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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Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 2017 Newsletter

May 2017 President's Message

The last time we spoke, the Haddock Trip was sold out. Then with the bad weather last Sunday, the trip was postponed until May 21. Currently, because of scheduling conflicts, we have nine openings for May 21. Over the last two weeks, at least a dozen Salties have gone out on the Capt. John. As recently as yesterday, six filled their quota with nice size haddock, shown by the photo in the newsletter of Bruce MacLeod. If you could not go before, please join us on May 21 and fill up those nine slots. Contact John Sorcenelli at johnsharsorce@verizon.net if interested. When I went out on the boat last Wednesday, the whale and dolphin show, for most people, would have been worth the cost of admission!
 
Some good news! Yesterday the Atlantic States voted 10-5 to keep the striped bass quota as is, at one fish at 28”. Needless to say, the five nay votes were the Chesapeake Bay gang of five.
 
Last month, 46 of us met and enjoyed dinner at the Riverway Restaurant for the Annual Wives and Sweethearts Appreciation Dinner. Chairman Doc Serijan, with his assistant Steve Israelian, did a great job, as usual. Not that anyone would be surprised, but after the meal, which consisted of fish, chicken, prime rib, and sides, Steve Israelian was caught making a prime rib sandwich for after his carrot cake dessert!
 
For those of you working on the herring run counts, you can’t get depressed with the low numbers we have seen to date. One of two things has obviously happened: one, the weather and water temps have not been ideal; and two, there’s the possibility of the trawlers having corralled the fish coming to our runs.
 
What is happening around here?? We have caught some fish at Nobska Light, Buttermilk Bay, Bass River, West Dennis Beach, and the Canal. There are lots of striped bass around right now, and the big surge hasn’t even come yet.
 
If you haven’t signed up for Ed Wagner’s One Day Fun Black Sea Bass Trip yet, contact Ed at capekeysed@aol.com  to see if you can still get in. The event will be held on May 25, the day after our next meeting.
 
Don’t forget that at the May 24th meeting we will have the 5-7 p.m. Used Tackle Sale for any members who want to set up a table. NO COST! The only requirement is that you send me an email to sign up.
 
And remember that we will raffle off the amazing 40” striped bass done by Ken Whiting at the May meeting, so if you have not gotten a ticket, try to get one this week by seeing either Ken or myself.
 
In closing, forty-one of you still owe dues for 2017, so unfortunately this could be your last newsletter. You still have the chance to stay on our roster, and we would love to keep you on, so when we send out the final dues request, please respond quickly.
 
Here are some dates for your calendars.
  • May 24: Our used tackle sale will be held from 4:30-7:00 before the regular meeting. Email me if you want a table (no charge).
 
  • June 3 & 4: Two-Day Derby – Contact Ron Rodriques at 508 542-2237.
 
  • July 20: Fluke Trip – just a few spots left! 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

Michigan/Northeastern Study on Stiped Bass
     Sixteen Salties participated in the on-line survey focusing on recreational Striped Bass Fishing  in Massachusetts. Each participant will receive instructions on how to have $10. contributed to the Salties, which will be used for the new Reef/Environmental Fund. Thanks to all who participated.


Haddock Fishing Workshop Held during April Meeting
 
     Ken Whiting, Bruce MacLeod, and Jack Creighton presented their knowledge on Haddock Fishing to the attendees of the April Salties Meeting. Rigs, Bait, Clothing, and Technique Tips were discussed and demonstrated. The teaching team recently returned from a successful trip on the Captain John, the same vessel being chartered for the club trip in May.
   
     Note: This trip has been rescheduled for May 21, due to high seas cancellation of the May 7 trip. Because of this churn, there are spots now available for May 21.If you need more incentive than being out on the water, tale a look below at Bruce MacLeod's recent excursion on the Captain John's.
     Armed with fresh knowledge and the omen for success, an exceptional Haddock adventure is anticipated by all.
 
 
 


May Meeting Program Speaker  
     Capt. Scott Graf - Sportfishing plus Used Tackle Sale (5-7PM)


Wives and Sweethearts Dinner 2017
 
      The Annual Wives and Sweethearts Dinner was held at the River Way on April 29. A fine evening of great food was enjoyed by about 23 Salties couples. Thanks to the efforts of event leaders Jay Serijan and Steve Israelian this dinner remains a welcome yearly event to honor our partners in life. A thanks as well to Howard Mulhern for helping with photography.
     Click here for more memories of the night.

Annual Herring Run Count
     
     The Herring Run Clean Up is complete and Counting is in full progress. Thanks to current and new sign-ups led by Herring Run Chairman Randall Sherman, most of the counting slots are accounted for.

Back Beach Fishing Group Proposed
     In an effort to gather some first hand facts on the impact of seals on recreational fishing and in order to offer some experience with eel casting for stripers, a proposal was made by President Jack Creighton to form a group this summer to night fish for bass using live eels on the great back beaches of the National Seashore. Experts will be available to demonstrate eel fishing techniques to those who need some help. More to come on this at future meetings.

New Member at April Meeting
     A warm welcome to Steve Kalinyak, who was introduced to the Salties attending the April 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).

April Meeting Speaker

      Captain Jim Luce attended the April meeting to bring us up to date on the 2017 Captain Bob Luce Memorial Derby. Bob was Jim's dad and was an avid member of the Cape Cod Salties and renowned Striped Bass Fisherman. The derby is both memorial tribute to Bob and an opportunity for club members to experience an encounter with a good sized Striper. Captain Jim learned the secrets of fishing the rips of Monomoy, Harwhich, and Nantucket from Captain Bob. Together with first mate Billy, they offer an exciting and reasonably priced fishing charter.
     Currently, we have two trip leaders. President Jack Creighton and Treasurer Kent Dumont. So, call them for dates and information at 508-394-2983 and 508-827-4569.
     Noteworthy is the fact that Captain Jim donates a yearly 1/2 day Ladies Striper trip to the club in appreciation for his mother Barbara, a long time supporter of the Salties. Barbara passed away last July.

Joe's Flytying Corner

Reminder: Joe O'Clair 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 you 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.
     See Joe at the Monthly meeting.
     

Club Fishing Events

2017 Haddock Fishing Trip
 
     Salties 2017 Haddock Trip 
Capt. John, Plymouth, MA 
Sunday, May 7, 2017 (cancelled due to high seas)
(Raindate May 21)
Leaves dock at 7:00 a.m.!
Cost: $50 Members (spots available for May 21)

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
 

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.
 

Salties Fish Lores

Jay Wapole 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 Jay Wapole.
Angela
     It was the summer of 1950 and the whole immediate family had rented a cottage on Cape Cod. The extended family grandfather, grandmother, 4 aunts and 2 uncles including my mom wanted to go to Thompsons Clam Bar on Wychmere Harbor for the scrumptious fried clams. In our family, fried clams were a right of passage and one needed to attain the age of 12 to partake in the clams. I was still 5 going on 6. Clearly ineligible. My Uncle Frank bought me a drop-line and some bait at a local tackle store to keep me occupied on the pier at Thompsons while the others were eating. The day was sunny and warm. Boats were coming and going as I fished. I caught a puffer fish and was amazed at how big and prickly it got. Uncle Frank came out of the restaurant and helped me release the fish back into the water.My grandfather and uncle joined me on the pier and my uncle told me that he wanted to show me something in the trunk of his car and my grandfather held my drop-line for me as I went to the parking lot with Uncle Frank. There was really nothing in the trunk to see. I acknowledged the spare, was somewhat puzzled and wanted to get back to fishing, as there were probably more puffer fish to be caught. When we got back to the pier, my granddad gave me back the drop-line and I plopped back down to await the next puffer fish. A couple of minutes went by and my granddad and uncle told me to check my line. I didn’t feel any tugging but they said that I should check it any way. I pulled on the line and it was pretty heavy but still no tugging. I pulled up the line slowly as it was becoming heavier as I made progress. As the line and hook came to the surface, my eyes bulged and excitement radiated to my toes. It was a large silvery fish. My uncle and granddad became excited for me. They helped me pull up a large, at least tome, bluefish from the water. I beamed at my accomplishment and showed the passersby my “catch”. As we know, history can repeat itself. It was 1992, I took my niece, Angela, age 6, as big as a minute, fishing in Alan Harbor, as the Wychmere Harbor pier is now private and no longer accessible. We had similar gear, drop -lines and began to catch crabs. A boat arrived from a fishing trip and I spied some bluefish. I told Angela that I was very thirsty and asked her to go to the marina to get 2 sodas. I gave her the money. She scurried off and returned with two cold cans of pop. Several minutes passed and I suggested that she check her line. She began hauling in her hand-line and it too was heavy. She complained until she saw the silvery image come to the surface. Angela began squealing. I helped her raise the fish to the dock. It was ½ her size. She raised both hands to her cheeks and said that was the biggest fish she had ever seen. The moral to the story is that it is not the size of the tackle you use, it is the size of person that brings you.

Jay Wapole, Angela, Bluefish circa 1992


Salties Fish Tales



At a fishing outing Jack found an old plug in his truck-bed (rusted and paint-chipped). Here he is with the results after the first cast. You never know.
    Questions, Comments, Stories to pavicks71@gmail.com  

 

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