Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 2017 Newsletter

April 2017 President's Message

The weather has been wonderful. We are catching bass in Bass River, so get your stuff ready and get out there!
 
Here are some dates for your calendars.
 
  • April 22: Barnstable County AmeriCorps will be doing their 17th Annual Canal Cleanup – rain or shine. Registration opens at 10 a.m. at the Buzzards Bay Recreation Area. It would be great to have a good showing of Salties at this event. Note: This is independent of the Salties Annual Cleanup (see below).
  • April 26: The Salties April meeting will feature our club’s ground fishermen, with their great presentation on rods, rigs, and reels for bottom fishing.
  • April 29: Our Wives & Sweethearts Appreciation Dinner still has openings. The application is under the events tab at capecodsalties.org.
  • 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  
  • July 20: Fluke Trip – filling up quickly!
  • Sept. 30: So that no one is confused, the Cape Cod Salties Annual Canal Cleanup will be held at the Midway Recreation Area, starting at 8:30 a.m., under the direction of long-time canal expert, Dr. Bill Cottle.
 
On February 15, 2016, we lost Donald F. Farrell, who was living in Brewster at the time, at age 89. His son, Donald, Jr., recently contacted the club to purchase a sweatshirt to wear in memory of his father. He also sent us a check for an additional $500 to be used in a new account that we set up. This account is Reefs and Conservation. With the proposed work to be done on the old tire reef out in front of Bass River at the Yarmouth/Dennis line, this was a great donation to get our support for this project underway. So all the Cape Cod Salties thank the Farrell family for their generous contribution.
 
Below in the newsletter, Jay Pavick talks about the 2017 Marine Mammal Commission’s Annual Meeting. Jay listed three or four Salties who attended this event. It’s great to see people involved in the ecosystem, but I did not see or hear solutions offered for any positive impact on the environment. In 1962, it was reported that there were four seals off of Monomoy, and at this time, seals were declared to be endangered. Today the same people report there are 30,000-60,000 seals in the Monomoy area, and one of the presenters went so far as to say that these animals have no impact on the water quality. I, for one, think that it behooves the agencies responsible for maintaining the environment to do fact-finding but also make recommendations on how these things can be controlled. I am not talking about just the seals. I am talking about the deer and turkey populations, and the fishermen and others who use the shoreline and discard plastic containers and other recyclable materials. If there is cause, there should be effect. I know it is easy to sit in my living room and make these pronouncements, but if each of us gives a little to our environment, it should be much better for our future generations.
 
I have seen many Salties out and about! I thought it was great to go to the MA Striped Bass Show in Hanover and see plug maker Bob Davies and his gang, along with Ken Whiting, another famous woodcarver, with their products on display. And then as recently as yesterday at the Riverway Restaurant, I saw Bob Davies again, along with June Noll, a fly tier, artist, painter, and woodcarver, with her booth. Our club had a booth and about 25 membership applications were taken. Saltie Alan Schwartz was there with Bob Baker’s wife, Mary, selling some of Bob’s fishing materials. I will have some of his flyrods on display at the April meeting for sale. The weather is bringing everybody out!
 
I recently saw that Trout Unlimited will recognize longtime Saltie Barbara Miller for all her great work for their organization. Congratulations, Barbara!
 
Pennsylvanian Ed Wagner, having nothing to do, obviously, called to say he wants to put on a Black Sea Bass day in May out of Bass River and get as many Salties as possible to go out and have fun as a group, catching sea bass and taking scales for our annual scale program, in conjunction with the State Department of Marine Fisheries. This should make Kimberly Trull, our contact with Marine Fisheries, very happy. The date will be announced, and we will pass around a sign up sheet at the April meeting.
 
At the Riverway yesterday, I met Mike White from On the Water Magazine, who will be the new representative for our area. Mike will attend our next couple of meetings to extend our relationship on mutual issues of concern.
 
Thanks, and hold tight!
 
Jack  (jecreighton45@gmail.com, 508 394-2983)

Club News and Information

2017 Marine Mammal Commission Annual Meeting - N Falmouth MA
 
     Each calendar year, the Marine Mammal Commission holds its annual meeting in a different region of the country to examine regional issues, as well as priority topics at the national and global levels. At their annual meetings, they engage other federal agencies, stakeholders, and interested members of the public on the science, policy, and management issues related to the Commission’s mission to conserve marine mammals and their ecosystems. (information researched from the Commission's Website)
     The two major topics from the 2017 meeting were the ongoing recovery of gray seals in New England and obstacles to recovery of North Atlantic Right Whales.The Cape Cod Salties were contacted in March requesting their formal participation as local experts experiencing the impact of the Gray Seal population on recreational shore fishing. Club President Jack Creighton, Bob Davies, Bill Cottle and Lou MacKeil represented the club; and Lou presented his knowledge to the official agenda item below:
  • Recreational fishing: depredation of catch, bait, and loss of access
    Lou Mackeil, VP-Environmental Affairs, Cape Cod Salties Sportfishing Club
Other agenda items in this session included:
  • Coastal Communities; Tourism, Human Safety, and Health
  • Commercial Fishing: Depletion of valuable fish stocks
  • Economics: Gray Seals and the blue economy
     The Commission summarized the event by saying "Recommendations ensuing from the discussions will lead to next steps on science, collaboration with the fishing community, and other actions."


April Meeting Program Speaker  
     Capt. Jim Luce - Club Tournament


Annual Banquet 2017
 
      The Annual Awards Banquet was held at the Double Tree on March 11. Thanks to all of the bidders, Jack did not have to haul any auction items back home from the event. A great night of camaraderie was had by all attendees. George Ford won the door prize dollars and then donated $100 to the Tessein Scholarship fund.The club added over $3,000 to our accounts. The Salties appreciates the participation at this important yearly fund raising event. More photos of the event can be seen at this link.
     We are considering moving the date of the Banquet from March to January in order to make the event accessible to those who travel in the early spring. More to come on this planning. If you have opinions on this proposal, let Jack know when you see him or send him an email.

Annual Herring Run Count and Cleanup
     
     The Herring Run Clean Up is complete and Counting has begun. The Clean Up Team for 2017 consisted of Jack Creighton, Jay Pavick, Jay Walpole, Bruce MacLeod, Ray Castano, Howard Mulhern, Bill Cottle, Jim Burke, Ken Whiting, Sgt Bill Bonneti and 4 other DNR Staff
     The path is clean and the water is flowing freely to the ladder from Swan Pond. It's up to the Nature and the Herring now.
     A happy time was had by all.


Annual Wives and Sweethearts Appreciation Dinner - Reminder
     The dinner will be held at the Riverway Lobster House on Route 28 in S. Yarmouth on April 29. Currently, we have about 20 couples signed up. This is a great way to say thanks to our partners and get together with our fellow members for a night out.
     Information can be found here.

March Meeting Speaker

     Ryan Collins, founder of My Fishing Cape Cod, and his friend Garret took us on a pictorial journey of fishing through the seasons on Cape Cod. Beginning with winter, Ryan highlighted the 'out of season' successes encountered in our back bays. The harshness of winter was noted with images of  expired schoolies caught in sudden freezes while in shallow waters.Spring gives us the arriving migrants reachable by shore with soft plastics and metals, while late spring gives access to larger fish pursued from a kayak on the flats.Summers open up the sport to the world of fly fishing and the opportunity for pelagic fishing for Yellow Fin Tuna and White Marlin with the added bonus of a chance of viewing whales and porpoises.In addition, there are the chances for large Stripers while fishing the night tides using eels. Tube and Worm is the choice for boaters during the day. Fall gives opportunity to pursue Blue Fin Tuna off of Stellwagen Bank using  Bluefish fished on a kite. At this time, the Islands and the South Shore are the places to be for False Albacore, a real fighter. Green Deadly Dicks are the lure of choice. Spring through Fall also presents Bottom Fisherpeople with an array of choices. Tog, Fluke, Scup, and Sea Bass offer inshore opportunity for great filets.
     We are certainly lucky to be living in this environment here on Cape Cod. Remembering to care for the ecosystem and the fish that depend upon it should be paramount as we take advantage of this gift. Thanks Ryan and Garret for sharing your experiences and philosophy that "catching a fish is only a bonus".

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 (currently sold out)

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.
 
Jack: 508-394-2983
Kent: 508-827-4569

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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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