Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association February 2018 Newsletter)
NJ HOFNOD Instructor Training

Visit the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, NJ HOFNOD website to learn more about becoming a volunteer with a NJ HOFNOD Team Leader. There are many counties throughout New Jersey that offer NJ HOFNOD programs that are already up and running. Think about becoming a fly tying volunteer, aquatic educator, or just help where needed. Contact a NJ Team Leader today their contact information is listed on the website.

The next NJ HOFNOD Instructor Training will be held during April 2018. Please contact Liz Jackson to learn more about the benefits of becoming a NJ HOFNOD certified instructor. For more info call to 908-637-4125 x-122 or e-mail her at

Gloucester NJ HOFNOD will hold its first annual Ray Curry Catfish tournament / flea market for kids on June 11, 2016 at River Winds in West Deptford, NJ. Robert Johnston is the HOFNOD Gloucester Township director. If you would like to enter or support this program, please contact Robert @ 856-491-5366, or visit this link.

Brick High Schools is gearing up to add NJ HOFNOD to the 2019 curriculum that will begin September 2018. The Brick Board of Education approved the NJ HOFNOD proposal and transportation funds. Tim Brennan, Physical Education Instructor is organizing educators within both high schools to participate and teach youngsters about conservation, fish biology, drug awareness, CPR, and safe boating. The JCAA Youth Education Committee will support the high schools with loaner equipment and aquatic education books.

Newark Bait & Fly Casting Club Youth Fishing Seminar

Children and their families are welcome to come and enjoy a night of fun fishing activities and refreshments. Each year on the first Tuesday in March the Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club hosts a Kid's Fishing Seminar at the Kenilworth VFW in Kenilworth, NJ. The seminar is free for participants and their chaperones. Children can learn to cast and try to catch one of the special backyard bass fish and learn about different types of fishing, baits, fly tying, etc. The seminar is scheduled for 7:30pm, Tuesday, March 6, 2018 and itís always a lot of fun for the youngsters.

The Fisherman Toolbox

How to Catch Fish is a comprehensive blog post that Ted Begnoche published. It is very easy to understand and novice anglers can learn a lot from its content. Visit The Fisherman Toolbox and learn about fishing.

Fishing Flea Market to Help Kids

Sunshine Foundation Fishing Flea Market, February 3, 2018 9am-2pm, Admission $3, Location Little Egg Harbor Community Center, 319 West Calabreeze Drive, LEH 08087 Contact: Frank Muinos Email: Phone: 908-380-8491.

Additional information can be found at the Southern Ocean Chapter Facebook page. The tournament will be July 7, 2018.

Play Hook-e Take a Veteran Fishing

On Sunday, April 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m. till 2pm the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 12 and Cardinale Enterprises will host the second annual Play HOOK-e Take a Disabled Veteran Fishing at the Ponderosa Estate Farm, Lake Julianna Millstone Township, NJ.

Disabled veterans and their guest are invited to fish at a private lake to catch and release big fish and then join Mr. Vito Cardinale, Cardinale Enterprises and his staff of volunteers that will provide soft drinks, hamburgers & hot dogs and all the fixin's. Veterans with mobility challenges will have the use of 4x4 transportation around the lake, along with fishing assistance if needed. A freshwater fishing license is not needed because this is a private lake.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Jersey Shore Chapter will provide fly fishing instruction and their members are also welcome to join in and catch some big fish on a fly rod. To register please contact Greg at 732-785-9278 or you can email him at

Hooked on the Hudson

The Palisades Interstate Park New Jersey and the Hudson River Fishermenís Association will host the 32nd Annual Hooked on the Hudson. This is a great time for kids at Ross Dock on Saturday, April 28, 2018 9am-3pm 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 sportsmenís organizations in our area. Food and Refreshments will be available. Fishing Contest hours are 9am-1pm. Fishing information and assistance will be available. Exhibits start at 9am-3pm. Children Casting Contest 2pm-3pm with prizes awarded. Awards Ceremony @ 3pm for more information visit their website or contact Skip at or 201-214-987.

Below is an impressive list of HRFA youth activities.

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