January 12, 2021 Meeting

Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen’s Club

Meeting Notes – January 12, 2021

The meeting was opened at 7:30 pm by trustee Dave Burke with Lou Schott as acting secretary. 

December 14 Minutes: The minutes were approved with a correction from last month’s treasurers report where the closing balance of the charity account numbers were reversed.

Treasurer’s Report:  here was a proposal by Dave Burke to delay billing for dues due to the economic conditions, after discussion, it was felt to send bills out anyway.

Tournaments: Dave Burke brought up the idea of having a club perch tournament.  It was also discussed from previous meetings that other varieties of fish be put in our tournaments, weakfish, tog, drum, etc.  We will send a questionnaire to members for their input.     

FACEBOOK:  Dave Holmes said he updated Facebook and added questions for new people interested in our Facebook page.

Communications: No report.

Atlantic County Federation:  Dave Burk reported that the Federation will not be sending dues bills to members.  Also, there will be no youth shoot at Red Wing Sporting Clays this year.  And there will not be a Federation venison dinner this year.

Marine Fisheries:    No report. 

Membership:           No new members.

Sunshine:                  No members reported sick.  

Old Business:           Lou Schott reported that our club decal has been sent out to get a price or get new decals made at no cost.   It was decided that after the February general membership meeting we would hold a board meeting.

New Business:          No report.

Good of the Order:  No report.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:05 pm. 

Next Meeting:  February 8, 2021 7:30 pm. American Legion – Absecon.   Remember to bring and wear a mask and practice social distancing.   

Minutes are available via email and/or USPS.  Please notify the club to change your delivery preference at contact@abseconsaltwater.com.  Minutes may also be viewed on the club web site: www.abseconsaltwater.com.

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. 

November 10, 2020 Meeting

Meeting Notes – November 10, 2020

Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen’s Club

The meeting was called to order in the in the upstairs of the American Legion at 7:37 pm.  Attendees were required to wear masks and sit at least 6 feet apart.  The meeting night was changed from the second Monday to the second Tuesday due a meeting conflict.  Only five members were in attendance:  Lou Schott, Dave Burke, Joe Ricciardi, Charles Elwell and Jim Van Daley.  A salute to the flag was made.  Joe Ricciardi ran the meeting.

October 12 Minutes: Approved as mailed. 

  

Tournaments: The striper and perch derbies will continue until the end of the year.   A suggestion was again made to post the entries to date. Complete information was not available. John Reese entered a 1.90 pound perch caught on March 17.  One flounder had been entered during the season but no stripers to date.  Lou Schott suggested we have more species in the derby in 2021.

Communications: Only a bank statement. 

Membership: An application was received and approved for Mark Simpson.  His dues will be valid for 2021 when paid.   

Sunshine:  No members reported sick.  

Nominations: A motion was made to nominate the current officers during the October meeting.  No additional nominations were made.  The election of officers will be held in December.

Old/New Business: None. 

Good of the Order:  Joe asked that we “Like” what we see about the club on Face Book.  This will help with club visibility and membership.  Perch and striper fishing remain good.    

Meeting Adjourned: 8:05 pm. 

Next Meeting:  December 14, 7:30 pm. American Legion – Absecon.   Note there are new restrictions on meeting attendance.  This should not be a problem because our recent attendance has been below the limit. 

October 12, 2020 Meeting

Meeting Notes – October 12, 2020

Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen’s Club

The meeting was called to order in the in the upstairs of the American Legion at 7:37 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, John Reese, Rich Oeser, Bill Will, Jim Van Daley and Dave Roesch.  A salute to the flag was made. 

September 14 Minutes: Approved as mailed. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Charles Elwell was not present and there was no report. 

Tournaments: No additional club tournaments are scheduled; however, the striper and perch derbies will continue until the end of the year.   A suggestion was again made to post the entries to date.  (We will ask Charlie Elwell to provide info at next meeting.)

40th Anniversary T – Shirts:  Lou Schott has 36 shirts.  Shirts will continue to be sold ($10).   

Membership: No new applications.

Communications: None. 

Sunshine:  No members reported sick.   The Club noted the passing of Frank Elbertson. Frank had been a member for many years. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and passed along his passion for the outdoors to his children and grandchildren.  His son Hunter is a current member. 

Nominations: A motion was made to nominate the current officers.  Nominations will remain open for the next meeting.

Old/New Business:  Joe Ricciardi is coordinating auctioning/sale of donated fishing equipment.  Income received will be deposited in the charity account. 

Good of the Order:  Dave Roesch reported good fishing for blowfish in Tuckerton Bay.  A recent catch was on Facebook.  Perch fishing is also good.  The Forsythe NWR has a kayak launching site on Lily Lake.  Fall trout stocking has begun.  Trout were stocked in Hammonton Lake.  Information is available on the NJ DFG&W website.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:20 pm. 

Next Meeting:  November 9, 7:30 pm. American Legion – Absecon.    

September 14, 2020 Meeting

Meeting Notes – September 14, 2020

Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen’s Club

The meeting was called to order in the in the upstairs of the American Legion at 7:35 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, Rich Oeser, Bill Will and Dave Roesch.  A salute to the flag was made. 

August 10 Minutes: Approved as mailed. 

Tournaments: No additional tournaments are scheduled; however, the fluke, striper and perch derby will continue until the end of the year or season closes (fluke).   A suggestion was made to post the entries to date.

40th Anniversary T – Shirts:  There was discussion as to what to do with the shirts.  Additional shirts will be given to sponsors.  Shirts will continue to be sold ($10) and may be given as door prizes at future events. 

Membership: No new applications.

Good of the Order:  Dave Roesch reported that weakfish (up to 3.5 lbs.), stripers and Spanish mackerel were being caught in Great Bay.  John Reese reported that perch fishing had been good (his largest to date was 1.9 lbs.).  Lou Schott and Rich Oeser also caught perch.  Joe Ricciardi reported he had caught small mahi and false albacore off Atlantic City.  Lou Schott commented on a recent editorial in the Press of Atlantic City.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:07 pm. 

Next Meeting:  October 12, 7:30 pm. American Legion – Absecon.    

August 10, 2020 Meeting

Meeting Notes – August 10, 2020

Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen’s Club

The meeting was again held at the rear yard of the American Legion at 7:40 pm.  Eight members were in attendance including Lou Schott, Dave Burke, Joe Ricciardi, Charles Elwell, John Reese, Rich Oeser, Bill Will and Dave Roesch. 

Tournament: Fishing conditions were fair for the third club tournament held on August 1. Nine boats were entered.  Fluke:  Dave Roesch took third place with 8.56 lbs.  Charles Elwell took second place with 9.50 pounds.  First place was taken by Jeff Reese with 11.93 pounds.  Jeff also took the prize for largest fluke at 4.57   pounds.  Dave Burke took first place for bluefish with 2.63 pounds and largest blue at 1.25 pounds.  The were no other bluefish entries. 

40th Anniversary T-Shirts: The t-shirts are available for $10.  Joe Ricciardi will have them for sale at his store during regular business hours.  (Wear a face mask when you enter his store.)

Membership: No new applications. 

Club Picnic: After considerable discussion (State rules, lack of location, unknown interest, cost and general concern for the pandemic) the membership voted to cancel the picnic for this year.  

New Business: None. 

Old Business:  None.

Discussion:  Lou Schott attended a special event in Maryland honoring his uncle, a WWII veteran who was celebrating his 100th birthday.  Lou’s uncle, who has the same name, was a marine and had served in major Pacific battles. 

Joe Ricciardi reported that a portion of the Absecon Creek had little water at low tide.

Dave Roesch reported good perch fishing in Collins Cove. 

Dave Burke Reported good kingfish fishing in Great Bay. 

Meeting Adjourned:  8:06 pm. 

Next Meeting:  Next meeting will be August 24, 2020, 7:30 pm at the American Legion (probably outside).  An announcement will be sent.

July 13, 2020 Meeting

Meeting Notes – July 13, 2020

Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen’s Club

The meeting was again held at the rear yard of the American Legion at 7:30 pm.  Eight members were in attendance including Lou Schott, Dave Burke, Joe Ricciardi, Charles Elwell, John Reese, Rich Oeser, Bill Will and Dave Roesch. 

Treasurer’s Report: 

Tournaments: Fishing conditions were poor for the second club tournament on July 11. Eight boats were entered.  Charles Elwell took first place for flounder.  Brian Will took second and had the biggest flounder.  Dave Burke took first place for bluefish.  Dave Roesch took second and had the biggest bluefish.   Lou Schott won the consolation drawing.  

Rich Oeser reported that the Pomona Gun Club had 45 boats and 138 anglers in their fluke tournament on June 27.  19 anglers weighed in fish. The 50:50 win was $450. 

40th Anniversary T-Shirts: Ten sponsors have been lined up and most have already paid.  John Reese indicated that the shirts are being made.

Membership: No new applications. 

Picnic: Lou Schott has arranged for Brian Smallwood to be the DJ.  No word on weather the picnic can be held at the Cologne Fire Hall.  No functions are currently being held at the fire hall. 

New Business: None. 

Old Business:  Lou Schott brought the donated fishing equipment for members to see.  No decision was made on how to sell it.  Money raised will be put in the charity account. 

Next Meeting:  The July 27 meeting was cancelled.  Next meeting will be August 10, 2020, 7:30 pm at the American Legion (probably outside).  An announcement will be sent.

June 22, 2020 Meeting

Minutes – June 22, 2020

Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen’s Club

The meeting was held at the rear yard of the American Legion at 7 pm.  Seven people were in attendance including Lou Schott, Dave Burke, Joe Ricciardi, John Reese, Dave Roesch, Charles Elwell and Rich Oeser.

Treasurer’s Report:  Elwell reported that there were no changes is the account balances. 

June 13 Tournament Results: 10 boats entered.  Check our Facebook page for pictures taken by Ed Goldman. 

            Bluefish         1st and largest -Dave Burke 

                                    2nd – John Beck

                                    3rd – Brian Will

            Fluke              1st and largest – Brian Will

                                    2nd – Hunter Elbertson

                                    3rd – Jeff Reese

            Special Drawing for nonwinners – Lou Schott. 

            Next tournament will be July 11.  Same rules and format as June 13.

40th Club Anniversary T-shirts:  John Reese has been contacting potential sponsors and a vendor.  Shirts will have a pocket, our logo and sponsors on back.  Tentative plans call for ordering: 5 XXX large, 35 XX large, 30 X large, and 20 larges.  Sponsors will get a free shirt.  Price for purchase to be determined.  

Donated Fishing Equipment: Lou Schott obtained donated equipment including rods, reels, tackle boxes and terminal tackle.  Monies raised from sale of the items will be deposited in the charity account.  Minimum values and procedures for sales to be determined. Items may be made available to members at a meeting or the club picnic. 

No Other Reports or Business.

Next Meeting:  July 13, 8 pm. (Indoors at Legion?).  Announcement will be sent. 

June 6, 2020 Meeting

Minutes:  Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen’s Club

June 6, 2020

The meeting was held in the open area at the rear of the American Legion Hall at 7 pm.  Six people were in attendance including Lou Schott, John Reese, Charles Elwell and Dave Burke. 

Tournaments:  A club tournament will be held on June 13.  Cash and points will be awarded for the 3 heaviest fluke and 3 heaviest bluefish (1st, 2nd and 3rd place). There is also cash for the heaviest fish in each category.  As of the meeting, 9 boats were signed-up.  Notify Charles Elwell by Friday night if you want to participate and have not signed up.  The club will subsidize the cash prizes with $200.  The entry fee is $40 per boat and all money will be returned as cash prizes.  Weigh-in will be held at the J/W Restaurant on Faunce Landing Rd (formerly the Up-the-Creek) from 2-3:30.  No food will be served by the club.  The restaurant may be open for food.  Face covering and social distancing rules apply at the weigh-in.   Fishing rules are the same as in the past.  Fish from 6 am until 2 pm.   The second club tournament will be held on July 11.  The third club tournament will be held on August 1. There will be no open tournament this year.  Dave Burke suggested the club consider inviting non-members to participate in a future tournament to attract new members.  

The Pomona Gunning Club rescheduled their fluke tournament for June 27.

New Members: The club welcomes Gene Doebley and Lester Bell as new members. 

Face Book: Joe Ricciardi (not present) encourages members to join and post pictures and comments.  He has been giving prizes for club-member, picture posts.  Several members have been posted their catches.  For example, Chris Peszka was first to post a picture of a nice fluke caught from his kayak and won a prize.  Check out the club face book site for posts and pictures. 

Club 40th Anniversary T-shirts: John Reese will get a price for the shirts.  There was discussion regarding color, sizes, sponsors, design and layout.  

The meeting ended at 7:30 pm. 

March 9, 2020 Meeting

Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen’s Club

March 9, 2020

The meeting was called to order by Joe Ricciardi at 7:30 p.m.  Eleven members were in attendance.  A salute to the flag and moment of silence were observed. 

February 10, 2020 Minutes:  Lou Schott read the minutes which were approved after a motion by John Reese.      

Trustees:  A meeting was held before the regular meeting.  The kid’s bluefish tournament was discussed.  “T” shirts will be ordered after cost estimates are received. Dave Burke submitted information regarding the tournament to The Fisherman magazine and will contact other publications requesting posting tournament information. Tournament plans are progressing well.  Sponsors, door prizes and cash support are needed. The annual raffle was discussed. A fishing trip with a local captain is being considered as a top prize.    

Treasurer’s Report:  Several checks were issued: NJ Weights and Measures $25 (scale), postage $44, Post Office box rental $168, annual hall rent $450, trophies $219, plaques $199, NJ Games of Chance (raffle) $100, club registration $55.  Three deposits were made in the amounts of $385, $395 and $265. Note: Annual club dues ($35) are due and payable to the Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen’s Club.  Dues may be submitted to Charles Elwell 333 Zion Road, Egg Harbor Township 08234. 

Atlantic County Federation:  The annual venison dinner was held on Monday, February 17 (President’s Day) at Holy Trinity Greek Church, EHT.  Members who attended stated that it was a great dinner and the food was excellent.  The 50:50 paid out over $2,000.  The annual youth sporting clays shoot will be held at Red Wing Sporting Clays on March 14. 

Tournaments:  Our first inhouse tournament will be held on May 23 for bluefish only.  An announcement on the Open Fishing Tournament was prepared and distributed at the AC Boat show.  It will be posted at local marinas and boat ramps. 

Hooked on Fishing:  Lou Schott attended a meeting on the May 9 youth fishing derby to be held at Patriot Lake in Galloway Twp.  Volunteers are needed at the derby from about 8 am to 12 noon. Contact Lou if you can help.  Kids ages 5 – 12 are eligible. Parents/guardians can register their children by calling 609-652-1665.  The event is presented by Galloway Twp. and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.  

GACF: Ed Goldman reported the group surveyed people that stopped by their booth at the AC Boat Show regarding a possible month-long fishing derby which would include a $50 entry fee.  Response was mixed and no decision on the derby has been made.  The Club banner was on display at the GACF booth and open tournament information was available.    

Website/Facebook:  Bob Cusack advised Joe Ricciardi that updates had been made.  Joe encouraged the membership to visit the sites and post information/comments. 

Sunshine:  Jack Herman was in the hospital for tests and was released.  Jim Van Daley stopped by the meeting to drop off old records and said he was feeling better after a hospital visit.

NJ Marine Council:   The March 5 meeting was cancelled. Next meeting May 14. 

Membership Applications: One application was received at the meeting. The club welcomed Dave Roesch and Bob Fenton as new members.  Joe Ricciardi updated the membership application and distributed copies at the meeting.

New/Old Business: A member discussed needed dredging of Absecon Creek with the Mayor. The Mayor advised that the City would be gathering information including doing a survey of channel depths.  

Good of the Order: The Atlantic County Game Preserve will host its’ 1st annual white perch tournament & fish fry on May 9.  Fishing time will be 6 am and weigh in will be 2 pm. There is a $25 entry fee ($10 for kids under 12 or under).  Location:  ACGP Clubhouse, Rt 50 Estell Manor.  Fish anywhere in NJ.  To register and for more information contact Jim Sykes 609-839-4889 or Jaime Lloyd 609-703-6143.  Several of our club members fish the spring perch tournaments in South Jersey and often win top prizes.

After the regular meeting, John Reese gave a short presentation on his perch fishing techniques.  John uses a double hook rig with 10-pound leader for easy break off when snagged on bottom.    A good discussion followed the presentation.  Schools of stripers are reported to have moved into the Great Egg Harbor River. 

Next Meeting:   Monday, April 13, 2020 is cancelled due to the Corona Virus.

Minutes recorded by Dave Burke and forwarded to Bob Cusack, Secretary. 

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