Angler Paul

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    Striper fishing from the surf and jetties
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    Retired Police Lieutenant

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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?
  5. 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
  6. 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”
  7. NJ Regulatory Update – Blackfish, Porgy, Fluke and Sea bass By Paul Haertel, JCAA Board Member/Past President At the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council (NJMFC) meeting on 3/15/18, regulations for blackfish and porgies were set. For blackfish, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) required our state to reduce our harvest by 2%. Our council accomplished this by shortening our one day season by two weeks and reducing our bag limit from six fish to five fish for our late fall/early winter season. The adopted regulations set the minimum size at 15”, with a four fish bag limit from 1/1 – 2/28 and from 4/1-4/30. There will be a one fish bag limit from 8/1-11/15 and then a five fish bag limit from 11/16-12/31. Some people questioned why we did not just eliminate the one day season but the reason is the NJFMC wanted to keep it open for divers and shore based fishermen at a time when the water is warm and the fish are still inshore. There was better news on porgies as the ASMFC allowed us to increase our harvest by 59%. This will result in New Jersey having a year-round season. Previously our season was closed from March 1st to June 30th. The bag and size limits will remain the same, 50 fish at 9”. The council voted in favor of this new regulation but it will not become effective until DEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe signs off on it. The regulations for fluke and sea bass will not be set until a special council meeting on 4/5 that will be held at 5PM at the Bay Avenue Community Center located at 775 E. Bay Av. in Manahawkin. The delay is due to decisions made at the recent Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) meeting regarding Addendum XXX for sea bass. Several positive changes in the way sea bass are managed were made at that meeting. One is that New Jersey will be its own region. Another is that a smoothing over approach can be used to adjust MRIP numbers that appear to be way out of line. For example, the MRIP numbers for Wave 3 (May-June) in 2017 showed that New Jersey harvested an extraordinarily high number of sea bass. We will now be able to smooth over that number based on what was harvested during that period in prior years. This is a good thing as it should allow us to significantly liberalize our regulations this year. Our Bureau of Marine Fisheries worked diligently on this issue but must first have their methodology approved by the ASMFC management board when it meets via conference call on Tuesday, March 20th at 11 AM. The board will consider approving the proposals of all three regions at that time. The three management regions are: (1) Massachusetts through New York, (2) New Jersey, and (3) Delaware through North Carolina. The public is welcome to listen to the discussion by phone (866.214.0726, followed by pass code: 993961) and view the webinar using the following link https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6931931919817605123. The meeting agenda can be found at http://www.asmfc.org/files/Meetings/SFlounderScupBSB_BoardAgenda_3_20_18.pdf; meeting materials will be available March 15 at http://www.asmfc.org/home/meeting-archive. Time permitting; there will be a limited opportunity for the public to provide comments. The Board Chair will outline the procedures for accepting public comment at the beginning of the conference call. The public and other nonparticipating attendees are requested to mute their phones in order to minimize distractions to the Board’s deliberations. For more information, please contact Caitlin Starks, FMP Coordinator, at cstarks@asmfc.org or 703.842.0740. Regarding fluke, our council is seeking to close or eliminate the gap from when fluke season closes until when sea bass season opens so they have elected to wait until the special meeting in April to set the regulations for both species. The options for fluke are expected to all have an 18” size limit and a bag limit of 3 fish. The seasons could either be from 5/15-9/16, 5/22-9/20 or 5/25-9/22. It is possible that these options could be tweaked a little or other new ones developed but that is unlikely. (The special regulations of 3 fish at 17” for Delaware Bay and 2 fish at 16” for Island Beach are expected to remain the same) JCAA will keep you posted as to specific options as they become available via our newsletter and on our Facebook page. Please “like” our page when you visit it.
  8. IMPORTANT Fluke and Seabass Regulation Update 2/28/18 By Paul Haertel Though we had expected the fluke and seabass regulations to be set at the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council (NJMFC) meeting on 3/15/18, the setting of regulations for these two species has now been delayed until a special meeting can be scheduled in April. This is a result of decisions made at the recent Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) meeting regarding Addendum XXX for seabass. Several positive changes in the way seabass are managed were made at that meeting. One in particular is a smoothing over approach that can be used to adjust MRIP numbers that appear to be way out of line. For example, the MRIP numbers for Wave 3 (May-June) in 2017 showed that New Jersey harvested an extraordinarily high number of seabass. We will now be able to smooth over that number based on what was harvested during that period in prior years. This is a good thing as it may very well result in us being able to liberalize our regulations this year. Our Bureau of Marine Fisheries has worked diligently on this issue but must have their methodology approved by the ASMFC management board that is not scheduled to meet until 3/20/18. Therefore, the NJMFC cannot set regulations until sometime after this meeting. Further, our council is seeking to close or eliminate the gap from when fluke season closes until when seabass season opens so they have elected to wait until the special meeting in April to set the regulations for both species. However, the regulations for blackfish and porgies are still expected to be set at the council meeting on 3/15/18. Regarding blackfish, we are mandated to take a 2% cut. The regulations for April will almost certainly remain the same but it looks like the one fish season will begin on 8/1 rather than 7/16 and our bag limit will be reduced from 6 fish to 5 fish from 11/16-12/31. Various other options will be available at this meeting. As with the other species, the options will be shown, comments taken and then the council will make their decision. There is better news on porgies as we will be allowed to increase our harvest by 59%. This will allow New Jersey to have a year-round season. Previously our season was closed from March 1st to June 30th. The bag and size limits will remain the same, 50 fish at 9”. The NJMFC meeting will be held at 5PM on Thursday 3/15/18 at the Stafford Township Municipal Building located at 260 East Bay Av. in Manahawkin. The public is encouraged to attend and give their opinion on any of the proposals. JCAA will keep you posted as to specific options as they become available via our newsletter and on our Facebook page.
  9. Last call for the beefsteak, I have to let the caterer know the final count on Thursday.
  10. The BF Goodrich KO2's are fabulous tires and I've been using them for years. They last forever, are great on the sand, very good in snow, decent in mud, have excellent stopping distance and are quiet for that type of tread and besides all that they look cool. Paul Haertel JCAA Board Member/Past President
  11. I have to have a rough count of how many people are going by Tuesday and a final count by Thursday night. Please let me know if you are going. Thanks, Paul
  12. Thanks Computerruser!
  13. I just finished my 2017 fishing highlights video and thought you might enjoy watching it. Paul Haertel
  14. Bluefish are not threatened. However, there is reason for concern. The ASMFC is currently developing and amendment that would reduce the overall percentage of the quota for recreational fishermen and increase it for commercial fishermen. I will keep everyone posted when this amendment becomes available. Paul Haertel Jersey Coast Anglers Association Board Member, Past President
  15. I am running an all you can eat beefsteak dinner and a fishing seminar for the Jersey Coast Anglers Association. I am hoping some of you might come so please contact me if you are interested. More details are below. Thanks, Paul Haertel JCAA Board Member, Past President JCAA Beefsteak and Fishing Seminar 2/10/18 4 PM – 9:30 PM At the Forked Fiver Tuna Club $50. Per person On Saturday, 2/10/18, the JCAA will be holding an all you can eat Beefsteak Dinner along with a 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 4 PM with the fishing seminars to be held from 5-7 PM. The event will kick-off with an update on our fisheries regulations particularly as they pertain to fluke and sea bass. That will be followed by a seminar by Chris Lido, former editor of the Fisherman Magazine, who will be discussing ten tips to catch more fish in 2018. Up next will be Capt. Chris Dossantos, of the charter boat Barb Gail IV, who will discuss the advantages of using bucktails for fluke. 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. There will also be a silent auction for a few nice items before the affair concludes with a 50/50 drawing. Tickets are just $50. per person. To reserve your tickets, call Paul Haertel at 973-943-8201 or email him at anglerpmh@aol.com.