April 13, 2015 Minutes

ABSECON SALTWATER SPORTSMEN
MINUTES
April 13, 2015

The meeting opened with a salute to the flag and a moment of silence for our troops, with President Jim Van Daley presiding. The minutes of March 9 were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was read and approved.

Please remember to pay your annual dues if you haven’t already.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

TRUSTEES: No report.

GACF: No report, but the next meeting is Thursday night.

SUNSHINE: Olie Carlson is in cardiac rehab at Betty Bacharach. Lou Schott saw him Thursday night and Jim Van Daley saw him Sunday night. Olie hopes to fish the perch tournament on May 2.

FEDERATION: The youth shoot was held in March after being rained out the week before. 62 kids and their parents attended. They were treated to t-shirts, trophies, hot dog and venison sandwich lunch at Port Gun Club.

NJ MARINE FISHERIES: Held April 7. It was determined that the fluke season is May 22 to September 26 with limits of 5 fish at 18 inches. There was discussion about striper limits including bonus tags but no one is sure at this point.

WEBSITE/FACEBOOK: No report.

TOURNAMENTS: See New Business.

COMMUNICATIONS: A letter of thanks and appreciation was received from Butch Conover, Chairman of the Youth Committee for the Atlantic County Federation for the club’s help and assistance at the youth shoot.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP: John Navitall, Jr. was welcomed as a new member. His father is a member.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Joe Ricciardi announced there will be a fishing flea market at the Pomona Gun Club on Sunday, April 19, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Our club will put up an unattended booth with flyers and member applications. Admission is $2.00, free for our club members. Joe also discussed our fishing seminar in Brigantine on April 27 at 8 PM, featuring Captain Dan Schafer, who has spoken to us before. It was voted and approved that we give Dan a $50.00 Wawa gift card in appreciation. Paul Stonerod spoke about the land and sea tournament, which is simpler than last year. There is a $20.00 fee for a member or a guest. The contest runs from May 1 to October 31 for 4 different species of fish, which may be weighed in at any bait and tackle that has a certified scale. Ed Goldman sent an email to Dave Chandra, Director of N.J. Fish and Wildlife to commend him for his letter to the Press showing that the artificial reefs are primarily for recreational fishermen. Dave Chandra replied back that he appreciated our comments. Ed had volunteered to contact Mr. Chandra at the March meeting. Three women, Bev Dinger, Marilyn Brown, and Charlotte Brown, were given honorary memberships to the club at our annual Installation Dinner. President Van Daley wants copies of the minutes sent to them.

NEW BUSINESS: Joe Ricciardi mentioned we will have 2 speakers through the summer; dates to be announced. Sneaky Hollow Perch Tournament May 2; Patriot Lake Hooked on Fishing, May 9; Nuncio Bruno Kids’ Bluefish Tournament, May 16. Tony Zarach mentioned that the Bass Pro Shop will open tomorrow and that one charity (NJOA) has been provided with hot dogs and sodas to sell at a profit at the opening. Ed Goldman mentioned there was an article in the Current about our club, most likely information given to them last year that they had on file.

The fishing committee met after the regular meeting to determine dates for our closed tournaments. They are as follows: May 23, June 20, July 11, and August 15. Additionally, the Polecat Tournament is scheduled for June 20 per Paul Stonerod.

Finally, tickets for the annual “Pay Day for Tax Day” were drawn. First prize: $1020.00 to C. Sicurella; Second: $408.00 to Jim Sykes; Third: $204.00 to Linda Meranus; Fourth: $204.00 to Violet Meyers, and Fifth to Jennifer Snyder for $204.00.

Next meeting: Monday, April 27 at the Brigantine VFW Post #6964, 121 31st St. South, Brigantine, at 8:00 PM sharp.

Respectfully submitted,
Lou Schott, acting Secretary

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