Another great showing of shad fishermen turned out for our meeting at Fat Jack's. We were joined by Ron Zastocki the District Service Manager of the Marine Outboard Field Service for the Yamaha Marine Group. Ron shared Yamaha's vision for it's participation in donating the Boat Motor and Trailer package to the contest. With an eye toward recreational fishing and conservation of the resources, in both saltwater and fresh, Yamaha is dedicated to those groups who share the same interests now and well into the future. He spoke of the merging of these groups to speak as one when issues concerning sound management of our waters and fisheries arise.
The contest is ahead of last years numbers in both entrants and sponsors with the announced prize monies within easy reach. A number of new sponsors are on board and with the success of the banquet it looks to be above and beyond anyone's expectations.
Thanks to everyone for making the 1st Annual Spring Banquet a great success. From the superb, excellent, fantastic menu served up by Rob Orchulli to the donated and awarded prizes for the Tricky Tray and Silent Auction. A video was presented on the old school methods of shad fishing to scenes from past contests as was a fine presentation by John Berry of the DRSFA. John encouraged all to get involved in the efforts to bring back the American Shad to their historic numbers.
Bob Mayberry also spoke to the donation of the boat package to the contest and what it involved. Major sponsors, Yamaha, G3 Boats, and LoadRite are committed to helping the contest move toward the ultimate goal of conservation of the resource to the benefit of all.
Dave Au spoke to the dedication and drive of founder and manager Eric Fistler to which there was great applause. A great kickoff to the season ahead. Looking forward to doing this again next year. Thanks again!
A fantastic turnout at the Riverside Barr and Grill with an even more fantastic announcement from contest sponsor Bob Mayberry of Mayberry Sales and Service Marine. Bob announced that Yamaha Outboards, G3 Boats, and Load Rite Trailers has stepped up to the plate and are sponsoring a BOAT, MOTOR, and TRAILER to be awarded to a lucky contestant entered in the contest.
Welcome New Sponsors 2017
Spruce Hollow Taxidermy Studio
Lynn's Complete Notary
Miller's Paint and Hardware
A big shout out to Shad Fishermen, Dave Au, Pat Lilly, Fritz Boettger, and Rich Stagaard for stepping up and sponsoring the contest. Thanks for your dedication, guys. Your contributions go a long way toward the success of the event.
Good night at the Riverside Barr and Grill. A great showing of shad fishermen and a major boost to the contest from Mayberry Marine with a donated boat, motor, and trailer from G3 Boats, Yamaha Outboards and Load Rite
Another great turnout at Dub's on 5th. A lot of old faces returned with a lot of new. Much talk about the upcoming season and a good number of people signing up for the contest and the upcoming Spring Banquet on March, 11. Please take note that there will be tickets at the door. We are looking forward to a great night out with good food, fun and prizes
Great gathering at IL GAETANO 'S tonight for our January meeting. The excitement level is high with the mild temperatures lately. I think we will be catching shad in mid March this year. Everyone seems to be getting their gear ready for the upcoming shad run. I hope to see you all at our February meeting..... Eric
all meeting photos courtesy of Dave Perusso
Another good turnout at our meeting at contest sponsor Pints and Pies. A lot of sign ups and talk of the dinner banquet and shad coming in March. Stay tuned for details and plans for what looks to be a great night out just before the shad season kicks into high gear. Mark your calendars for March 11
Rules Changes for 2017
Due to feedback from many contestants and starting in 2017, every angler in the boat must be registered in the contest. A non fishing companion is acceptable. I will leave it up to the contestants to police this rule. If a contestant is caught with a non registered angler, or anglers on board, all will be banned from fishing the contest in the future, and the registered angler will be disqualified. We have volunteers up and down the river. I encourage everyone to mindful of who is fishing in your area. Ask other anglers if you are not sure.
A letter from the DRSFA to all interested in preserving the shad runs up the DelawareHi Everybody, As many of you already know, the Delaware River Shad Fishermen’s Association (DRSFA) with help from the Lehigh River Stocking Association (LRSA) has dedicated almost $17,000, so far, towards the construction of a permanent home for the Shad Tank at Hugh Moore Park. This 44’ x 24” building will provide a secure enclosure for the Shad Spawning Tank and allow us to have a permanent set up for the tank as well as all of the pumps, piping and equipment connected to the tank. In the past, we have had to assemble and then disassemble all of the pipes and pumps before and after each Shad season. This building will enable us to be ready each season with minimal delays in preparation due to weather or lack of manpower and will also provide adequate room for storage of all the transfer tanks and other tools and equipment used in the program.Our goal is to provide all of the shad eggs necessary to the various Shad in Schools programs in the area and to provide an educational program at the Shad Tank with live video of the fish as they do their thing. Each day the water is tested for temperature and dissolved oxygen and the eggs from the tank are collected and put in McDonald Jars for observation and testing. Local high school and college students are encouraged to take part in this program, especially the lab work, which could lead them to a career in various aquatic fields. All eggs and fry end up in the Lehigh or Delaware Rivers to help ensure the success of future Shad runs.
All of this is possible, but we need your help. We need at least another $5,000+ to install a concrete floor and complete this initial phase of construction. Additional money will be necessary for shelving, electric and other improvements, but first we need to prepare the site and erect the building. Anything you can do to help in this effort would be greatly appreciated. Donations should be sent to: DRSFA, 2240 W. Columbia Street, Allentown, PA 18102-5220.
Thanks, Mike Topping, President, DRSFA
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Time to shine those spoons and refresh the line on your reels
Good things come to those who wait!
Mr. Moser comes to Easton
Bringing one to the net
Shad.Com taking a break
Dollbaby flying her flag
Shore chuckers working it