reels, Tony Maja, TICA, Shu Fly, Costa Del Mar, ICOM and JCAA. We all should support them because they go out of their way to support the recreational community.

If you belong to a fishing club that does not belong to JCAA, you should contact us so we can explain what we do. Even if you are an individual that doesn’t belong to a fishing club and are willing to learn more about JCAA, you should contact us also. If you would like me or an officer to speak at your club, please send an email to mtsport64@aol.com and in the subject put “Speak at Club.”

I hope everyone has a safe time doing what we all love and be a part of protecting it for the future.

The next JCAA General Meeting is June 25th at 385 Herbertsville Road, Brick NJ, 08724. Make sure you mark your calendar. Remember, JCAA is always here for you, but we need more people to get involved to help protect the future of our fisheries.

Just a reminder, we are now accepting nominations for Sportsperson of the year. You may present any nominations at the General Membership Meeting or by emailing Paul Turi at pturi72@gmail.com.

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