Monday, July 17, 2017

July 2017 Newsletter

July 2017 President's Message

Hello, Fisherpeople! The fishing has been much better in the last several weeks for striped bass. Many of our folks are still doing great with sea bass and are starting to get fluke. Six of the guys limited out last week on fluke on “Bad Influence.”
 
Now, on to some business. I received the following letter on June 29 from Kent Dumont, to me as president, and to the Board of Directors of the Cape Cod Salties: “Today I am stepping down as the treasurer of the Cape Cod Salties Sportfishing Club.” Therefore, with an electronic vote of support from the Board of Directors and with the assistance of Bylaws Chair Barry Sullivan, I am appointing John “Jay” Pavick as interim treasurer. This is to inform the membership that we will hold an election at the next meeting on July 26. Jay has agreed to run for this position, and the floor will be open for nominations on the 26th. On behalf of the club, I thank Kent Dumont for his service as treasurer, and we hope he continues to be active with the Salties.
 
The Captain Bob Luce Memorial Tournament ended on July 12. We have a new winner -- Bruce MacLeod, with a great 32 lb. 8 oz. striper. Jack Creighton was second with a 37” inch striper, and defending champion Ed Burke was third with a 35” fish. If you want to catch a striped bass, there is no better fishing deal on the Cape than on “The Striper,” with Capt. Jim and first mate Billy out of Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich.
 
On a different note, several of our members and other fisherpeople have been ticketed on the Cape, especially in Barnstable, for parking in parking lots early or late in the day for fishing. At the meeting on the 26th, we will discuss what steps we might take. The Board of Directors will address the issue before the regular meeting and try to come up with a plan of action. Anyone with interest in this issue should be present at the meeting.
 
As you know, we lost member Bob Baker last year, and his wife Mary, with the assistance of  member Alan Swartz, sold some of Bob’s fishing equipment at different sales, and Mary recently sent us a check for $800 for the Reef Account. She also sent an additional check to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. We thank Mary for her generosity.
 
If you have not been following the Fisherman Magazine contest, Saltie Ken Whiting is in the top ten with a 10 lb. 1oz. fluke, caught on the Helen H. It’s a coincidence that our Salties trip on the Helen H is next week, with only five seats remaining. If you are interested, contact Ken at 508 430-4629. And, by the way, no matter what, the fact that our member is on the leaderboard for all the Northeast states says a great deal for the fishing in New England and for our membership. Maybe that should be the big point on our meeting to discuss the parking bans and tickets on Cape Cod for fisherpeople. The positive economic impact we make obviously doesn’t hold much weight with the town’s administrative leaders. Wouldn’t it be a sad state of affairs if the Cape Cod Salties starting advocating going to Rhode Island to fish to avoid being ticketed in our own state?
 
Thanks, and hold tight!
 
Jack  (jecreighton45@gmail.com508 394-2983)

Club News and Information


Hand Painted Fish Casting Winner .
Artisan member Ken Whiting crafted this wall hanging in order to raise money towards the Terry Tessein Scholarship fund. The winning ticket, held by member Dave Peterson, was drawn at the June meeting. Many thanks to all who participated and special thanks to Ken for, once again, sharing his talent in order to help others.


Scholarship Winners Announced
Stan Daggett Scholarship at DY: Thein "Joe" Nguyen
Terry Tessein Scholarship, first recipient from Falmouth High School: Erin O"Malley
     Congratulations to Joe and Erin!     


July Meeting Program Speaker     
     July 26- Capt. Matt Ward - Big Dog Sportfishing

 
 
Entanglement Team Representative Speaks at June Meeting       
     Melissa Yow, an intern with the Right Whale Ecology Program at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown spoke at our June meeting. Melissa grew up in East Sandwich fishing for striped bass, working aboard the ferries to Nantucket, and lifeguarding in Osterville. After working in shellfish aquaculture in Dennis and Chatham, she interned with the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Marine Mammal Research and Rescue team and continues to assist the team with cetacean and pinniped rescues, necropsy, and research.  Melissa reviewed the Entanglement Team's efforts to date. The Center for Coastal Studies has freed more than 200 large whales and other marine animals from life threatening entanglements, using techniques developed by Center staff.
     To report any live or dead marine animal entanglements, call 1-800-900-3622 or hail the USCG on VHF 16.

 
Yarmouth Fishing Reef Enhancement Program     
     Secretary Randall Sherman has been leading an effort for the club's participation in the construction of reef 'structure' to support this project. To date the club has:
  • Established a separate account for funding this project.
  • Procured a federal ID number and has applied for 501 (c3) non profit status which will enhance fundraising.
  • Raised funds for this cause. 
  • Have a potential commitment for a discount on the concrete needed for this project once we receive the concrete specifications needed for this purpose.
  • Have a safe area to work and store the concrete reef 'structure' until enough are ready for deployment.
  • Have a commitment with the Robert Our Company for the barge needed for deployment.  
Randall has now received notification from the MA Division of Marine Fisheries that architectural first drafts for the reef pyramid design ('reef structure') have been received and are being reviewed.



Fluke Tackle Workshop
     Salties members (and ground fishing experts) from left to right, Ken Whiting, Randall Sherman, Bruce MacLeod, and Kent Dumont (not show but off to the right of Bruce) gave an excellent overview of the tackle to use and 'what to bring' in preparation for the July 20 Club Fluke trip.
     The group reminded us that heavier equipment will be necessary as fishing will be in 80 to 100 feet of water. Sixteen to Twenty ounce sinkers are the norm. Larger hooks, in the area of 6/0 should be employed. Newer ideas, such as the use of Gulp 4 inch and 6 inch swimming mullets can be substituted for the standard squid and belly strips. If you have any questions during the trip, be sure to ask for help from the mates; and speaking of the mates, don't forget to thank them with a tip.

 
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June Meeting Speaker


Daddy Mac Lures
       Jack Houghton is a commercial fisherman, charter captain and co-owner of Daddy Mac Lures.. He presented equipment and tackle basics for pursuing Striped Bass, Tuna, Mako, Halibut, Fluke, and Scup.
All of which the Daddy Mac line of lures has options for. Although the basics were discussed during the presentation, particulars were broght out during the question and answer session. For Striped Bass, Jack recommended a 'low and slow' presentation of lures in areas of moving water. Tackle should be in the class of Shimano Stradic 5000 series reels and Shimano Trevela Spinning Rods.
     Jack concluded by providing the club with a selection of Daddy Mac lures to be rafffled by the club when appropriate.

Club Fishing Events

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

Click here for 2017 In Hose Derby Entry Form

2017 Annual In House Derby Leaderboard
  • Surf bass fly rod : 29.5 inches X 15.5 inches, Bill Cottle
  • Surf bluefish all methods: 10 lbs. 13 oz., Jack Creighton
  • Boat striper catch and release: 35 inches X 20.5 inches, William "Nick" Nicolson
  • Boat striper all methods: 23 lbs.: William "Nick" Nicholson


 

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

Salties Fish Tales

Randall Sherman with a Bass taken on the Reel Grit

President Creighton with a 37" fish. Second place Bob Luce Tournament


Bruce MacLeod with the Bob Luce winner 32.5 pounds


This Striper fell victim to a shark while on the line in Cape Cod Bay


Ken Whiting landed this 10 pound 1oz Fluke while fishing from the Helen H

 
    Questions, Comments, Stories to pavicks71@gmail.com  

 

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

June 2017 Newsletter

June 2017 President's Message

Fluke, fluke, fluke, fluke, fluke! Go to our website (capecodsalties.org) under Events and find the application for our 2017 Fluke Trip, which has about 15 spots left. Although the price went up since last year, club members still save $55 over walk-in customers. Get your application to Ken Whiting so you don’t get shut out. Remember that we had many disappointed members who did not get the applications in on time last year. I will see if Kent Dumont can get his group of bottom fishermen together for a workshop at the June 28 meeting.

Also during the workshop, Rob Conery from the Cape Cod Times and other news outlets, will do a reading, schedule permitting, from his recently released novel, Shot Monkey: The Early Years.

The fishing has been up and down. It seems there are more sea bass than you can shake a stick at, and Jay Pavick is listed in the Fisherman Magazine with his four-pound plus black sea bass. This is the first time since I have been a Saltie that I have seen a member listed in that location.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is seeking public comment on Draft Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Tautog. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m. atthe Massachusetts Maritime Academy. I will not be available, but others might be interested.

I hope many of you have been following Ed Wagner’s article in the sports section of The RegisterEvery Thursday Ed gives a very good update of what’s going on around the Cape. It’s a great article and reflects well on the Cape Cod Salties.

Many people have asked why we should be involved with the scale program. The four species of fish involved – striped bass, black sea bass, fluke, and scup – have a very important economic impact, both recreationally and commercially, in MA. Submission of these biological samples for study gives our decision makers more information to use for the fishery decisions they make on a yearly basis. For example, in 2016 there were 2,000 samples submitted. Of these 2,000, 1,720 were for striped bass. Sea bass, fluke, and scup accounted for the remaining samples. The information provided showed a tendency to catch more fish from boat than from shore. The average length of striped bass caught was 26” from boat and 22” from shore. These fish, for instance, represent the strong 2011 and 2014 year class (birth year). The highest instance of catch is May, June, and July, and this correlates with the smaller fish leaving the estuaries earlier, following the larger fish moving into state waters at a later time. The average 28” bass was six years old. The legal size for black sea bass in MA in 2016 was 15”. The average 15” black sea bass is between four and five years old. The average sample submitted for black sea bass was 16”, and most fish ranged from 14” to 19”. Overall, there were few sub-legal fish samples submitted. (Most of us did not measure small fish, so we did not submit them as samples, but the state needs the data on all sizes. So try to get samples from smaller fish, also.)  Last year the average size for fluke was 16” with a bag limit of five fish. The average age of a 16” fluke is three years. The average length of fluke being sampled was 18”, and there were very few small or large fish submitted for samples. My point is that they need samples of smaller size fish for the effectiveness of the program.

In closing, 39 of you will get a final notice this week on dues. A hundred members paying their dues puts $3,000 into our accounts, and with what we are going to do with the tire reef in Yarmouth and Dennis, this money is important.  So, if your dues are outstanding, please get them in. Those who are already paid could think about recruiting new members.


Here are some dates for your calendars.
  • July 20: Fluke Trip – Contact Ken Whiting at 508 430-4629.

  • Sept. 30: Cape Cod Salties Annual Canal Cleanup at the Midway Recreation Area, starting at 8:30 a.m., under the direction of long-time canal expert, Dr. Bill Cottle

Thanks, and hold tight!

Jack  (jecreighton45@gmail.com508 394-2983)

Club News and Information

'Captains' and 'Crew' lists established by Ed Wagner
     Although the proposed Black Sea Bass Funday was cancelled due to high winds, the information gathering associated with it will be put to good use. Salties member Ed Wagner has set up a list of 'Captains' (those members who have boats and are willing to occasionally share their boat) and 'Crew' (those members interested in participating in boat trips). The lists are used to communicate group fishing trips. In addition, the use of certain protocols were established to broadcast current locations in code over channel 68 (channel 72 - backup). Likely trips to areas such as the Harwich Fishing Reef, the Yarmouth Tire Reef, and Bishop and Clerks are anticipated.



Haddock Fishing Trip Enjoyed Fair Weather on May 21
      A full boat of Salties enjoyed a fine day on the waters near Stellwagen Bank fishing for Haddock on May 21. Although all encountered their share of Sculpins and Cod, a good amount of Haddock were caught by the group and later cleaned by the mates. More importantly, the camaraderie enjoyed by the participants was contagious.
     A part of the catch is shown below. For additional photos from the day, click here.


June Meeting Program Speaker   
     June 28- Daddy Mac's Vertical Jigging Presentation


First Two Day Derby Ends with Picnic and Awards
       Thanks to Ron Rodrigues for developing and chairing the first Two Day Derby. Although the cool and cloudy weather contributed to a sparse attendance at the closing picnic, those present enjoyed Burgers, Franks, soft drinks, chips, and a cup of a great Clam Chowder (prepared by Randall Sherman). After dining, the awards were presented by Ron. All present agreed that the Two Day Derby should be an event next year.   

The following report was sent along by Ron:
This weekend June 3rd and 4th was the Cape Cod Salties Fishing Club 2017 Spring Derby. We had a total of 20 people signed up for the derby with 12 of them turning in a fish to enter into the 50/50 raffle.
The winners were:
  • Biggest Striper from a boat was Joe Healy
  • Biggest Bluefish from a boat was Howard Mulhearn
  • Biggest Bluefish from land was Jack Creighton
  • Biggest Striper from land was no one
 The winner of the 50/50 Raffle $110.00 was Randall Sherman who donated his winning back to the club to go into the reef project fund.

     Below, Joe Healey is awarded first place for a Striper caught from a boat.




Annual Herring Run Count Concludes for 2017
     
     The Herring Run Count is complete and the migrating herring in 'our' stream are replaced by the blooming flowers growing in the background. Thank you to the regular and new sign-ups led by Herring Run Chairman Randall Sherman. Randall will provide us with details from the count when they are summarized by the Town of Yarmouth's Department of Natural Resources.


Hook for Homes Fishing Derby - Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod
   From Randall Sherman
A guest speaker form Habitat for Humanity, Wendy Cullinan introduced the club to their fundraising fishing tournament Hook for Habitat Homes running from June 1 thru July 13, 2017. All who register are entered in a drawing for a 5 day trip to Bonair, and on July 15 at Azeleton Park in Hyannis an awards celebration involving food and entertainment. Members can sign up on line at www.haabitatcapecod.org or call Jessica Lachey at 508 362 3559 ext 18.
     A motion was made for CC Salties to make a donation to HFH of $200, voted unanimously.


New Members at May Meeting
     A warm welcome to Rollie Jenkins of Harwich and Peter Amerosi of Yarmouth, who were introduced to the Salties as new members attending the May meeting.
     For any new member with questions, concerns, or needs, please don't hesitate to contact either myself, Jay Pavick (pavicks71@gmal.com) or Jack Creighton (JECREIGHTON45@GMAIL.COM).

May Meeting Speaker

      Captain Scott Graf of Reel Grit Sportfishing Charters was the guest speaker at the May meeting. He grew up on the Cape. His love for fishing began as being a summer deck hand on both charter and party boats. After earning his Captain's License, he has spent thirteen years at the helm of his own sportfishing boat.
     The Reel Grit fishes both Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank featuring Striped Bass, Blues, Tuna, and Shark. Particular destinations include Billingsgate, Barnstable Flats, Provincetown, Sandy Neck, and Scorton Creek. Depending upon the time and place, the techniques employed include Bucktail Jigs, Hoochies, Tube & Worm, Umbrella Rigs, and live bait. Matt took us through each area and commented on the specific strategy employed there.
     His commentary was full of incite into fishing Cape Cod Bay and was well received by the Salties members. Several questions were answered in detail at the end of his presentation. The Reel Grit is offering a 10% discount for Salties in order to encourage a return of Salties fisherman to the Cape Cod Bay Boat experience.The Reel Grit website can be found by clicking here.

Hand Painted Striped Bass Fundraiser

     Ken Whiting, has completed a striped bass full body casting that is 40" long suitable for wall mounting; and tickets are being sold. We have not yet met our goal of selling 100 raffle tickets. Please see Ken at the next meeting or call him at 508-430-4629 for a chance to win this piece of art..    

Club Fishing Events

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

Click here for 2017 In Hose Derby Entry Form

2017 Annual In House Derby Leaderboard
  • Surf bass fly rod : 29.5 inches X 15.5 inches, Bill Cottle
  • Surf bluefish all methods: 10 lbs. 13 oz., Jack Creighton
  • Boat striper catch and release: 35 inches X 20.5 inches, William "Nick" Nicolson
  • Boat striper all methods: 23 lbs.: William "Nick" Nicholson



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



Annual Captain Bob Luce Memorial Derby
'Captains' Jack Creighton and Kent Dumont are formalizing their dates for trips aboard the Striper.
This is a very popular event in our fishing season and dates fill up fast. Current dates are full; but call Jack or Kent for the next round of slots.
Jack: 508-394-2983
Kent: 508-827-4569

Salties Fish Lores

Jay Walpole announced at the April meeting his interest in preserving fish stories related by our members. Jay suggested gathering and documenting them into a booklet or a booklet with favorite recipes, even with the possibility of selling it and using the funds for our scholarship programs.If the project becomes a reality, Jay Pavick and Ed Wagner will help Jay Wapole with the effort.
     Let Jay Pavick know your thoughts on this (pavicks71@gmail.com).
Here is a memory documented below from John Sorcenelli.
Bishop and Clerks
   
     5/16/99 out at @615 am to Bishop and Clerks to fish E side on incoming tide for striped bass in my boat "Second Chance" a Proline 17' center console powered by a 90 hp Evinrude-Johnson.
I had aboard several friends including my friend Hugh, Buddy, and his son Billy Jr.
We were slow trolling parachute jigs with pork rind on 100; ft of wire line with 50 lb mono leader ahead.We fished for a few hrs ,boating 2-3 keeper bass, and lost a big fish on a hoochie,everything ahead of main line broken off.
around 10 am decided to move to w side of boulder line into deeper water to fish last of flood and beginning of ebb tide.We boated a few more bass,including a double up for Buddy and Billy.
The end of the trip occurred when I had a rather large striper up to the boat,as soon as it saw the boat it made a strong dive down ,and we lost it,We proceeded to reel in the line,only to find that the fish had broken the hook just above the curve of the shank We then continued to fish,hooking several more bass,and went in @1130 am.


Salties Fish Tales

Two Day Derby Striped Bass from a boat winner Joe Healey - 30.7 pounds, 41 inches.

Above is Rich Nicholson prior to releasing a 40" bass out of Truro


Jay Pavick with his first Tog over four pounds


Nick Nicholson landed this 42" striper off of Race Point


Jay Walpole caught several fish out of Barnstable in the mid 20" range on live and chunked  Mackerel


Steve Israelian limited out on Black Sea Bass and also caught a large Scup. Somebody had to clean them, so here is Joe O'Clair doing the honors
    Questions, Comments, Stories to pavicks71@gmail.com  


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