Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association July 2017 Newsletter)
Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament

Many thanks to World Jeep and the volunteers that transported disabled anglers from the pavilion area to the beach and assisted anglers with fishing.

This tournament offers more opportunity for family and youth fishing. This was the first year tournament promoters decided to incorporate high school and NJ HOFNOD group fishing teams. The new youth group divisions worked out great and participation was more than expected.

Disabled anglers enjoyed a day on the beach during the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament.
2017 JCAA Youth Education Award

The JCAA Youth Education Committee is accepting nominations for the 2017 Youth Education Award. There are many NJ HOFNOD volunteers doing great work to bring successes to the fishing community but sometimes individuals and sport-fishing organizations go above and beyond to make the future of fishing better for our youngsters.

Youth Education Award Criteria: Promoting “Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs (HOFNOD),” Certified HOFNOD instructors, number of fishing or aquatic education events, JCAA lending library usage, and creativity for promoting youth fishing events. Submit your nominations in writing and email to or bring your nomination to the next JCAA general membership meeting.

2017 NJ HOFNOD Youth Fishing Challenge

The Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program's Youth Fishing Challenge was a great success. Fifteen counties in New Jersey participated in the NJ HOFNOD Youth Fishing Challenge. According to Liz Jackson, NJ DEP, Division of Fish and Wildlife, Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs Coordinator, the statewide event was very successful and got youngsters and their families out fishing.

If you would like to volunteer and become a certified instructor, the next instructor training is scheduled for October 2017. Contact Liz Jackson for details. NJ DEP Division of Fish & Wildlife, Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs, 605 Pequest Road, Oxford, NJ 07683, 908-637-4125 x122, website.

Disabled Youth Fishing Opportunity

The Jersey Coast Anglers Association’s Youth Education Committee will partner with Cardinale Enterprises LLC to coordinate a disabled youth fishing fun day and barbeque. The fishing fun day and BBQ is currently in the working group planning stages and will be scheduled for late September or early October 2017.

The free fishing fun day for disabled children will be held at Lake Julianna, located in Millstone Township, NJ. Lake Julianna holds plenty of big fish and was recently utilized this past April by disabled veterans that participated in a “Play HOOK-e from PTSD” fishing event and BBQ. The JCAA extends its thanks and appreciation to Vito Cardinale for his hospitality and generous donation of use of his property and supplying all the food and necessities for the day.

Disabled Combat Veteran “Mic” caught and released a 4 ½ pound Large Mouth Bass. Photo by Tim Burden, NJBBA.

If you would like to donate prizes or volunteer time to help out with this worthwhile event, please phone Don Marantz 908-347-1434 or Greg Kucharewski at 732-785-9278.

Berkely Stripter Club Summer Fishing Event

The Berkeley Striper Club’s Youth Education Program is sponsoring a Summer Fishing Fun event in the Island Beach area. Their event runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. During that time anyone from 14 yrs old and under who weighs a fish or brings in a crab to the Dock Outfitters, Grumpies or Betty and Nick's will be given a goodie bag.

They also will be eligible for a rod and reel or a crabbing outfit if their fish is the largest of the shop they weigh it at. Look for the flyers at any of participating tackle shops for the rules. Species include: Striped Bass, Bluefish, Fluke, Weakfish and Blue Claw crab.

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