Tuesday, March 29, 2022

President's Message


 It looks like the weather is finally changing for the better, which means the fishing migration is underway. We have a few things coming up in the next few months. First and foremost is the Annual Banquet on April 9, followed by the Haddock Trip on June 5 and the Fluke Trip on July 21. The banquet is a great chance to socialize and get to know your fellow Salties. You might stand next to the same people on a haddock or fluke trip. There is plenty of time to sign up for all three. 

 Abigail Archer sent some info on an upcoming webinar on climate change and fishing/boating. The first one has gone by, but the second is on April 13. See below. 

 Climate Change Effects on Recreational Fishing and Boating: Opportunities and Actions is a two-part webinar series sponsored in part by Rhode Island Sea Grant that will engage Northeast anglers, boaters, and climate experts in discussions about how climate change is affecting these traditional uses - both good and bad. Strategies and actions that individuals, governments, and industry are taking to respond to these changes will also be discussed. This event also features a photo contest with $250 in gift card prizes for photos of climate change impacts! 

 The first webinar, “Experiencing Climate Change in the Field: What does it mean?” takes place March 23 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. 

 The second webinar, “Climate Change Opportunities: What we can do.” takes place April 13 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. 

 For more information or to register, please click here

 Bob Lebel is selling a fish tank, and the info is below. You can contact Bob if you are interested. His email is fairwinds713@comcast.net. Length is 48", depth 12", and height 20". It comes with a wrought iron stand, a filter and a light. All are in working condition. It has never had any saltwater use. This can also be used as a terrarium or to keep small animals. Local delivery available. Looking forward to seeing you all on  April 9.


Sunday, March 20, 2022

Salties Annual Banquet & Important Updates

ANNUAL BANQUET RAFFLES/AUCTIONS Thanks to all those who have donated items for the Annual Banquet! Bob Lebel has donated two fishing trips on his boat, one in May and one in June. Paul Richards donated two containers of hand-tied flies. Johanna Pavick gave us a fish pendant that she crafted out of pure silver. Ken Whiting donated a conventional rod and reel and a table saw (pictured below). The table saw, complete with manual, is available at an asking price of $200 and can be bought right here, right now. Joe O'Clair donated a display of bottom rigs, made from squid skirts that are almost impossible to find now. The Joe Branzetti family donated several items. Bruce MacLeod donated a very nice plug bag with assorted lures. Lesley Callahan and Elaine Young have put together a money tree filled with scratch tickets. We will have a surprise live auction item from Randall Sherman. And, of course, Bill and Maryalice Cottle donated a great assortment of items for both men and women. We are still looking for gift certificates to restaurants or tackle shops, trips on your boat or on shore, or any other items you want to donate for the raffle buckets, silent auctions, or live auction. Patty and I will be gone from 3/28-4/5, so if you have a donation, we would appreciate your letting us know as soon as possible. VP Randall Sherman and I thank all the members of the club who were involved in the 2022 Yarmouth herring cleanup. Because of the wind this past year, the water was filled with trees, and our crew did a great job cleaning that out. Next Thursday, March 24, will be the final tune-up of the river. We will meet at 9:00 at the gate where we count the herring before they go into Long Pond. We will do a final sweep down to Swan Pond. Attached is the Annual Banquet signup form. Hope many more of you sign up soon!! Hope to see you at our first in-person meeting this coming Wednesday, March 23, at 6:30 at the Yarmouth Senior Center! Thanks, Jack

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

September 2021 Notice

Fisherpeople, As a result of several factors, the Salties Board of Directors voted 6-0, with two not having responded yet, to cancel the September 22 Fish Dinner. We hated to do so, but if we err, we want it to be on the side of caution. Recently, Trout Unlimited went back to virtual meetings and the Cape Cod WoodCarvers went back to virtual meetings after cancelling their picnic. The recent report from the CDC is that Covid cases are up 312% this Labor Day over Labor Day last year. As of today's mail pickup, we only had nine people signed up for the dinner anyway. We will have a regular meeting at the Senior Center on Sept. 22, with the entire hall to spread out. VP Randall Sherman will run the meeting, and we will have a speaker. It is suggested that masks be worn. Bob Dunn and I leave for the Martha's Vineyard Derby on Saturday, ready to defend our third place team finish from last year. I will see you at the October meeting. Jack

Monday, April 19, 2021

April 2021 Newsletter


Recreational fisherpeople are needed now more than ever to help preserve the fishery. Please pay your dues by May 1 to continue receiving our emails and participating in our activities.

An example of our participation in this fishery is shown in the recent email from DMF with the Revised Circle Hook Requirement for Recreational Striped Bass Fishing for 2021. 

If you count herring at any location other than Long Pond in Yarmouth, please let me know. They are still looking for help on the Herring River in Wellfleet.

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/sportfish-angler-data-collection-team  points to information requesting assistance from the DMF for their Sportfish Angler Data Collection (SADCT) program, which I wholeheartedly support. The fishery needs our help in this scales collection project. Please register ASAP. If you have any questions, you can contact Bruce MacLeod, Ed Burke, Ken Whiting, or myself. Here is another reason why we recreational fisherpeople are needed. Thanks in advance.

After a vote at our last meeting, the Salties signed on as members of the Coalition to Restore Herring River, which will represent a broad array of national, state, regional and local stakeholders that support the Herring River Restoration Project and see its potential as a model for coastal restoration nationally. 

Just so you know, commercial striped bass will definitely open earlier this year and will start as four days a week, then, depending on quota projections reached or not, it will go to five, six, and seven days. The goal is to reach the maximum poundage allotted to MA. Another reason why recreational leadership is needed coastwide.

If you have not seen it, the striper migration north is presently in and around NJ and MD.

The yard sale held recently cleared over $500 for the general account, and the 17 or so masked Salties who came through our yard enjoyed some rare socialization with each other.

May 5th, 7:00 p.m.The Salties are doing another joint author presentation with the South Yarmouth Library Association and Library Director Jane Cain. Michael J. Tougias, a NYT bestselling author and co-author of 30 books for adults and 7 for children and young adults, will speak about his latest release, The Waters Between UsAmong his bestsellers is The Finest Hours (Disney Motion Pictures' version opened in 45 countries in January 2016), and his next book will be about fishing on Cape Cod. Call the South Yarmouth Library or use the link below to receive a Zoom invitation.

We have just three seats left on the May 8 haddock trip under Chair John Sorcenelli and a few left on the July 22 Fluke Trip, under Chair Ken Whiting. Luce Trips Chair Ed Burke reports seats open on the Capt. Bob Luce Tournament trips on June 12, July 26, July 9, and July 10. Recreational fisherpeople needed!!

Our April 28 Zoom meeting will feature Jo Ann Muramoto from APCC (Association to Preserve Cape Cod). Vice-president Randall Sherman will chair the meeting. Hope to see you on the screen! Watch for the invitation from David Tessein.

Smile with Amazon, Jack

P.S. On Wednesday, April 21, from 9-12, I will be doing a Virtual Hill Walk, organized by Capt. Dave Monti of RISAA, to meet with MA legislative staff to advocate for recreational fishing. We will meet with staff members of Congressman Moulton, Congressman Keating, and Senator Markey to discuss the need for a strong Magnuson Stevens Act, increased funding for NOAA, and climate change, among other topics. The recreational fishing voice has to be heard now.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

February 2021 Newsletter


Last night I sat through two hours of "Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Draft Amendment Hearings," presented by the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council. I might have been the only one from MA to give input, and it was basically that I disagree with the number of these species that are killed by recreational fishermen when releasing them back into the water. I also disagree with the terminology of "discard" for fish that are released. You will get a chance to respond in writing between now and March 16 at kdancy@mafmc.org.


By-Laws: The Board of Directors met on Zoom Tuesday with the by-laws committee – Chair Barry Sullivan, Doug Dockery, and Joe Apiscopa. The committee did a great job of reviewing and updating the by-laws.  We will discuss the by-laws at our Zoom meeting next Wednesday, 2/24, at 6:30 p.m. If you would like a copy emailed to you before then, contact Barry (sullivan.barry@comcast.net) or myself.


Haddock Trip: Right now there are 16 openings left for the May 8th haddock trip. If interested, get your checks and applications (attached and on our website) in. Chairman Sorcenellli is waiting at the end of his chair to get the spots filled.


Fluke Trip: The fluke trip is on July 22. Application is attached and on our website. Because we did not have meetings and raffles last year, and the number of people went from 45 to 38, the cost of the trip had to jump up. It will be $125 for members and $150 for non-members. This is a big increase, but it is still a great deal. If you went on a Monday fluke trip, for instance, the cost would be $200. Chairman Ken Whiting is also waiting at the end of his chair to get the 38 applications in.


River Herring Network: Our newest board member, Abigail Archer, is chairing the River Herring Network Webinar #2 on Feb. 23 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. The title is "Counting and Covid - Volunteer Herring Counts During a Pandemic." I told her that most of you probably take naps at that hour, but please set an alarm so we can have good participation from Salties! Register in advance for this webinar here:


February 24th Zoom Meeting: We have Capt. Scott Graf out of Sesuit Harbor as the speaker at 7:00 for our Feb. 24th Zoom meeting, following the business meeting at 6:30. I will ask him to bring his calendar so interested people can book. Watch for your Zoom invitation from Zoom Master Dave Tessein!


East End Eddie Doherty Shares His Fish Tales: I am excited to tell you that we are doing a joint Zoom presentation with the South Yarmouth Library on March 6 at 2:00 p.m.  -- "East End Eddie Doherty Shares His Fish Tales - A Zoom Talk on Surfcasting the Cape Cod Canal for Striped Bass." You can sign up on the South Yarmouth Library webpage, under Upcoming Events, or call the library for a ZOOM invite at 508-760-4820, ext. 1 or 508-775-5206, ext. 2. They will email you an invite on the day before the event.  Eddie is the author of Seven Miles After Sundown and a renowned fisherman. Thanks to Saltie and Yarmouth Library Director Jane Cain for setting this up with us!


Dues: We sent out 84 individual dues reminders over the past two weeks and have received several returns. Please get your dues in so we can keep our roster up to date.


Amazon Smile: Use this time when we are locked in our houses to shop on Amazon Smile! It’s a win-win. The club gets the money, and it costs you nothing!


Thanks, Jack