To all ASAC member clubs: We have lost another devoted member this week. Flo Pancoast has passed away. She was without a doubt one of the best surf fishing persons I have ever known. From the first time I meet her in 1977 at a WSFC tournament in Surf City, she was the kindest surf fishing person I ever meet. She shared some of her expertise and did not mind teaching the little things she knew to people about the sport. Being that she was a past ASAC officer, if I needed a little advice on something she was always glad to give me her two cents worth. They say you don’t know what you’re missing until it or that someone is gone. I can tell you all as I sat here today with a tear or two in my eyes, I will miss my friend Flo but her spirit lives on. I will never forget her. On behalf of the officers and the membership I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Pancoast family. May God Bless her and may she rest in peace. Tight lines up there Flo and you go gettum girl!!! Jim Jefferys, President
Florence L. “Shultzy” Pancoast, 87, of North Wales, passed away peacefully April 9, 2014 at home surrounded by loved ones and her long time life partner and love, Warren Laurer, after a long courageous battle against Alzheimer's.
Born April 16, 1926 in Philadelphia, Florence was the daughter of the late Walter and Florence (Shane) Hibbert.
Florence worked for many years at the North Penn Volunteer Fire Company Social Club. She was an avid surf fisherwoman, a life time Member of the Women’s Surf Fishing Club of New Jersey and New Jersey Beach Buggy Association, and a longtime active member in the Association of Surf Anglers Club. Florence received many awards for her fishing success. She served as President of both the Women Surf Fishing Club of New Jersey and The Association of Surf Anglers clubs. In earlier years, Florence also received many awards as a competitive bowler. Additionally, she was a beloved Girl Scout Leader for many years and was always active in her community.
Florence is survived by two children, Roger Pancoast of Lansdale and Christine Pancoast of Brigantine, NJ; two grandchildren, Peter Pancoast of Souderton and Fran Pancoast of Lansdale; great-grandson, Daniel Pancoast of Souderton; and one great - great grandchild.
Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family 1:00-2:00p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 at Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, 701 Derstine Ave., Lansdale, followed by the Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. Interment is private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to WSFC of NJ. Inc., 18 Ridge Dr., Montville, NJ 07045 and will be used to support youth fishing programs and youth fishing awards.
Reminder to all members. Striped Bass Management Meeting
Wednesday April 23, 7PM to 9PM
at the Manahawkin Holiday Inn Rt. 72,
just east Exit 63 of the Garden State Parkway.
Please make it a point to get there
and comment on the various Management plans.
Welcome to the Association of Surf Angling Clubs
The Association of Surf Angling Clubs was founded in 1915 by a dedicated group of surf anglers primarily interested in perfecting and improving the art of surfcasting. Several of those instrumental in its founding were H.W. Shaner, who was Secretary/Treasurer for 50 years, Harry Stelwagon and numerous others.
Since the beginning of the Association, tournaments were and remain the prime focus of the Association, sanctioning surf fishing tournaments and acting as an arbiter when needed. The Association also reviews and calculates the points at each tournament to determine the championship teams and individual champions. The team and individual winners are awarded championship jackets, prizes and awards at the end of the tournament season.
One of the original concepts for the Association during its formation was conservation of marine resources, though no active role was played by the Association in this field until the original pressure for Striped Bass Legislation was made in 1948.
At that time, the Association played a very active role in the passage of the rules now in effect. Since that period, the Association has continued its role as a leader in the conservation field, especially in the state of New Jersey, where the majority of member clubs are located.
Presently, the Association promotes surf fishing to our youth through youth fishing tournaments and seminars. With the help of several communities, the Hooked on Fishing not on Drugs program and the Dare program, youth fishing tournaments have grown and stimulated the interest in the art of surf fishing for many of our youth. These tournaments have well over 200 children participate.
In addition to tournaments, conservation, and youth education, the Association takes an active role in beach access for all, up and down the East Coast. The Association is an active member of UMAPA, (United Mobile Access Preservation Association) with many of the clubs individual members belonging to access groups such as New Jersey Beach Buggy Association, North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, Outer Banks Preservation Association and others.
The main goal of the Association of Surf Angling Clubs is as it always has been and still does, to promote the sport of Surf Fishing.
As we move closer to our 100th Anniversary, many people to numerous to mention have kept up the tradition of this organization and all from the founders to today’s officers are to be commended for a job well done.