by Joseph Puntasecca
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association May 2012 Newsletter)
The 18th Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament is in full swing. Mark your calendars for June 9th (fishing day) and June 15th (awards ceremony). New this year for the 18th Annual Fluke Tournament is the Optional Striped Bass Cash Category. With striped bass fishing getting off to a hot start this spring, donít forget to enter for an additional $50 and cash in on this winner-take-all (per port) option! Just like the Fluke Tournament, entrants only compete against other entrants from their same port. JCAA will award the single largest striped bass in each port 60% of the entry fees taken in for that port. We also have an on-line entry for the Fluke Tournament where Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, eCheck and PayPal are all accepted. This year we have also added the option to purchase commemorative Tournament hats and t-shirts while entering on-line. Visit www.jcaa.org for complete Tournament details and entry.
JCAA needs the help of each and every member club to spread the word and promote the JCAA 18th Annual Fluke Tournament. Posters and entry forms will be available for distribution at the next General Meeting on April 24th. We also need you to spread the word about the new Optional Striped Bass Cash Category for this yearís Fluke Tournament.
Get your raffle tickets in, the drawing for the High Roller Raffle, one of JCAAís major fundraisers, is coming up on April 24th at 7:30 PM in Brick, NJ! We have a great prize list once again this year. I would like to thank everyone who not only donated the prizes, but also supported JCAA in this fundraising event. Good luck to those who entered and congratulations to all the winners.
Calling all volunteers! JCAA cannot operate without volunteers and your help. Even if it is for just an hour here or there helping to get the mailings together for the Fluke Tournament, distributing flyers or volunteering on one of our committees. Volunteering also doesnít always require a trip to the JCAA office. We now have audio conferencing for those who canít always make it to a committee or special meeting, allowing them to participate remotely. We have open committee seats for Access (central), Menhaden and others. If you would like to volunteer, please contact me at 908-913-0551, email@example.com or the JCAA office.
There is a NJMFC meeting coming up for both Black Sea Bass and Tautog. We will get information from that meeting out to the club representatives via e-mail. If you are not on our e-mail list and would like to be, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we prepare for another season and some of us are rushing to get back in the water and in on the early return of striped bass, I would like to remind anglers to either register or renew their registration with NJís Saltwater Recreational Registry Program (NJSRRP) at www.saltwaterregistry.nj.gov. Registration is required each year and registration is quick, easy and FREE!