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Although the original intent of the Association was to prevent
tournament conflicts, there soon developed other purposes and
activities. Some very early efforts were: the hosting of an
annual open buddy bass tournament at Union
Lake (established at the December 1994 meeting), the creation of a
club-against-club braggin' rights fishing tournament known as the "Bass
Bowl" (established at the February 1995 meeting), and an appeal to the
NJ Division of Fish, Game & Wildlife (as
it was known then) to not stock tiger muskies
in Union Lake (voted on at the December 1994 meeting).
1995 -- created a monthly newsletter (later named "The Mouth from the South"). The newsletter featured a statement from the president, minutes of the last meeting, club tournament results and advertisements from local businesses.
1995 -- created an executive board comprised of the officers of the Association.
1995 -- first participated in the South Jersey Sportsmen's Jamboree in the Millville area. Manned a booth, held a raffle of a tackle box & lures donated by Association members, and hosted a small bass boat display.
1995 -- established a rule stating that no two clubs could host an open buddy bass tournament on the same day.
1995 -- as of November, the membership stood at thirteen clubs.
1995 -- drafted a set of by-laws by which the Association would operate.
1996 -- approved a formal constitution and by-laws.
1996 -- hosted its first fishermen's flea market. (Early editions of this event were held in the warehouse of Lilliston Marine on Delsea Drive in Vineland. Later editions were held at the Moose Lodge in Vineland and the Elks Lodge in Millville.)
1997 -- instituted an annual awards program for members who demonstrate fishing excellence during each calendar year (i.e., heaviest lunker, heaviest five-bass limit, best youth fishing activity, etc).
1998 -- established a "participation points" program, under which event volunteers and officers would be given points for their involvement and earn awards such as personalized fishing jackets.
1998 -- instituted annual awards (plaque & cash prize) for the clubs that host the best major and minor youth activities during each calendar year.
2000 -- began its involvement in the South Jersey Youth Outdoor Day, as a founding co-host organization.
2001 -- established the honorary position of President Emeritus for past presidents with distinguished service to the Association.
2001 -- created a website at free webhost Yahoo Geocities.
2001 -- began its official opposition to permit fees for tournaments at NJ Wildlife Management Area lakes (these fees have been waived annually since 2005).
2002 -- purchased a camper trailer in order to transport its weigh-in equipment to bass tournaments.
2003 -- instituted a $100 bonus award to the Bass Bowl winning club if they had perfect attendance since the last Bass Bowl.
2004 -- instituted a program where hats and staff shirts are awarded to volunteers who work at two and four major SJBCA events respectively.
2004 -- instituted a program where small grants can be made to clubs that plan to host youth fishing activities.
2004 -- began holding its July member meeting lakeside at Parvin State Park, featuring a free barbecue.
2005 -- instituted a college scholarship program to encourage local high school seniors to enter degree programs which might someday benefit fishermen.
2005 -- began its involvement with habitat improvement at Lake Audrey in Cumberland County.
2006 -- began its involvement with the y outh HarvestFest/TrailBlazer event at the Pine Hill Scout Reservation, running the pond fishing activity.
2008 -- obtained the unique internet domain name "www.sjbca.org" and moved its website to an ad-free webhost.
2008 -- purchased a newer, smaller weigh-in trailer.
2010 -- created an adopt-a-lake program whereby clubs can "adopt" a WMA lake in the Southern Region.
2011 -- adopted special rules to allow kayaks to participate in the annual Bass Bowl.
2012 -- organized a parking lot and ramp clean-up effort at Union Lake.
2012 -- began sending meeting agendas and m inutes out to members via email.
2012 -- for the first time, kayaks participated in the Bass Bowl (finishing in 5th place out of 13 clubs).
2015 -- renamed annual scholarship as "Carmen Bersani Memorial Scholarship".
2015 -- renamed annual Union Lake open buddy tournament as "Steve Steinmetz Memorial".
Current & Past SJBCA Officers
Brian Camp (1994-1999)
Carmen Bersani (2000-2009)
Fred Lentz (2010-present)
1st Vice President
Carmen Bersani (1995-1999)
Butch Backus (2000-2001)
Bob Russell (2002-2004)
Charles DeGaetano (2005-2005)
Mike Poli (2005-2008)
Joe Hoban (2009-present)
2nd Vice President
Bob Russell (1996-1997)
Tom Simons (1998-1999)
Steve Steinmetz (2000-2003)
Tim Bucher (2004-2008)
Joe Hoban (2008-2008)
Rob Kunze (2009-present)
Carmen Bersani (1994-1995)
Bruce Allen (1995-1998)
Fred Lentz (1999-2004)
Al Franchetta (2005-present)
Joe DiDomenico (1995-1999)
Bruce Allen (2000-2000)
Al Zara (2001-2001)
Greg Carter (2002-2006)
Gary Corliss (2007-2014)
Stuart Cohen (2015-present)
Directors (two positions)
Rich Plotkin (1997-1998)
Tex Gosline (1997-2001)
Chuck Woodward (1999-1999)
Bob Russell (2000-2001)
Charles DeGaetano (2002-2004)
Fred Lentz (2005-2009)
Carmen Bersani (2010-2014)
Mike Graham (2002-present)
Rashawn Lewis (2015-present)
Russell DeCamp (1995-2003)
Steve Steinmetz (2004-2014)
Joe Franzwa (2015-present)
Brian Camp (2000- )
Current & Past SJBCA Member Clubs
Atlantic County Bass Anglers (changed name to Limits & Lunkers)
Barrington Rod & Reel Club
Beavertail Bass Club
Big Bass Fishing Club of Maple Shade
Black Bass Unlimited
Bucketmouth Brigade Bassin Team
Cape May County Bassmasters
Cumberland County Bassmasters
Delaware River Fishermen's Association
Extreme Winter League (changed name to Out of Line)
Fishers of Men, NJ Division
Five Alive Bassmasters
4th Ward Bass Anglers
Garden State Bassmasters
Gloucester County Bass Club
Happy Hooker Bassers
Kickin' Bass Fishing Club
Limits & Lunkers Bass Club (formerly Atlantic County Bass Anglers)
Mercer County Bass
Mid-Atlantic Youth Anglers Program
Midwest Sportsmen, Northeast Division NJ-2
Millennium Bassers (first Bucketmouth's, then GCBC's junior chapter)
New Breed Sportsman Club
Newfield Bass Club
One More Cast
Out of Line (formerly Extreme Winter League)
Philadelphia Bass Busters
Pine Cone Anglers
Prime Time Anglers
Rippin Lipz Bassmasters
Rippin Lipz Youth Club
Rising Sun Bassmasters
Riverside Bass Club
Salem County Bassmasters
South Jersey Bass Busters
South Jersey Bassers
South Jersey Bass Stalkers
South Jersey Christian Anglers
South Jersey Gra-Bassers
South Jersey Hawg Hunters
South Jersey Hook One
South Jersey Hook This!
South Jersey Kayak Bass Fishing Club
South Jersey Pond Hoppers
South Jersey Reel Burners
South Point Bassers
South State Bassers
Swimming River Bassmasters
Swimming River Junior Bassmasters
Tidewater Bassmasters of South Jersey
Top Rod Bassmasters
Tri-State Bass Assassins
Clubs highlighted in green are current members.
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