Raritan Bay Anglers Club > Newsletters > SPRING ISSUE 4/22/20

The Covid-19 Pandemic is Affecting Us All

We are in unprecedented times. The corona virus has affected us all. Many of us have lost family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. We must all pull together and follow the stay at home to save lives order and social distancing when we have to go out.

Many of our club members want to get out fishing during this spring striper run. Some boats were able to get launched and some are still sitting on land because of marina and boat yard closures. Party and charter boats have been shut down. It’s a tough situation for us all. Be patient, we will get through this.

One positive note that may come from this is less pressure on the bass which may give us a better spawn and increase biomass in the upcoming years.

RBAC Supports Our Heroes on the Front Lines

The Raritan Bay Anglers Club is donating 10 pizzas every Tuesday to Hackensack Meridian Health at Raritan Bay Medical center in Perth Amboy. It is our way of saying Thank You to these brave medical professionals who leave their own families to help save ours.

Please Help us by donating a pizza for our frontline heroes at Raritan Bay Medical Center. Pies are only $7. Help the people who give there lives TO SAVE us!

You can help by calling the DOMINO’S in Perth Amboy 732-442-4433 before 5pm on Tuesdays. Tell them you are joining our pizza drive. This food will go directly to our heroes saving lives on the front line at the Hospital. Thank you from Raritan Bay Anglers Club.

Members Spring Photos 2020

Raritan Bay Anglers Annual Fisherman’s Flea Market

RBAC Fisherman Flea Market

The Raritan Bay Anglers Club held their Annual Fisherman’s Flea Market on Saturday, February 2nd between the hours of 8am and 2pm. This event was held at the E-Hotel in Edison. Vendors from the tristate area were on hand with both new and used fishing gear. This event was our biggest yet with well over 110 tables and record numbers passing through the door, this show is quickly becoming the premier event of the season. Admission was only $5 for adults and children over the age of 12. Thanks to all of our great vendors and patrons who came out to make this show a huge success.

A mega raffle was held for over $2200 worth of prizes which included a charter trip, boating safety class, a cooler, bunker spoons, mojo’s and all types of fishing lures and tackle for both inshore and offshore. Congratulations to Barbara Calvanelli and Darrell Weaver who were the lucky winners of this prize package.

The M3 Tackle Crew
Raritan Bay Anglers Annual Fisherman’s Flea Market
Capt. Kyle – Evening Tide Charters
The ladies of M3 Tackle

RBAC Big Bass for Cash Tournament

The Raritan Bay Anglers Club Battle of the Boarders – Redemption Striped Bass Tournament scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2020 is cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. We are looking to reschedule it in the fall. More info will be available soon. Follow us on Facebook and our club website for updated information.

RBAC Annual Charity Fluke Tournament

The Raritan Bay Anglers Club 30th annual Charity Fluke Tournament scheduled for Saturday, July 11, 2020 is still on. The tournament will again be held out of the Perth Amboy Municipal Marina on Front Street. Additional weigh stations will be set up participating marinas. Anglers from the tri-state area will be participating for the top prize. Last year we saw a winning fish of over 10 pounds win the contest. We expect to see more large fluke caught this year.

We are in need of sponsors to donate doorprizes for the Capt’s. Meeting on Thursday, July 9th.
Follow us on Facebook and our club website for updated information.

Striped Bass Bonus Program

The 2020 Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) is currently closed and is scheduled to reopen on May 15, 2020, depending on the circumstances regarding COVID-19. Permits issued for 2019 are not valid in 2020. Applications for the 2020 SBBP are not currently being accepted. A new application must be submitted for 2020.

Reporting of all harvested bonus fish is mandatory.

Effective May 15, 2020, the SBBP regulations are as follows:

  • One fish per permit 24″ to less than 28″
  • May 15, 2020 – December 31, 2020

Please note that the order of fish harvested does not matter.

RBAC News & Notes

  • Until further notice RBAC meetings will be held on Zoom. Watch your email for the notice.
  • The Big Bass for Cash Tournament scheduled for May 9th has been cancelled.
  • The Annual Charity Fluke tournament will be held as scheduled on July 11th. Now is the time to solicit the door prizes and sponsors. * Practice social distancing when out fishing. Fish alone or with your immediate family only.
  • The RBAC Annual Club picnic is scheduled for August 9th.
  • The Kids Fishing Derby will be tentatively held on September 12th.
  • Thanks to Don Beyer, Pete Santero, Lori Traina and everyone who helped and supported our Annual Fisherman’s Flea Market. It was a huge success.
  • Don’t forget to get your Coast Guard Vessel Safety Check this spring!

“Raritan Bay Anglers Club” is a non-profit organization for fishing enthusiasts in the Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay areas. Club activities such as our Annual Charity Fluke Tournament support local charities plus organizations that protect our marine environment.”

The Raritan Bay Anglers Club began as small group of Perth Amboy fisherman who happened to own boats that were docked at the original Perth Amboy Marina. The group ended up disbanding while the new marina was being built and later reformed in 1991 to include fisherman from other areas of the state.

Pete Santero President
Don Beyer Vice President
Al Hrehowsik Treasurer
Lori Traina Secretary

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