by Bruce Smith
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association July 2006 Newsletter)
The next General Meeting is June 27 and the next General Meeting after that will be September 26th. Remember there are no JCAA General Meetings during the summer unless an emergency situation arises. If that happens, Tom Fote will contact you by email and that is why it is important that we have an email address on file to contact your club. Make sure your club representative has sent an email to Tom at email@example.com telling him that they are the club representative.
Things get busy real fast in the fall with the Sportsperson of the Year Dinner coming up on Sunday, November 19th. Start thinking who your club would like to nominate.
Thanks to our many sponsors, the tireless effort of our dedicated tournament committee, the host weigh-in stations, the weigh-in masters and, most importantly, the participants to the JCAA 12th Annual Fluke Tournament. The tournament was successful inspite of the difficult fishing conditions statewide on June 10th.
The old adage, “The worst day of fishing is better than the best day of work” was really tested. I was happy to be a weigh-master, not a contestant.
Many entrants decided that discretion was the better part of valor. As I write this report, they still have an equal opportunity to win door prizes and the grand prize, a Century Boat, Yamaha Motor and LoadRite Trailer at the awards ceremony at Trump Marina Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on Friday June 16th. I predict with confidence that this will again be a grand affair and that foul weather gear will not be required.
Many who fished and weighed in fish were reward-ed for their bravery, endurance and effort. (It’s tough work but someone has to do it.) By now they should have recovered from their aches, pains and windburn. Most ports had a minimum of 10 fish weighed and, although many fish were definitely not doormats, we will still make good use of the catch surveys completed by those who fished.The weather forecast (accurate as it turned out) had an impact on participation but we still had 840 entries. This event provides most of the revenue that funds the work that JCAA continues to do on behalf of anglers, divers, the resource and the marine environment. Thanks again to all who participated and for your continuing support.