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

Friday, January 15, 2021

January 2021 Newsletter



     I  know hundreds of you have been wondering when the next newsletter would be out. To be honest, Covid has taken the wind out of my sails as the last year has gone by. But with the weather turning in the next few months, it's time to start cleaning your gear out and getting ready for the new season.
     On the fishing front, some good news is that Saltie Lesley Callahan was notified by the MA Division of Marine Fisheries that one of the fish she entered in the yearly contest - a 4 lb. 8 oz. black sea bass - was a division winner. Congratulations to Lesley!!
     As a wrap up to the Martha's Vineyard Derby, some good news is that Saltie Joe Holey was one of the first to register what is referred to as "the triple crown," in this year's derby, with the striped bass having being removed, of a qualifying bluefish, false albacore, and bonito from shore. Saltie Bob Dunn, who is also my partner in the team competition, won too many awards to mention, but among them was the Triple Crown, for with the best bluefish, false albacore, and bonito. Bob finished with four bonito from shore, quite a feat! Our Team Salties finished third overall in the shore team competition. My contribution to the team competition was the fact that we used my truck most of the time.
     I know there are many of you who caught fish throughout the year, but I think a fish worth mentioning is Bill Cottle's striped bass from shore with a fly rod -- Bill's biggest ever from shore on a fly!
     This month's Zoom meeting on Jan. 27 will feature Martha Craig from the Friends of Herring River in Wellfleet/Truro. I hope you folks on the Lower and Outer Cape can tune in to let Martha know the Salties support her group's work on the river. February's meeting on 2/24 will have Capt. Scott Graf from Reel Grit, located in Sesuit Harbor. He will speak about the fishery last year and what they hope to see happen this year.
     I recently got my saltwater and freshwater fishing licenses online. I don't believe there will be any shows early in the year, so you probably won't be able to get yours for free, but it only costs $1.38 online for handling charges. With all the changes in the laws this year - circle hooks, live bait, etc. - I think there might be more checks of fisherpeople, so get your license now.
     We have scheduled two trips as a group. The first one, under chairman John Sorcenelli, a.k.a., John Boy, is the May 8 haddock trip on the Capt. John out of Plymouth. The cost is $55, limited to 40 people. The second trip, under chairman Ken Whiting, is the fluke trip on the Helen H, to be scheduled sometime in the middle of July. As soon as the date is final, we'll let you know. 
      On the website (capecodsalties.org) are the haddock application and dues form. I know it has been a hard year for everyone, but at the risk of repeating myself, I must say again that we have met all our obligations on scholarships, the organizations we support, and the cost of doing business (insurance, etc.). Your dues are essential to help us continue.
     Personally, I can't wait to get out in front of Bass River to see what the structure that we helped put in last year is going to mean for the ground fishery.

Smile with Amazon!


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

March 2020 Newsletter

Cape Cod Salties March 2020 Newsletter
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 President's Message
March 2020 President’s Message
Fisherpeople, as I hope you know, the March meeting has been cancelled due to the virus, and we are hoping as we go forward that we can hold on to the spring events we have scheduled. We have asked the Captain John whether or not the haddock trip will go on May 5. The Annual Banquet has been tentatively moved to May 30, with a decision by May 1. The fluke trip is still on schedule.

If you are interested in the May 30 banquet but did not sign up for the April 4 date, please email me and say you are interested. You can hold off sending a check till after the May 1 decision date. We need to have an idea of numbers.

If you have not submitted your 2020 dues, please get them in. One thing to think about is that 100 new members would represent $3,000 in dues and would help us do the many things we take on during the course of a year - scholarships, environmental contributions, and the cost of doing business (Senior Center rental, insurance, etc.)

To let you know that we are still paying attention to business, On the Water magazine has a special sign up offer because all the tackle shows were cancelled. You can get a hat, shirt, and plug for registering for the magazine and the Striper Cup.

The March Saltwater Fisherman’s Magazine had a cover shot and a centerfold of what appear to be 40 pound plus striped bass, with the headline, “Go Big on Stripers.” All the great looking fish appear to me to be dead or close to death, and the four fish illustrated would have represented millions of smaller fish this year. Then the April issue comes back with a smaller fish and an article that reminds us that stripers of this size are catch and release this year. As hard as it is to convince people that the bigger the fish, the less tasty it is, with the pressure on striped bass experienced the last several years, I wish the magazine would spend more time on education of the fishery than encouraging the search for a trophy fish. Just so you know, a few years ago, I would love to have had my photo in that centerfold with a fifty-pound fish. I now realize the importance of keeping that fish swimming. I am not preaching, and I respect anyone’s desire to have that photo. Just remember that the longer the fish is out of the water, the less chance it has to survive.

At the last meeting I attended I said that we would talk about proper release of fish at every meeting this year. Google “proper release” and read different articles yourselves. When the virus allows us to gather together, we can share and discuss more fully.

Thanks, and Smile with Amazon!
Jack  (jecreighton45@gmail.com, 508 394-2983)
2020 Membership Link
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Club News and Information
March's Meeting Speaker  
Sorry, no meeting and no speaker this month

The February Meeting
     The February meeting commenced with Vice President Randall Sherman leading the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.
     As of right now the Haddock Trip is scheduled for May 5th with a rain date of the 6th. The Fluke Trip on the Helen H is still scheduled for July 16th and finally the Wives and Sweethearts Dinner on June 6th. With the world the way it is right now things could change but let's be optimistic and plan for the best.
     The club's board approved the Barnstable County League to come in to one of our future meetings and give a quick presentation on who they are and what they do. Stay tuned for more information on that.
     Right now we are trying to organize a "FISH TOGETHER" event. It is currently scheduled for Friday May 15th, 6:00 pm at West Dennis Beach. High tide is at 9:00 pm that day so it should be a great time to catch a fish. We are planning on even inviting the public to join us on that night. Don't worry it is a big beach so no matter how many people show up there is plenty of room for Social Distancing.
     The Herring Run Clean up happened this March and as usual they did a great job. Here is a picture of a couple of the guys having way too much fun. To all involved, THANK YOU for all your hard work on this project.
     They are still looking for volunteers to help with the herring counting, if you have never done it before someone can train you in about 10 minutes. If you are interested please get in touch with Randall Sherman. Also the club is looking for a volunteer to take over the chairs on this committee.
     As you all know by now the Annual Banquet on April 4th has been postponed, again stay tuned for information on what is happening with that event as well.
     The club had a spirited debate on what we thought our position should be on the proposed 2020 Striped Bass regulations, please see letter below sent out by our Vice President Randall Sherman as to where we landed.
     Cape Cod Salties Sportfishing Club
Box 1183
S. Dennis, MA 02660
Acting Director Daniel McKiernan
Division of Marine Fisheries
The Cape Cod Salties Sportfishing Club at a regular monthly meeting discussed at length the current proposals for the regulation of Striped Bass Fishing and have voted the following positions:

         We support the recreational slot limit of 1 fish per day 28 to 35”
         We support mandatory circle hook use for all bait fishing
         We support the no gaff regulation for all striped bass fishing

We do not support the proposal to open the commercial season before July 1.
We do not support the proposal to change the commercial designated fishing days from Mon and Thurs to Mon and Wed.
(over the past few years we have all adapted to the existing schedule for our recreational access to the many boat ramps in our area for either fishing or family boating. We avoid the commercial fishing days because the boat ramp parking lots are full, and we have modified lives accordingly regarding issues of work, child care, grandchildren care and wish this to remain consistent).
The commercial regulations should be the same as the recreational regulations regarding circle hooks for all bait fishing and no gaffs allowed. 
C. Randall Sherman
VP Cape Cod Salties Sportfishing Club
508 280 8825

     Very well said.....Thank you
Fly of the Month
By Joe O'Clair


There are many great flies on the market, but few "Vintage Flies".  For some reason bait shops and fly fishermen (except the very old guys), remember how it use to be.  Simple patterns  and basic materials, produced some great flies and designs, and caught fish for many years.

In 1984 Greg Derr presented a fly called 'SUMMER BLUES"  A very simple fly tied with Bluefish in mind.  With some bucktail,  a long shank hook 2/0 - 5/0 a new design was born.  If you look at the design of this fly, most bodies are tied at the eye of the hook, this is tied at the curve of the hook.  This was never done before in fly design.  The original colors were blue over white, using blue flashabou.  Red thread represented the gill.

Bluefish on a fly rod can be great sport.  They seem to favor bright colors.  Tie some up, you will never know when you will run into a school of Bluefish.

Cape Cod Salties Foundation News 

February's Speaker
     This month we had a visit from Mark Young of Young Marine Electronics on Whites Path in Yarmouth. Mark has over 45 years experience in this field so if he tells you something your best bet is to listen. He started in the U.S.Coast Guard in 1975 and has been on the Cape for 40 years. 30 years ago (or so)  he started his marine electronics business with his family name.
     Mark ran us through some of the history of marine electronics from Loran and radio direction finders to some of todays very complicated state of the are marine navigation equipment. He also went over plenty of other toys available for your boat. His shop services and installs all of the equipment. There were plenty of testimonials from other Salties in attendance as to the quality and professionalism of their work. Lastly Mark left us with the advice to always have a back up and the importance of getting equipment you can count on. 

Club Events

Next Club Meeting is tentatively April 22, 2020

Annual Haddock Trip May 5, 2020 with a rain date of May 6th
Wives and Sweethearts Dinner June 6, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Annual Fluke Trip on the Helen H out of Hyannis July 16, 2020

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