The Fish Hawk's Saltwater Anglers Club's charter was established on April 6, 1977. The common goal was to form social fishing club, dedicated to good sportsmanship, preservation of the marine environment, and safeguarding our natural resources. Each year since, our membership has increased and the Club is now one of the largest and most active fishing clubs in New Jersey, devoted primarily to fishing for a variety of saltwater species. Expertise of members ranges from novice to expert, from fishing, crabbing, and clamming in the backwaters of Barnegat Bay, to the canyons ninety miles offshore.
Meetings are held at 7:30 P.M. on the first Thursday of each month at the Lacey Elks Lodge, 900 Beach Blvd, Forked River, N.J., guests are welcome. The agenda usually includes a informative guest speaker and/or video presentation.
We have a variety of social events including our Annual Awards Banquet, a family style picnic and a members only pizza and beer meeting.
We hold a Youth Fishing Seminar each year where we teach young people different aspects of fishing such as; Casting, Water Safety, and fish id. The children that attend are from Military Families stationed at the Joint Bases, McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst.
For members, we have a monthly fishing contest which runs from April to December, We have a Ladies only Fluke Tournament, several member fishing trips each year for various species including, Fluke, Sea Bass and Blackfish. Members can call each other for assistance out on the water or for fishing reports on the Club VHF radio channel #19.
We have a monthly newsletter that is either mailed to your home or emailed. The newsletter includes information on current legislation, discounts from advertisers, Presidents message and the "Hawk" which focuses on club activities and fishing regulations.
We also sponsor an Annual Fishing Flea Market in March.
Club Officers/Board of Directors
President: Karl Dahl
Vice President: David Bye
Secretary: George Royston
Treasurer: Gail Matuska
CFO: Tony Guadagnino
Board Of Directors:
Bob Whitey Dunlap
Club Committee Chairpersons:
Advertising - Maurice Schnakenberg
Banquet - David Bye
Bay Tournament - Whitey Dunlap & Bob Merkle
Fair Share - Tony Guadagnino, Bob Mauro
Fishing Contest - Kenn and Valerie Seefelt
Fishing Trips - Whitey Dunlap & Bob Merkle
Flea Market - Maurice Schnakenberg
Good & Welfare - Marilyn Dahl
JCAA Representative - Bill Browne
New Membership - Ken Rylak
Newsletter - Bob Merkle
Nominating Committee - Maurice Schnakenberg & Bob Merkle
Picnic - Cy & Tony Guadagnino
Political Advocate - Mickey Sherry
Rod & Reel - Paul Schell
Speakers Program - Bill Browne
Web Master – David Bye
Youth Fishing Seminar - Ken Rylak, Tony Guadagnino