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Each year I would raise my hand during the "New Business" portion of the APFC meeting and would gently suggest to long-time President and great guy Joe Ercolino that we run a Catch & Release tournament. After the laughter and quick one liners he would say, 'No". But I would try again during another meeting.
This year Chris went on to run, which is a ton of work, the Surfcaster's Inc. Fall Catch and Tournament. This is a Facebook fishing group, made up of a lot of hardcore anglers, many of who have adopted a catch and release mindset when it comes to striped bass. Education, and a little peer pressure, has done well for the catch and release movement as of late.
When I saw this tournament I asked him about having a fly-fishing division, and he opened it up, but I couldn't get participant's in time for the registration before the start of the 8 week, then playoffs, tournament. Kudos to Chris and all of the anglers that participated.
For the next tournament I will reach out to Chris again and get some of the Jersey Shore flyrodders involved in this great event.
Some interesting stats that came out of the tournament-
Over 9 weeks,
316 keeper sized fish released, plus an untold plethora of short or slot fish
And the largest,