There's always that one member of the flock who's afraid of the water ... (Holgate. 11/7/20 my shot)
Don't you hate it when you're live-lining and your bait gets the life bitten out of it?
Sad sailing. The owner of this vessel sailed with his life onboard. It was all sunk when he hit the submerged weir portion of the North Jetty, a section that has taken out literally countless vessels.
The eventual sinking of the vessel cost the captain all his worldly possessions. Per someone who chatted with him, "He said he lost everything on the boat. Was looking for a ride out to it to attempt to salvage his dinghy."
That makes me think he might have been heading into Myers Hole since many sailors living a onboard lifestyle make that a stopover point. I'd be willing to pitch in if the fellow is totally strapped for funds.
The North Jetty is under attack by those pissed at it while also pissed at incompetent captains unable to properly read charts. I made this comment on my own Facebook post: "A weird thing, my buddy Walt and I, when togging the north side of the North Jetty, are amazed how vessels hellbent on crossing the submerged weir absolutely refuse to even acknowledge our warning screams and arm signaling. Often, there's a discernable look of fuck you-ness on the faces of captains, likely thinking we're just driving people away from our fishing spot.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020: There’s no two ways about it, this is one of the finer surfcasting falls on record, providing you’re willing to accept highly unfrozen air temps. Water temps are holding steady to a perfect bassing degree. While we’re about to get another needed dousing of rain, the long run, thinking a week or more ahead -- and even onward to Thanksgiving -- we’ll be in like Flynn. Errol Flynn was a fanatic caster. In fact, I see the potential for another bout of unseasonably warm air temps for the Turkey Day period. I’ll even get ridiculously far-ranging by assuring you can not only kiss a white Christmas good bye but plan on bass still being in the mix through December, small ones, that is.
READ ON: I’ll throw in this less than shining segment from my weekly column about to come out.
“As to the weekend fishing, things in that realm were less than historic, unless speaking in terms of historically low hooking rates. OK, that’s a tad unfair since I not only saw a couple beachside bass taken but read of others. The problem is I’m fielding reports from nearby Island Beach State Park where things have gone epically amazing, offering beachfront bass hooking sessions for their record books. Why, oh why, do those bass hang enticingly within eyesight of our north end yet refuse to come across the inlet and into our suds? That has become an all too annual question.
“Boat fishing, also within easy eyesight of we of a terra firma fishing preference, continues to beat the band and the regulatory ban on fish over 38 inches. Trophy bass are being caught and released by the hundreds. Fifty-pounders are not even that rare. One well-photographed striper had 60 pounds written all over it. The fellow who caught it has taken a few 50-lbers and said this was his largest by far. I must grudgingly admit that had the new slot program not been in place, the docks and tackle shops would have been loaded to the gills with massive low-edibility bass. I’ll temper that by assuring we need to be allowed to keep sub 28-inch bass, as small as 22 inches.”
Further down below: Please read the in-depth details of the upcoming JCAA Annual Tog Tournament.
COULDA, SHOULDA, WOULDA: Dick Petrus bested this fine 34-inch (pursed tail) bass in Holgate, Saturday, around 10:30 a.m. He was using bait. It was one of the better bass I’ve seen taken at the far south end. Nope, he wasn’t in the Classic or this fish could have been into some decent money. Hell, he was so happy with his catch I don’t think he was overly concerned over any the missed prizes, which amounts to fishing pleasure at its purist.
GET PLASTICIZED: Want to get the goat of go-getter environmental types? Simply announce you support throwing plastic into the ocean, while openly hoping wildlife will eat it! But that’s just where I’m going herein by hyping the excellence of soft plastic artificials when fishing for fall stripers.
OK, so maybe I’m just jerking the chain of gullible greenies since our soft plastics do absolutely no environmental damage when we throw them in the water attached to saucy lead heads.
This fall, plastic tails and such are drawing in stripers like bandits. To their modern credit, these artificials have never looked so amazing. Fake eels, worms, baitfish, shrimp, squid, you name it, have gotten so convincing lifelike that even more educated bass can’t readily discern them from the real McCoy. Add to that luscious look the new stinky stuff drenching the likes of GULP plastics. Fish not only blast them based on visual triggers but thereafter hold on as a gush of hormonal tastiness gushes forth upon latch-on.
Here and now, I’ll put in a vote for Tsunami Swim Eels, aka Holographic Sand Eels, as the year’s most astounding non-flavored soft plastics. Admittedly, the shad tail is a bit off the sand eel mark but when swimming it’s all a blur to mesmerized attackers.
Below: You have to see these in person to get the feel -- and shine.
Why are plastic running wild this fall? There, things get counterintuitive, fishing-wise. It has taken the bitter loss of a prime fishery to open the doors to carefree plasticized jigging and plugging.
In the recent past, autumns meant bluefish, a species so smitten by waggling plastics that nothing could stop them from tearing the soft bodied artificials to shreds -- costly shreds since many prime plastics now go for serious bucks. With blues MIA beyond all measure, it is now safe to toss plastics with very little bite-off fear. To be sure, some of us wouldn’t mind a plastic being mauled by a slammer. However, with bluefish maulers out of the picture, virtually nobody is using the steel leader required to best a chopper gone gonzo on a plasticized jighead.
A quick note that I’m not overlooking the weighty jighead side of plastic usage. While more and more soft plastics enwrap leadheads, beautifully disguised within my prized Tsunami sand eels but made famous within Wildeyes, incredibly effective loose leadhead jigs, like those made by out buddy Dante, simply add more killerness to plastics. For old-time sake, I always keep some prototypical plastics, Fin-S Fish or Femlee eels, in the bag -- to be coupled with syringe sharp Owen or Gamakatsu leadheads.
Here's a nice mention of Dante in "On the Water."
Most surfcasters know that no bucktail jig is complete without a trailer. For most fishermen, trailers consisted of a soft-plastic, a strip of pork rind, or a strip of cut fish. For the surfcasters tying bucktails for their own private stashes, their trailers also included a brace of hackle feathers tied right into the jig. The feathers extended beyond the bucktail hair, and had a more fluid movement through the water without affecting the sink rate or the casting distance, as other trailers did. It wasn’t until MagicTail jigs began hitting shelves in 2014 that bucktails with a hackle trailer became widely available.
“MagicTail put hackle bucktails on the map,” said founder, Dante Soriente of West Caldwell, New Jersey. “No commercial builder was using them until we started.”
Our good friend Pat Gallen caught this monster striped bass a little bit ago in Holgate using bunker chunks. His biggest bass at 46” he says it was really fat. Nice fish Pat!!
Smoked ‘em today !! Trolled the first few and then we found them stacked from top to bottom and rolling on top.
Each day this weekend we saw scattered fish chasing sand eels on the surface. Fishing was a tough for most. I explained to a bunch of fishermen asking the same question, "What about the blues?", it has been a different migration since Sandy in 2012. It would typically start with 90% blues and 10% stripers this weekend. The percentages would shift to more and more stripers each week. The blues are almost nonexistent any more in the fall, so that leaves us with a handful of stripers to catch.
Each weekend the fishing should get better and better. Nice weather doesn't always make for great striper fishing either. If it's going to be windy and cold they typically chew hard. There are stripers all the way up in Rhode Island right now so this is only the start of the run. We are back out again on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this coming weekend.
See scattered fish chasing bait on too early and then later in the day. Starting to see them school up a little, but not catching what we see on the surface or on the fish finder. Everyday is different and seems like more fish are filtering into our area.
This first-of-fall snowy owl was quite the looker, adorned in black and white instead of the more common snow white tapestry. It It was seen the day after this shot more toward the Holgate parking lot area. Then, it was gone, which is not unusual for the early arriving owls, often hellbent on reaching places they not sure about. As to it being a sing of snowies to come, I got word that there was a slightly average showing of lemmings in the arctic this summer. These large rodents are the prime foodstuff of nesting snowies, meaning the production of young was normal to slightly above. It's often the younger owls that come our way. I'll be on the watch to see what the snowy owl trend becomes, though I won't belabor this site with photo overloads, choosing only pics that pop, meaning there are unique elements in a photo more than juts a smily snowy face. Should more arrive, I will privately share where they can most likely be seen.
First of the fall gannet to get near the beach (Surf City). They're yet another bird species showing this year in unprecedented numbers. How bizarre, how bizarre.
GOOSE, GOOSE, BRANT: The Atlantic brant, Branta bernicla, are back, bigtime. In the past, flocks arriving at the NJ shoreline have numbered 20,000 birds, twice that in brantier years.
A quick brant primer: They are not ducks, despite being just about the size and shape of mallards. Instead, they are the smallest, surely squattiest members of the goose family. Their distinct and frequent calls are something like a yodel honk. For a fun listen, check out Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Brant/sounds
Brant are among the few bird species that are heathfully, if not fully populated. A recent population count places their current numbers at easily over 600,000.
This time of year, we become brant central. Just about the entire Atlantic brant population overwinters between Long Island, NY and Cape May. Our growing regional showing of overwintering brant might be surpassing the local holding capacity, based on the available foraging habitat in winter.
The current commonness of brant belies how close this tough little goose came to being a dead duck species. In fact, the rebound of the brant is an amazing eco survival story, highlighted by last-second modifying and adapting.
Back in the 1930s, the species was on its last wing after its exclusive dietary foodstuff, eelgrass, mysteriously died off. Reduced to a dwindling few specimens, the hangers-on insightfully gave up waiting for eelgrass to regrow and resorted to eating Jersey sea lettuce (ulva). The fill-in subaquatic vegetation sustained them long to see eelgrass return. However, by that time, the brant of the day were accustomed to sea lettuce as a dang-decent nutritional turn-to. Hatching generations of brant were genetically encoded to keep sea lettuce as part of their survival strategy.
To this day, rapidly repopulating brant aren’t done expanding their dietary range, lest bad dining days again befall them. Yet another nutritional expansion came in on the wings of Canada geese. These largest of geese turned brant onto the tastiness of everyday terrestrial grasses, including human-planted varieties. In fact, flocks of brant can be seen munching grasses on the Beach Haven ball fields, which surely lack eelgrass or sea lettuce.
There’s natural reasoning behind all their winter eating. Brant must bulk up to make the longest – and latest departing -- migration of any goose sort. Despite their seeming squatness, they are marathon migrators, annually heading to “high Arctic” regions, top-of-the-world sites. Such a late-thawing nesting area requires they hang here until quite late in the spring, needing the arctic to warm to their arrival.
For the record books, when in migration flying mode, brant achieve altitudes above and beyond all other migrators in their genus. In fact, they tolerate rarefied areas with the best of nature’s fliers.
I came across this bunker skeleton and got a lesson in how boney they are. I was told (just once) that bunker flesh is edible and was eaten in Colonial times. Well, we must have lost a lot of settlers to horrible choking demises. The Native Americans ate them but not before fermenting them to soften the bones. By the by, the bony structure behind the eye socket is a gill raker, a bony "processes" used to filter edibles out of the water while also protecting the gills.
Holgate hitchhikers ...
Jim Hutchinson Sr.
After a string of storms, high winds, and large seas, decent weather has come to Beach Haven, and the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are ready to take advantage of it. Some recent cooler temperatures have brought the water temperatures down and are driving the migration of striped bass southward.
Over the past couple of weeks, the ocean bite on artificial reefs and inshore structure has been strong for black sea bass, tautog, and assorted other fish including bluefish and ling. The striped bass which had been hanging around off Raritan Bay have started moving into the Beach Haven area, and some big fish are being caught both on the troll and with live bait.
Many of these fish are over 38-inches and thus too large to be keepers under the new striped bass regulations. However, there are many fish which are in the slot between 28 to under 38-inches and of keeper size.
Captain Brett Taylor of Reel Reaction Sportfishing was able to get out this week with Tim Murphy, his son Kevin, and his brother Bryan on a 5-hour striped bass trip. With some nice conditions, they hit some deeper wrecks and the crew landed over 30 blackfish, keeping five fish to 6-pounds. They moved to the inlet area and the crew boated 15 stripers keeping five up to 20-pounds. Tim landed his personal best at 37-inches weighing 20-pounds. In the afternoon Captain Brett had Guy Critelli, his son-in-law Ray Currie Jr. and nephew Frankie on a shortened striper charter. They hit the inlet area to produce 4 keeper blackfish to 19-inches and a small triggerfish. With some higher winds, they moved to the backwaters to produce 10 striped bass including a 29.5 incher and 3 tagged slot fish.
Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association and its boats can be found at www.BHCFA.net
I want to offer a big chunk of ink to this fine upcoming event ...
November 16th – 22nd Jersey Coast Anglers 1st Annual Blackfish Tournament. $ 3750 in cash prizes based on just 60 entrants. Prize money will be adjusted up or down proportionately depending on the number of entrants. 1st to 3rd place cash prizes based on the weight of your single largest blackfish. Merchandise prizes provided by Magictail Bucktails for 4th and 5th place as well as first place for the largest sea bass in the tournament. Nine weigh-in stations from Sandy Hook to Cape May. You may only fish TWO days during the tournament but you may choose which ones. We will also have one and three blackfish Calcuttas and one fish sea bass Calcuttas. $125 per boat for up to six anglers. Visit www.jcaa.org to register online or print an application, see our FB page or call 973-943-8201 for more details.
Jersey Coast Anglers Association 1st Annual Blackfish Tournament
The Jersey Coast Anglers Association is pleased to announce that we will be holding our 1st Annual Blackfish Tournament from 11/16/20 – 11/22/20. The idea behind a week-long tournament is to hopefully ensure that there will be at least a couple good weather days during the week-long tournament. We realize that not everyone can fish every day of the week, so to be fair to everyone, each boat will be limited to fishing only TWO days. However, each entrant will be able to choose the days they fish. The 1st through 5th place prizes will be based on the weight of each entrant’s single largest blackfish. 1st place will be $1500, 2nd place $1000 and 3rd place $750. The cash prizes are based on only 60 entrants and will be adjusted up or down proportionately depending on the number of entrants. Merchandise prizes will be provided by Magictail Bucktails for 4th and 5th place as well as first place for the largest sea bass in the tournament. We will also have one and three blackfish Calcuttas and one fish sea bass Calcuttas.
Weigh-ins Entrants must weigh in their fish at Bahr’s Landing Marina in Highlands, Fishermen’s Den in Belmar, Captain Bill’s Landing in Point Pleasant, Creekside Outfitters in Waretown, Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom, Great Bay Marina in Little Egg Township, Fin-atics in Ocean City, One Stop B&T in Atlantic City or Jim’s B&T in Cape May by no later than 7 PM on their designated fishing days. Entrants should confirm that their choice of a weigh-in station will be open until that time. If not be sure to get there before they close or go to another weigh-in station. Some weigh-in stations may close early or may have restricted hours due to the Covid-19 situation. All fish must be weighed in on the day they were caught and many not be held overnight to weigh the next day. Weights will be recorded by the weighmasters on the official tournament weigh-in sheets but entrants should make certain that they receive a receipt or take a photo of the weigh-in sheet.
Entry fee per boat (up to 6 anglers) is $125. You may sign up online until 11:59 PM on 11/15. There will be no Captains meeting or awards ceremony. For complete details and to print and application or to register online go to www.jcaa.org ,visit our Facebook page or call Paul at 973-943-8201.
JCAA Presents its 1st Annual
November 16th - 22nd, 2020
You choose the dates to fish but you may only fish TWO days!
Prizes Based on weight of single largest blackfish
1st Place $2000
2nd Place $1000
3rd Place $750
4th Place Magictail Tog Jigs Valued at $150
5th Place Magictail Tog Jigs Valued at $100
Cash prizes based on only 60 boats
and will be adjusted up or down proportionately depending on the number of boats that enter
Largest sea bass – Magictail Tog Jigs Valued at $100
$$$ Various 1 and 3 fish Calcuttas $$$
ENTRY FEE $125 PER BOAT
(MAXIMUM OF 6 ANGLERS PER BOAT)
For additional info call Paul at 973-943-8201
For entry forms, rules and info. go to www.jcaa.org.
or visit our Facebook Page
Completed entry forms can be faxed to the JCAA office: 732-506-6975 or
Mailed to: JCAA, 1594 Lakewood Rd, Suite 13, Toms River, NJ 08755
ONLINE REGISTRATION may be done at www.jcaa.org
or on our FB page
There will be NO Awards Ceremony this year due to the uncertainty of what Covid-19 restrictions will be in place at the time. There is NO Captains meeting either. The important thing is that we do our best to keep everyone safe. We hope to have a nice awards ceremony next year.
Official Rules & Regulations:
Tournament Dates: Monday, November 16th (opening day for the 5 fish limit) through Sunday, November 22nd. Each boat entered may only fish two of the seven tournament days. Each entrant must text 973-943-8201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, give their name and date(s) they are fishing by 9 PM the nights before the days they intend to fish. In the event no message is received, their designated fishing days will be Saturday November 21st and Sunday November 22nd. In the event an entrant only designates one day, their second day will be Sunday November 22nd.
Fishing Hours: Dawn until there is sufficient time to make it to the weigh-in station before they close but no later than by 7 PM on your designated fishing days. (Some weigh-in stations may close before 7 PM)
Fishing Location: Fish all NJ waters or waters in the EEZ east of the New Jersey coast that are open to the public, including the ocean, bays, inlets and rivers stretching from the Raritan Bay & Hudson River in the north to Delaware Bay in the south.
Weigh-ins Entrants must weigh in their fish at Bahr’s Landing Marina in Highlands, Fishermen’s Den in Belmar, Captain Bill’s Landing in Point Pleasant, Creekside Outfitters in Waretown, Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom, Great Bay Marina in Little Egg Township, Fin-atics in Ocean City, One Stop B&T in Atlantic City or Jim’s B&T in Cape May by no later than 7 PM on their designated fishing days. Entrants should confirm that their choice of a weigh-in station will be open until that time. If not be sure to get there before they close or go to another weigh-in station. Some weigh-in stations may be closed or close early on certain days or may have restricted hours due to the weather at this time of year and the Covid-19 situation. Weights will be recorded by the weigh masters on the official tournament weigh-in sheets but entrants should make certain that they receive a receipt or take a photo of the weigh-in sheet. All fish must be weighed on the day they are caught and may not be held overnight to weigh the next day. You may weigh in as many fish as you like but only the largest 1 or 3 (for those in the 3 fish Calcutta) will be scored regardless of which of the designated days they were caught on. You do not have to catch your largest 3 on one day.
GENERAL RULES AND PROVISIONS:
• The tournament will be held rain or shine on November 16th through November 22nd. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant/captain of all entered boats to determine if weather and sea conditions are safe to fish. The Jersey Coast Anglers Association, its administrators, officers, directors, agents, committee members, sponsors and/or any and all other persons assume no responsibility or liability for any boats entered or individuals participating in the tournament.
• If weather conditions prohibit any or all boats from fishing and, as a result, an insufficient number of fish are weighed in to account for any of the prizes including Calcuttas, drawings will be held.
• It is the responsibility of all entrants and contestants to comply with all state, federal, and International Game Fish Association (“IGFA”) international angling rules, including any applicable state registry requirements.
• Each boat may have up to 6 anglers or other individuals onboard and no more than 6 lines may be in the water at one time.
• Each entrant may only win one prize in each category (blackfish/sea bass)) but may win multiple Calcuttas.
• All fish presented to the weigh master will be recorded in pounds and hundredths of pounds. The time the fish are presented for weigh-in will be recorded in hours and minutes.
• If two fish tie by weight, the first fish weighed in will hold the position on the leader board. If two fish are the same weight and weighed at the same time prizes will be split.
• JCAA reserves the right to require a polygraph examination within 60 days, at JCAA's expense, of any captain/entrant or crew member to preserve the integrity of the tournament. Failing the test or refusing to take the test will result in disqualification.
• Names and likenesses of all prize winners may be used by JCAA and JCAA’s designee(s) for promotional purposes without further compensation to JCAA or the individual prize winners.
• Any and all appeals must be made in writing and submitted to JCAA no later than immediately after the results are announced on our FB page. Appeals must be accompanied by $25 processing fee. If the appeal is granted, the money will be refunded. All decisions made by JCAA will be deemed final.
• Calcuttas: For the Calcuttas you are competing against everyone in the tournament as there are not separate Calcuttas for each weigh-in station. JCAA will pay out 7/8 of the money collected to the winner of each Calcutta.
• All prize money including money from Calcuttas will be given via check to the registered entrant.
1st Annual JCAA Blackfish Tournament
Fishing Dates: November 16th -November 22nd, 2020
You may only fish on two of the dates but you get to choose which ones. You must text your name to 973-943-8201 or email email@example.com by 9PM the nights before the days you intend to fish.
About JCAA and our Blackfish Tournament
This has been a tough year for JCAA as it has been for most people as well as other businesses and organizations. JCAA had most of its major fundraising events cancelled. The Saltwater Fishing Expo was canceled and that is where we normally sell many of our high roller raffle tickets. Our Beefsteak Dinner and Sportsperson of the Year Dinner were cancelled. Most of our member clubs did not contribute as much as they normally do because their financial situation was also hurting. However, our biggest loss was having to cancel our traditional fluke tournament which was initially scheduled in May and then postponed to September before being canceled all together. That is a shame because we had a room reserved for a huge awards ceremony in Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. Hopefully, we will be able to hold our traditional fluke tournament next year and have our awards ceremony in AC.
We picked up a little bit of the slack by holding our Heavy Hitters Fluke Tournament and now we are hoping that our blackfish tournament will give us a little shot in the arm. We are going to run our Blackfish Tournament for a full week. We realize that not everyone can fish everyday so to be fair to everyone, each boat will be limited to fishing on only two of the days. However, each entrant will be able to choose the days they fish. The weather can be bad at this time of the year so we are hopeful that there will be at least a couple nice weather days during our tournament. Therefore, we will be holding our blackfish tournament from Monday, November 16th (the first day of the 5 fish limit) through Sunday, November 22nd.
Prizes will be based on the single largest fish but we will also have 1 fish and 3 fish Calcuttas for blackfish. Additionally, we will have one prize for the largest sea bass and a couple sea bass Calcuttas.
JCAA has fought hard for recreational anglers and the marine resource in the past and will continue to do so in in the future. In order to continue our work on these issues and better represent you, we need your help in our fundraising efforts. We are currently giving input on the upcoming bluefish amendment as well as the upcoming fluke, sea bass and scup amendment. There may be a new striped bass amendment coming up too. We are working to protect our stocks of menhaden and other forage species. We are heavily involved and had quite a bit of success with access issues this year despite the covid-19 restrictions. We always work to have sustainable fisheries but it is a constant fight to seek fair regulations for the anglers of our state. We have attended many meetings, participated in conference calls, written letters, made phone calls and met with various key individuals about these issues and more. We are fighting to stop the mining of our offshore lumps to prevent the destruction of vital marine habitat. We are seeking ways to provide much needed funding to the NJ Marine Fisheries Bureau. We are also pushing hard for improved science so that our fisheries can be better managed. We need your help in ensuring the success of these important issues. We also have a youth education program and events where we take handicapped kids and disabled veterans fishing. We are one of the very few recreational salt water advocacy groups that work exclusively for New Jersey anglers. As in past years, our fundraising efforts have a strong influence on our budget and what we can accomplish throughout the year. It costs money to send delegates to meetings, to meet with legislators, print newsletters, pay office expenses and fund day-to-day operations. We appreciate your anticipated support!
For further details go to www.jcaa.com
or visit our Facebook page
Tournament standings will be updated on our FB page
during and after the conclusion of the tournament
2020 JCAA Blackfish Tournament Application
Boat Name __________________________________________________________
Entrant’s/Captain’s Name ___________________________________________
City: _______________________________ State: _________ Zip: ______________
Phone: _____ - _____ - __________
Name of Fishing Club (if any): ____________________
Check Applicable Tournament options:
□ Tournament Entry Fee $125 for up to 6 anglers
Those who enter our blackfish tournament may also enter the optional Calcuttas. You may enter any or all of the Calcuttas if you wish. You may win whichever Calcuttas you are entered in with the same fish. JCAA will pay out 7/8 of the money collected to the winner of each Calcutta.
□ $50 Single Blackfish Calcutta (total weight of your single largest blackfish)
□ $100 Single Blackfish Calcutta (total weight of your single largest blackfish)
□ $50 Three Blackfish Calcutta (total weight of your three largest blackfish)
□ $100 Three Blackfish Calcutta (total weight of your three largest blackfish)
□ $100 Sea Bass Calcutta (total weight of your single largest sea bass)
□ $50 Sea Bass Calcutta (total weight of your single largest sea bass)
□ Become a JCAA Associate Member and receive our monthly newsletter by adding $25.00
Total Payment __________________
The tournament will be held rain or shine from November 16th through November 22nd. Remember, you can only fish two days and you must text 973-943-8201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 PM the nights before the days you intend to fish. It is the decision of the captain/registrant to evaluate weather conditions and decide whether or not to participate. Complete tournament rules, weigh-in locations are posted on our website at www.jcaa.org
and on our FB page. Complete this form and mail it with a check payable to JCAA or use your credit card by providing the additional information below and mail or fax to:
JCAA Blackfish Tournament, 1594 Lakewood Rd., Suite 13, Toms River, NJ 08755
Phone 732-506-6565 Fax 732-506-6975
To pay by credit card include the following : Master Card___Visa___Discover___AmEx___
Card Number ______- ______ - ______ - ______ Exp. Date _____/_____ Security Code_______________
Zip Code _______________________________________
Name on Card ______________________________
The tournament will be held rain or shine. It is the sole responsibility of the registrant/captain of all entered boats to determine if weather and sea conditions are safe to fish. Participants expressly and unconditionally agree as a condition to the acceptance of their application that JCAA and its administrators, agents, officers, directors, committee members and tournament sponsors are not liable for any claims, suits or obligations arising out of or resulting from participation in this event as a result of negligent or intentional conduct by JCAA and its administrators, agents, officers, directors, committee members and tournament sponsors. Participant agrees to indemnify and hold JCAA and its administrators, agents, officers, directors, committee members and tournament sponsors harmless for any and all claims and costs, including attorney fees, arising out of his or her conduct resulting from participation in the tournament.
I understand that in conjunction with engaging in the JCAA Tournament, I could experience certain hazards and become involved in certain risks. I further recognize that it would be impractical as well as unfair for the JCAA and its administrators, agents, officers, directors, committee members and tournament sponsors and/or any and all other persons or boat owners and their crew directly or indirectly involved in or connected with the Tournament to be liable or responsible in any way for my safety. I hereby release, hold harmless and forever discharge the Tournament, JCAA and its administrators, agents, officers, directors, committee members and tournament sponsors from any liability and/or libel, slander, loss, damage, harm, injury or death suffered by me or which may occur during the Tournament. I understand this includes any claims based upon any negligent act or omission.
I understand that I enter the Tournament at my own risk and hereby assume all risks which may be involved in participating in the Tournament, particularly hazards due to weather conditions, and I fully understand that at any time during my participation I may elect not to participate when I think weather or any other hazards are too extreme.
I, by entering this Tournament, do hereby agree to the terms and conditions of this General Release and agree to abide by the rules and regulations prescribed for competition in the JCAA 2020 Blackfish Tournament.
Registrant’s/Captain’s signature: ___________________________________________ Date: _____________________
Please read the rules regarding the fishing event and the dispersal of prizes available on our web site at: www.jcaa.org
Cash Prizes are awarded to the registrant. It is his or her responsibility to allocate the prizes to the anglers on their crew if they so desire. Some prizes may not be. appropriate for minors. Proper ID will be required for IRS 1099-MISC for prizes exceeding $600.0