by Joseph Puntasecca
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association November 2012 Newsletter)
We are coming into the colder months but that does not mean things don’t get hot. There are certain species that become more abundant at these times but issues that try to take away our resource are hot all the time no matter the time of the year. It’s time for everyone to get more involved with the issues that face us. I am asking for more people to step up and be even more active in this organization. We are looking for volunteers to help out with printing our newspaper, at the upcoming shows and we also have our election coming up in December and in need of officers to serve on the Board. If you are interested, please contact Mark Taylor at (732) 245-9445 or email@example.com. There are many different ways that you can get more active in JCAA, as an individual or a club. Please attend the next meeting for more details.
Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament
The Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament was held on Sunday, October 7 at Island Beach State Park. The weather was windy and for the most part the rain held off until the awards ceremony. There were 550 participants that caught over 130 fish in the bluefish, kingfish and blackfish categories. We had the Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and her son participate in this year’s event. The Lt. Governor and representatives from the sponsors handed out the prizes and this year’s Governor's Cup Winner was Bill Sheppard of Seaside Park, NJ. He caught a 20 3/8" bluefish. Mr. Sheppard received two rod-and-reel combinations, a $100 gift card to Orvis (courtesy of World Fishing Network), a plaque, and will have his name engraved on the Governor's Cup, which is permanently on display at Island Beach State Park. I would like to congratulate all the people that participated in this year’s event and all those that donated their time and prizes. This tournament is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Parks and Forestry, the New Jersey Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, and the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association.
Our next fundraising event will be our Sportsperson of the Year Dinner which will be held on November 11th at Crystal Pt. Yacht Club in Pt. Pleasant.
The JCAA will be discussing these proposals and taking a position on this matter at our general membership meeting on October 30th. Club representatives and concerned individuals are urged to review Draft Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden for Public Comment by visiting www.asmfc.org and then clicking on ‘Breaking News.’
A public hearing will be held at 7 PM on November 1, 2012 at the Atlantic County Library located at 306 Jimmie Leeds Rd., Galloway, NJ. Comments may also be submitted to Mike Waine, ASMFC, 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200-A-N, Arlington, Va. 22201 via mail or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information see the article titled ASMFC Seeks Public Input on Menhaden by Paul Haertel in this edition of the JCAA Newspaper.
We have received two nominations at the time of this newsletter so those bios are published at the end of my report. We are still accepting Member Club nominations for this important honor. Please send a short bio of 150 words explaining the accomplishments of the nominee to the JCAA Office. Nominations mailed in that will not make this edition of the JCAA Newspaper can still be mailed to the JCAA office but must be there by October 26 or hand carried to the October 30th meeting when the nominations are read and a vote taken on who will receive the award.
It is not too early for your club to start talking about getting a table for this great event. Let all of us together make this event a great success. Look for more information in future articles from our Dinner Committee in the newspaper.
The December General Meeting will be on December18th and in the JCAA office at 1201 Route 37 East Suite 9 in Toms River.
The Manasquan Fishing Club nominates Capt. Paul Eidman for the JCAA’s prestigious Sportsperson-of-the-Year Award.
Capt. Paul Eidman, through the Menhaden Defenders Organization, has spent many hours and energy educating the angling public about the dangers of over fishing of this important species through articles, emails and attending meetings of many fishing clubs to alert anglers of the continuing depletion of this most important fish stock. Without menhaden we will not have striped bass or bluefish. More importantly, menhaden are critical to our ocean’s entire ecosystem and they must be protected from the commercial pressures placed on them from companies like Omega Proteins and other such companies, and Capt. Paul Eidman works tirelessly to accomplish that goal. Capt. Eidman has worked alongside Bruce Franklin, author of the book “Menhaden, the Most Important Fish in the Sea.” Like Mr. Franklin, Captain Eidman has stressed the importance of menhaden in our ocean’s food chain and the decline of this stock will have a very negative impact on the viability of our oceans.
In addition to working to improve the stocks of menhaden, Captain Eidman also alerts recreational anglers to other important fishing issues that affect them, like removing traps on New Jersey’s reefs so that the public can use them as they were originally intended. Captain Eidman uses the Facebook of his Anglers Conservation Network to reach out to anglers to let them know about upcoming important issues so that they can call or write their legislators on legislation that affect them, be aware of dates of important fishery management meetings so that they can attend them, and providing background information on fishing management topics so that anglers have information to understand the issues facing the recreational angling community.
Accordingly, the Manasquan Fishing Club nominates and believes that Capt. Paul Eidman should be the JCAA 2012 sportsperson-of-the-Year.
The New Jersey Beach Buggy Association nominates Tim Burden for the JCAA Sportsperson-of-the-Year Award.
Tim has been a long-standing member of the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association, serving on their board of trustees, assisting with their tournaments and access issues. He has served as chairperson for the JCAA fluke tournament, is a member of NJOA, JCAA, NJBBA and HRFA. Tim currently sits as the first vice-president of the NJBBA as well as serving as chairman of our youth fishing program. He is the NJBBA representative to the Governors Surf Fishing Tournament Committee and organizes the judges for that event. He is currently on the NJBBA committee to help correct the State Parks and Forestry’s attempt to change the state park mobile sport fishing vehicles access regulations. Tim attends DEP meetings on tidal water access to help ensure continued access for everyone. His continual support of events such as our annual veteran’s outings, National Hunting and Fishing Day, the State of New Jersey’s surf fishing clinics at Island Beach State Park and his continual efforts to help his fellow fisherman make Tim a worthy candidate for the JCAA 2012 Sportsperson-of-the-Year Award.