A good night at Dubs on 5th. Nice crowd and a great announcement of two corporate sponsors coming on board. C.T. Matarazzo Excavating and Masonry along with World Cup Cheerleading. Its great to have them. It was also announced that our Buy, Sell, Show and Tell Swap Meet will be held on Thursday, March 29 at the Huntington Station 75 Firehouse.

On another note applications are ahead of last year as well as the sponsorship's. Everything is shaping up to make 2018's event the best ever.

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It was a great night at the 2nd Annual Spring Banquet. In attendance was Yamaha representative, Ron Zostocki, whose talk gathered a big round of applause as he expressed Yamaha's commitment to the contest going forward. Yamaha is all things marine and is dedicated to the education of the public to the resources we all share  The exceptional menu served up by Rob Orchulli and his fiance Joanne Frezza Saydek was once again above and beyond. Bob Mayberry played auctioneer and raffled off a top end Stihl chainsaw. The bidding was fast and steady until it topped out at $210. Not too shabby, to say the least, for both Bob's inaugural effort. More fun followed as it was time for the tricky tray drawings and as usual some were luckier than others in winning some very nice prizes. A great night indeed!



Great turnout at Il Gaetano

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A lot of great food to go along with great discussion on everything from what's happening with the contest in the days and weeks ahead to what is the best color of spoons and darts. Our good sponsors Devlen and Holly Mackey of Mackey's Orchards were in attendance.  It was great to have them witness and participate in the discussions to see first hand the dedication of all involved with putting on the contest. Rich Staagard, once again, stepped up as a Fisherman Sponsor. The sponsorships are greatly appreciated and go a long way to the success of the event.

Once again this year, StackFish.com will be sponsoring the contest. The website is one of the most comprehensive and story filled fishing websites on the internet covering every state and every species that fishermen pursue. There is a forum to share in methods and ideas as well as catch reports to see who is catching what and where. Thank you, Jim Brazil, fellow fisherman and founder of StackFish for being aboard. We encourage all to check out and join this fine website.

It was obvious that the coming shad run was on the minds of all. Entries and sponsorship's are ahead of last year's numbers and the request for banquet tickets is moving along smoothly. By all indications the banquet should be as good, if not better, than last year. There will be bingo for the ladies and the kids, as well as the silent auctions and tricky trays. Once again, we are asking all for item contributions, sporting related or not, that all would enjoy. The banquet will be held on Saturday, March 10 at he Alpha Firehouse at 1109 Lee Ave in Alpha NJ from 6 to 9 PM. There will be tickets at the door.

The issue of parking at the Phillipsburg launch came up once again, and once again the answers are with the Phillipsburg town council whose next meeting will be March 6th at 7:00pm. There is much discussion on the matter as they try to sort it out to the satisfaction of all parties. We have been assured in the past that some type of permit system will be in place. We'll see. All are invited to attend this public meeting to support the fishermen using the lot or to voice their concerns. To be clear the parking fees for the days of the tournament are waived. We will update all of the details once they are finalized.

Our next meeting will be at Dubs on 5th on Thursday, March 15th at 6:30 PM while our annual Buy, Sell, Show and Tell, Swap Meet will be held on March 29th at 6:30pm in the Huntington Station 75 Fire Hall in Pohatcong.


A good crowd on an iffy winter night showed up at the Riverside Barr and Grill for an informative, productive meeting. Two in that crowd were Ron Zastocki, the District Service Manager and Darryl Mosher, the District Marketing Manager of Yamaha Marine. Ron and Darryl spoke to the commitment of Yamaha and G3 to the boating and fishing community and to their support of the Bi State Shad Fishing Contest. They discussed what Yamaha is doing as a company in its efforts to promote the conservation of our resources while reaching out to youth and education in the marine field. Ron also spoke to the overall involvement of many groups through one to keep the checks and balance that is needed to keep our fisheries intact. The Jersey Coast Anglers Association is one such organization as is the The New Jersey Outdoor Alliance. Their mission is critical for the proliferation and protection of all species in freshwater and salt.

The discussion on getting youth involved in fishing and the outdoors resulted in forming plans for a youth fishing day. Stay close for more on this effort to get kids on the water. There was also talk of trying, once again, to get a competition fishing day between the mayors of Easton and Phillipsburg and/or other community leaders.

Contest Manager, Eric Fistler, brought it to the attention of all that our great sponsor Tees by Bees, Screen Printing and Embroidery will be promoting the contest with radio spots on three local radio stations for 3 weeks ahead of the event. This is a big deal and we can not thank Eddie and Tina enough! He also announced and thanked Barney Dailey for reaching out to Pennsylvania Outdoor News and getting advertising space that was included in 7000 copies of their news magazine to be handed out at the Great American Outdoor Show currently running in Harrisburg, PA.

Duke Frinzi announced that he will not be holding his one day shad tourney due to the recent loss of his love and companion LeeAnn Ivins. He invited all who took part to a gathering at the Riverside Barr and Grill for a Celebration of Life in memory of LeeAnn in its place. The celebration is Saturday, April 14 at 2:00 pm.

The parking issue of the Phillipsburg launch lot is to be rewritten to accommodate in favor of the fishermen to what looks like the same amendments written in July, but never read. The ordinance was just repealed and will be replaced by early spring. There is a work session for the issue of all town parking to take place at the Fisher House at 535 Fisher Ave. Phillipsburg, on February 13 at 7 pm.


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Another nice turnout at Fat Jacks to roll into the new year. Of all of the news, the best was the announcement that the Yamaha Outboard Jet, the G3 Boat, and Bear trailers have been secured and will once again be offered as a prize to one lucky entrant of the contest. Applications are starting to come in and sponsors are coming on board.

Our 2nd Annual Banquet is scheduled for March the 10th which will be held at the Alpha Firehouse once again. Stay tuned for ticket information.

photos by Dave Perruso

The Bi State Shad Fishing Contest supports our friends in the salt.

The  Jersey Coast Anglers Association


The seven year moratorium of fracking in the Delaware River Basin has come to an end. Please follow the links to be informed of the new proposals and take steps to either attend the public hearings or to send in your comments. It is an issue all shad fishermen should be aware of and concerned with. It should require our undivided attention to keep our river clean for future generations. Thank you.



Delaware River Basin Commission|Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Public Hearing

Public Comment/Input Form

Scholarship Offered by the Delaware River Shad Fishermen's Association

Best Numbers of Returning Shad Fry in Many Years



Great attendance for the November meeting at Dub's on 5th. A lot of discussion on the upcoming season and of course news of the contest. The best news was that Yamaha Outboards will once again be sponsoring a brand new Jet outboard for the 2018 event while the boat and trailer are in the works through Mayberry Marine. A list of sponsors both business and individual have already stepped up to the plate. Things are off to a good start.

John Berry of the DRSFA announced that there will be a public meeting and hearing on the removal of the Columbia Dam on the Paulinskill River. The meeting is to be held on Monday, November 20th from 6:00 to 9:00pm at the North Warren Regional High School Auditorium at 10 Noe Road in Blairstown, NJ 07825. The public at large is invited to attend to voice their support in the effort to remove the dam.  

John also expressed the importance of the shad restoration projects and the need for all to be involved in the effort either in support or hands on.

Eric Fistler announced that the entry fee will increase to $40 for adults and $30 for kids 15 and under. $5 of the fee will go toward membership of all entrants into the Delaware River Shad Fishermens Association to help in their continuing conservation efforts.



Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 10 for the 2nd Annual Bi State Shad Fishing Contest Banquet

Join us for a great night of great food, great fun, and some great prizes!

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