Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association June 2018 Newsletter)
Gloucester NJ HOFNOD Catfish Tournament

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, hofnodgt.com or visit this link.

2018 NJ HOFNOD Youth Fishing Challenge

The Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program's Youth Fishing Challenge is a statewide event to promote fishing among youths and their families. The Youth Fishing Challenge will be held on the first of the state's two Free Fishing Days, Saturday, June 9th, when no license is required to fish regardless of age.

Registered youth participants will be eligible to receive prizes for the fish they catch during the event. Youths must be present at the conclusion of the event to be awarded prizes. Those who are lucky enough to catch a trout tagged as part of the "Hook-A-Winner" Program will receive a special prize following the event.

If you are working with a NJ HOFNOD youth fishing group get ready for Saturday, June 9th NJ Youth Fishing Challenge. The object is to get youngsters fishing so please consider how you might like to get kids hooked on fishing. If you would like to volunteer time with a NJ HOFNOD group to support the NJ Youth Fishing Challenge Day, 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 www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/hofnodnj.htm
National Fishing & Boating Week

NF&BW Free Fishing Day in New Jersey is Saturday June 9, 2018. Residents and non-residents may fish the public waters of New Jersey without a license or trout Stamp. All other regulations apply. For those anglers just starting out, the Division of Fish and Wildlife offers many programs and classes to advance from beginner to expert. The Pequest State Trout Hatchery in Oxford, Warren County offers free fishing programs. Pequest offers a Natural Resource Education Center with a variety of exhibits and displays on wildlife, a butterfly garden, picnic areas and hiking trails. There is also a handicapped-accessible fishing site along the Pequest River.

Sign up for one of the Youth Fishing Challenges. It’s a statewide event to promote fishing among youths and their families. It will be held on the first of the state's two Free Fishing Days, Saturday, June 9, when no license is required to fish regardless of age.

Registered youth participants will be eligible to receive prizes for the fish they catch during the event. Youths must be present at the conclusion of the event to be awarded prizes. Those who are lucky enough to catch a trout tagged as part of the "Hook-A-Winner" Program will receive a special prize following the event. Organizations interested in hosting an event, and individuals interested in volunteering at an event, should complete and submit an application form: Organization/Volunteer Application Form are available online.

Questions can be directed to this email address: hofnod@dep.nj.gov.

Educational Programs

Summer programs for adults and children at Sedge Island are offered by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, and a partner with the NJ DEP in many management, research and educational programs. Programs range from fishing to kayaking to professional development workshops for teachers.

To learn more, visit the CWF's Sedge Island page.

Veteran Fishing & Boating Challenge June 9th

Boating Education and Rescue along with Barnegat Bay Boat Captains will host a Free Fishing and Boating Challenge for Veterans.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 12 “Play HOOK-e” Take a Veteran Fishing program JCAA, and MA Deuce are supporting this worthwhile event for our heroes. The Veteran fishing and boating challenge will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Veterans will be paired with participating boat captains out of Point Pleasant, NJ.

This year, we expanded our “Play HOOK-e” Take a Veteran Fishing free boat trip for veterans to several boats that will take veterans fishing on Barnegat Bay. Many thanks go to Boating Education and Rescue (B.E.A.R.), Mike and Debbie Bennett for organizing this fun fishing day on the water with Barnegat Bay boat captains. Veterans will enjoy a friendly fishing competition among veterans to catch some early season Bluefish and Fluke in Manasquan River and Barnegat Bay.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at Forsberg’s Boat Works, 1692 West End Dr; Point Pleasant, New Jersey 08742. Boats will depart at 8:00 a.m. and return to dock at 1:00 p.m. After fishing we will have a BBQ and bragging rights for the largest fish caught. Boat Captains are welcome to join the fun, win prizes, and have a chance to taste some of Debbie Bennett’s homemade ziti. Veterans registered and fishing on assigned boats will be eligible for rods, reels, door prizes and goodie bags. Loaner rods and will be available for veterans that do not have fishing equipment and bait will be provided.

The “Play HOOK-e” Take a Veteran Fishing and Boating Challenge is geared towards veterans struggling with PTSD & TBI but other veterans are welcome to register. The goal is to connect veterans to VA Service Offices/Outreach Centers, NJ Coastal Parks, Outdoor Clubs, Veteran Organizations, and help Veteran men and women take time to heal by utilizing eco-therapy activities with other veterans. Funds realized from the event will be distributed to veteran organizations that actively assist PTSD veterans. To register, please phone Greg at 732-785-9278 or email him at gkucharews@jcaa.org. Registered veterans will receive email instructions about parking and what is needed to have a safe time on the water.

People with Disabilities Fishing Outing

The Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club will hold its first annual fishing charter on the Mi-Jo out of the Atlantic Highlands, NJ for Disabled Veterans on Friday, June 22, 2018.

Hudson River Fishing Associations May Youth Programs

On June 6th Wayne Geider, HRFA Youth Fishing Instructor will help Englewood special needs students learn about fishing, June 7th fishing with Hackensack middle school children, June 11th Englewood special needs fishing, June 14th fishing with Hackensack middle school children.

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