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President's Report

by John Toth
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association July 2017 Newsletter)

On May 21st, I attended the Governor's Surf Tournament at Island Beach State Park and I always look forward to this event because I see so many anglers (young and old) having such a good time! This tournament is sponsored by the JCAA along with the NJ Federation of Sportsmen's Club, the NJ Beach Buggy Association (NJBBA) the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife and the NJ Division of Parks and the NJ DEP.

The weather was nice and the winners catching the biggest fish in each division were given very nice prizes that included rods, reels and other prizes that were donated by various tackle manufactures. NJ DEP Commissioner, Bob Martin, presented the prizes and he told me that he really enjoys doing it! Like me, he enjoys watching the winners receive their prizes, especially the little ones, who hold on to their prizes like their life depended on it and nobody was going to take their prizes away from them!

Governor hopeful, Kim Guadagno, always shows up at this tournament to fish at it along with her kids and Tom Fote is usually with them to assist them as needed. She did not attend it this time due to her busy campaign schedule.

Commissioner Martin in his address to the crowd spoke about the struggle he and his staff experienced in coming to terms with the 2017 fluke regulations and interfacing with the various agencies and personnel involved in the decision-making process. He did not know that much about fluke fishing, but he certainly knows a lot more about it now!

He also indicated that he is well aware of the issues involved in the sea bass regulations and that he and his staff will also try to weigh in on changing them just like he did with fluke. In many ways, the sea bass regulations are worse than the fluke situation given that the sea bass stocks are in good shape, yet we continue to have our quota for them reduced and we are saddled with confusing seasons to fish for them. Who can remember those open and closed dates and the fish that are allowed and not allowed to be caught?

Commissioner Martin closed his remarks by saying with the new elections coming up, he will no longer be representing the NJ DEP at the Governor's Tournament that he has enjoyed so much in the past and he wished all of us well!

I want to thank Bill Browne and Tom Fote for helping me staff the JCAA booth at this tournament along with Greg Kucharewski who put the JCAA banner above our table.

I also want to remind all of you that the JCAA Fluke Tournament is coming up soon on August 5th and that there are cash prizes for early entrants by July 24th (1st place - $1,500, 2nd place - $500 and 3rd place- $250) who catch the largest fluke. More information on the tournament is in this newsletter, so get in the game and win some money!

Good Luck to all of you!

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