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July 21, 2021 - More Donations Received
More donations were received to help us make it through this difficult year and improve our operations. The South Jersey Kayak Bass Fishing Club and Sheryl Steinmetz (daughter of late tournament director Steve Steinmetz) each made contributions to us. Much appreciated!
July 21, 2021 - Boater License & Safety Course Card Possession Clarification
At our July meeting, officer Chris Jones of the NJ State Police, Marine Division, clarified that the boat operator document you need to have in your possession differs from tidal-water and non-tidal water. He stated that in tidal water you need the "Boat" endorsement on your drivers license and a boating safety course card. For tidal water the requirement is just the boating safety course card. (He realizes that the requirements aren't consistent nor necessarily logical.)
June 20, 2021 - Smiths Take Union Lake Tourney
Fifty-two boats showed up at this year's Union Lake "Steve Steinmetz Memorial" open buddy tournament, held on Father's Day. The team of Chris and Mitch Smith took the win with a limit weighing 15.65 lbs. Click here for full results. Photos will be posted as soon.
June 8, 2021 - Donation in Memory of Beavertail Member
The SJBCA received a much-appreciated donation in the memory of former Beavertail Bass Club member Thomas Byrne who passed away on May 6. Thanks to his daughter Candice for arranging it.
May 30, 2021 - Scholarship Winners Announced
Our Scholarship Committee identified two excellent applicants for our annual scholarship and, thanks to a number of generous donors, we're able to award scholarships to both of them. The winners are: Amanda Bogle of Wildwood Catholic High School and Jessica Wilson of Bordentown Regional High School. Congratulations to both of them. Hopefully they'll be able to make it to our July member meeting (free barbecue) for a presentation of their checks.
May 28, 2021 - Annual Open Buddy Tournament Planning Underway
Our annual Union Lake open buddy tournament will be held this year on Sunday, June 20. Times are 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Entry fee is $60.00 per boat. The first place team will receive a $300.00 bonus payment courtesy of Franzwa's Marine in Millville in addition to the normal payout. Franzwa's is also sponsoring our $100.00 largemouth and smallmouth morning lunker prizes (weighed in prior to 10:00 AM). Free hot dogs & beverages will be served to all participants at the weigh-in. Click here for flyer/entry form. Your support for this fundraiser event is appreciated.
March 26, 2021 - Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted
The SJBCA's Scholarship Committee has begun accepting applications for our annual scholarship program. Applications must be postmarked by May 3. For more details on this program, as well as the application form and photos of past winners, check out the Scholarship Information section of this website. Our scholarship winner(s) will be announced by June 1.
March 26, 2021 - Used Soft Plastics Being Collected for Recycling
We're collecting used and unwanted soft plastic lures. They'll be recycled into new lures to be given out at youth fishing events. They can be brought to an SJBCA member meeting or to any of the Association's officers.
February 17, 2021 - Fishermen's Flea Market Postponed (UPDATED 3/17/21)
Due to the COVID-19 situation, our annual Fishermen's Flea Market will not be held on its normal date of the first Saturday in March. We are currently considering holding an outdoor event somewhere in the Millville area in late May or early June. That will be dependent on State regulations at that time. More info to come. It was decided at the March meeting that we would not attempt to host this event in the May/June time-frame. Later, we'll look into possibly holding the event sometime after our Bass Bowl tournament in mid-October or cancel it for the year.
February 17, 2021 - Salem Canal Wins Close Vote for Bass Bowl Location
In the closest Bass Bowl vote ever, Salem Canal won as the location for this year's event in October. In the first round of voting, the Canal and Union Lake each got 4 votes, with three other locations each receiving 3 votes. A second round of voting resulted in a 9 - 9 tie between the Canal and Union. A coin toss was used to pick the final winner, with the other location serving as a back-up.
January 20, 2021 - New Club Joins Association
A new club, Line Stretchers Bass Club, joined the SJBCA at our January member meeting. The club was formed by Bassmaster Elite Pro Greg DiPalma and some of his fishing friends. Welcome to the group guys!
January 20, 2021 - Potential Bass Bowl Locations Nominated
At our January member meeting, club delegates nominated locations for our 2021 Bass Bowl tournament (on October 17). The vote on the official location will be held at the February meeting. The locations nominated are: Lake Hopatcong (NJ), Nockamixon Lake (PA), Pocomoke River (MD), Potomac River (MD), Salem Canal (NJ) and Union Lake (NJ).
November 18, 2020 - Tournament Picks Made at November Meeting
The November member meeting, which was held both in-person & via Zoom, included our annual process for picking dates & locations for open buddy tournaments and club tournaments at NJ Wildlife Management Area lakes. These tournaments and any club schedules submitted on this day will be incorporated into the initial version of our "Conflict List". Any scheduled club tournaments submitted from this point forward cannot conflict with any already included in the Conflict List. We'll be posting the tentative schedule of 2021 open buddy bass tournaments soon.
November 18, 2020 - Another Member Club Joins
At the November member meeting, a new club was voted into the association -- Good Sports Gun Club. They've been hosting perch tournaments for many years and will now be hosting an open buddy bass tournament at Union Lake. Welcome to the group!
Due to some clubs having difficulty attending the Zoom format member meetings we've been holding lately, we've decided to reduce the meeting attendance requirement for Bass Bowl participation from four to three (including the Bass Bowl pre-tournament meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 14). The clubs listed below are now eligible to participate, assuming they have a representative attend this week's meeting. Anyone with questions about qualification should contact Al Franchetta or Fred Lentz. Clubs that plan to participate should send a list of the names of their six-person team to Al Franchetta as soon as possible. Al will confirm the eligibility of the team members and send them along to tournament director Brian Camp for the drawing of boat numbers.
September 19, 2020 - Bass Bowl Preparations Underway
Preparations have begun for this year's club-against-club bragging rights "Bass Bowl" tournament. This year's location is the North East River in Maryland, launching from Anchor Marine. The date is Sunday, October 18, with tournament times of 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. As of right now, we're probably looking at holding the October 14 pre-tournament meeting via Zoom (8:00 PM start). Clubs that have attended at least four member meetings from January through October of this year qualify to participate. They'll need to send the names of their six-man team members to secretary Al Franchetta prior to the pre-tournament meeting (so that he can check them against club member rosters).
A $15 per boat entry fee will need to be paid to tournament director Brian Camp either in the days prior to the tournament or on the morning of the tournament, before launching. A launch fee of $12 per boat (includes a fee for use of weigh-in facilities) will need to be paid to Anchor on the morning of the tournament. All entrants will need to complete a waiver form prior to launch. Social distancing/face covering procedures will be in effect during the weigh-in and at all other times there is close contact between entrants (other than fishing partners in a boat). Clubs should be on the lookout for an email with tournament details from secretary Al Franchetta.
Due to a temporary furlough of State employees, the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife has closed down boat ramps at certain (but not all) Wildlife Management Area lakes until after July 27. The notice and list of affected ramps can be found here.
The SJBCA Scholarship Committee has announced the winners of the two scholarships we're presenting this year. The winners are: Stacey Ngo of Cedar Creek High School and Aidan Coombs of Arthur P. Schalick High School. Congratulations to both of them.
June 13, 2020 - New Sponsor on Board for Father's Day Tourney
New tournament sponsor ABS Welding & Electric of Vineland will allow us to make $40.00 cash payouts to 6th through 10th places at our June 21 fundraiser tournament. This is in addition to our Franzwa's Marine $500.00 1st Place Bonus and our Sandpiper Motel morning largemouth lunker prize & Vineland Roofing morning smallmouth lunker prize. Welcome aboard.
June 10, 2020 - Father's Day Open Buddy Tournament is a GO
We've received approval to proceed with our open buddy tournament at Union Lake on Sunday, June 21. Times are 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Entry fee is $60.00 per boat. Social distancing procedures will be practiced in the parking lot, ramp and weigh-in area (pretty much the same as we've been doing every year). Click here for flyer/entry form.
May 9, 2020 - May Meetings to Be Held Via Zoom
Our May 20 executive board and member meetings will be held via the Zoom tele-conferencing application. Details will be emailed and texted to club delegates. Ideally, attendees will have an electronic device with a self-facing camera, microphone & speaker.
April 5, 2020 - State Advises Against Holding Tournaments
Despite a State ban on fishing tournaments at NJ WMA lakes and NJ State Park lakes until at least the end of April, some groups are apparently still holding tournaments. Tournaments were reportedly held today at Union Lake WMA and at Parvin Lake at Parvin State Park. We were contacted by the State and asked to remind clubs that tournaments are not permitted at those lakes. And, in light of the governor's restriction on group activities of ten persons or more, no tournaments should be held anywhere. The SJBCA doesn't dictate to our clubs how they conduct their club business, but this situation could result in widespread closure of boat ramps to prevent groups from fishing together.
March 27, 2020 - Scholarship Application Deadline Extended
The deadline for submitting applications for our annual college scholarship has been extended until Tuesday, May 26 (previously was May 1). All mailed in applications must be postmarked by that date. Application materials may also be emailed (by that date) to Scholarship Committee chairperson Rashawn Lewis at email@example.com .
March 22, 2020 - Many Tournaments Cancelled
Due to the coronavirus outbreak and a NJ State executive order prohibiting group activities, bass tournaments are being cancelled or postponed. If you haven't heard whether a particular tournament is cancelled, contact the host club for more details.
March 16, 2020 - WMA & State Park Tournaments Suspended Until April 30
We've been notified by the State that all tournaments scheduled for NJ Wildlife Management Area lakes and NJ State Parks are being suspended until at least April 30. Clubs will need to decide whether they'll be cancelling, postponing or moving their affected events.
March 16, 2020 - Member Meeting Cancelled
The member meeting (and executive board meeting) scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, March 18, have been cancelled due to restrictions related to the coronavirus outbreak.
March 7, 2020 - Fishermen's Flea Market
Despite this year's event occurring during the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak of 2020, we had pretty good attendance and vendor participation. 315 paying customers risked the virus and some very windy & chilly weather to do some tackle shopping. The winners of our two tackle box raffles were: saltwater = Mike Harris; freshwater = Bill Morrison. Photos from the event are posted here. Thanks to all of the vendors, customers and volunteers who made this event a success. (We apologize to everyone for the Elks Lodge food concession people not showing up. We're currently looking into the reason.)
March 7, 2020 - Flea Market Raffle Donors
The SJBCA would like to thank all of the clubs, companies and individuals who donated items towards the two tackle box raffles we held at our Fishermen's Flea Market. Those donors included:
February 19, 2020 - North East River (MD) Voted as Bass Bowl Site
At our February member meeting, the member clubs voted for the North East River in Maryland as the location for our annual "Bass Bowl" tournament. We will be launching from Anchor Marine in North East. The date of this club-against-club event is October 18. (The date & location are considered tentative until arrangements and permit have been finalized.)
Local pro angler Mike Iaconelli's annual Ike Foundation Scholarship Dinner is scheduled this year for Friday, January 31, from 7-11 PM. The location is The Grove at Centerton. Tickets can be purchased for $45 (single), $360 (table of 8) or $450 (table of 10). Tickets include Yards beer, dinner, music, dessert, a 50/50 raffle and auction items donated by their generous sponsors. More details can be found on his foundation's website or Facebook page.
This is a reminder to member clubs that we need tackle donations towards the two tackle box raffles we run at our annual Fishermen's Flea Market (Saturday, March 7). Tackle items can be anything fishing related but need to be new. All donations should be given to Brian Camp or Coty Camp.
December 18, 2019 - Liability Insurance Available for Bass Clubs
The insurance agency that the SJBCA deals with for its liability insurance explained that they can obtain insurance coverage for individual bass clubs also. They said the minimum annual premium would probably be around $650.00, depending on club size, monetary receipts, etc. A club needs to utilize waiver forms for its club activities. Anyone interested in more details can contact Brandi Hallum at 206-535-6332 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
December 17, 2019 - Planning Underway for 2020 Fishermen's Flea Market on March 7
Our very popular annual Fishermen's Flea Market will take place on Saturday, March 7 (always the first Saturday in March) at the Millville Elks Lodge. An updated event flyer and vendor registration form have been posted on our Flea Market information page.
October 13, 2019 - DRFA Takes Conowingo Bass Bowl
In another tough Bass Bowl, Delaware River Fishermen's Association took the win with 15.45 lbs. South Jersey Hook This took second with 12.42 lbs. Cumberland County Bassmasters finished in third with 10.81 lbs. Fifteen boats from seven different clubs participated in the event, which was held at Conowingo Reservoir for the first time ever. Click here for detailed results.
September 18, 2019 - Bass Bowl Preparations Being Finalized
This year's club-against-club Bass Bowl will take place on Sunday, October 13, at Conowingo Reservoir in Maryland. Tournament times are 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The launch site will be Glen Cove Marina. As this body of water spans Maryland and Pennsylvania, either state's freshwater license is sufficient (but prohibits fishing up any of the other state's tributaries). Click here for information about Conowingo, including license reciprocity. A pre-tournament meeting will be held at the 4th Ward Bass Anglers clubhouse. Participating teams must send a rep to this meeting with their six-person team member names, entry fee money and ramp fee money. All tournament details will be covered at this meeting.
The South Jersey Bass Club Association will again be co-hosting the South Jersey Youth Outdoor Day on Saturday, August 17, at the Salem County Sportsmen's Club (Rt 40 in Carney's Point) from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. This is a free fishing & shooting-sports event for kids 7 to 17. We've been co-hosting this event since its inception in 2000. This year's registration began on July 1 and all of the 200 spots have been filled. We're looking for volunteers to help make this event a success. We need guys to help out with the pond fishing, target casting and SJBCA booth. If you're interested in helping out, please contact Fred Lentz. All volunteers earn a point towards an SJBCA fishing jacket. For more information on this event, check out the event website at sjyouthoutdoorday.org .
Due to expected extreme heat & humidity, our July member meeting has been relocated from the Thundergust picnic area at Parvin State Park to the normal location of the 4th Ward clubhouse on Richards Road (off of Parvins Mill Road). Start time is still 6:00 PM. We'll be doing scholarship presentations and have a feature speaker.
The SJBCA Scholarship Committee has announced the winners of this year's two scholarships. (The SJBCA grants one $500.00 scholarship from its own funds and, in many years, donors come forward with enough more money to fund a second one.) This year's winners are: Carly Mollins of Bordentown High School and Teresa Brostow of MATES (Marine Academy of Technology & Environmental Science). Congratulations to both of them and hopefully they can attend our July meeting so we can meet them and their families/friends in person.
June 6, 2019 - Preparations Being Finalized for June 16 Union Lake Tourney
Details are being finalized for our big annual open buddy bass tournament at Union Lake on Sunday (Father's Day) aka the "Steve Steinmetz Memorial". Anglers are looking forward again to the added $500 winners' bonus courtesy of Franzwa's Marine in Millville. This tournament also features special sponsored awards for the heaviest largemouth & smallmout bass weighed in before 10:00 AM. These awards are sponsored by Sandpiper Motel (North Wildwood) and Vineland Roofing. Remember that the morning registration/check-in and afternoon weigh-in are "drive thru" -- you need to proceed clockwise around the perimeter of the parking lot for both. Also, we can always use more volunteers to ensure the success of this event (contact tournament director Brian Camp). For more details on this tournament, CLICK HERE for the entry form/flyer
March 2, 2018 - Another Successful Flea Market
Our annual Fishermen's Flea Market was held on March 2 and this year's weather was a lot better than last year's. A full house of vendors showed up and 320+ paying customers passed through the doors. The winners of our two tackle box raffles were: saltwater = Jina; freshwater = Pat. The winner of the nice RiversWest foul weather jacket was John Platt. Photos from the event are posted here. Thanks to all of the vendors, customers and volunteers who made this event a success.
February 20, 2019 - Conowingo Selected for Bass Bowl
By a vote held at the February member meeting, Conowingo Lake in Maryland was chosen at the location for this year's Bass Bowl tournament. The event will be held on Sunday, October 13. More details will be available as we get closer to that date.
February 20, 2019 - Award Presentation Postponed
Due to inclement weather on the date of our February member meeting, attendance was down a bit and most of the Angler Excellence and Bass Bowl award winners did not attend the meeting. It was decided to postpone the presentation until the March meeting.
January 31, 2019 - Fishermen's Flea Market Preparations Underway
Event chairperson Stu Cohen reports that vendor tables are filling up for our annual Fishermen's Flea Market on Saturday, March 2, at the Millville Elks Lodge. Brian & Coty Camp are collecting lure donations towards our freshwater and saltwater tackle box raffles being held at the event. All event details, including event flyer, vendor registration form & directions, can be found on our Flea Market page.
January 17, 2019 - Locations Nominated for 2019 Bass Bowl
The members nominated potential locations for this year's Bass Bowl tournament (October 13). The final vote on the location will be held at the February member meeting. The nominated locations are: Pocomoke River, MD; Lake Hopatcong; North East River, MD; Greenwood Lake; Nanticoke River, MD/DE; and Conowingo Lake, MD.
January 6, 2019 - Ike Foundation Dinner Planned for January 25
Mike Iaconelli's "Ike Foundation" has announced that it's annual scholarship fundraising dinner will be held on Friday, January 25 from 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Tickets are $45.00 (+ processing fee). For more details, check out Ike's website.
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