President's Report

by Mark Taylor
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association July 2019 Newsletter)

On June 15th the weather started out sunny with the wind increasing as the day went on during the 25th Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament. The participants got out early to try to catch the fluke of a lifetime before the winds became too strong and the drift too fast. Some of those that were lucky or skilled enough were able to catch some keepers but everyone I talked to mentioned that they had a lot of shorts. I always tell everyone that is fishing in any type of tournament that they should always bring a legal fish to the scale for weighing because you will never know if it placed until it is too late. That is what happened to a few of the participants this year. When the results came out they found that there were some regions that not all the places have had a fish weighed in. They found out that they had a fish worth weighing but said to themselves that it would not place but they were wrong. Like all of us that did the same thing and learned from it, hopefully they did too.

The awards ceremony was held on June 20th at the Clarion Hotel in Toms River. The night went very well with all the Region and the Calcutta winners being acknowledged for their catches. There was a drawing of a brand-New StarCraft Boat powered by a Yamaha Outboard and sitting on a Yacht Club Trailer given to a lucky winner that night. There were pictures taken of the lucky winner by the Fisherman Magazineís John DeBona, so look for an article with the picture in the upcoming issue of Fisherman Magazine.

I would like to thank the Tournament Chairman, Paul Turi, and his fellow volunteers for all the hard work. Check out the results in this newsletter.

As many of you may have heard, JCAA will be running another Fluke tournament this year in August but with a different format. JCAA Past President Paul Haertel, chair of this tournament, will be coordinating the tournament. If you are a person that fishes for fluke and enjoy participating in tournaments, this is a not to miss tournament. Check for more details in Paulís article in this newsletter, Facebook Page or contact him.

If you love to fish for all kinds of species, then you are part of the recreational fishing community. If you want to continue to enjoy doing this in the future, you need to stay in touch with what will affect it. There are always things happening every day that affect us in the recreational community. JCAA Newsletters, Website and Facebook Page are very good sources to get the up-to-date information on these issues. There are others as well but not always up to date but are good sources. Some of the issues that are hot right now are Management of Striped Bass, Fluke, Bluefin Tuna and Windmills. JCAA will put dates on our Facebook Page when they become available. You and your friends that fish need to attend these meetings to voice your opinion. Without that we all lose. If a special JCAA meeting is needed to discuss things from the meetings, it will be announced. If you belong to a fishing club or not and want to get more involved, then contact us at the JCAA office or email us. We are always looking for people.

We have our Sportsperson of the Year Dinner on November 10th. This year it will be at another venue so check out an article in this newsletter for details. We are still looking for clubs to nominate someone for this honor. The club needs to write a brief letter the reasons why their nominee should receive it. Make sure your club gets them in. A vote will be taken at the September Meeting.

Everyone have a safe summer and enjoy time with your family on the water. Remember the children are our future and you want them to enjoy the things you did so get involved.

There will be no July and August Meetings. The next JCAA General Meeting is September 24th at 385 Herbertsville Road, Brick NJ, 08724. Make sure you mark your calendar. Remember, JCAA is always here for you, but we need more people to get involved to help protect the future of our fisheries.

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