Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association March 2017 Newsletter)
NJ HOFNOD 2017 Instructor Training

The next NJ HOFNOD instructor training workshop will take place at Lighthouse Camp Natural Resource Education in Waretown, NJ on April 28-30, 2017. The Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Youth Education Committee, will assist with the training by providing a hands-on fly tying session for instructor trainees.

NJ HOFNOD is coordinated by Liz Jackson, HOFNOD Coordinator, DEP Division of Fish & Wildlife. Please contact Liz to learn more about the benefits of becoming a NJ HOFNOD instructor at 908-637-4125 x122 or e-mail at

High School Surf Fishing Team Competition

Many thanks go to the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament Committee and the main sponsors of the tournament for adding a surf fishing opportunity for youngsters attending NJ high schools and other angling youth groups. The new High School Team Competition will add new excitement for high school students fishing the tournament on Sunday, May 21, 2017. The New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen Clubs, New Jersey Beach Buggy Association, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, NJ DEP, NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Division of Parks and Forestry, and NJ “Hooked on Fishing not On Drugs” along with individuals such as; Frank Dara, Karen Byrne, Liz Jackson, Paul Smith, Frank Virgilio, Bob DeLeonard, Jenifer Clayton, Kyren Dooley and GSFT Committee Members that worked with high school educators Jim Freda and Eric Wasneskyren, - Manasquan High School Fishing Club, Jeremy Muermann and Terry Stuart – Lacey Township HS Fishing Club, Bob MacMaster – Toms River Southern Regional Fishing Club and other GSFT Committee members to make this happen for the Governor’s 26th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament.

How does the High School Fishing Team Competition work? Five school-age students that are part of a formal fishing club or members of a NJ “Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs” group or a non-formal angling group can register for the Governor’s Annual Surf Fishing Tournament. Schools can have more than one team of five and there is no fee for entrance to the park or to register. All angling team members will receive a t-shirt for registering.

GSFT committee members feel the expanded opportunity for youth angling groups to fish the GSFT will create more excitement and recognition for young anglers on tournament day.

The Governor’s Cup for individual winners is displayed at Island Beach State Park. The Governor’s High School Team Cup will reside alongside the Governor’s Cup Trophy and each year the name of the winning high school team will be engraved on the base of the cup. Plaques for first, second, and third place will be presented by the Governor or a high-ranking official from state government.

The school team category is supported by the following but we expect more support as the high school fishing team competition catches on: The Fisherman Magazine, The Reel Seat, Fish Hawkes Saltwater Anglers Club, Shark River Anglers, and NJ “Hooked On Fishing – Not On Drugs.”

For more information about New Jersey High School Team Surf Fishing, please visit this link.

Student Learning Opportunity

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and its partners is offering teens some exciting summer programs based at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center located off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay. These unique, educational and fun programs include fishing, research and field experiences in a beautiful location. Sedge Island Fishing Experience, June 22-25 and August 24-27, 2017.

The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, is offering two sessions of this 4-day 3-night program open to students going into grades 8 and 9 in the fall of 2017. Students will spend the first three days fishing the area while learning about the surrounding ecosystem. On the final night a parent or guardian will join the group and spend the last night learning from the students, and the following day fishing with them. Cost is $475.00 and includes all meals, lodging, instruction and equipment.

Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club Kids Fishing Derby

NB&FCC annual Kids Fishing Derby is held each year at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside, N. J. and is free for children 16 years of age and younger. Adults may enter for a nominal charge. The Derby runs for three weeks (date to be announced).

The registration booth is located at the gazebo on the lower lake and registrations will be accepted from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on the first Saturday of the derby only. Children that have registered will receive a gift bag at the derby location up until 2:00 P.M. on first Saturday of the derby. Prizes for the derby will be awarded at the Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club's meeting on June 6, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.

You can request additional information via e-mail at

Island Beach State Park Beach Wheelchairs

We would like to remind our physically challenged anglers that there is an area at OBA 1 with beach wheelchairs available. The JCAA Youth Education Committee is helping novice and physically challenged anglers at the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament. This year the World Jeep Chrysler, Shrewsbury, NJ will assist physically challenged anglers with a NEW 4x4 VIP vehicle to transport anglers that will be fishing the reserved area in front of OBA 1. Team World Jeep Chrysler will also be available to answer questions about 4x4 maintenance and fluids.

Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America (Chapter 12) and volunteer anglers from various fishing clubs will also assist. Island Beach wheelchairs are provided by: Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament Committee, New Jersey Beach Buggy Association, New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Club, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Jersey Shore Surfcasters, Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association, John Mangiante Foundation, Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club, and Jersey Coast Shark Anglers. If you know a disabled veteran or angler that would like to fish the tournament, please phone Greg K at 732-785-9278 or email

Annual Trout Contest for Kids

The Shark River Surf Anglers are proud to announce the 2017 edition of the annual Trout Contest for Kids at Spring Lake, NJ. This year’s contest is scheduled for Saturday, April 8th from 8 AM to 1:30 PM and it is offered FREE of charge to all children ages 15 and under. Great prizes will be a huge part of the day, as we award a sensational Grand Prize to an overall winner, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes to individual winners in each of four different age categories. Don’t miss this contest. Every contestant will go home a winner, as the Shark River Anglers present ALL participants with a “thank you” prize package that contains about $40 worth of goods and gear! Bonus events prior to the contest: Saturday, April 1 at 9:30 am, all youngsters are invited to help stock the lake. Over 500 trout will be stocked by the Mercer Ave. monument. On Sunday, April 2, at 11:00am, a fishing seminar for kids will be conducted at The Reel Seat, Brielle, NJ.

THundreds of young anglers are expected to circle around Spring Lake waiting for the start of the contest. Don’t forget to get there early, otherwise you must park along the side streets of Spring Lake and walk a great distance to find a spot to fish. Every year, the Shark River Surf Anglers spend a lot of time and energy to make this event a success. Come out and enjoy some fishing fun, catch big fish, and win prizes. For more information phone: 732-492-6936 or visit their website.

32nd Annual Hooked on the Hudson

The Palisades Interstate Park New Jersey and the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association will host the 32nd Annual Hooked on the Hudson. This is a great time for kids at Ross Dock on Saturday, April 22, 2017 9:00 am-3:00 pm and the fishing contest is FREE.

Just come down to the park, throw your line in the water and enjoy yourself. HRFA will supply all equipment and bait Free for your children to use! They continue the tradition of combining a fishing contest with exhibits provided by leading environmental conservation and sportsmen’s organizations in our area. Food and Refreshments will be available. Fishing Contest hours are 9:00am - 1:00pm. Fishing information and assistance will be available. Exhibits start at 9:00am-3:00pm. Children Casting Contest 2:00pm-3:00pm with prizes awarded. The Awards Ceremony will be at 3:00pm. For more information go to

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