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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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

Salties Fish Tales

 
 
    Questions, Comments, Stories to pavicks71@gmail.com  

 

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