President's Report

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

The fall season is upon us and with that New Jersey’s Fluke (summer flounder) season has come to an end and the surf / boat fishermen are gearing up for the fall run of striped bass to start. A reminder that on Oct 1st the seabass bag limit increases to 10 and the tautog (blackfish) bag limit don’t increase to 5 until Nov 16th.

I mentioned in many previous JCAA Newsletters, if you would like me to come and speak to your club just contact me. Well, a few months ago I was contacted by Jim Blandine of the Village Harbour Fishing Club (VHFC), who is the club’s guest speaker chairman, to come and speak at their regular monthly meeting in September. It was my honor to speak on September 13th to a very active club. This club was started back in 1984as a few anglers got together to further their knowledge of recreational fishing and how they can conserve the precious resource they so dearly loved. This club does participate in a few different types of fluke tournaments and has a yearly club dinner. They also are very much involved in the process of fisheries management by attending public meetings and putting their club’s stands forward when need be. They are an active member club of Jersey Coast Anglers (JCAA) where their club representative is present at monthly meetings and members help out at shows in the JCAA booth. If you are looking for a club to join in the Manahawkin / Long Beach Island area you should check this one out (vhfishingclub.com)). I would like to thank the Village Harbour Fishing Club for making me feel welcomed and comfortable during my speech.

There were a few public hearings in New Jersey on the latest addendum for striped bass. I personally was not able to attend any of them due to my schedule but JCAA had people there. I was informed that there were a lot of people with some different viewpoints on the options. I would have liked to hear that there were more people that were interested and attended these important hearings. The largest attendance was in Manahawkin. This is where you have some input with the upcoming regulations. If you were unable to make one of the hearings there is still time for you and your club to write in your comments by October 7th to Max Appelman. You can email Max Appelman, FMP Coordinator, at comments@asmfc.org (Subject: Striped Bass Draft Addendum VI) or by mail Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, 1050 North Highland Street Suite 200A-N, Arlington, VA 22201. Phone: (703) 842-0740, Fax: (703) 842-0741.

At the September JCAA general meeting a vote was taken on who will receive this year’s Sportsperson of the Year Award. All of the names of the nominees that were submitted by member clubs are well-deserving for all the great work they do. This year’s 2019 JCAA Sportsperson of the Year which was selected by member clubs is John Tiedemann. Congratulations on being selected and I am looking forward to presenting it to you at the dinner. This is a reminder, if you or your club has not purchased tickets to the Sportsperson of the Year Dinner on November 10th yet, there is still time but time is running out. Reach out and get your tickets in the next few weeks. Tickets again this year are $80 per person and $650 for a table of 10. To reserve your tickets, contact Dan Miller at (609) 641-7821 or blueangray@comcast.net. The venue has changed to Martell’s Water’s Edge, 125 Bayview Ave., Bayville, NJ from 4-8 pm. You don’t want to miss this amazing time.

The month of December always puts some sort of a twist on when we can have our general meeting. This year is one on the worst since the meeting is the last Tuesday of the month which turns out to be New Year’s Eve and the Tuesday before that is Christmas Eve. We can’t have a meeting either of those nights. At the board meeting we discussed this issue and came to the conclusion to have the meeting on December 17th which is the 3rd Tuesday of the month. At that meeting we will be having something to eat. We will discuss what that would be at the November meeting. I will need to get a head count by December 3rd so the food can be ordered. If you can, email me if you are attending at mtsport64@aol.com and put in the subject “JCAA December Meeting.”

The next JCAA General Meeting is October 29th 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.

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