Angler Paul

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  1. The Berkeley Striper Club runs a fabulous fishing flea market. It is a can’t miss event especially for striper fishermen as many of the top plug builders will be there. Paul Haertel Berkeley Striper Club 24th Annual Fisherman's Flea Market March 3rd, 2019 9AM - 2PM Toms River Intermediate School North 150 Intermediate North Way Toms River, N.J. 08753 Over 60 tables of new and used tackle including many custom plug builders $5. Admission (children under 10 free) Door Prizes, Food and Refreshments For more info. contact Steve George at nightstrikes@comcast.net or visit www.berkeleystriperclub.org Vendors List 24th Annual Berkeley Striper Club Fishermen’s Flea Mkt Sunday March 3rd 2019 Toms River Intermediate NORTH School Toms River NJ Plug Builders Tackle Shops-New, Used Custom Tackle DMAG Striped Bass Lures Hook House Bait & Tackle – Toms River Arsenal Lures Fisherman’s Headquarters - LBI Black Talon Plugs Fishermen’s Supply – Pt. Pleasant Beach TB Swimmers Grumpy’s Bait & Tackle – Seaside Park Darby Creek Custom Lures The Reel Seat – Brielle Goo Goo Man Lures ODM Rods J.Jaget Custom Lures RH Custom Rods K4 Lure Building Jersey Bill Bucktails Guppy Lures Derek Lindquist – Teasers & Flies Northbar /Sporting Wood TAK Waterman RuRu Lures Jersey Fluke Bellies Choopy Lures Buzfly Flies & Teasers Midway Lures Hooks By Rollcast Teasers & Flies Ron Muccie Lures Black Label Plugs EbbPoint Surfcasting Surf Asylum Lures Gear Up Surfcasting Fish on 8 Lures High Hook Lures Jetty Ghost Tackle Striper Bites Lures (we don't promote or discuss them here) FJR Lures Old Man’s Tackle Box DT Lures Tom Scibek Fishing Tackle Cave Man Custom Lures Shadman Tackle Pbau Lures Slammer Tackle Hook R Lures ******* Lex Lures ********** - Zeno Cedar Run Lures Jack Lagrosa Tackle Buzzard Lures - AAGE Paula Marksfield Tackle PPW Lures Paul Cutrufello Tackle Out Cast Lures Stan Prusik Tackle Scabelly’s Lures Bill Veldof Tackle Pappys Pride Lures Shell E Caris Antigue Tackle Keystone Lures Ron’s Tackle Tight Liner Lures MX Plugs Campi Lures Berkeley Club Member Tables
  2. Surfratiam, I am disappointed you still feel that way after everything I posted. I strongly disagree with what you said. I am an avid surfcaster who has been fishing for stripers since the early 70's. In my prime I used to fish for stripers on the jetties about 100 nights year. Although I fish on my boat a lot more now, I still fish from the surf and jetties more often than most people. I have always thought of myself as a conservationist and have always released the vast majority of the stripers I catch. I have been a member of the Berkeley Striper Club since 1982 and have served as their representative to JCAA for quite a few years now. Eventually I became more involved with JCAA and was their president for two years. I am a board member who currently serves as their membership secretary. I believe that the striper stocks should be rebuilt and that stricter regulations should be put in place. I am sure that is the position that BSC will take as well. I am hopeful that other JCAA clubs will take a similar position. One other thing, JCAA is currently fighting to keep the BITZ or any other part of the EEZ closed to striper fishing. Anyway, you are welcome to come to our meeting if you like and if not I would be glad to talk to you anytime on the phone. Feel free to give me a call on my cell at 973-943-8201. Lastly, I only know you by your screen name, who is this? Paul Haertel
  3. Striped Bass: Where Are We Headed by Tom Fote (from Jersey Coast Anglers Association March 2019 Newsletter) There will be some interesting decisions made on the management of striped bass in the near future. The reason the regulations will be up for discussion is the most recent benchmark stock assessment. Because of the recent government shutdown, the document we discussed at the winter meeting of ASMFC was not the final version. But the draft document stated that we were exceeding the reference points on where the spawning stocks should be. This is after all the states took a 25% reduction a few years ago. Basically, the stock assessment says that the current regulations are not rebuilding the striped bass stocks to the base year of 1995 and that we are overfished and overfishing is taking place. The striped bass management plan calls for us to take action. Before we make these decisions, there is important information everyone should have. My History with Striped Bass First, my history with striped bass dates to my childhood. I fished in Brooklyn on piers and occasionally on a party boat with my father. My real introduction to striped bass fishing was on the beaches of Coney Island. One day I saw an angler who had caught a striped bass on the jetty fishing overnight. That is when I became passionate about catching a striped bass. My fishing was interrupted when I went into the army in 1966 and didn’t begin again until I was in the hospital at Fort Dix in 1970. While recovering, my therapy was fishing. The first thing I did when I came home from the hospital was a party boat trip with my father fishing for bluefish. In 1970 my then girlfriend who is now my wife of 44 years took me to Island Beach State Park to surf fish. A family friend introduced me to the Berkeley Striper Club (BSC) and I became a member in 1972. Since I had free time due to my medical retirement from the service, I was asked to start attending meetings on striped bass. I was lucky enough to meet people like Bob Pond who started Atom Lures. He was volunteering his time to go to clubs from Maine to North Carolina explaining that striped bass was in trouble. I was not a fluke fisherman, a tautog fisherman, a black sea bass fisherman. I fished for striped bass and bluefish. In this period of time, there was much discussion about the collapse of the Chesapeake striped bass stocks. In 1983 BSC asked me to represent them at JCAA. From 1983 to 1987 there was an ongoing discussion at JCAA about whether or not to work to make striped bass a no-sale fish in New Jersey alone or work on the coastwide no-sale. When I became vice-president, after much discussion, JCAA voted to support NJ Senator Lou Bassano’s bill to make striped bass a no-sale fish in New Jersey. It is important to know who was selling fish in NJ at that time. Many of the hard-core striped bass fishermen who belonged to clubs in that era were what we call “pin hookers”. They were selling most of their catch to pay for their fishing passion. New Jersey’s law was one of the strictest along the coast. We had one of the highest size limits and we were the only state that had a bag limit on the number of striped bass you could keep. There was no net fishery so it was all hook and line. At that time I was recreationally fishing almost 200 days a year and bicycling 6000 miles a year. When JCAA voted to support passage of the bill, I took on the responsibility for passage of the bill. I was naïve. I really did not know about state or federal politics. I knew how the management of striped bass and the agencies for their management worked since I started attending meetings for BSC and JCAA. As fishing had been my passion, now getting this bill passed was my passion. JCAA lost 5 of the original founding clubs of JCAA since their members sold fish and they would not support no-sale. I visited almost every club in NJ and began visiting coastwide clubs seeking their support. In the 70’s I actually belonged to Save Our Stripers in NY which was also pursuing no-sale. This battle changed the course of my life. I started going to ASMFC meetings and learned I had no respect for how they were managing striped bass or how the board was controlled. Even as a Governor’s or Legislative Appointee, you were not allowed to sit on a management board. The management board for striped bass had representatives from only 5 states, consisting mainly of the states with a large commercial fishery, NY, Massachusetts, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey. JCAA started sending me to ASMFC meetings to represent our interests. I built friendships with people at the meetings from other states who shared my passion for the protection of striped bass and, in some instances, for making striped bass a no-sale fish. Three years of my life was spent on the NJ legislation, going to hearings, meeting with politicians and clubs. I’m a fast learner and I had some good teachers. The culmination was in 1991 at a JCAA meeting at the Jersey Coast Shark Anglers building when Governor Florio signed the striped bass no-sale bill with Senator Lou Bassano on one side and Assemblyman John Paul Doyle on the other; the bill that people said I could not get passed. When you are in my house you see a copy of the bill, a pen from the signing and a picture from that night prominently displayed. I felt that was my first accomplishment for JCAA and our member clubs. We went from 36 clubs to 100 clubs which included clubs from Maine to North Carolina, all wanting to work on coastwide no-sale. JCAA was so passionate about promoting catch and release that when we started the Governor’s Surfing Tournament we had judges riding the beach so people could catch and release any fish they caught. We only measured the length and that is still how it works 25 years later. It is important for me to explain my philosophy for supporting making striped bass a no-sale fish. Striped bass along the coast was mainly a recreational caught fish. Outside of the Chesapeake Bay the commercial market was largely made up of a hook and line fishery. In NJ and Massachusetts, the commercial catch of striped bass was totally a hook and line fishery, mainly made up of recreational anglers selling their catch. People supported striped bass no-sale for different reasons. Some want all fish to be catch and release. Some wanted an abundant fishery for everyone to have the opportunity to land one of the biggest fish from the surf. My feeling was it was the only game fish we could protect that so everyone could harvest, rich or poor. Some of the best striped bass fishermen I know fish with gear that is not expensive. They repaint their plugs and reuse everything and they are some of the best striped bass anglers. Because I grew up fishing on party and charter boats, I realized anglers took home fish to feed their families. I felt that if we eliminated the commercial sale of striped bass there would be enough fish to provide the all recreational anglers with a quality fishery. Recreationally, I have always understood both the catch and release community and the catch-for-dinner community. The overriding factor is that this needs to be a sustainable fishery with large enough numbers that it can be a quality fishery for all sectors. Striped bass has gotten me involved in ocean dumping, water protection, renewable energy, endocrine disruptors and many other areas. It has changed my life as it has for many other anglers. 1995 Regulations To understand today’s discussion, you need to understand the regulations that were put in place in 1995. I have been at the striped bass board meetings since 1986. At that time the public was not allowed to ask questions and neither were ASMFC Commissioners who were not state directors. In 1989 the discussions began about how to re-open the fishery since many of the states along the east coast had a total moratorium on fishing for striped bass but the stocks had begun rebuilding. The 1989 year class was one of the best in striped bass history and pushed the 3-year average high enough to allow for the resumption of the fishery. During the discussions at the striped bass board meeting and with the advice of the technical committee, the board debated all day long about whether or not to open the fishery with 2 fish at 24 inches in the Chesapeake Bay and 2 fish at 34 inches along the coast recreationally and with the same size limit commercially with quotas. Before the board broke at 9:30 PM the audience was asked for comment. I was pushed to speak for the audience and asked the board for an opportunity to speak before the vote the following day. The board agreed and we went to sleep. The next day they opened the meeting at 8:30, made a motion to open the fishery at 18 inches in Chesapeake Bay and 28 inches along the coast. That motion was passed in 45 minutes without public comment. At 1:00 they asked for our comments and I was again the spokesperson. I said, “You don’t give a damn what we have to say but you will in the future.” Because of that board meeting the community was excited to be more involved and began attending more striped bass meetings. There were no longer 5 or 6 of us in the audience but more often 30 or 40. The ASMFC commissioners began hearing from the recreational anglers and the process began to open. By the time the 1995 amendment was being drafted, the recreational sector along the coast had developed a stronger voice. There were not only ASMFC commissioners from the states who were speaking at board meetings. The 1995 amendment was an example of our participation. It was designed to have a quality fishery and the base year was the year that we declared the fishery recovered, the highest point we had seen since we started the striped bass emergency act in the early 80’s. The referent points, unlike other fisheries, were made more precautionary. I was one of the three NJ ASMFC Commissioners making those striped bass management decisions. In 1995 the participation in the striped bass fishery was different than it is now along the coast. But so was every other fishery. It is important to understand what was happening in 1995. We were still benefitting from the large number of big striped bass that were protected during the moratorium that was in place from the 80’s through the early 90’s. Many of the states had not opened the fishery to 2 fish at 28 inches along the coast and put in seasons that were more conservative than required. There was also a smaller group of anglers. Most striped bass fishermen were like me, we didn’t talk about catching fluke, black sea bass or tautog. Our 24/7 talk was about striped bass fishing. The seasons were open all year for black sea bass, fluke, scup and tautog. Summer flounder had a 10 fish bag at 14 inch size limit and no closed season. Most of the people I fished with or knew didn’t like striped bass for dinner and fished for other species for food. There were not as many striper fishermen in general, even fewer who were taking striped bass home to eat. That was part of the big increase in the number of private, party and charter boats targeting striped bass. The 1995 amendment was good based on the era for which it was written. It allowed for a fantastic fishery on big fish throughout the 90’s and into the early 2000’s. The New Fisheries in the 2000’s Because of the concerns of the MidAtlantic Fisheries Management Council and ASMFC, there was a dramatic change in the way we manage fisheries jointly. We kept raising size limits and shortening seasons and cutting bag limits. Anglers who fished for their tables had fewer opportunities to bring fish home. There were periods of time that striped bass and bluefish were the only fisheries without closed seasons. Anglers discovered they were spending a great deal of time, effort and money with little to show for it if their target was fluke, black sea bass or tautog. So it was the natural move for many private, party and charter boats moving into the striped fishery, especially since it was open year-round. The abundance allowed for novices to meet with success. All you had to do was snag a bunker and you were a striped bass fisherman. The pressure on the striped bass population resulted in fewer trophy fish being caught. In the 90’s the hook and release mortality rate was greater than the number of fish we were taking home to eat. By the 2000’s we began putting more pressure on the stocks. Because people were taking more fish home to eat and the hook and release mortality increased because more fish were being hooked and released, the stocks actually began to change and there were fewer big fish available. This is the natural progression for a recovered fishery. The question is whether or not this is sustainable. Hook and release mortality has always played a big role in the striped bass stocks. In 2017 and 2018 the hook and release mortality exceeded the number of fish anglers were taking home to eat. The catch and release fishermen generally turn a deaf ear when we talk about catch and release mortality, denying they contribute to the problem with the stocks. In the late 90’s a friend of mine from NY, one of the leading striped bass conservationists, and I were having a discussion about striped bass management. We were discussing the two fish bag limit allowed to charter boats in NY. Since he had become a catch and release fisherman after many years of fishing, he thought they should only be allowed a one fish bag limit even though at that time there was no problem with the stock. I suggested he consider the angler who took two fish home. This angler may make 5 trips a year on a charter boat. If the angler is lucky enough, he/she kills 10 fish to take home to eat. The angler probably caught and released a few other fish on those 5 trips. We agreed the angler releases 30 fish on those trips. With 8% mortality, the angler has killed 2.4 fish in his releases for an estimated total of 13 striped bass he/she killed that year. The catch and release angler who was fishing almost every day, lands hundreds of fish in a season. I suggested that once this angler catches 160 fish, he/she should stop because the catch and release morality is 12.8 fish. Since a dead fish is a dead fish no matter if it is a catch and release or kept fish. The angler on the charter boat is more likely to be using heavier tackle, fishing in the spring and fall when the water is cold and in saltwater. These factors lower the catch and release mortality. The higher the water temperature, the greater the catch and release mortality. The lower the salinity of the water, the greater the hook and release mortality. A study by Maryland showed the higher the air temperature, the greater the hook and release mortality. So the year-round angler probably has a higher hook and release mortality due to the climate issues since he is fishing a lot more. For example, if you are fishing in a river where the water is fresh or brackish, the water temperature is high, the air temperature is high and you are using light tackle so the fight is longer, the catch and release mortality is extremely high. The studies again prove this is true. Catch and release anglers need to consider these factors before they blame other anglers who take a few fish a year for the table for problems with the stocks. We each need to put ourselves in other’s shoes before we condemn them and put our own homes in order. Where Are We Now We have a striped bass fishery that has expanded. Unlike the 90’s striped bass is important to the party and charter boats. It has also grown increasingly important to all the private owners who cannot fish for fluke, tautog or black sea bass in closed seasons or with the increasing size limits. The science tells us that the present spawning stock biomass is more than high enough to produce the highest young of the year in Chesapeake Bay. In spite of the skepticism I received when I said the spawning stock biomass was high enough to produce the highest young of the year when we were discussing the last addendum, the facts proved I was correct. The 2011 year class was the 4th highest in history of the young of the year. The 2015 year class was the 8th highest in the young of the year index in the over 70 year history. The hook and release mortality was going down but has increased in the last few years. It is also a fact that we are never returning to the way the recreational fishery operated in 1995 or the 2000’s. This is the first benchmark stock assessment in which we are using the adjusted recreational catch numbers which show an increase in both catch and participation from the methods we historically used. There are also things that are affecting fish populations that have nothing to do with fishing pressure. The water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and the warming of the waters inside the bay and elsewhere are just two of them. Then there is added pressure on the harvest of the forage species that striped bass count on. NJ beach replenishment has impacted many species. I can list many more but these are things that we cannot control through fisheries management. Management Choices The ASMFC will be focusing its attention on what we do in either a new addendum or amendment. What we decide will have a huge impact on the recreational fishing industry, the anglers and the states. These decisions should be made thoughtfully and deliberately. They need to include all stakeholders and look at the long-term consequences on what we do. All options should be on the table and be discussed with the general public. In the mission statement of ASMFC it states that we are managing fisheries to be sustainable. That means different things to different people. Below I am listing some of the options that are available to us. I have not taken a position on any option at this time since I need more information and a discussion about the long-term impact of each of the options on the fishing community. There are more that may come up for discussion. Season closures – We could close the fishery when the highest hook and release mortality takes place. Size limits – We could raise the size limits though that might raise the hook and release mortality as anglers continue to fish until a legal fish is caught. Education – We could work with anglers to lower the hook and release mortality. Research on poaching – We need a better handle on the amount of poaching and better law enforcement especially in areas like Raritan Bay and the EEZ. Changed reference points – This could allow us to continue fishing as we do now since we would identify the stock as sustainable at a lower number. A combination of options or others now mentioned here The Impossible Dream It might be easier to get 10 striped bass together to agree on management issues than to get 10 striped bass fishermen to agree. I am always an optimist and realize that compromise is essential to deal with the needs of many. All of us are going to have to give a little to make this work. No one will be totally satisfied. I haven’t dedicated 40 years of my life to striped bass management to give up now. But I am also not going to manage this fishery for just one sector of the recreational community. I have not been paid by anyone or any group in all the years I been doing these many jobs. Since I am a 100% disabled veteran and retired military officer, I did not need to get paid. I always have seen this as continuing my service. [News Contents] [Top]
  4. To answer your question, Tom is an influential leader within JCAA and his opinions are respected. However, he does not set policy. That is done by the clubs as I explained. Tom agrees with the position of the JCAA most of the time. However, he represents all of the fishermen of our state and usually does what the majority of people want as discussed at various hearings. Also, as the Governor's appointee, Tom has to comply with the Governor's directives on any particular issue. For instance Tom has always favored the conservation on menhaden but was ordered by Governor Christie not to argue for conservation but to side with the southern states to and the commercial fishermen there so that they could further exploit the resource. That occurred because of Governor Christie's close affiliation with the Virginia governor when Christie was running for president. All the JCAA member clubs support Tom and believe he has done a great job representing us on the commission. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about Tom on the internet. He will be at the meeting so please come and you will have an opportunity to talk to him. This will most likely be Tom's last term on the ASMFC so we will need a qualified person to replace him. Also, a lot of people don't realize this but the JCAA was chiefly responsible for making striped bass a no-sale or gamefish in NJ. Tom was the one who was lobbying the legislators to do that. There is a lot more I can fill you in about striper management at the meeting and I am going to also post a letter from Tom about this issue.
  5. I would support a higher size limit and/or establishing seasons. However, the commercial guys would also have to cut back by the same percentage.
  6. I don't know
  7. Thank you, and you are welcome to come regardless of how you feel about Tom. Please realize that he is a member of JCAA but neither he or any other board members establish positions for JCAA on any issue. We are an association of clubs and each club has an equal say and then our positions are formed by how our member clubs vote. Also,Tom does not represent JCAA on the ASMFC. He is the Governor's appointee and he is charged with representing all of New Jersey's fishermen, not just those who belong to JCAA.
  8. Yes, Tom is our legislative committee chairman.
  9. All, Please just respond to this thread if you would like to attend. We will be serving pizza beginning at 7 PM. Thanks, Paul Haertel JCAA Membership Secretary The Jersey Coast Anglers Association is seeking new member clubs as well as associate (individual) members. For the first time ever, JCAA is opening its a general membership meeting to those who may be interested in joining or learning more about how JCAA operates. The meeting will be held at 7:30 PM on 2/26/19 at the Jersey Coast Shark Anglers Club located at 385 Herbertsville Rd., Brick, NJ. Annual dues for club membership are $50 while associate memberships cost $25. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 7 PM. Seating is limited and we also want to order the appropriate amount of food so please contact our membership secretary, Paul Haertel at 973-943-8201 or anglerpmh@aol.com if you plan on attending. The Jersey Coast Anglers Association is a charitable non-profit 501(c)3 organization that was formed in 1981. The original objective of the JCAA, that continues today, was to combine a group of marine sportfishing clubs in order to form and promote a united consensus on issues relevant to saltwater anglers in New Jersey. Amongst the topics likely to be discussed at this meeting are the recently signed Modern Fishing Act, the proposed windmills off our coast, sand mining, the new striped bass stock assessment, forage species, youth education activities, and what our regulations might look like this year for fluke, sea bass, stripers and perhaps other species.
  10. On Saturday, February 16th, 2019 the JCAA will be holding its second annual all you can eat Beefsteak Dinner and Fishing Seminar. The event will be held at the Forked River Tuna Club located at 18 Bay Av., Forked River, NJ. Doors will open at 5 PM with seminars beginning at 6 PM. Come in early to look around the club, have a drink, socialize and check out our silent auction prizes. At 6 PM, Paul Haertel will talk briefly about the JCAA and also give an update on what our fishing regulations might look like for 2019. Then Anthony Arcabasscio, son of the famed Tony Maja will give a power point presentation on wire line trolling for stripers. Then at 7 PM an all you can eat beefsteak dinner will be served by Nightingale Catering. Salad, French fries, beefsteak and dessert will be served along with soft drinks, coffee and tea. A cash bar will also be available. The silent auction winners will be determined and then the affair will be concluded with a 50/50 drawing. Tickets are just $50 per person and may be purchased online at www.jcaa.org or via our Facebook page. They may also be reserved by contacting Paul Haertel at 973-943-8201 or anglerpmh@aol.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jcaa-annual-beefsteak-dinner-and-fishing-seminar-tickets-54939782368?aff=efbevent&fbclid=IwAR1AcQnRhrm_tbSK71gszJHUIR1x-9gIhl3TL1iVz1YF04TSV-xW0vDkqLA
  11. NOAA has proposed a rule that would allow fishing for striped bass in a portion of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the area of Block Island. JCAA is opposed to this for reasons stated in our letter below. However, we need your help to stop this proposed rule from going into effect. Please take a few minutes to comment on this issue by going to: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NMFS-2018-0106 A simple statement saying that you are opposed to this rule is sufficient or you can use our letter as a guideline and elaborate further if your wish. Written comments may also be mailed to: Kelly Denit, Division Chief, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC3, Silver Spring, MD. 20910 or faxed to Kelly at 301-713-1193. All comments must be received by 11/19/18 Dear Chief Denit, The Jersey Coast Anglers Association (JCAA) appreciates this opportunity to comment on the proposed rule that would open a portion of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), more specifically the Block Island Transit Zone (BITZ), to striped bass fishing. The JCAA represents approximately 75 fishing clubs throughout our state. Many of our clubs’ individual members enjoy fishing for stripers. This includes all types of striper fishermen, ranging from those who like to keep all the fish they can legally take for consumption to those who prefer to release every striped bass they catch. Many of these anglers are very passionate about their sport. When it comes to regulations pertaining to striped bass, if you put ten striper fishermen in a room you might have ten different opinions as to how they should be managed. However, one thing they all agree on is that they want a healthy striped bass fishery with good representation from various year classes. The JCAA has always fought hard to protect the stocks of striped bass, especially when the stocks of this fishery were decimated during the 1970's and early 1980's. Back then, we were the driving force that pushed through legislation that prohibited striped bass from being commercially caught or sold in our state. This designation helped the coastal stocks of striped bass to recover significantly. We realized back then as we do now that having a viable recreational striped bass fishery is of extreme economic value to our state. In recent years, the spawning stock biomass (SSB) of striped bass has been declining. The quality of striped bass fishing along our coast, particularly for those fishing from shore, has declined significantly. Since many of the stripers that are caught in states to our north are the same ones that migrate through New Jersey, we certainly don’t want to see regulations that would allow stripers to be harvested in any portion of the EEZ. In 2015, both commercial and recreational anglers were forced by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to reduce their harvest by 25%. Therefore, it does not make sense that while the ASMFC is trying to keep the stocks of striped bass healthy, a portion of the EEZ would be opened to allow more striped bass to be harvested. We fear that opening a portion of the EEZ to striper fishing could be the equivalent of opening Pandora’s box. We understand that the current proposed rule would open the BITZ only to recreational fishermen. However, if that were to happen the next proposal might be to open it to commercial fishing as well. Further, we understand that this proposal is being considered because it is in a “unique area.” Well, there are other “unique areas” along the east coast as well. We fear that other states might request “unique areas” near them be opened too. The next thing you know, there might be a proposal to open the EEZ in its entirety to striped bass fishing. We are adamantly opposed to that! Stripers often winter over and are concentrated in the EEZ particularly off the coast of North Carolina and Virginia. They are very vulnerable at that time and would be decimated if the fishing there was reopened. The EEZ is a sanctuary for striped bass to help ensure that the stocks attain and remain at healthy levels. Further, the BITZ already allows for the transportation of stripers through the EEZ. We are not enthralled with that rule either as we understand that this has led to quite a few poachers fishing in that area. We find it appalling to hear that one of the arguments for opening this area is that people are fishing for stripers there anyway. We would like to see more enforcement in the area if this is the case. Therefore, in conclusion, we strongly urge NOAA to nip this potential problem in the bud by denying any request to open any portion of the EEZ to fishing for striped bass! Sincerely, Mark Taylor, President Jersey Coast Anglers Association
  12. JCAA Fluke Tournament 8/4 – Win 50 K – Last Call The JCAA fluke tournament is this Saturday. You may register online until 11:59 PM on 8/3. You may also call the office and register on the phone during the day today or Friday. The recent marine forecast has improved as has the fluke fishing during the last week or so. This is our biggest fund raiser so we really need your support so that we can continue to work on behalf of our recreational fishermen. We will have upcoming battles next year over fluke, seabass, bluefish and others. Please help us so we can help you. Thank you, Paul Haertel JCAA Board Member/Past President JCAA's 24th Annual Fluke Tournament JCAA Presents its 24th Annual Fluke Tournament With Tens of Thousands in Cash & Prizes Tournament Date August 4, 2018 Awards Presentations Thursday, August 9th, 2018 Clarion Hotel, Rte. 37 East, Toms River, NJ GRAND PRIZE 14' STARCRAFT BOAT & 20HP YAMAHA MOTOR & YACHT CLUB TRAILER Register Online Now! Our Online Entry Form - http://jcaa.org/tourney/FlukeForm_EB.htm?yr-2018 Download Mail-In Entry Form - http://jcaa.org/tourney/FlukeForm.pdf Print Entry Form and Mail to JCAA More Details: Entry Fee $160 per boat (up to 6 anglers) Entrants that enter $25 Doormat Category will be eligible to win the DOORMAT FLUKE CASH PRIZE One eligible angler weighing in the largest fluke in excess of 12 lbs will WIN $50,000. (See rules & regs that apply.) Select options for REGION AND/OR TOURNAMENT CALCUTTAS in the checkout form to participate in separate winner-take-all cash prizes. Last year’s big winner took home over 12K! Note: Due to the low number of entrants for our southern ports (weigh-in stations) in recent years, it is no longer practical or profitable for JCAA to continue to provide ten prizes for each port. However, rather than eliminating them from our tournament altogether, we decided to consolidate them into one region. EACH REGION WILL HAVE A GUARANTEED FIRST PLACAE PRIZE OF $1200 REGARDLESS OF THE NUMBER OF ENTRANTS and will also have merchandise prizes for 2nd to 10th place. This event is actually seven mini-tournaments in one. You compete for over $2,500 in prizes for your region. Region Prizes: 1st place $1,200, plus 9 additional prizes include rods, reels, line, bait, premium sunglasses, quality marine products which will be included in the great region prizes from these sponsors: The Fisherman, Tica, Costa, Yamaha, Fuel Ox, Starcraft, and Icom. Remember that you only compete against those boats registered in your region for these region prizes. All prizes will be awarded for the heaviest fish weighed in in your region. You do not have to be present at the Awards Ceremony on August 9th at the Clarion Hotel in Toms River to win the region prizes. The Grand Prize winner will be selected during the door-prize drawing at the Gala Awards Ceremony at the Clarion Hotel on the evening of Thursday, August 9th, 2018. A member of your boat crew must be present for you to win the Grand Prize. You do not have to catch a fish to win it. For additional info, call the JCAA Office at 732-506-6565 For entry forms/rules and prize list, go to www.jcaa.org Completed entry forms can be faxed to the JCAA office: 732-506-6975 or Mailed to: JCAA, 1594 Lakewood Rd, Suite 13, Toms River NJ 08755 7 Regions - 11 Official Weigh Stations Regions Official Weigh Stations 1. Jersey City Liberty Landing Marina, 80 Audrey Zapp Dr., Jersey City, NJ, 07305. 201-985-8000 Email: info@libertylandingmarina.com 2. Sandy Hook Gateway Marina and Yacht Sales, 34 Bay Ave, Highlands, NJ, 07732 732-291-4440 Fax 732-291-2654. Located on the Shrewsbury River just north of Highlands bridge. 3. Shark River Inlet Fisherman’s Den, Belmar Marine Basin, Highway 35, Belmar, NJ, 07719 732-681-5005 Fax 732-280-0072 4. Manasquan River Hoffman’s Marina, 602 Green Ave., Brielle, NJ, 732-528-6200 Fax: 732-528-6225 Email: info@hoffmansmarina.com 5. Barnegat Bay South Harbor Marina, 118 Oregon Ave., Waretown, NJ 08758, 609-693-3658 Email: macsdock@aol.com (Members of JCAA or the Forked River Tuna Club will do weigh-in.) 6. Long Beach Island Fisherman’s Headquarters, 920W 9th St., Rt., 72, Ship Bottom, NJ, 08008 609-494-5739 Fax: 609-494-9271 Email: Fishermansheadquarters.com 7. Southern · Great Bay - Great Bay Marina, 45 Montana Drive, Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08087 609-296-2392 Fax 609-294-1685 · Ocean City - Fin-Atics Marine Supply LTD., 1325 West Avenue, Ocean City, NJ, 08226 609-398-2248 Fax 609-398-2712 Email- customerservice@fin-atics.com · Atlantic City – One Stop Bait & Tackle, 416 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401 609-348-9450 · Cape May - Jim’s Bait & Tackle, 1208 Rt. 109, Cape May, NJ, 609-884-3900 Email: jimsbaitntackle@yahoo.com · Fortescue – Fortescue State Marina, Fortescue Marina Office, Fortescue, NJ 08321 856-462-7314
  13. Before the site would not let me copy and paste further information that further explained the JCAA and NJOA position on this. However, below is a similar letter that I wrote for the Forked River Tuna Club: I am writing this letter on behalf of the Forked River Tuna Club which is composed of more than 100 members and is based in Forked River, NJ. We appreciate this opportunity to comment on the amendment that is currently being developed by the ASMFC and the MAFMC regarding the Bluefish Fishery Management Plan. Our primary concern is that this amendment may contain an option that would revise the allocation of bluefish between the commercial and recreational fishermen. More specially we are opposed to any option that would grant the commercial sector a higher percentage of the quota than they have now. The split is currently 83%-17% favoring the recreational sector and we want it to remain that way. Further, we are opposed to the transfers of recreational quota to the commercial sector that have been taking place for the last number of years and we urge you to immediately stop that practice. The recreational fishermen have been under fishing their bluefish quota for a number of years. That is not a good reason to transfer some of their quota to the commercial sector. We want to rebuild the stock not reduce it. Bluefish are a very important fish for inshore and shore-based fishermen. There used to be massive runs of bluefish of all sizes in the NJ surf during spring and fall. During summer these fish used to settle in areas such as the Mud Hole and Barnegat Ridge and provided sport and food for the many private, charter and party boats that depended on them. Many of those boats have now gone out of business or have been forced to target other species. Striped bass are on the decline and there are virtually no weakfish around. It is quite difficult for shore-based anglers to catch a legal sized blackfish, fluke or sea bass and when they do, the season is often closed! Snappers are often a fun fish for children to catch from the docks and bay shore when they are first learning how to fish. We need this species to be rebuilt. Further, we are outraged at the fact that the spawning stock biomass is below its target and yet he ASMFC and MAFMC are considering transferring the some of the quota to the commercial side to ensure that they are killed. Also, in recent years the recreational harvest has dropped by about 50% compared to what is was during the first decade of the 2000’s. We are facing shorter seasons, smaller bag limits and higher size limits for sea bass, a stock that is rebuilt to 230% and the ASMFC and the MAFMC want us to believe that our regulations won’t become more stringent if we transfer some of our bluefish quota to the commercial sector? How about reallocating some of their quota for fluke and sea bass to the recreational side?
  14. Please sign the petition to stop some of the recreational bluefish quota from being transferred to the commercial sector. https://mailchi.mp/njoutdooralliance/keepbluefishrecreational Paul Haertel JCAA Board Member/Past President
  15. 2018 Fluke and Sea Bass Regulations Set At the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council meeting on 4/5 the following regulations for fluke and sea bass were set. However, there may be a problem with the sea bass regulations as states to our north have filed an appeal with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and they are threatening to go out of compliance. The process is pretty complicated but they are going after a portion of New Jersey’s quota. Depending on the outcome of the appeal our sea bass regulations may or may not have to change. I will keep you posted as things develop further. Paul Haertel, JCAA Board Member/Past President Fluke 5/25 – 9/22, 3 fish at 18” Sea Bass 5/15 – 6/22, 10 fish at 12.5” 7/1 – 8/31, 2 fish at 12.5” 10/8 – 10/31, 10 fish at 12.5” 11/1 – 12/31, 15 fish at 13”