Written by Recreational Fishing Alliance
Tuesday, 14 December 2010 16:07
Budget Committee Sends S1122/A823 For Full Senate Vote As Early As 12/20
December 14, 2010 - This morning in Committee Room 4 on the 1st floor of
the State House Annex in Trenton, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
voted unanimously to send S1122 (and its Assembly companion bill A823) to the
Senate for a full vote. According to the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA),
the committee's vote today means the Senate could vote on New Jersey's saltwater
registry bill as early as December 20.
According RFA Executive Director Jim Donofrio who testified before the
committee in support of the legislation, all eleven Senate committee members who
heard statements today from both sides easlily saw the fiscal benefits of the
legislation and found complete consensus with regard to the merits of the
"The legislators who have supported the free registry have made it very
clear that there's no place for a saltwater fee in New Jersey," Donofrio said.
"It's quite obvious that the Senators and Assembly representatives from various
committees are in unanimous consent that a free saltwater registry is the way to
move forward at this time, and we're very thankful for the democratic process,"
Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May) and Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Red
Bank), S1122 would require the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP) to maintain a free annual saltwater registry program to meet the new
federal mandate for data collection, allowing New Jersey's coastal fishermen to
avoid paying a $15 federal registration fee beginning January 1. The bill was
approved unanimously in the Senate Environment Committee last week.
Written by Gary Cuputi
Thursday, 09 December 2010 11:41
Just got a call from Jim Hutchinson from the RFA. He was in Trenton at
the Senate committee hearing this morning with Jim Donofrio. Senator
Smith finally bowing to pressure put the free angler registry
legislation up for a committee vote and it passed unanimously with only
Senator Smith abstaining!
Senator Van Drew provided extremely
well documented testimony detailing the importance of recreational
saltwater fishing to the state, the millions it generated in tax
revenue, the money the state receives from the federal Wallop-Breaux
Funds and how it is designated and how important fishing is to the shore
area and overall state economy. He hit every salient point perfectly
and backed it up with the facts putting everyone on the committee at
ease with the decision to support the legislation.
and Jim Donofrio asked me to extend to all of you who wrote, emailed
and called your State Senators and those who took time to attend today's
meeting in Trenton a BIG THANK YOU!
We are facing so many issues
that are aimed at destroying recreational fishing in saltwater and when
we pull together we can get things done.
The legislation is
slated for a floor vote in the Senate before the end of the year, where
it is expect to pass handily. If one of your representatives is on the
committee, call their office and thank them for their actions today. If
not, call you state senator and tell them to vote for the legislation
when it comes to the floor next week.
Written by Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Monday, 29 November 2010 12:15
RFA-NJ ACTION ALERT - ANGLERS URGED TO SUPPORT S1122
November 29, 2010 - Starting January 1, saltwater
fishermen in New Jersey will be required to pay $15 to the federal government in
order to fish upon state coastal waters. To avoid the fee, New Jersey need only
pass Senate Bill number S1122 which is now resting in the Senate Environment
Committee chaired by Piscataway Democrat Senator Robert Smith. An Assembly
version (A823) has already passed (54-16) which would allow the state to apply
for "exempted state designation from the federal registration requirements" and
would require the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to
maintain a free annual registry program to meet the new federal mandate for data
Surfcasters, boaters, tackle shops, party and charter boat
captains, marina owners, and livery operators up and down the Jersey Shore have
openly supported S1122, and the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and our
allies in the coastal community have spent three years pushing to get this
registry legislation passed on their behalf. In recent months, we've met with a
number of legislators including both Senators and Assembly representatives, and
have found there's overwhelming support in Trenton to get S1122 out of
committee; RFA has even heard from the Governor's own staff on their commitment
to fulfilling a campaign pledge to not implement any new taxes on New Jersey
residents, which is precisely what a fee to fish will be.........
Written by Ron Nuzzolo
Sunday, 14 November 2010 14:42
Massive sea swells continued to roll through the shore as high as twelve
feet at Romer Shoals. Big ocean swells stirred up plenty of bait fish and
produced birds working on the surface making fall bass conditions picture
perfect. Bass fishing remained steady from Romer Shoals to Shark River Inlet if
you had a strong stomach and waited for the tide changes. With good marks
showing signs of fish, anglers roughed it out and picked away at keepers most of
With all the bait in the water anglers are trying everything
from trolling, cut baits, clams, eels and jigs, whatever it takes for one last
shot at a fall trophy before wrapping it up for 2010. Boats can be seen all along
the shore line as boaters give it one more run and a few more casts. Bass
should continue to hang around with the bait and as long as the weather holds
up, we should see fish well into December. There is plenty of spearing and rain
fish the bass are feeding on, this should support some really big fish to be
| Art s Nice Catch aboard The Fisherman
Captain Ron's Fishermen has been waiting out the tide swings and
patiently picking away at bass. Patrons have been coming home with some nice
keepers and fighting shorts in between. Captain Ron is sailing daily open boats
for one last shot at a monster fall bass. Pick a day and give it one last
Captain Carmine aboard the Island Girl III has been working a few
spots along the Ambrose channel and Romer shoals with cut bunker. Ron Sr.,
Richie and Captain Carmine have been picking bass up to thirty pounds. Anchored
patiently and fighting through endless big dog fish and chopper blues to get to
a few big fall bass has paid off for the crew. Captain Carmine said he will keep
the boat in the water as long as the bass stick around and he can put a crew
Captain Mike aboard the Sea Hawk from Perth Amboy made a few
inshore drops and found blackfish up to 8lbs. Captain Mike will sail daily for
Black fish 7:30 am. The crew is on a mission to find big fish both on the
in-shore and off shore wrecks. If you?re looking for a good wreck trip for big
black fish then give Captain Mike a call and pick a date.
big ocean swells will lie down this week and anglers will get another shot to
get back on the fish before pulling the boats for the winter..........
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