The Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen club was formed in 1980 by a few local fishermen, with members sharing a common bond of friendship, family, and fun on the water.
Over the years the club has grown, adding more social and organized events. Now registered as a 501c3 non-profit, the club solicits funds, organizes, and volunteers in many worthwhile causes, including Kids Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs programs and tournaments. The “Field of Dreams Day on the Bay” is an annual event which takes special needs kids out fishing, followed by a cookout and awards ceremony. An annual kids’ bluefish tournament is run by the club and held at Chestnut Neck Boatyard. Members also volunteer and help with the Greater Atlantic Bluefish Tournament (GABT), where proceeds help local cancer patients and their families. The club holds raffles, drawings, and an open fishing tournament to raise money for these events.
The Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen keeps up to date on conservation, fisheries management, and boating issues. The club is also a member of The Atlantic County Federation of Sportsmen Clubs and the International Game Fish Association.
Members participate in many fun filled activities. Our four in-house fishing tournaments held over the summer are most popular. Members compete for cash prizes and for the prestigious “Fisherman of the Year” trophy given out at the installation and awards banquet each January. Our popular, year-long Striped Bass and Perch Tournament brings out competition and bragging rights among members.
One of the more popular events is our club picnic held every September. Members and their guests enjoy great food such as clams, crabs, perch, burgers and much more, topped off by a wonderful home-made dessert contest. This is a great family event not to be missed!
Other events and activities are added throughout the year such as guest speakers at meetings and various get-togethers.
Current members also take advantage of discounts at various area businesses such as bait and tackle shops, auto stores, Sea Tow memberships, restaurants, and more. The club is active all year long but new members are welcome anytime. The annual dues are currently $35. per member.
Meetings are held at the American Legion Post 28, New Jersey and Mill Roads, Absecon, N.J., at 7:30 PM on the second Monday of each month from October through March; and at 8:00 PM on the second and fourth Mondays from April through September.
For a membership application, click the link on this site, or contact Joe Ricciardi, Membership Chair at 609-335-5519.
Thank you for your interest in the Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen Club. Please view our events and photos on this site, as well as on our Facebook page.