Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 2016 Newsletter

September 2016 President's Message

September 2016 President’s Message

Congratulations to the Salties for winning the APCC Volunteer of the Year Award, presented by the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, for our work in conducting the first herring count at Long Pond. A special thanks to organizer Randall Sherman and his crew of fifteen volunteers! Randall accepted the award at the APCC meeting on August 29.

I also have to congratulate Ed Wagner for a great job in writing the Salties report in the weekly Register.

A quick fishing report – the guys who are out there regularly are catching fish all over the Cape, but you have to work at it. Kent Dumont got a nice 35 pound bass on a six pack in Rhode Island out at the Block. Joe O’Clair’s grandkids got some jumbo fluke out of Bass River. So if old guys like Kent and young ones like those grandkids, those reading this, myself included, have no excuses.

In twenty-four minutes I will be getting in my truck to drive to Woods Hole to take the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard for the 71st Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Derby. The only one of the Salties who could make it out this year is John Sorcenelli. It will be great to have a night driver!

Randall will run the September meeting, and I will see you at the October Fish Supper.


Thanks, and hold tight!
Jack  (jecreighton45@gmail.com508 394-2983)

Club News and Information


2017 Tentative Event Dates Announced 
  • March 11 - Awards Banquet
  • April 26 - Wives and Sweethearts Dinner
  • May 24 - Haddock Fishing aboard the 'Captain John'
    • Note May Fish Dinner cancelled
  • June 28 - One Day Derby
  • October 25 - Fish Dinner


September Meeting Program Speaker Al Cappi - Gear Pesentation
September Meeting Workshop Topic Tuna
 

2016 One Day Derby Committee Results

     The 2016 One Day Derby Committee resolved to cancel this year's event. A tentatvie date has been set for next year. In addition, a Haddock trip was added to the events calendar. Further details on the 2017 One Derby will follow from the committee.
 

Searching for a Vice President Candidate

     The Club Vice Presidency remains vacant. Besides assisting the current president, the Vice President assumes the role of President, upon completion of the Presidential term (the end of 2016). The position id open because the past Vice President left the club. If interested, give Jack Creighton a call.
 

Newsletter Changes Coming

     In order to reduce the effort of releasing the Newsletter each month, the Website version will be eliminated in the future. (Proposed date is October of 2016). Currently, the Newsletter is made available each month as an email and as an entry in the Website.

Community and Environmental Service

2016 Canal Cleanup Day Information

    Chairman, Bill Cottle, announced that the Cape Cod Salties annual Canal Cleanup date has been set for September 24. A sign-up sheet was passed around at the July meeting and updated at the August meeting.Additional volunteers can call Bill at 508-759-2348. Coffee and Donuts will be served prior to the clean-up activities and lunch (prepared by Joe O'Clair and his team) will be served upon completion. Gathering and food location is at the Cape Cod Canal Midway Recreation Area on Sandwich Rd (Opposite Gallo Ice Rink). The program will start between 8:30 and 9:00 AM.
 
 
 
    Salties is Awarded Volunteer of the Year Award by APCC

     On August 29th, at its Annual Meeting, The Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) awarded the Cape Cod Salties Sportfishing Club its Volunteer of the Year Award, for conservation work on herring runs and specifically for its very organized efforts in becoming the latest group to adopt and operate the Parkers River Annual Herring Counting Program in support of the science needed to monitor our waterways and ocean wildlife.
This particular effort provides a base year of information from three months of data collection to compare for the future as the Parkers River bridge at Route 28 in W. Yarmouth is replaced over the next two years, which will result in a much greater tidal flow into Swan Pond which is the base of the herring run to Long Pond. The Award was presented by Jo Ann Muramoto of APCC who was the club's instructor in starting this effort. 

August Meeting Speaker

Freshwater Fishing - Mike Rosenthal
 
         
     Mike Rosenthal, a volunteer instructor with the Mass Wildlife Angler Education program, gave us an excellent overview by example of the quality of the Fresh Water Fishing seminars that are available to Massachusetts residents.
     Beginning with the premise that the fishing tools and techniques applied to Fresh Water angling are similar to but on a smaller scale than its Salt Water counterpart, Mike took us through the topics covered in a typical Learn to Fish program.
     Using the Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife's booklet entitled "Fishing Guide", which he distributed as a handout during the presentation, Mike highlighted the topics normally discussed at one of his "Learn to Fish Seminars'. The take away the Salties learned from the talk was the quality and completeness of the information covered in the booklet. It is a must have primer for those having grandchildren of children who are interested in fishing or, for that matter anyone, totally new to the sport of fishing.
    Beginning with a list of basic FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), such as: 'Do I need a license', 'Where can I go fishing', 'Can I eat what I catch', the booklet proceeds with topics of great help to a novice, including Rods and Reels, Casting, Knots, Live and Artificial Bait, Fish Anatomy, Setting the hook,reeling a fish in, and handling a caught fish. 
     Mike also demonstrated how to use the Mass Wildlife's website to mine information surrounding hatchery species, stocking dates, and lake depth charts.

Club Fishing Events

2016 In House Derby
 
The latest entry form is available on line.. 
     Click here for 2016 In House Derby information
Haddock Fishing Trip Announced
     John Sorcenelli will chair a Haddock trip in April of 2017. Stay tuned for details coming from John. 

Salties Fish Tales

John Sorcenelli went on a week long fishing trip to the Tanaku Lodge, Elfin Cove Alaska via Juneau Alaska June 30 through July 7. It was an all inclusive package consisting of float plane ride to and from Juneau,lodging,including three meals per day,five 8-9 hr fishing days on several boats,and fish processing with packaging into 50 lb. boxes for flight home.




 
     Junior member Archer George, was high hook on the Captain Luce Tournament trip of July 29. Thanks to Gary Merton for sending along the photo.
 

     A group of Salties went out on the Bad Influcence, off of Nantucket onAugust 10. They limited out on Sea Bass up to 4.5 pounds and also the group caught about 20 fluke. One fluke, John Sorcenelli's, was about 7 pounds.
 
     On the same trip, Jack tries to add inches to his Pabst Tournament Bluefish Tally.
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

August 2016 Newsletter

August 2016 President's Message

As we stated last month, Ed Burke was in first place in the Luce Memorial with a nice 40” striped bass, and he held on to win. I came in second with a 39.5” and Terry Tessein was third with a 39” fish. Terry released his 39” catch and got a nice certificate from Stripers Forever for helping to preserve the fishery.
 
The Helen H Fluke Trip was a big success, with many members getting large numbers of fluke. One of Rick Cain’s guests won the pool for the biggest fish. Chairman Ken Whiting did a great job putting this trip together, and we ended up with a waiting list. If you get a chance to thank Ken at the next meeting, please do so. We have to keep our chairmen happy! The fluke that have been coming over the rails have been great in size and it appears that no matter what we read, the fluke and sea bass populations are much stronger than the state and feds realize.
 
On August 5, I had the opportunity to fish with Ken Whiting, Dan Cavicchi, and Michael Whitney in the 23rd Annual Joe Cronin Memorial Jimmy Fund Fishing Tournament. We were guests of Ken Whiting, who for the umpteenth year donated a masterful carving. This year it was a five-foot shark that took in $4,000 at the live auction. We were assigned to Ty-One-On with Capt. Ty Anderson, and we fished Bearses most of the day before heading down to Orleans. Although we did not weigh any fish in, we did have a great trip catching stripers and blues.
 
Independent of the Luce Memorial trips, several of us have gone out on The Striper with Capt. Jim Luce and The Bad Influence with Capt. Jeff Viamari. Yesterday we went out to Nantucket on Bad Influence and Capt. Jeff worked hard to put us on nice size fluke and jumbo black sea bass. To say it was a successful trip would be putting it mildly.
 
As I have repeatedly stated, you should really try to get out with one of these captains before the season closes – they both work especially hard to put you on fish.
 
At the last meeting I reported that we had received some donations from former member Ted Theodores. At the August meeting we are going to try to sell off two or three rods and reels that are ready to fish. So bring some money to the meeting! All proceeds will go into the Stan Daggett Scholarship Fund, per Ted’s request. The club certainly thanks him for his generous donation and for thinking of us.
 
Last Saturday Steve Davies got eight fish between 20 and 30 pounds in an hour and a half block of time at the canal. I went down Sunday and did not see a fish. Although skill is a requirement, luck of time and place also seems to play a big role. So if you are fishing the canal, you just have to stay at it.
 
In closing, don’t forget the in-house derby. Let’s send in some applications to keep chairman Bill Cottle busy. And don’t forget, anyone who submits at least one entry is in the drawing for a $100 gift certificate for the tackle shop of his or her choice (must be one of our sponsors).
 
Thanks, and hold tight!
Jack  (jecreighton45@gmail.com508 394-2983)
P.S. An article from Southwick Associates written by Cody Larrimore states that anglers spend over $508 million dollars annually on fishing line, and his survey showed that 37% prefer monofilament, 34 % braid, and 26% fluorocarbon. Who says the fishing industry does not donate to the American economy??

Club News and Information

End of Year Salties Meeting Dates Announced
     
Best can do from the Senior Center:
  • November 30
  • December 28


August Meeting Program Speaker Mike Rosenthal - Freshwater
August Meeting Workshop Topic is not scheduled for this month
 

Updated Annual Fishing Derby Award Titles
     The following awards will be presented at the 2017 Awards Banquet:
  • John Shilicusky - Largest  Catch and Release Striped Bass on a Charter Boat
  • Captain Bob Luce - Largest Striped Bass on a local Charter Boat
  • Lou MacKeil - Largest Striped Bass from shore


Searching for a Vice President Candidate
     The Club Vice Presidency remains vacant. Besides assisting the current president, the Vice President assumes the role of President, upon completion of the Presidential term (the end of 2016). The position id open because the past Vice President left the club. If interested, give Jack Creighton a call.

Annual One Day Derby Committee Formed
     A committee, chaired by Kent Dumont, was commissioned by President Jack Creighton in order to study the interest, vialbility, and economics of this event. A report is due to the club for review at the August meeting of the Salties.

Community and Environmental Service

2016 Canal Cleanup Day Announced

    Chairman, Bill Cottle, announced that the Cape Cod Salties annual Canal Cleanup date has been set for September 24. A sign-up sheet was passed around at the July meeting; but any additional volunteers can call Bill at 508-759-2348. Coffee and Donuts will be served prior to the clean-up activities and lunch will be served upon completion. Gathering and food location is at the Cape Cod Canal Midway Recreation Area on Sandwich Rd (Opposite Gallo Ice Rink).

July Meeting Speaker

Harwich Artificial Reef - Mark Rousseau
 
         
     Mark Rousseau, a DMF (Department of Marine Fisheries) marine biologist and the Harwich artificial reef coordinator, spoke with the Salties during the July meeting about the man-made reef that was completed in June of 2016. The reef is located in Saquatucket Harbor, 2.8 miles out of Harwich.
     The reef was partially funded by the state Division of Marine Fisheries, using $146,000 generated from DMF's recreational saltwater fishing permits. The reef’s purpose is to create structure in an area of limited existing structure for the end result of building an ecosystem to foster the creation and sustainment of a fishery for Seabass, Tautog, Scup, and other species of marine life. Of course an additional benefit is the creation of an additional area for recreational fishing.
     The new reef was modeled after a similar project off the coast of Yarmouth. Both reefs have similar underlying structure similar depth, and distance from shore. The new reef is constructed from about 1800 cubic yards of miscast concrete catch basins and about 1000 yards of concrete foundation from the demolition of Harwich High school.
Actual reef constructed began in March of 2016 (after a long feasibility and approval process). The concrete structures were unloaded from a barges via a backhoe. The excitement from the publicity of construction start brought about a wave of Social Media ‘hits’ of over 30 thousand in 20 hours.
     A month later, on April 6, an exploratory dive revealed the habitation of Macro invertebrates and that no construction materials moved out of bounds. A second dive occurred on June 15, and fish were already present. A small Sea Bass was actually caught via rod and reel at the location.
     The new reef has been put in place for recreational fishing purposes, and the state has prohibited commercial fishing there. Currently, there are recreational boats fishing the reef. As the benthic community takes hold the reef will definitely grow in popularity.

Club Fishing Events

2016 In House Derby
 
The latest entry form is available on line.. 
     Click here for 2016 In House Derby information
2016 Captain Bob Luce Memorial Tournament Winners Announced
 
     The Captain Bob Luce tournament completed after 47 entrants fished across 7 trips. Captain Jim Luce was at the July meeting to present the awards for the longest three Stirped Bass caught.
     Below is Captain Jim with Ed Burke, first place winner with a 40 inch Striper.
 

 
     Second place went to JackCreighton; for a 39 1/2 inch Stiper and Thrid Place went to Terry Tessein for a 39 inch Striper (caught on a Fly Rod and subsequently released).

Salties Fish Tales

A Bad Influence trip on July 6 resulted in a limit of Fluke for the Fisherpeople. Here are a few of the larger fish.




 
July 13 will be remembered by Ken Whiting, who caught a 10.5 pound Fluke aboard a side trip on the Helen-H 
 
The same trip as above, John Sorcenilli with one of his Black Sea Bass. A fine specimen as well.
 
After winning the Luce Tournament, Ed Burke went out with Jay Wapole, chasing Fluke. Nothing was biting that day until Ed tried one of his Joe O'Clair flies. The lure was able to break the ice. Hey, a Sea Robin is a fish.
 


Aboard the Striper on July8,  part of the Luce Tournament. The group landed a few large Bluefish. Here is the group.
 

 

Here are a few fish from July 9. Again, a Luce Tournament trip on the Striper. A thank you to Howard Mulhern for helping with photos. 
 
 
 
 
The very successful Cape Cod Salties Fluke trip was held on July  21. Below, are a few photos. For additional pictures, click here
 
 
 
 
 


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