December 14, 2020 Meeting

Meeting Notes – December 14, 2020

Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen’s Club

The meeting was called to order in the in the upstairs of the American Legion at approximately 7:30 pm.  Attendees were required to wear masks and sit at least 6 feet apart.  Eight members were in attendance:  Lou Schott, Dave Burke, Joe Ricciardi, Charles Elwell, John Reese, Bill Will, Dave Roesch and Mark Simpson (new member).   A salute to the flag was made.  Joe Ricciardi ran the meeting. Dave Burke took notes for the minutes. 

November 10 Minutes: Approved as e-mailed. 

Treasurer’s Report:    The report was accepted as read. 

Tournaments: The striper and perch derbies will continue until the end of the year.   No one entered a striper to date.  Certificates will be awarded to the winners. The tournament committee will decide on whether gift certificates or checks will be awarded.   Lou suggested we give awards at a future club meeting and have pizza.   Lou also suggested we have more species in the annual derby in 2021. Dave Roesch suggested that black drum and weakfish be added to the regular tournaments. 

Communications:  Bank statement and bill from the State for the scale certification. 

Atlantic County Federation:  Dave Burke reported that the next meeting will be held on December 17 (rescheduled due to conflict with six-day buck season.   

Marine Fisheries: No report. 

Membership: Mark Simpson was welcomed as a new member.  His dues were paid and will be valid for 2021.    

Sunshine:  No members reported sick.  

Nominations: No additional nominations were made.  Officers will remain the same for 2021.   

Old Business: The annual installation and awards dinner is postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic.    

New Business:  Availability of club decals was discussed. There was discussion on the dredging of Absecon Creek.  Joe reported that most channel markers had been removed for the season and caution is needed in navigating the creek. Joe will contact the mayor on the status of dredging.  Dave Burke made a motion to postpone 2021 dues collection from regular members due to the pandemic and limited activities of the club.  The motion was seconded and approved.  Dues will be collected from new members.    Joe will work on the 2021 club calendar. 

Good of the Order:  Perch and striper fishing remain good.  Charlie reported good catch and release striper fishing in the ocean.  Dave Showell’s charter fishing parties have been catching keeper bass.   

The club officers wish everyone a healthy, safe and happy holiday season.  

Meeting Adjourned: 8:05 pm. 

Next Meeting:  January 11, 2021 7:30 pm. American Legion – Absecon.   Remember to bring and wear a mask and practice social distancing. 

Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen P.O. Box 453 Absecon, NJ 08201