Nomination of Tony Guadagnino for JCAA Sportsperson of the Year

submitted by Fish Hawks Anglers Club
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association November 2021 Newsletter)

The Fish Hawk's Saltwater Anglers Club would like to nominate Mr. Tony Guadagnino for the prestigious award of Sportsperson of the Year for 2021. The Fish Hawk's is a social fishing club, dedicated to good sportsmanship, preservation of the marine environment, and safeguarding our natural resources. The Fish Hawk's is 200 members strong, and was established in April, 1977. The Board of Directors all agree that Mr. Guadagnino should be nominated for this prestigious Award of Sportsperson of the Year.

Running a successful club like the Fish Hawks takes a lot of work from its membership. Mr. Guadagnino is involved in almost every activity of the club and has been for years. For instance, he is a Board Member and is responsible for all financial matters. He is considered the CFO of the club. He also co-runs our annual activities such as: Our Annual Awards Banquet, our Annual Picnic, our Annual Pizza Night, and our Annual Indoor Flea Market. Mr. Guadagnino also goes to many local businesses getting prizes/gifts for several of our activities which are auctioned off, raising monies for our club. He also runs our monthly meetings 50/50. Mr. Guadagnino was in the Navy for 6 years and is very involved with the Fish Hawks outreach programs that involve the Military such as: Our Youth Seminar. This is a very well organized program. It's a day of teaching Veteran's Children fishing techniques. Mr. Guadagnino is also involved with a Veteran advocacy organization called "Ma Deuce Deuce", (Ma22). The purpose of this organization is to raise awareness of the 22 daily veteran suicide epidemic by sending 300 veterans fishing for the day. Mr. Guadagnino has been on our membership boats with these Veterans from this organization helping them fish and enjoying the day. Mr. Guadagnino is an extremely active member of our club and helps make our club successful in every aspect.

Mr. Guadagnino is a very skilled fisherman and has fished in many offshore tournaments to include the Gulf of Mexico where he fished for Blue Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna. He has fished both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for Tuna, Marlin, and Swordfish. The Fish Hawks runs many tournaments throughout the fishing season, fishing for a variety of saltwater species. Mr. Guadagnino participates in just about all of our tournaments, and many times wins the tournament for that species. These tournaments are for many species of fish to include, Fluke, Sea bass, Black Fish, Blow Fish and Strippers. He also fishes in the tri-club tournament which are three clubs competing against each other. He not only fishes in these tournaments but actually helps run them. Mr. Guadagnino also crabs and clams in the backwaters of Barnegat Bay. The Fish Hawks membership fishing skill level ranges from novice to expert, The Fish Hawk Membership considers Mr. Guadagnino as an Expert highly skilled fisherman and is the go-to person for advice on fishing.

Mr. Tony Guadagnino has been a member of the Fish Hawks for over 20 years. He is a friend to everyone and is dedicated to the sport of salt water fishing.

The Fish Hawk's Saltwater Anglers Club is very proud to Nominate Mr. Guadagnino for the prestigious award of Sportsperson of the Year for 2021.

Thank You, The Board Of Directors, Fish Hawk's Saltwater Anglers Club
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