By Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association (February 2000 Newsletter)HERES HOW A CIRCLE HOOK WORKS:
The most effective way to hook a fish with a circle hook is not to raise the rod in a quick motion, more or less to reel and lift at the same time. If you do the typical hook set, you will pull the hook out of the fishs mouth. The fish grabs the baited hook and starts to swim away. The line tightens slowly and usually pulls the hook out of the throat and to the corner of the mouth, where the point rotates and pierces the jaw hinge or check. Once the fish is hooked, it cannot escape. According to manufacturers, advantages of the circle hook design include: increased catch rate, higher lip hook rate, which greatly reduces mortality; ease of use because the fish hooks itself; and less snagging in certain bottom fishing applications. Remember, avoid the typical hook setting practice.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a FREE workshop at the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area on Tuesday, February 15, 2000. Contact Paul Tarlowe, Sr. Biologist, Education at 908-637-4125 as soon as possible. The program is an interdisciplinary, supplemental program for grades K-12.
Adam Sennick, Cook College undergraduate student conducted a fishing program as part of his Fisheries Research Methods Class for Dr. Bochenek. The program entailed educating incarcerated youth in Ocean County about marine recreational fishing, the environment and taking them on a fishing trip to Island Beach State Park. He developed a brochure about taking juveniles fishing as well as a song. Adam Sennick is interested in developing a youth fishing club for incarcerated youth. Next month we will feature his brochure.JCAA LENDING LIBRARY
Several fishing clubs and organizations have used the services of the JCAA Lending Library during October and November. We are pleased with the recent interest in providing youth fishing programs within the membership of the JCAA. Remember to e-mail your youth fishing events to: firstname.lastname@example.org .....so that we can publish your success stories in the JCAA Newspaper. If your organization needs "Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs" promotional items for your event, please phone 732-785-9278 and leave a message. We will return your call as soon as possible and support your event with a variety of drug awareness materials. Plastic bags are also available for making goodie bags for children attending your event and sales at show booths.OUTDOOR SPORTSMEN SHOWS
The Jersey Coast Anglers Association's, Youth Education Committee will be featuring crabbing seminars at upcoming sportsmen shows. Participating merchants at the hunting and fishing expositions will offer special promotions at their booths for children attending the Jersey Coast Anglers Association's, Youth Fishing Seminars. Parents are also welcome to attend.
BE SAFE-HAVE FUN-ENJOY FISHING
Greg Kucharewski, a member of the Shore Surf Club, is the J.C.A.A. Youth Education Director. For information on aquatic youth education material write to: J.C.A.A. Youth Education Committee, 1201 Rt. 37 East, Suite 9, Toms River, NJ 08753 or phone the J.C.A.A. office at 732/506-6565 voice mail box #1
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