I complained all winter and spring about the weather, so I got my wish granted to me with warmer weather, but I did not mean 90 degrees. Be careful what you ask for!
Last Saturday four of us left Bass River on the Pythias, heading for Nantucket to look for big sea bass. There were small craft warnings, heavy waves, wind, and some rain. This all adds up to uncrowded conditions. We found ourselves one of only two boats fishing until the Helen H showed up. Although Capt. Damon put us on fish, the older guys with me paid a price on their bodies with the rocking and rolling. In hindsight, perhaps we should not have gone out. Or as my wife later said, “DUH!!!”
The Captain Bob Luce Memorial Tournament and the first Barbara Luce Memorial Tournament were a big success. The bright spot is that two Barbara Luce teams outscored all the seven men’s teams, with new member Lesley Callahan getting the top fish at 43”. June Noll was second at 41”, and then Maryellen Mara-Christian at 35.5”. On the men’s side, Howard Mulhern and I tied for first at 39”, and Ed Burke and Rich Kelley tied for third. I think it’s great for the club that Lesley and June got these nice fish; of course, they both already have fifty pounders to their credit, joining new member Georgiann Kucia.
Just so everyone knows, Randall Sherman’s second knee replacement was successful, and he is working hard at rehab right now. When I see him with a quahog rake in his hand again, I will know he is all right.
Looking ahead -- please go to the Events section of our webpage and print out the application for our October 24 Fish Dinner.
Here is a summary of the August 8th article in the Cape Cod Times about the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. I hope you read it and are prepared to vote on whether or not to endorse this letter. The fact that commercial and recreational fishing is to be protected is encouraging. The question I will try to get answered before our meeting is whether or not some historic commission group would have control over such things as building a reef.
Please do some research ahead of our August 22 meeting.
“HYANNIS“ The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound is asking for Congress to help the organization accomplish its goals. About 40 groups have signed a letter asking U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., to sponsor legislation to make the Sound a national historic landmark for its “historic, environmental, cultural and tribal resources.” “Our outreach is broad,” said Audra Parker, president and chief executive officer of the Hyannis-based nonprofit agency. The legislation would also explicitly prohibit leases or permits authorizing energy generation projects in the Sound, with specific wording to protect commercial and recreational fishing and to protect transmission infrastructure used exclusively to connect offshore wind farms to mainland grids. The Sound extends from the southern shores of Cape Cod to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, across state and federal waters. The Sound already is listed in the state’s Register of Historic Places for 11 towns on the Cape and Islands, according to state records.”
Fishing rights and conservation are part of our club's mission. Habitat degradation is not in the interest of our fisheries or our club member's pursuits. I urge each of you to take a look at this article and be ready to discus at our next meeting.
August's Speaker is Peter Johnson of Roberts Lures
We had a late start to the meeting this month due to a mix up with the keys to let us in the building but we made it in eventually. President Crieghton was concerned over whether to support the Alliance to Support Nantucket Sound and suggested that we get the answers to several questions before voting on whether to support them or not, that information will soon be passed to the membership for consideration. The club is in immediate need of several officers. The Secretary and President positions will need to be filled. If you are interested in either of these positions please make you intentions known as soon as possible. This way you can learn from the people who are now doing these jobs so well. The continued support of the members is always needed to continue the success of the club and the good work it is doing. Vice President Randall Sherman gave a brief report on the Hook, Line and Eel event put on by Riverview Bait & Tackle. The Salties participated in this event last month by sharing their know how and experiences with novice fisher people. The modest entrance fees to this event that totaled $165.00 were donated to the Cape Cod Salties Foundation, and on top of that Riverview made their own donation of $2500.00 to the foundation, this needless to say was an incredible gift.
Please remember next time you are in their store to wear your Salties hat and thank them for all of us. Flyers promoting the foundation were dropped off at all the local tackle shops and the town of Yarmouth was petitioned to let us distribute the flyers at the boat ramp. Randall will let us know how that turns out. Fundraising is incredibly important to the foundation to keep it going and able to do all the things that are planned. There was a challenge put forth to everyone, if you believe in the work that the foundation is doing then please donate. Any amount is helpful, also to solicit contributions from other sportsmen and women that will benefit as well. The Tessen Scholarship this year was warded to Benjamin Bohnenberger of Mashpee High School, who plans to attend Colgate this fall. His letter was so impressive that he was also awarded the Brewster Scholarship as well. The Dagget Scholarship was awarded to Kevin Liu, he plans on attending UMass Lowell this fall while majoring in physics and chemistry. Last month the club had it's annual Fluke Trip aboard the Helen H. There were a lot of nice fluke coming over the rails with most anglers catching 3 to 5 keepers. Below see Jay Pavick with his 8.4lb and Ed Burke with a double digit fluke. Note that Ed's doormat was caught using a Joe O'Clair custom fluke rig. They are available from Joe, give him a shout.
And here is John Sorcinelli with another double digit fluke
There were also some rally nice Black Seabass caught as well. As always the Helen H did a grat job of keeping them on the fish. A reminder to all of you out there fishing, it seems the great white sharks out there are figuring out that following a fishing boat is a good way to get a free meal. Be especially mindful, not to mention careful bringing in the fish and reviving them when putting them back.
New England Fisheries Management Council will be addressing the Herring Amendment December 25-27, 2018 (We will confirm the date as I doubt they will hold the hearings on Christmas Day). Anglers are encouraged to attend the meeting. More information will be forwarded as it becomes available. The club will be holding the annual Cape Cod Canal clean up on September 29th, 2018. This is always a great day where there is good food, good fun and for as good cause. If you are interested in participating please contact Bill Cottle.
Book Report Suggestion
This poem was found and submitted by one of our members. Take a look and send any comments to Ron.
A Display of Mackerel BY MARK DOTY
They lie in parallel rows, on ice, head to tail, each a foot of luminosity
barred with black bands, which divide the scales’ radiant sections
like seams of lead in a Tiffany window. Iridescent, watery
prismatics: think abalone, the wildly rainbowed mirror of a soapbubble sphere,
think sun on gasoline. Splendor, and splendor, and not a one in any way
distinguished from the other nothing about them of individuality. Instead
they’re all exact expressions of the one soul, each a perfect fulfilment
of heaven’s template, mackerel essence. As if, after a lifetime arriving
at this enameling, the jeweler’s made uncountable examples, each as intricate
in its oily fabulation as the one before Suppose we could iridesce,
like these, and lose ourselves entirely in the universe of shimmer would you want
to be yourself only, unduplicatable, doomed to be lost? They’d prefer,
plainly, to be flashing participants, multitudinous. Even now they seem to be bolting
forward, heedless of stasis. They don’t care they’re dead and nearly frozen,
just as, presumably, they didn’t care that they were living: all, all for all,
the rainbowed school and its acres of brilliant classrooms, in which no verb is singular,
or every one is. How happy they seem, even on ice, to be together, selfless, which is the price of gleaming.
July Meeting Speaker
At the July meeting we were lucky to get a visit from Al Gags himself, he of Al Gags Lures. His lures have evolved over the years to the plastics that we use today, expertly made right down to the angle of the paddle tail. He puts his years of fishing experience into his designs making it easier for all of us to catch fish. He told us how in the right situation you can catch fish regardless of the tide. Al presented a great short video of some anglers catching some really nice fish at the Cape Cod Canal. There testimonial and results were impressive.
SEPTEMBER 29th SAVE THE DATE THE CANAL CLEAN UP
This is always a great event. There is always good food, good people and we do a little good for the environment while we are at it. Please sign up at one of the monthly meetings before this date.Many hands make light work!!
Salties Fish Tales
We have some great Fish Tales for you this month
Barbara and Wayne Butler had the privilege of helping Joe Branzetti celebrate his 90th birthday. Went out with Joe, his son Joe and grandson Nick for a day of fishing in Barnstable Harbor. Picture shows the 3 generations and includes a nice schoolie striper caught by Joe Sr.
Here is great picture from the July 13th Luce trip
Look at the smiling faces of these ladies on the July 2nd Luce trip
Lesley Callahan winner of Ladies Luce Tournament with a 43" striper
The striped bass are starting to trickle in. A few more days of nice warm weather might be what the doctor ordered.
The May 23rd meeting was originally scheduled to be just a tackle show with no speaking. However, because of the three speakers last month and the importance of their topics, we are going to have a short meeting with Capt. Jim Luce addressing us again. We have filled six Capt. Bob Luce Memorial trips so far, and the two women’s trips donated by Capt. Jim for the Barbara Luce Memorial have been filled. If you did not get on a Capt. Bob Memorial trip yet, send an email to Ed Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will offer a couple of additional dates at the meeting on the 23rd. Randall Sherman, our vice-president wants to address the membership regarding the foundation at the May meeting.
If you want to have a table to sell your gear on May 23, email me. This would be preferable to just bringing things in without our knowing how many and who will be displaying. It would be great if Mike Hunter, Joe O’Clair, and Bob Davies could set up.
As you know, we recently had our Salties Haddock Trip on the Capt. John. I know everyone around me did fairly well, and the people down the sides and in the back also reported having done well. We had Veronica Misiewicz Sanford as the high hook, with a nice looking 27” haddock winning the pool. Congratulations, Veronica!
The Salties Fluke Trip scheduled for July 19 is over half full. If you are interested, get your application in to Ken Whiting as soon as possible to guarantee your spot.
I was recently contacted by Bob Lewis, president of the Cape Cod Flyrodders and past president of the Osterville Anglers, who asked if we would be interested in joining five clubs working together in a Cape Derby for the month of June, which would consist of photos of any type of fish being released. This contest is in conjunction with an organization called Keepemwet Fishing. I told Bob that we run several catch and release programs during the year, and we would love to be involved in any program interested in conserving the welfare of the fishery.
Ron Rodriques, chairman of the June 2 and 3 In-house Derby, wants to get more people to sign up as soon as possible, or he will call the tournament off. Check out the info on our webpage under Events.
In closing, I have to tell you that Veronica, the haddock winner, is also scheduled to go on the fluke trip. So I suggest that all of us fishermen work hard on our skills and our catching between now and then!
May Meeting Speaker This month we will have Capt. Jim Luce talking with us and going over the Memorial Tournament. Also we will have the annual fishing equipment yard sale. This is a great chance to fill your tackle box for the year.
April Meeting There were so many speakers to get to this month that there was no real business to report. See you next month
Earth Day Canal Clean-up
The Cape Cod Salties participated in this years Earth Day Canal Clean-up. Not only did they do a great job cleaning up the side of the canal but there were also educational and fun things to do as well. As you can see from the faces on this motley crew, fun was had by all.
The Kayak Cleanup is coming Sunday May 27th at Herring River in Harwich. It would be great to have some of the club members participate in this event. If you are interested in participating in this event please contact Tom Planert at email@example.com. He will be able to give you the meeting locations and keep you informed if the event changes.
Spring Haddock Trip
The Salties had their annual Spring Haddock Trip on May 4th. To say everyone had a great time would be an understatement. We had good weather, flat seas, great company and plenty of fish. We even got to see some whales and dolphins.
Above the Misiewicz family - Steve and Elizabeth and then Veronica Sanford on the right, with her pool-winning 27" haddock
And here is Mike Hubbard with a nice group of haddock.
Fly of the Month The Woolly-Burger started making its appearance around 1965-67 as a fresh water insect fly. Some of the "old fly patterns" are still the best and continue to produce fish. Fifty plus years later this fly is still in demand and producing fish in many of the ponds and lakes on Cape Cod.
Last month we didn't get any book reports but if you have read something interesting that you thing the rest of the club would benefit as well please let us know. Also, if you have a good recipe that would work too.
April Meeting Speakers
Last months meeting had a very full agenda. First was Rear Admiral Bruce Brady from the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Chatham. He went over the importance of having all the correct safety gear while out on the water. He explained how they go through the Coast Guard inspections of vessels to make sure you have the proper gear with you just incase the worst happens. He also went over the day to day activities of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. How they do everything from assist in search and rescue missions to reporting on poachers. He also brought along with him full time Coast Guard Petty Officer Contraris who explained some of the other duties of the Coast Guard up to and including law enforcement.
Next out the box was Captain Parket. Captain Parket is the only full time recreational fisheries advocate north of Florida. He was also an constant contributor for On the Water Magazine. He is advocating for Anglers for Offshore Wind. He explained the importance of offshore wind power as well as how the structures for these turbines have been and will be beneficial to the fishery by becoming an artificial reef of sort.
Last but far from least was Captain Jim Luce. Captain Luce went over all the particulars for the Captain Bob Luce Memorial tournament. This year so far he has 6 trips scheduled in June and July as well as two women only trips to memorialize his mother as well. At current I believe all the men's trips are full but as you can see from the Presidents Message above there is a contact to see if all the trips are full as well as the addition of any other trips.
Club Fishing Events
Wives and Sweethearts Dinner
A transparent and shameless attempt to obtain understanding and forgiveness for any possibleinattentiveness that may occur during the upcoming fishing season. Saturday, June 9, 2018 The Riverway Restaurant in South Yarmouth 5:00 pm Cocktails, Cheese, Fruit & Crudités --- 6:00 Dinner $30 per person, inclusive of all taxes and gratuity Buffet Garden Salad Baked Scrod with Lobster Sauce Carving Station ~ Prime Rib of Beef au Jus Chicken Française topped with Lemon Beurre Blanc Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes Mixed Vegetable Medley Dessert Choice of Grapenut Custard or Carrot Cake Coffee, Tea, and Soft Drinks Included http://Wives and Sweetheart Registration Form
The Spring Derby
The Spring Derby will be June 2nd and 3rd. This is a two day derby that targets striped bass and bluefish. It will wrap up with a barbeque/ pot luck at Bass Hole in Yarmouth on that Sunday afternoon where there will be trophy’s for largest striped bass and bluefish from a boat and from shore. Also everyone that enters a fish is entered into the $100.00 raffle.