DELAWARE BASS FEDERATION MINUTES

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                                  DELAWARE BASS FEDERATION MINUTES

MEETING: March 3, 2010

LOCATION: U of D Paradee Building, Dover, De.

CALLED TO ORDER: 7:08 P.M.

CLUBS NOT PRESENT: All Waters, First State, Lower Sussex, Outcast, Pocomoke, Tidewater,
Tri-State.

MINUTES: As read by Ralph Newberry, for the month of February. Motion to accept: Doug
Haynes, second: Jim Fields.

TREASURERS REPORT: As read by Les Reeves, for the month of February. Motion to
accept: Gary Brandt, second: Jim Fields.

YOUTH REPORT/SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE: N/A

CONSERVATION: Steve attended the Maryland Black Bass Roundtable meeting held on
February 22, 2010. The meeting had guessed from all

over Maryland/ Delaware and there was so much information relayed at the meeting that I
could

fit it into my one page news letter. Therefore, attached you will find most of the information I

received in paper format. We talked about the Black Bass, their populations and reproduction

trends on both the Eastern Shores and Western Shores of Maryland. The topics not attached
deal

with the Northern Snakeheads in the Potomac and the request for the Choptank River.

Northern Snakeheads

MD-DNR is trying to determine what environmental impact the Northern Snakehead will have

on the Potomac River. The population numbers are too small on the Potomac River to gather


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very much information. However, MD-DNR is currently accumulating data from electronically

tagged fish. There were 442 snakeheads tagged last year of which 11 have been recovered
and

there will be another 500 tagged this year. The Northern Snakehead fry looks similar to the

regular gold fish. When they hatch they swim in balls of schools with the male and the female

adults following. The school will swim to the top of the surface and then back down as they

travel in the river. If you take one of the adults away some damage will occur to the school
from

the bluegills and others feeding on them. If you take both adults away the school will probably

be destroyed by the blue gills and others. As noted previously, the tag used by MD-DNR is an

electronic tag so they can track the fish using transmitters/ receivers sat up in different areas

throughout the river banks. The tag also has a number on it to where if you catch one you’re

asked to call the number and give them the tag number from the tag. Then you are asked to

destroy it. The easiest and safest way to kill a snakehead is to take a pair of pliers and pull
there

gills off. The record Northern Snakehead caught is at 22 pounds. MD-DNR predicts that this

record will be broken on the Potomac.




Choptank River Request

Please read the article attached on the Choptank River to get the reason for this request.
MDDNR

is asking the DBF and DBFN to please not schedule Federation Tournaments or Club

Tournaments on the Choptank until after June 15 this will give the Black Bass a chance to

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spawn

and reproduce naturally without interference. The Maryland Federations said at the meeting
that

they are going to enforce this request, so we can help by limiting Delaware’s tournament. Also,

please suggest this request to other clubs that you know of that is not part of the Delaware

Federations.

Remember if there is anything that you can think of that you would like to see from your

Conservation Director this year please let me know by e-mailing me at swredden@aol.com. I

will do my best to see it happen or explain why it cannot, either way you will get an answer.

The remaining fishing line recycling bins are in the works of being placed.

PUBLIC RELATIONS: N/A

OLD BUSINESS: The DBF decal were still available for $4.00 apiece.

Rapt talk to Sherry at Ranger Boats, is moving forward with filling the vouchers from last year
and looking at new Ranger cup program for 2010.

There had been no new details on Ranger Cup money, Ralph should hear something
concerning that at the nationals.

Marlon made a suggestion to split the money 50-50 for the anglers to go to the nationals,
there was not vote taken as the issue was tabled for further discussion.

The Aztec Lake bass fishing tip raffle tickets were available at this meeting.

NEW BUSINESS: Maryland now require a anglers to acquire a F.IN. in 2010.

The Berkley program is back this year, and is the same as last year, all clubs should get their
order together and contact Ralph for the discount code.

Ralph had the Cathy Martin report, details of the report were read, with an importance on
clubs getting their tournament reports to her. An the slot pond limits were removed on the

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following ponds Hearns Pond, Andrews Lake and Derby Pond.

The Mid-Atlantic Divisional trip check sheet is available, and will be given to the State teamm
member soon.

The FLW Magazine is looking Federation news and human interest stories for the publication.

Ralph read through a list to 2010 TBF National Sponsors.

A Minn-Kota federation state sponsorship offer has been offered, Ralph read though details of
the program. A vote was taken to accept this offer, and passed.

A Hummingbird federation state sponsorship offer has also been offered, Ralph read though
details of the program. A vote was taken to accept this offer, and passed.

TOURNAMENT REPORT: Our new tournament director for 2010 will be Daniel Mumma.

MOTION TO ADJOURN: Doug Haynes, second: Mike Morris.

NEXT MEETING April 14 2010 at 7:00 P.M. U.D. Paradee Bldg. Dover, De.

CLOSED: 8:07 P.M.




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