2012 Asbury Park Summer Fishing Challenge

Sponsored by the Asbury Park Fishing Club & Madison Marquette
June 20th - June 24th

First Prize Winner,Taylor Ring, and Joe Pallotto of the Asbury Park Fishing Club

Over 100 fishermen and fisherwomen participated in the 2012 Asbury Park Summer Fishing Challenge from June 20th to June 24th. The challenge, which was open to the public, was sponsored by the Asbury Park Fishing Club and Madison Marquette and was limited to only surf fishing within the boundaries of Sandy Hook to the Spring Lake and Sea Girt border. The Wonderbar in Asbury Park served as the official weight in station.

This year’s first place prize winner was Taylor Ring, Neptune City, who caught a 12lb 3oz striped bass. Second prize winner was awarded to Jim Bourne, Shark River Hills, who caught a 10lb 15oz striped bass while the first prize winner in the bluefish category was awarded to Jack Monteiro, Long Branch, who caught a 12lb 7oz bluefish.


Beach Access Information

I'm very sad to report that our dear friend and fellow APFC member Billy McFadden passed away. Billy will be missed by all who knew him.

William McFadden

AGE: 69 • Ocean Grove

William McFadden, 69, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at Manor Care, Yardley, Pa. Born in Irvington, N.J. to the late William and Evelyn McFadden, he has been an Ocean Grove resident for the past 35 years. Mr. McFadden was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Vietnam War and retired from the Aberdeen Township Water Company. He loved fishing and baseball, was a member of the Asbury Park Fishing Club and was an avid Boston Red Sox Fan.He is survived by his cousins, Ann P. Harmer, Rachel Harmer, and Amanda Connelly.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 at St. Mark Church, Bristol Boro. Interment is private. Friends may call from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday morning at the Wade Funeral Home, 1002 Radcliffe St., Bristol, Pa. www.wadefh.com.

2011 Asbury Park Summer Fishing Contest Results

Over $800 in prizes were awarded to winners of the 2011 Asbury Park Summer Fishing Contest.  The contest, sponsored by Madison Marquette and the Asbury Park Fishing Club, was held June 22 - June 26 and limited to surf fishing in ocean waters from Sandy Hook to the Spring Lake/Sea Girt border. The official weigh-in station was the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park and Century Rod donated an 11 foot long casting rod for one of the prizes.
Winners were Dominic DiGirolamo, first place with a 41 lb.10 oz. striped bass, Shawn DeVincenzo, second place with a 41 lb. 4 oz. striped bass, Bob McCloskey, third place with a 40 lb. 1 oz. striped bass and Ray Soyka, fourth place with 39 lb. 11oz. striped bass.    Other fishermen who weighed in fish during the contest were Paul Capoblanco, Joe Devino, Chris Buchta, Paul Menser and Paul Jimenez.

See photos of Asbury Park Summer Fishing Contest


2010 Fishing Season Awards

Trophies were awarded on May 22 for 2010 Fishing Season during the picnic at the Oak Tree Lodge, Wall Township.  The winners for largest striped bass caught from the surf were: first place, Todd Sages at 50.5 lbs and tied for second place, Lou Feninger and Tiago Diaz at 42.7  lbs.  The largest fluke caught was Dave DeGraw at 7 lbs; the largest striped bass caught from a boat was Mike Holwitz at 44.1 lbs; and the Junior Award for largest striped bass went to Ryan DeGraw with a 34 lbs fish.  The largest striped bass caught from the river were: first place, Paul Moomjian at 26.8 lbs and second place, Chris Buchta at 25.8 lbs.  The Most Valuable Fisherman for 2010 Tournaments was Ray Soyka.  Congratulations to all the winners!


Beach Access

NJDEP's Beach Access Rules Flawed

Joe and Ray on NJN News: Deal Beach Access

Op-Ed Asbury Park Press May 13, 2011

Letter to Governor Christie regarding Deal, NJ Beach Access

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Sergeant Anthony T. Napoleone: Asbury Park Police Dept, plug builder and owner of One Star Lures

AGE: 51 - Avon

Sergeant Anthony T. Napoleone, age 51, of Avon, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2011 at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. He was born and raised in Paterson. He was a Police Officer for Asbury Park Police Department for 17 years. Anthony was a member of the Asbury Park Fishing Club, and PBA Local.

Surviving are his wife Detective Lieutenant Mary Bulsiewicz Napoleone of Long Branch, son Travis Napoleone of Long Branch, his parents Joseph and Joan Napoleone, two brothers Joseph Napoleone and wife Dawn of Haskell, NJ, and David Napoleone of Manville, NJ, one sister Edith Alderton and husband Jack of Landing, NJ, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm Tues., July 12, 2011 at the Francioni, Taylor & Lopez Funeral Home, 1200 10th and Atkins Ave, Neptune. The funeral will leave the funeral home at 9:45am Wed., July 13 for a 10:30am Mass at St. Michael's Church, Long Branch. Interment St. Anne's Cemetery, Wall. Accepting flowers and donations to your favorite charity of choice or the Asbury Park Police Department.


Asbury Park Fishing Club's
19th Annual Fishing Flea Market

Sunday, March 13th 2011
9 AM to 2 PM*
Convention Hall
Ocean and Sunset Avenues

Plug Makers at 2011 Flea Market

New and used fishing equipment

Free Parking in Parking Lots Only located on West Side of Ocean Avenue

Directions to Convention Hall

* Remember Daylight Savings Time so adjust your clocks so you won't be late.
Results from the Monmouth Beach Cartoppers Tournament ended 11/7
  • Asbury Park 86 lbs
  • Bradley Beach 32lbs
  • Monmouth Beach 29 lbs
  • Berkeley 0
Biggest fish: Jamie Gibbons (Monmouth Beach) 29 lbs.

Results from Asbury Park Tournament ended 10/31
  • Asbury Park 81 lbs
  • Berkeley 75 lbs
  • Bradley Beach 32 lbs
  • Monmouth Beach 0
Biggest fish: Paul Hartel (Berkeley) 24.8 lbs

Results from Bradley Beach contest ended 10/24
  • Asbury Park 57 lbs
  • Berkeley 42 lbs
  • Bradley Beach 0
  • Monmouth Beach 0
Biggest fish: Bill Bertsch (Asbury Park FC) 19 lbs

A new federal law requires most saltwater fishermen to sign up with the National Saltwater Angler Registry. Registering is quick, easy, and FREE in 2010.

National Saltwater Angler Registry:  https://www.countmyfish.noaa.gov/register/anglerForm.jsp or call 1-888-674-7411

Destruction of the sand dune in Deal

See May 2010 photos of the destruction of the sand dune in Deal, New Jersey just North of Phillips Ave Jetty.  The dune was flattened to about 2-3 feet high and spread out across the beach towards the Ocean.  The dune may have been destroyed because it blocked the view of the Ocean.  According to New Jersey Department of  Environmental Protection (DEP), the property owner was given a permit to only remove wind blown sand from the property.  Also, there are photos of the remaining part of the dune and its vegetation just north of the flattened area. More recently, sod was planted and a chain link fence was erected.

This same dune was destroyed in 2003.   DEP fined the owner of the property, Alice Hedaya, $15,000 and order her to restore the dune (See: News Release from 3/5/2003).

We urge all members to please contact the DEP case worker, Tammy Digiacomo, at 732-255-0787 to voice your concern.

Tournament Results

Bradley Beach Tournament
Asbury Park 214 lbs
Bradley Beach 153 lbs
Berkeley 23 lbs

APFC Tournament

Asbury Park 99 lbs
Berkeley  23 lbs
Bradley Beach 0
Monmouth Beach 0

Chris Buchta from APFC caught biggest fish at 24.4 lbs

2010 Spring Tournaments

Asbury Park - First
Berkeley - Second
Bradley Beach - Third
Madison Marquette Fishing Challenge
First Place: Dave DeGraw  31.4 lbs
Second: Anthony Martelli 10.9 lbs

 2009 Fishing Season Awards

Trophies were awarded on May 23 for 2009 Fishing Season during the picnic at the Oak Tree Lodge, Wall Township.  The winners for Largest Striped Bass from Surf were: First Place, Louis Feniger at 44.2 lbs, Second Place, Paul Jimenez at 40  lbs, and Third  Place, Tom Prosser at 39.7 lbs.  The largest Fluke was Jack Montiero at 5.8 lbs; the Largest Striped Bass from Boat was Mike Holwitz at 40 lbs; the Largest Bluefish from Surf was Bob Stroz at 11 lbs 7 oz,  and the Largest Weakfish from River was Rick Harbina at 11  lbs  9 oz.   The Largest Striped Bass from River were: First Place, Tony Melo at 30 lbs and Second Place, Paul Moomjian at 25 lbs.  The Most Valuable Fisherman for 2009 Tournaments was Tony Melo.  Congratulations to all the winners!

See photos of the picnic plus photos of 8th Ave and Allenhurst Jetties after the picnic.