Annual Roy Kerstetter Fishing Tournament and BBQ

The Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen’s Club will hold its “Annual Roy Kerstetter Fishing Tournament and BBQ” on Saturday, July 20, 2019.  The tournament honors one of the club’s founding members and benefits Field of Dreams, special needs children.  Prizes will be awarded for summer flounder, weakfish and bluefish.  A special bonus drawing of $1,000.00 will be held.  Awards will be presented following the weigh-in, BBQ and door prize drawings.  The tax deductable donation is $65 per boat.  Participants may register by mail or at a captains meeting which will be held between 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm on Friday, July 19 at the Pitney Pub, 200 South Pitney Road in Galloway Township.   Fishing time is 6:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Weigh-in is 2:00 to 4:00 pm (no exceptions) at the Pitney Pub. Participants may fish from Barnegat Inlet to Hereford Inlet.  Entries will be transported by vehicle to the weigh-in.  Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen’s Club is a non-profit organization.  This is a tax deductible tournament 501 (c) (3) #02-0691117.   For information on sponsoring or fishing the tournament call Jim Van Daley at 609-748-8208.  

June 10, 2019 Minutes

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June 10, 2019

The meeting was brought to order by Vice President Lou Schott with a salute to the flag and a moment of silence.  Minutes from the May 13, 2019 meeting were read and approved.  The treasurer’s report was read and accepted. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  

TRUSTEES:                                      No report.

GACF:                                                They are still talking about various ways to fund-raise.  Harry Moran volunteered to find ways to do this. 

TOURNAMENTS:                            Charlie needs to provide results for 1st and 2nd in-house tournaments.

SUNSHINE:                                       No report.

FEDERATION:                                 They will have a meeting on Thursday, June 13.      

NJ MARINE FISHERIES:                No report.

HOOKED ON FISHING:                  No report.

WEBSITE/FACEBOOK:                  No report.

COMMUNICATIONS:                     Bank statements. 

MEMBER APPLICATIONS:           No new applications.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:               President Van Daley asked about raffle tickets.  Still have most of them for sale.  President Van Daley and Lou Schott have to see BJ about Pitney Pub for the open tournament.  Kids’ bluefish tournament was a big success with 53 kids entered.  There were a lot of volunteers and lots of food and door prizes.  The weather was perfect.  Dave Burke wrote articles for the Fisherman magazine and the Federation newspaper and both were published.  President Van Daley discussed, in detail, the upcoming open tournament on July 20.   Items covered additional flyers needed, t-shirts, door prizes, and discussion with BJ re Pitney Pub use.

NEW BUSINESS:                              No report.

GOOD OF THE ORDER:                 Lou Schott mentioned that he, Dave Burke, Rich Oeser, Jack Herman, Bob Zussman and he chartered a boat out of Beach Haven for Seabass.  Over 200 fish were caught, 20 keepers.  The weather, the boat, the captain, and the mate were terrific.

Next meeting:  Monday, June 24 at 8:00 PM. 

Minutes recorded and respectfully submitted by Lou Schott for Bob Cusack, Secretary.

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May 13, 2019 Minutes

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May 13, 2019

The meeting was brought to order by Vice President Lou Schott with a salute to the flag and a moment of silence.  Minutes from the April 22, 2019 meeting were read and approved.  The treasurer’s report was read and accepted

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  

TRUSTEES:                                      No report.

GACF:                                                There will be a meeting on May 15.

TOURNAMENTS:                            First in-house tournament is on May 25. Only 8 boats have signed up so far and it needs 10. The Patriot Lake fishing tournament was a good time. 65 kids participated and lots of fish were caught.   Pomona Hunting Club is having its fishing tournament on the same day as our second in-house.

SUNSHINE:                                       No report.

FEDERATION:                                 No report.      

NJ MARINE FISHERIES:                Will be at the Kids’ bluefish tournament.                                     

HOOKED ON FISHING:                  Need volunteers for the Kids bluefish tournament. Meet at 9:30 to stuff bags.  Need to get grill and tables. Also get gift certificates from Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen and Chestnut Neck. Per President Van Daley, any 401C organization can have a table at the 4H fair in August to hand out flyers but cannot sell anything. The club should look into this.

WEBSITE/FACEBOOK:                  Need to put kids bluefish tournament photos on Website and Facebook.

COMMUNICATIONS:                     Received thank you from Scott Shears for his father. Look at Charity Navigator web site. 

MEMBER APPLICATIONS:           No new applications.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:               Need to order T-shirts for open tournament and solicit sponsors for door prizes and T-shirts.

NEW BUSINESS:                              Need to work with Pitney Pub on open BBQ arrangements.

GOOD OF THE ORDER:                 Viking is now making a center console boat.  Outboard motors are now available with 400 & 450 HP.    

Next meeting:  Monday, June 10 at 8:00 PM.  (No meeting on Memorial Day.)

Minutes recorded and respectfully submitted by Bob Cusack, Secretary.

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April 22, 2019 Minutes

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April 22, 2019

The meeting was brought to order by Vice President Lou Schott with a salute to the flag and a moment of silence.  Lou asked if everyone had read the minutes. They had, so a motion was made to accept them.  The treasurer’s report was read and accepted.   Account balances:  

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  

TRUSTEES:                                      No report.

GACF:                                                They will not have a fishing tournament this year.  They are trying to determine other ways to raise money.

TOURNAMENTS:                            To date, 8 boats are signed up for the in-house tournaments.  The fluke season will be 5/24 to 9/21, with the limit being 3 fluke at 18 inches each.   

SUNSHINE:                                       No report.

FEDERATION:                                 No report.      

NJ MARINE FISHERIES:                No report.                                     

HOOKED ON FISHING:                  Volunteers are needed atPatriot Lake “Hooked on Fishing” on May 11 and for the Kids’ Bluefish Tournament on May 18 at Chestnut Neck.  

President Van Daley arrived and continued the meeting.

WEBSITE/FACEBOOK:                  No report.

COMMUNICATIONS:                     No report. 

MEMBER APPLICATIONS:           No new applications.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:               Joe Ricciardi is working on the May 4 Absecon Sportsmen Show on

Pitney Road.  Some members have volunteered to help Joe: Ed Goldman, Rich Oeser, Lou Schott.  We will have a table, a display of eels, our applications for membership and a display of various fishing rigs.    

NEW BUSINESS:                              Chris Pezka finished the kids display for first and second place in the bluefish tournament.  He also made donations to the kids and open tournaments.                                                        

GOOD OF THE ORDER:                 Lou Schott brought up that John, Jeff and Hunter Reese came in second place in the Landisville Perch Tournament.    

Next meeting:  Monday, May 13 at 8:00 PM.

Minutes recorded and respectfully submitted by Lou Schott for Bob Cusack, Secretary.

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April 8, 2019 Minutes

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April 8, 2019

The meeting was brought to order by President Jim Van Daley with a pledge to the flag and a moment of silence for our troops.  The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were read and approved.   

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  

TRUSTEES:                                      No report.

GACF:                                                Ed Goldman reported that they are still considering running some type of

fishing tournament.      

TOURNAMENTS:                            The flyer and application (now on a single page) for the Kids’ Bluefish tournament are ready and can be distributed.  Dave Burke has written press releases for the Fisherman, The Patriot, The Current, and the NJ Federation newspaper; some still waiting to be approved for publication.  

SUNSHINE:                                       Lou Schott attended Carey Shreaves’ viewing and dropped off a card.

FEDERATION:                                 Next meeting April 9.      

NJ MARINE FISHERIES:                Mid-Atlantic Council meets next week.                                     

HOOKED ON FISHING:                  No report.

WEBSITE/FACEBOOK:                  No report.

COMMUNICATIONS:                     Received insurance bill and bank statement.  Bob Cusack submitted                                                                   a receipt for renewing the website hosting service. 

MEMBER APPLICATIONS:           No new applications.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:               Joe Ricciardi needs volunteers to man the booth at the Absecon Sportsman Show on May 5th.  Lou Schott suggested an aquarium containing eels for a good topic of discussion.   Rich Oeser has raffle tickets available.  

NEW BUSINESS:                              The Atlantic County Federation gave a us a $300 donation.  Jim Van Daley brought up T-shirt adds for the open tournament; we should get commitments now so shirts can be ordered.           

GOOD OF THE ORDER:                 Bill Will mentioned that the Cologne Fire House will have their annual Chicken Barbeque on June 1.  Jim Van Daley mentioned that Oceanville Fire Company will have their Ham and Oyster Dinner on April 13.

Next meeting:  Monday, April 22 at 8:00 PM.

Minutes recorded and respectfully submitted by Lou Schott for Bob Cusack, Secretary.

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March 11, 2019 Minutes

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MINUTES

March 11, 2019

The meeting was brought to order by Jim Van Daley, President, with a salute to the flag and a moment of silence for our troops. The minutes of the February 11 meeting were read and approved. The treasurers’ report was read and approved.   

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  

TRUSTEES:                                      The Trustees meeting was held at Jim Van Daley’s house on March 4th. The budget was set for 2019.

GACF:                                                Considering a fishing derby of some sort.

TOURNAMENTS:                            Open tournament flyers (with the new $1000 bonus drawing) and the Ann & Nuncio Bruno Kids Bluefish Tournament Flyers have been printed, are available and will be posted on the website for the purpose of pumping up interest. The push is on to get at least 65 boats entered in this year’s open tournament.

SUNSHINE:                                       Cearey Shreaves (Scott’s father) passed away. Lou Schott will be asked to send a card.

FEDERATION:                                 Annual dinner attendance was down, but the 50/50 drawing was still up and the food was the best yet.

NJ MARINE FISHERIES:                There was a joint meeting of the ASMFC and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Summer Flounder Boards in Virginia Beach. Commercial fishermen were granted a 40% increase in their quota, anglers were not granted any increase.

HOOKED ON FISHING:                  Volunteers are need for the Kid’s Bluefish Tournament and for Patriot Lake.

WEBSITE/FACEBOOK:                  Nothing new to report.

COMMUNICATIONS:                     Received bank statement.

MEMBER APPLICATIONS:           No new applications.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:               Tickets for the Pay Day for Labor Day Raffle have been printed and are available for distribution. New club memberships will be offered at the Absecon Sportsman Show for $25.00 for the year.

NEW BUSINESS:                              No new business.

GOOD OF THE ORDER:                 New Facebook group members will be encouraged to join the club.

Next meeting:  Monday, April 8 at 8:00 PM.

Minutes recorded and respectfully submitted by David Holmes for Bob Cusack, Secretary.

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February 11, 2019 Minutes

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MINUTES

February 11, 2019

Vice President Lou Schott brought the meeting to order with a salute to the flag and a moment of silence for our troops.  President Jim Van Daley was attending an alternate meeting.   The previous meeting’s minutes were not available but approved as read online.   The Treasurer’s report was read and approved.  Account balances: Raffle-$5.56; General-$1505.97; Charity-$1,793.30.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  

TRUSTEES:                                      No report.

GACF:                                                No report.

TOURNAMENTS:                            Joe Ricciardi created a calendar with tournaments, meetings, and events.

SUNSHINE:                                       No report.

FEDERATION:                                  The dinner will be held on February 18at the Greek Orthodox Church, EHT. 

NJ MARINE FISHERIES:                No report.

HOOKED ON FISHING:                  No report.

WEBSITE/FACEBOOK:                  Many non-members have indicated that they would like to be able to

participate in our Facebook site.  We felt it would be a good idea.            

COMMUNICATIONS:                     Received bank statement and license from the state to allow the raffle.

MEMBER APPLICATIONS:           No new applications.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:               Lou Schott reported on the installation dinner.  It was again held at the

Crab Trap with 44 in attendance, and everyone was very pleased.  It had been snowing all day, so some people

missed it.  The cost of the dinner, appetizers, gratuity, door prizes, and trophies was almost break even.  Brian

Will was named “Fisherman of the Year,” and John Reese was named “Outstanding Member for the Year.” 

NEW BUSINESS:                               Raffle tickets have been printed and are available.  The city of Absecon is

hosting an outdoor sportsman show at Pitney Field on Saturday, May 4th.  We will be setting up a booth from

9AM-4PM and need volunteers – contact Joe Ricciardi.  There will be food vendors, boat dealers, Bass Pro and

others.  The Atlantic County Federation of Sportsmen will be donating $100 to the show.

GOOD OF THE ORDER:                 Dave Showell started a new Facebook page entitled “fish a/c.”  Anyone

can access it to share their personal fishing experiences.  There is another group of anglers similar to ours called

“a.c. saltwater anglers.”   President Van Daley arrived late and stated that he would like to see if Ace Hardware

would put us on their Facebook site, particularly if we add their name to our Open Tournament flyer.   

Next meeting:  Monday, March 11 at 7:30 P.M.

Minutes recorded and respectively submitted by Lou Schott for Bob Cusack, Secretary.

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January 14, 2019 Minutes

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January 14, 2019

President Jim Van Daley brought the meeting to order with a salute to the flag and a moment of silence for our troops.  The minutes from December 10 were approved as posted except that the acting secretary had reversed the closing balances on the charity and general accounts.   The Treasurer report was read and approved. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  

TRUSTEES:                          Will have meeting in February.          

GACF:                                     They will not be involved in the Atlantic City Boat Show this year.

TOURNAMENTS:                No report.

SUNSHINE:                            Lou Schott gave report that Bob Cusack had an operation; it was successful and he is

recuperating well.  Lou sent him a get well card.

FEDERATION:                      There will be a HOFNOD (“Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs”) training session in

Waretown soon for any one interested.  The annual fundraiser dinner will be held again on President’s Day, February

18th.  Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

NJ MARINE FISHERIES:                No report.

HOOKED ON FISHING:                  No report.

WEBSITE/FACEBOOK:                  No report.          

COMMUNICATIONS:                     A request was received from the Hiram Dewey Masonic lodge that they will

be having a fundraiser to help dyslexic children and they requested a donation.  A motion was approved to donate

$50.00 for an ad.   The Masonic Lodge will also sponsor a fundraiser to be held at Red Wing Sporting Clays on

April 13.

MEMBER APPLICATIONS:           No new applications.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:               President Van Daley made changes to the open tournament flyer.  Changes

will be made to the kid’s bluefish flyer and then they can be printed.  He also further discussed an additional prize

of $500 for the single largest fish in each of the 3 categories.  Joe Ricciardi discussed the Absecon Sportsmen Show

to be held on Saturday, May 4.  Cost to club will be $20.00 to exhibit there. 

NEW BUSINESS:                              Joe Ricciardi will get the calendar started.

GOOD OF THE ORDER:     John Reese mentioned that his nephew, who is wheelchair bound, shot a spike buck from his wheelchair during deer season.   It was also noted that Bill Butterhoff, long time owner of Butterhoff farm supply, passed away recently.  

Next meeting:  Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:30 PM.

Minutes recorded and respectively submitted by Lou Schott for Bob Cusack, Secretary.

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December 10, 2018 Minutes

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December 10, 2018

President Jim Van Daley brought the meeting to order with a salute to the flag and a moment of silence for our troops.  The minutes from November 12 were approved as posted.   The Treasurer report was read and approved. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

TRUSTEES:                                      No report.

GACF:                                               The bingo fund raiser lost money.  The Chinese auction made ~$9000.00. 

TOURNAMENTS:                            There is only one striper entry and one perch entry.

SUNSHINE:                                      No report.

FEDERATION:                                There will be a meeting next week.

NJ MARINE FISHERIES:              No report.

HOOKED ON FISHING:                No report.

WEBSITE/FACEBOOK:                No report.          

COMMUNICATIONS:                    Bank statement and misc. 

MEMBER APPLICATIONS:         No new applications.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:             President Van Daley wants to make changes to the open tournament flyer.  One change is to put our nonprofit number on the app which will allow participants to deduct the entry fee as a donation.  He also opened discussion about an additional prize category for the largest fish in each of the 3 species.  Giving out more prize money would possibly draw more boats into the tournament.  He also wants to make changes to the kids’ bluefish tournament application so that there is one sheet of paper using both sides of the paper for the flyer and application.   He also discussed and would like to change the effective date on the raffle tickets.  

NEW BUSINESS:                             None.

NOMINATIONS:                             There were no further entries for the officer positions so the nominations were closed.  Therefore, the officers remain:  President: Jim Van Daley; Vice President:  Lou Schott; Treasurer: Charles Elwell; Secretary: Bob Cusack; Trustees: John Reese, Dave Burke, Bob Zussman, Joe Ricciardi, and Rich Oeser.

GOOD OF THE ORDER:               It was noted that Joe Ricciardi brought in homemade chili and rolls as a treat for all those present.  Thank you, Joe. 

Next meeting:  Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM.

Minutes recorded and respectively submitted by Lou Schott for Bob Cusack, Secretary.

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November 12, 2018 Minutes

ABSECON SALTWATER SPORTSMEN
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November 12, 2018

President Jim Van Daley brought the meeting to order with a salute to the flag and a moment of silence for our troops. Only 5 members were present. The minutes from October 8 were approved as posted. The Treasurer was not present and there was no report or update.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

TRUSTEES: No report.
GACF: No report.
TOURNAMENTS: No report.

SUNSHINE: Ed Goldman had a knee replacement and is doing well. He is taking physical
therapy. After recovery, he is having his other knee replaced. Pete Rapetti is recovering from artery surgery and
said he is at about “60%”.

FEDERATION: The meeting was held on November 8 (second Thursday of month). Only 7
people attended. The Federation asked for contact information regarding a donation requested by Jim Van Daley at the October meeting. A recent NJOA sporting clay event at Red Wing generated $9,600. Many volunteers at Forsythe NWR have quit due a conflict with the new staff volunteer coordinator. Some programs such as youth archery training have been terminated. The deer seasons are going well. Pheasant season opened on November 10.

NJ MARINE FISHERIES: No report.
HOOKED ON FISHING: No report.
WEBSITE/FACEBOOK: No report.

COMMUNICATIONS: Thank you letters were sent to people who donated prizes for the Open
Tournament. Several letters were returned due to address problems. The letters will be hand delivered.

MEMBER APPLICATIONS: No new applications.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Charlie Elwell will contact the State to set up the raffle license.

NEW BUSINESS: President Van Daley was advised that there will be an Outdoor and
Sportsman’s event at the Pitney Athletic Field on May 4. The Absecon Community Affairs Office is setting up the
event. Proceeds will benefit the South Jersey Skills Lab. More information will be available at a later date.

NOMINATIONS: President Jim Van Daley, Vice President Lou Schott, Treasurer Charles
Elwell, Secretary Bob Cusack, Sargent at Arms Shawn Van Daley. Trustees nominated as follows: John Reese,
Dave Burke, Bob Zussman, Joe Ricciardi, Rich Oeser. (Dave Holmes withdrew his nomination.)

GOOD OF THE ORDER: No report.

Next meeting: Monday, December10 at 7:30 PM.

Minutes recorded and respectively submitted by Dave Burke for Bob Cusack, Secretary.

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