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CSBA Joins NCGASA In Submitting a Petition for Slot Limit on Striped Bass

On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, the CSBA State Board met via a teleconference call. I, along with other State Board Members, heard a presentation from State Board President Jim Cox. Jim stated that the Northern California Guides and Sportmen’s Association (NCGASA), along with other co-signed organizations, will be writing a letter to the California Fish & Game Commission to advise them of our strong support to the pending regulatory change petition to implement a slot limit for the take of striped bass (Petition #2020-005). The California Striped Bass Association State Board passed a motion at the June 17, 2020 meeting to support this petition. Secondly, President Cox explained to us a Fishermen-Led Assessment and Monitoring Experiment (FLAME) to us. The NCGASA has funded a real-time data georeferenced mobile app to trac striped bass populations. The FLAME app is currently being beta tested by a few professional fishing guides on the Sacramento River. It is our hope that the NCGASA and the guides community can team with DFW to provide credible science on the current status of the striped bass population to support development and implementation of a science-based Fishery Management Plan which will help conserve striped bass for our recreational angling community into the future

Advocacy topics vary from year to year as issues come and go. Timely issues will be added to this page as situations justify. Some West Delta Chapter advocacy activities that are present year in and year out are listed below:

Promote Catch & Release - to conserve the resource; Attend Department of Fish & Wildlife meetings when Striped Bass are on the agenda; Attend Fish & Game Commission meetings when Striped Bass are on the agenda; Work with State agencies to reinstate the net rearing pen program; Advocate for the return of fresh water flows through the Delta and into San Francisco Bay; Get our youth involved in fishing,

CSBA Founder Captain "Jolly Jay" Sorensen to be Inducted to the California Outdoor Hall of Fame, Jane 20, 2018 at the ISE Show at Cal Expo in the Adventure Theater at 3:30 PM.

 

“Jolly’ Jay Sorensen, 81, is widely considered as the ‘best bait fisherman’ in the San Joaquin Delta, and he has served as a mentor to generations of Delta fishermen. Sorensen operated a guide service on the Delta for over 40 years. Although he is acknowledged for his techniques for striped bass and sturgeon, Sorensen is perhaps best known for his advocacy for his beloved Delta and its fishery. In 1974, he rallied the troops to start the initial chapter of the California Striped Bass Association in response to the decline of the striped bass in the Delta. With Sorensen as its first president, the club grew quickly to over 400 members before expanding to chapters in Modesto, Sacramento, Fresno, West Delta, and Isleton.

CSBA is still one of the largest and most active fishing clubs in California’s Central Valley. Sorensen served as president of the State Board for seven years and Stockton Chapter president for 12 years, and he is an Honorary Life Member. He is currently an active member of the West Delta Chapter in Antioch and supports this chapter’s emphasis on the catch and release of striped bass. Sorensen received the prestigious Hal Schell Award in 2015 from the Bay/Delta Yachtsman Magazine, and he is a supporting member of Restore the Delta, the California Sport Fishing Alliance, and other fishery organizations. Sorensen continues to write the weekly “Let’s Go Fishing’ column in the Rio Vista Herald/Isleton Journal, a position he has held for over 30 years.

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