Monday, March 13, 2017

March 2017 Newsletter

March 2017 President's Message

I had reports last week of kayaks catching stripers in Follins Pond. The weather over this weekend should definitely set that back, but I think we are still close to something happening with the fish movement.
 
On March 7, Ken Whiting and I attended a meeting of the Wareham Board of Selectmen and presented a letter in support of a partnership between the town of Wareham and the Department of Marine Fisheries on the Wewantic property in that town. The Board of Selectmen unanimously supported the project.
 
This past Saturday night, our Annual Banquet was held at the Doubletree in Hyannis, with approximately 80 members enjoying a great night of socialization and purchasing fishing materials.
 
On the same weekend, March 10-12, at least twenty Salties were seen at the RI Surfcasters’ Club Show in Providence.
 
We only have eleven openings on the May 7 Haddock Trip. The deadline is the March 22 meeting. If you don’t want to get shut out, get your check for $50 in ASAP.
 
John Serijan and Steve Israelian have us all set for April 29 at the Riverway on Rte. 28 in South Yarmouth for the Wives and Sweethearts Appreciation Dinner. If we get a big storm tomorrow, my secretary will get this application done. Look for it on the website.
 
Wildlife carver Ken Whiting has donated a 40” striped bass full body molding for the Terry Tessein Scholarship Fund. We have raffle tickets on sale at $10 each, and we will sell 75 more tickets and award the fish at a later meeting. 
 
Important dates to remember!! 
  • Former Salties president Gary Brown will run his famous one-day Fisherman’s Yard Sale on April 15 from 8:30-2:30 at the Riverway Restaurant, Rte. 28, South Yarmouth. This event benefits the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach in Hyannis and has always been a good day! We will have a table to sign up potential new members.
  • Our tackle sale will be May 24, from 4:30-7:00 before the regular meeting. Email me if you want a table (no charge).
  • The Two-Day Derby is June 3 and 4.
  • The Fluke Trip is July 20, with seven members already signed up.
 
In closing, I would like to again thank all the club members who were involved in the Annual Banquet. The proceeds give us the funds to operate during the year.
 
Thanks, and hold tight!
 
Jack  (jecreighton45@gmail.com, 508 394-2983)

Club News and Information

Club Pursuing Tax Exempt Status
     President Creighton has requested Club Secretary Randall Sherman to engage the services of a CPA for the purpose of sanctioning the Cape Cod Salties as a Tax Exempt entity under IRS section 501(c). This would allow the club to participate in local government projects, such as the Yarmouth Artificial Reef, and also allow tax exempt donations to club's activities such as scholarships.


March Meeting Program Speaker  
     Ryan Collins - MFCC Season Update


Terry Tessein Scholarship Fund-Raiser - Tickets Available
 
     Ken Whiting, has completed a striped bass full body casting that is 40" long suitable for wall mounting.  The value of the artwork is $1000. The plan is to sell 100 raffle tickets at $10 each, which will net $800. for the scholarship after purchasing supplies for the fish.
     Tickets are currently available. See Ken at the next meeting or call him at 508-430-4629.  

     See Joe O'Clair's Fly Fishing Corner below for an additional fund raising effort for Terry's Scholarship Fund.

Annual Herring Run Count and Cleanup
     With the arrival of spring each year, the club sponsors a Herring Run count and cleanup in Yarmouth.
Last year's efforts were recognized by the Town awarding the Salties a citation for environmental club of the year. A sign up sheet was passed around during the February meeting. If you missed it and are interested, contact club secretary Randall Sherman at the next meeting.

Annual Wives and Sweethearts Appreciation Dinner - Save the Date
     The dinner will be held at the Riverway Lobster House on Route 28 in S. Yarmouth on April 29. Please mark your calendars, as more information will be coming.

Club Members get Preview of Annual Banquet Auction Items
 
Members present at the February meeting were treated to a preview of some of the items that were available at the Annual Banquet on Saturday March 11. Several took advantage by entering starting bids that were part of the actual bidding process that night.

February Meeting Speaker

     Ryan Franklin, whose grandfather was a Saltie, shared with us an overview of Shark Fishing the Beaches of Cape Cod. He fishes from shore during the typical summer doldrums of Striper Fishing, The two species he frequently encounters are the Tiger Sand Shark and the Brown Shark. Both are protected, so this is strictly a catch and release sport. Ryan has found the fish to be mostly congregated in certain geographical areas (the Brown in the Upper Cape and the Sand Tiger in the Lower Cape). Sand Tigers travel in "shivers" (schools) and he has hooked into fish from 4 to 6 feet in length within Nantucket Sound waters.Brown Sharks, also called Sand Bar Sharks, are larger (up to 250 pounds). They are also more solitary travelers. Target either species in areas where Bluefish are caught.
 
     The season begins when water temperatures reach 60 degrees. The best times being from the end of July through the end of August during a slack tide at dusk. Tackle consists of a stout surf rod (capable of handling six ounce weights), a Penn 6500 size reel with 65 pound braid and 60-100 pound test wire leader attached to a 10/0 hook. Bait consists of chunked Bluefish, Skate, Mackeral, or dead eels, Glow sticks are employed for the night bite in order to get a visual on a hit. Sharks can be large, so bury those pole holders deeply into the sand and remember to bring a friend for comradery and safety.
     This past season Jay Wapole, one of our members, spent a night fishing with Ryan and can attest to the exciting action. Although not landing a shark, Jay did experience a hook-up and wild chase after the hit dislodged the rod from its holder.         

Joe O'Clair's Fly Fishing Corner

Joe is tying up and selling Fluke Rigs for Terry's Scholarship Fund
     Custom made Fluke rig features a 5" plasstic squid tied on 40# mono and finished with a 4/0 hook. Tip this rig with a piece of squid bait and if fluke are in the area ou will be well rewarded.
     The price of the rig is $10. All monies will go to the Terry Tesssein Scholarship Fund. You may pay by cash or by check to the CC Salties Fishing Club.
     

Club Fishing Events

2017 Haddock Fishing Trip
 
     Salties 2017 Haddock Trip 
Capt. John, Plymouth, MA 
Sunday, May 7, 2017
(Raindate May 21)
Leaves dock at 7:00 a.m.!
Cost: $50 Members (limited to 40)

Link to 2017 Haddock Fishing Trip Form
 

Annual In House Derby 2017
 
Information and entry forms for the In House Derby can be found on our website.
 

Cape Cod Salties 2017 Spring Derby

When: 12:00 am June 3rd to 3:00pm June 4th
Where: Fish anywhere on Cape Cod or the Islands
Who:
 This event is open to Cape Cod Salties Members and Non-members
Prizes: Trophies for the following:
  • Largest Striped Bass and Bluefish from a Boat
  • Largest Striped Bass and Bluefish from Shore

Also 50/50 Raffle of all entrance fees. Everyone that enters a fish, regardless of the size will be eligible for the raffle.

Barbeque and Pot Luck at 4:00 pm Sunday for all participants. (location coming soon) 

Click here for rules and entry form 

Cape Cod Salties 13th Annual Fluke and Sea Bass Trip

The 13th Annual Fluke and Sea Bass Trip will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017, aboard the Helen H. The 100- foot boat is docked at 137 Pleasant Street, Hyannis, MA. Parking is free.

The trip is open to both members and their guests.

The trip is limited to the first 45 people who sign up.

The cost of the trip will be $75 for members and $99 for non-members.  Tips and fish cleaning fees have not been included.

The boat will leave the dock at exactly 7:00 A.M. and return about 4:00 P.M.

Please send your check made out to the Cape Cod Salties to
Ken Whiting
313 Bank Street,
Harwich, MA 02645-2707.

Please include your phone number where he can reach you in case of any changes.

For additional info please call Ken Whiting at 508-430-4629.

Link to Registration Form

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 2017 Newsletter

February 2017 President's Message


Here we are going into the third week of February – rain, wind, snow – how can you beat it?? As of this writing, 61 of you still owe dues for the year. Please send them in as soon as possible to take that off the table.
Last month we said that a group of us had attended the hearing on fluke, and in all probability, the 2017 allotment will be 125 days of fluke fishing, with four fish at 17 inches. There have been several announcements put out in the last few days indicating that the striped bass quota might be increased. I personally don’t think this is a good idea but will keep you advised as this goes forward. One more thing -- there is also serious talk about allowing herring to be taken from selected herring runs around the state. Again, I think this is a bad idea. For example, I could go to Taunton and get 25 herring and then bring them to Yarmouth to use as bait. I guess proving where you got those herring could be an issue. Why do our fishery experts confuse the issue so often?
We have already said that the Haddock Trip is May 7. If you are interested, there are approximately 19 spots left, so get your money in ASAP. The two day derby will be June 3 and 4, with details coming soon. The Annual Fluke Trip is locked for July 20. After the Annual Banquet, those applications will be made available. That trip will be limited to the first 45.
The date for the Wives and Sweethearts Dinner looks like April 29 at the Riverway in South Yarmouth. That should be firmed up shortly.
THE ANNUAL BANQUET! In the past we have called this the Annual Awards Banquet. I don’t know whether the word “Awards” scares some people away, so to reaffirm –in addition to the awards being given out, this event is also our only fundraiser of the year, allowing us to continue our programs. We have many silent auctions, bucket raffles, and live auctions with a great meal – all of this allows us to have a night of camaraderie and friendship. While reading this, we hope you will fill out the reservation form and send it in. I have been in charge of membership for the last two years, and I have not seen or met some of you. This is a great time to socialize over a few hours and get to know some of your fellow members with whom you might enjoy fishing in the next few months!
Before I close, I have two things to point out. First, former Salties president Gary Brown will run his famous one-day Fisherman’s Yard Sale on April 15from 8:30-2:30 at the Riverway Restaurant, Rte. 28, South Yarmouth. This event benefits the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach in Hyannis and has always been a good day! We will have a table to sign up potential new members.
 Secondly, at our May 24 meeting, we will have a used tackle sale from 5-7 p.m. for members to sell their fishing wares before the meeting. If you want a table, email and let me know. There is no cost.

Thanks, and hold tight!

Jack  (jecreighton45@gmail.com508 394-2983)

Club News and Information


Proposed By-Laws Change approved at January Meeting
     Article V Board of Directors, Section 8 (New)
All Members of the BOD shall attend at least 75% of the scheduled BOD meetings in any calendar year.  Any BOD member failing to meet this requirement will forfeit their office upon a vote of the BOD, unless the BOD determines there were extenuating circumstances for the absences.


February Meeting Program Speaker  
     Ryan Franklin - Beach Shark Fishing


Annual Banquet - Save the Date
     Saturday, March 11, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Cod 287 Iyannough Road, Route 28, Hyannis, MA

Raffles Open at 4:30 p.m.

BUCKET RAFFLES, SILENT & LIVE AUCTION ITEMS, FISHING TRIPS – OUR ONLY FUNDRAISER OT THE YEAR!

5:00-6:00 p.m. Cocktails – Crackers & Cheese, Cash Bar
6:00 p.m. Buffet Dinner

Mixed Green Garden Salad with assorted dressings
Warm Dinner Breads with Butter
Sliced Bistro Steak, with wild mushroom sauce or bordelaise sauce New England Baked Scrod with cracker crumbs
 Baked Penne Pasta with Mozzarella Cheese
 Rosemary Roasted New Potatoes
 Wild Rice Pilaf
Roasted Root Vegetable Medley
Station of Assorted Cakes and Desserts
Starbucks Coffee and Tazo Tea Service

$35.00 per person, inclusive of all taxes

The DoubleTree is offering a special discount rate for five rooms at $94.00 plus tax on rooms that are regularly $129.00!

Click here for Banquet Form

Terry Tessein Scholorship Fund-Raiser Announced
     Ken Whiting, one of our noted woodcarver members, is working to complete a striped bass full body casting that is 40" long for wall mounting.  The value of the fish when complete is $1000. Ken hopes to have the casting finished for the February meeting. The plan is to sell 100 raffle tickets at $10 each, which will net $800. for the scholarship after purchasing supplies for the fish.
     Remember to purchase a ticket, when they become available!   


Atlantic Sates Marine Fisheries Commission - 2017 Fluke Regulations
     The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) voted in favor of Option 5 of the Summer Flounder Draft Addendum XXVIII for 2017 recreational measures for fluke. For Massachusetts, this means four fish at minimum size of 17 inches with 125 days of fishing. Because the measure is thought to achieve a 28-31% coastwide reduction on recreational fluke harvest, less than the required reduction of 41% specified by NOAA Fisheries, selection of this option could trigger the National Marine Fisheries Service to implement non-preferred coastwide measures for all state and federal waters.
     Stay tuned.

Welcome New Members


Six new members were at the January meeting. Here they are in no special order. Bob Lebel, Lou Bartolotta, Michael Rosenthal, Richard Burnham, and Jack Gray. A warm welcome guys!

January Meeting Speaker


     Jerry Sparks has been a tournament angler and fishing guide for over 20 years. He is an expert in inshore boat and kayak fishing technique, and is a frequent speaker at fishing seminars and expos along the East Coast, and has been referenced many times by the fishing and paddle sports media. He is also on the pro staff for many of the leading brands in the industry, including: Falcon Rods, Lew's, NRS, Aftco Guy Harvey, Kaenon Sunglasses, Mirrolure, Bass Yaks, Yo-Zuri, Bending Branches, Keen Footwear, DOA and Scotty Marine.
     Jerry conducts light tackle kayak fishing charters in Rhode Island and Connecticut Inshore waters.He took us through the gear, (safety, dress, and tackle) that are proven reliable during his outings to the backwater ponds and rivers he fishes.For Kayak fishing, he emphasized the use of short butt rods, used to more easily move fish around the kayak.Although it was January, Jerry was able to show us photos of Striped Bass he was still catching during his trips.
     Helpful to our group was a display of the lures he uses and sponsors. Below, members are asking questions while taking in his exhibits.



Joe O'Clair's Flyfishing Corner


Joe O'Clair, member and fly tying expert, periodically sends us updates on his offerings and adventures.Joe's website is at http://www.flycatcherflies.com/
     Joe says that the Mop Fly, a group shown below, at times catches so many fish it has been outlawed in certain fishing contests.

     The proof is in the pudding; and here is Joe with results from a 2016 Buzzard's Bay trip.

Club Fishing Events


2017 Haddock Fishing Trip
     Salties 2017 Haddock Trip 
Capt. John, Plymouth, MA 
Sunday, May 7, 2017
(Raindate May 21)
Leaves dock at 7:00 a.m.!
Cost: $50 Members (limited to 40)

Link to 2017 Haddock Fishing Trip Form



Annual In House Derby 2017
Information and entry forms for the In House Derby can be found on our website.

Cape Cod Salties 2017 Spring Derby

When: 12:00 am June 3rd to 3:00pm June 4th
Where: Fish anywhere on Cape Cod or the Islands
Who:
 This event is open to Cape Cod Salties Members and Non-members
Prizes: Trophies for the following:
  • Largest Striped Bass and Bluefish from a Boat
  • Largest Striped Bass and Bluefish from Shore

Also 50/50 Raffle of all entrance fees. Everyone that enters a fish, regardless of the size will be eligible for the raffle.

Barbeque and Pot Luck at 4:00 pm Sunday for all participants. (location coming soon) 

Click here for rules and entry form 

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