December 28th 2012 - ASAC President Message
I will be having an informal meeting on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the FOP
Lodge in Berlin, New Jersey (directions to the lodge below). At this time we will
have a tentative calendar of events and take any address changes or tournament
changes for the coming year. We will have at this meeting important items and
information for all host clubs for the coming year. If any club wants to change
their tournament date or drop their tournament, please let me know as soon as
If you cannot make it to the meeting, send someone in your place so your club
will be informed. Please, only 2 members per club unless they are an ASAC
officer, etc. Remember, this is not a voting meeting, just a get together for the
parties listed above. Also, if you are thinking about a by-law change or a fish
change, this is the perfect time to see if your ideas will be accepted one way
or the other by a good majority of the member clubs. New ideas are always
welcomed by the Board, so don’t be shy and tell us what you think.
The meeting will start at 9:15 AM and finish at 1:00 PM. We will serve coffee and
donuts at 8:30AM and lunch at 12:00 noon. Please call Jim Jefferys at 609-624-1427 or 609-846-3279 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to
attend so we can plan on food.
Hope to see you,
From the Marlton circle (intersection of Rts. 70 &73) take 73 south
approx. 8 miles to Franklin Ave. Turn right on Franklin Ave., continue through
the intersection of Franklin Ave and Rt. 561.(Nards Deli on the right). After this
intersection go to the first street on the right, Pine Ave. Make a right on Pine. Go
about !/4 mile. The FOP Building is on the left. The Berlin Twp. Senior Center is
on the right. For further info or directions call Dick Halasek 609-263-7555. Snow
or foul weather cancellation call Dick at his no. above or Jim Jefferys at 609-846-3279.
Welcome to the Association of Surf Angling Clubs
The Association of Surf Angling Clubs was founded in 1915 by a dedicated group of surf anglers primarily interested in perfecting and improving the art of surfcasting. Several of those instrumental in its founding were H.W. Shaner, who was Secretary/Treasurer for 50 years, Harry Stelwagon and numerous others.
Since the beginning of the Association, tournaments were and remain the prime focus of the Association, sanctioning surf fishing tournaments and acting as an arbiter when needed. The Association also reviews and calculates the points at each tournament to determine the championship teams and individual champions. The team and individual winners are awarded championship jackets, prizes and awards at the end of the tournament season.
One of the original concepts for the Association during its formation was conservation of marine resources, though no active role was played by the Association in this field until the original pressure for Striped Bass Legislation was made in 1948.
At that time, the Association played a very active role in the passage of the rules now in effect. Since that period, the Association has continued its role as a leader in the conservation field, especially in the state of New Jersey, where the majority of member clubs are located.
Presently, the Association promotes surf fishing to our youth through youth fishing tournaments and seminars. With the help of several communities, the Hooked on Fishing not on Drugs program and the Dare program, youth fishing tournaments have grown and stimulated the interest in the art of surf fishing for many of our youth. These tournaments have well over 200 children participate.
In addition to tournaments, conservation, and youth education, the Association takes an active role in beach access for all, up and down the East Coast. The Association is an active member of UMAPA, (United Mobile Access Preservation Association) with many of the clubs individual members belonging to access groups such as New Jersey Beach Buggy Association, North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, Outer Banks Preservation Association and others.
The main goal of the Association of Surf Angling Clubs is as it always has been and still does, to promote the sport of Surf Fishing.
As we move closer to our 100th Anniversary, many people to numerous to mention have kept up the tradition of this organization and all from the founders to today’s officers are to be commended for a job well done.