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. 

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