Minutes April 12, 2021

Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen’s Club

Minutes April 12, 2021

The meeting was called to order by Joe Ricciardi.  A salute to the flag was made and a moment of silence was observed. Ten members were present.   The minutes of the March 8, 2021 meeting were approved.

Federation:                  Dave Burke advised that they held annual youth shoot at Red Wing, again handled by Butch Conover. Approximately 60 youths attended.  There was no food provided this year due to the pandemic.  The Federation has not decided yet on whether to have their annual venison dinner.

Communications:         In the Fisherman magazine, Dave Burke posted about our officers, fishing awards, and upcoming tournaments for members. The calendars, along with new club decals have been mailed to members.

Marine Fisheries:         No report.

Tournaments:               No report.

Sunshine:                     No report.

Membership:                No new members.

Old Business:               The Greater Atlantic Cancer Fund has not had any meetings but they do have zoom or email conferences. They are still giving money to people in need due to their health.  There was discussion about dredging of Absecon Creek/Bay. The city wants to start in September and the dredging company wants to start by July. Itmay be dredged to 8 feet. Spoils will be going to the marsh near Pleasantville, not far from the AC Expressway. We currently have 47 paid members and 7 of them are lifetime members.

New Business:              The state is now issuing the striper bonus tags and they will be effective May 12, not waiting until September.  Trout season opened April 10.

Good of the Order:       Lou Schott brought members up to date about Jack Hermann.  Jack went into surgery in April to have a cancerous bladder removed. During the procedure, he developed a heart issue and they had to stop the operation. He is home now until the hospital decides the next step.

Next Meeting:               April 26 at 8:00 pm.  Lou Schott, acting Secretary.  Meetings are now held twice per month.

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March 8, 2021 Meeting

Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen’s Club

Minutes March 8, 2021

The meeting was called to order by Joe Ricciardi at 7:30 pm in the upstairs of the American Legion.  A salute to the flag was made.  Eleven members were present including Lou Schott, Dave Burke, Charles Elwell, John Reese, and Joe Ricciardi.  Attendees wore masks and sat at least 6 feet apart.  Note:  most members present had received one or both doses of the Covid 19 vaccine.  

February 8 Minutes: Approved as e-mailed. 

Board Meeting: The trustees met after the February 8 regular meeting. The budget, tournament dates, fishing derbies, club picnic, club calendar and possible perch tournament were discussed.  The status of the kid’s bluefish tournament held with and at Chestnut Neck Boat Yard is unknown due to the pandemic.  The club picnic will tentatively be held on Sunday, September 12. The club perch tournament will be held on Saturday, May 15.  Members and their guests may fish by boat, kayak or land.  The entry fee will be by individual not by boat.  Details on the perch tournament will be announced at a future date.  Our seasonal derbies will be for bluefish, perch, fluke and striped bass.  A tentative date for the open tournament is June 26.  Club tournament dates are: 5/29, 6/12, 7/24 and 8/7.  Weakfish were added to the club tournaments. Details on the above will be announced.   

Communications:  A bank statement and letter from NJ Weights and Measures were received.  Joe Ricciardi stated that we should get rid of the old Face Book page.  An e-mail was received from a member regarding club dues. 

Atlantic County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club Meeting:  Dave Burke reported that the meeting was held on February 11.   There will be a youth sporting clays event at Red Wind Sporting Clays on March 13.  The Federation donated $175 for a sponsorship sign at the event.  Due to the pandemic, the event was scaled back from previous years.  The 2020-21 deer kill was 54,000 up 8,200 over the prior year.  Hunting and fishing license sales were up for 2020.  Trout season will open on April 10.   Many sportsmen would like to see the Hunting Digest revamped to be more user friendly.  A statewide committee was created to provide input. There was an arrest made concerning the hunter that was murdered in Pile Hill.  Next meeting March 11 (8 pm at Germania Gunning Club, Moss Mill Rd, Galloway.)

Marine Fisheries: Fluke season will begin on May 22.  The definition of bait for striper fishing is being reviewed as it pertains to mandatory use of circle hooks. 

Tournaments:  After discussion by members in attendance It was decided that the heaviest striper will determine the striper derby winner.   Other club perch tournaments in the area include Landisville on April 17 and Sneaky Hollow on May 1.  Details regarding our club perch tournament will be announced.  Note: tentative date of our perch tournament was changed to May 15 after the regular meeting due to a conflict.   A perch weighing 1.85 pounds was entered in the club derby by Dave Roesch. 

Sunshine:  Guy Wilkins is recovering at home and is looking forward to fishing this spring. 

Membership: No new member applications.   Approximately half of the regular members have renewed their membership.

Old Business: Membership cards, decals and calendars will be mailed later this month.

New Business:  Jim Van Daley requested a donation be made to the Cancer Society.  After discussion regarding the amount to donate, a motion was made by John Reese to donate $200.  The motion carried by a vote of 10 to 1.    The officers noted that there is a $200 limit for most donations. 

Good of the Order: 2020 derby winners were Guy Wilkins (7.89-pound fluke) and John Reese (1.90 -pound perch).  No stripers were entered.  Winners received $35 and certificates.  2020 club tournament winners were Jeff Reese (largest fluke 4.57 pounds); Brian Will (fluke category winner); Dave Burke (largest blue 2.97 pounds and bluefish category winner).  Fisherman of the Year for 2020 was Dave Burke.  Trophies were awarded for the largest fish and category winners. 

Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn made by Lou Schott at 8:07 pm.  Motion approved. 

Next Meeting: April 12 at 8:00 pm. 

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