Club Meeting: March 20, 2018: American Shad Fishing in the Merrimack River presented by Eric Roach

 

Please join us for a discussion of fishing the exciting spring-run of American Shad in the Merrimack River.  The focus of the presentation will be on fishing the lower Merrimack, from Essex Dam in Lawrence to the mouth of the river.  Topics will include specific locations to fish; times to fish; rod/reel/line choices; lures to use; presentation, techniques, and other important shad-fishing nuances.
Come learn about this incredible world-class fishery, right here in eastern Massachusetts.

The presenter is Eric Roach, who has 18 years of experience fishing for spring-run shad.  A regular at Rocks Village, he has spent countless hours unlocking the secrets of the lower Merrimack.  He loves to share his knowledge with other shad anglers and will surely offer you something to help improve your success this spring.

Please join us on Tuesday, March 17, 2018 for another great angling seminar.  Our monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at PITA Hall on Plum Island (8 Plum Island Turnpike, Newbury, MA.)  The doors open at 7:00 PM. Dinner is served at prices that will not break the bank. 🙂 The club meeting starts at 7:30 PM.  After the meeting, we have a seminar by a featured angler. Seminars are free for club members; there is a $5.00 charge for non-members.  Membership information is available here.
Find driving directions and information on parking here.
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Summer Scholarship for Marine Biology Course

We are sharing some information from:

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s
Gills Club Scholarship

(not a Plum Island Surfcasters Club program)

 

SHARK BIOLOGY & CONSERVATION COURSE AT SHOALS MARINE LAB

 

COURSE

Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) is offering a course in Shark Biology & Conservation July 16-30th 2018.  The last 30 years have produced an explosion of new information on the biology of the approximately 1,000 living species of sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras, which collectively make up the group Chondrichthyes. This course will cover advanced topics in the evolution, diversity, anatomy, functional morphology, physiology, sensory systems, behavior, reproduction, development, and conservation of cartilaginous fishes.  Read more about the course objectives HERE.

The course is being taught by Gills Club co-founder, Dr. Heather Marshall.

SCHOLARSHIP

Thanks to the generosity of an Atlantic White Shark Conservancy donor, we are pleased to offer a full-ride ($7,000) Gills Club scholarship (tuition, room & board, and the Shoal’s lab fee) for one student. In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must follow these requirements:

-Scholarship is only available to female applicants.

-Two semesters of undergraduate science, or permission of the instructor.

-Students must submit transcripts that support an average GPA of 3.5.  Exception: Employed students with an average GPA of 3.0-3.49 can still apply but must include a proof of employment letter from a supervisor, that shows work hours and length of employment.

-Submit a one-page essay answering one of the following questions:

  • What would it mean for you to take Shark Biology and Conservation at SML?
  • How would this course contribute to your future career goals?

APPLY
(DEADLINE APRIL 1, 2018)

1) Apply for SML Course:
COURSE APPLICATION

2) Apply for AWSC’s Gills Club Scholarship:
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

There are also some partial scholarships for students taking multiple classes (not limited to females.)  Deadline for those is March 1st.  https://www.shoalsmarinelaboratory.org/tuition-breakdown

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Club Meeting: February 20, 2018: Annual How-To Night

Every year our February meeting is the “How-To” night with practical sessions on various skills for fishermen–including rigging a line,  using particular lures, tying flies, etc.

More details to come  as we finalize the program.

  • Martha Moulton of Surfland Bait & Tackle will lead a workshop on reel maintenance.  Bring a reel (working or non-working) and let Martha show you how to clean and maintain your reel.
  • James Jewkes will teach tying bucktail lures.
  • Clay Patles will teach rigging soft plastics.
  • Michael Toole will show how to make leaders for plug and bait rigs.
  • Bring your tying gear and vices.
  • All Juniors welcome and encouraged to attend.
Please join us on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 for the annual How-To Night, when we teach important skills like reel maintenance, jig set-up and fly tying.  Our monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at PITA Hall on Plum Island (8 Plum Island Turnpike, Newbury, MA.)  The doors open at 7:00 PM. DINNER WILL BE SERVED (with many thanks to Angela.)  Monthly seminars resume in March.  Membership information is available here.
Find driving directions and information on parking here.
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Fish On! Every Tuesday in February at the Andover Library

Every February the Andover Library hosts the Fish On! series of talks on Tuesday evenings.  You’ll see some familiar faces speaking there.

 

Feb. 6th:  Eric Roach

American Shad Fishing in the Merrimack River

Feb. 13th:  Tim Moore

Sweetwater Fishing Opportunities

Feb. 20th:  Skip & Al Montello

Far, Far Away Fishing with Captains Skip & Al Montello

Feb. 27th:  Brian Coombs

Striped Bass, Boston Harbor and Beyond

More information can be found at the library website.

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