Thursday, September 29, 2022

Cape Cod Salties Brief


Cape Cod Salties Brief

    While we prepare for a new website and new website committee chairpersons collect and promote content for the web, I thought about using this space to briefly inform the club members about happenings during the month. Jay Pavick

Our New President

    During the September 28th club meeting, a special election was held for the unfinished term of President Jack Creighton pursuant to the updates from Jack provided earlier this year.  Jon Ungerland, nominated at the August club meeting, ran as an unopposed candidate and via the vote of the September 28th meeting, Mr. Ungerland  was elected to fulfill the duties of president for the remainder of the current 2 year term.  Following the election, president Ungerland addressed the meeting attendees.  Joking about feeling like a fish on a hook behind a speedboat, and noting he's following in the wake of a legendary captain and a gem of a man, Jon expressed his heartfelt appreciation to Jack Creighton for time invested in him to ensure continuity and clarity in the change of leadership.  Jon also informed members that per the club's bylaws Mr. Creighton would immediately be transitioned into the "Trustee" role, and thus Jon and Jack will continue collaborating together to promote consistency in the club's work within and connection to the community.  Further, our new president also shared his thoughts about The Salties being an invaluable assembly of experience, wisdom, knowledge, skill, with deeply rooted history and comradery much greater than any single member - especially as 'green' as himself! - and thus emphasized it is "OUR" club, and mentioned he will be working intently to recruit and support volunteers to contribute their vision and talents to the yet-to-be-written chapters of the clubs story.  By looking at the size of the volunteer list for the October fish dinner, the message was received by those in attendance. Welcome aboard Jon!

October Fish Dinner

    Don't forget the Fish Dinner on October 26. Forms are available on out website. Jon is encouraging participants to invite their friends and family to help in exposing our club activities to as many folks as we can.

Canal Cleanup

    Saturday, September 24 saw about thirty Salties get together to pick up litter along the Cape Cod Canal. Thanks to the leadership of Cleanup Chair Bill Cottle the event was a success from the morning availability of coffee and donuts, the organization of the teams to do the cleanup, and finally to the great barbecue of Sausages/peppers/onions and burgers in the afternoon prepared by master chef Ed Burke. It was a beautiful day to participate in a marine ecosystem project. We do it every year, so mark your calendar for 2023.

Fishtales (What members are experiencing on or off the water and would like to share)

    Ed and Lesley Callahan have been fishing, with success, around Monomoy and its rips. Ed reported catching Bass over 35" along with Blues and Fluke.

    Jay Walpole was fishing with his grand kids and someone in the group caught a Northern Kingfish, which is rare for the Cape but they seem to be moving North due to the warming of our waters driven by Global Warming.

    Our Salties Team (Jack Creighton and Bob Dunn) fishing the Martha's Vineyard Derby were reported to be in fifth place.

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 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.  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.