YOUTH EDUCATION REPORT

by Greg Kucharewshi

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association February 1998 Newsletter)

"FISHING FUN FOR KID’S"

SURF FISHING RODS RECONDITIONED

AQUATIC EDUCATORS LEARN SURF FISHING

OUTDOOR WOMEN FISHING CLINIC

LOOKING FOR A SPONSOR

YOUTH FISHING ACTIVITY BULLETIN BOARD


"FISHING FUN FOR KID’S"

Dr. Eleanor Bochenek, Marine Agent for New Jersey Sea Grant and Greg Kucharewski, Youth Education Director of the Jersey Coast Anglers Association’s, Youth Education Committee were the instructors for "Fishing Fun For Kids" at the Outdoor Hunting and Fishing Exposition, Edison, New Jersey. Several children attended the seminar with their families and show promoters Chub Kurshner and Jack Kerr helped supply special gifts for the children after the seminar.. Children received the new Freshwater & Saltwater Resource Fishing Guide that was made available through the efforts of Dr. Eleanor Bochenek. The Freshwater & Saltwater Resource Fishing Guide is part of a project to teach middle school students how to fish for saltwater species of fin fish and protect our aquatic environment. Topics discussed at the seminar were: fish biology, species identification, pitch casting, lure presentation, and knot tying. We will make the Saltwater Resource Fishing Guide available to youngsters that attend J.C.A.A. Youth Education Fishing seminars at outdoor hunting and fishing expositions.

SURF FISHING RODS RECONDITIONED

Seventeen, surf fishing rods & reels that are used for educating novice anglers about surf fishing at Island Beach State Park were reconditioned. Over the last few fishing seasons the surf fishing rods & reels were used a number of times and required extensive maintenance. Some of the surf fishing rods & reels had several underwater experiences which caused corrosion. Rod guides needed replacement and reel parts were cleaned and greased by Mr. Fred Saint George (Freddie Light Tap) a member of the Shore Surf Club who volunteered to service the surf fishing equipment. Thanks Freddie! We are ready for 1998.

AQUATIC EDUCATORS LEARN SURF FISHING

Aquatic resource educators from twelve Northeastern states’ fish and wildlife agencies gathered on the isle of Brigantine in September to coordinate with the federal program which sponsors their efforts.

The Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration Program collect a small tax on anglers’ gear and motor boat fuels. The money then comes back to the states to fund programs in management, access, enforcement and education.

In between the conference meetings there was time for field activities. One of the highlights during the conference was a surf fishing instruction session lead by the Jersey Coast Anglers Association’s Youth Education Committee and Rutgers Cooperative Extension Marine Agent, Cid Hooper. Most of the 30 participants in the conference run freshwater fishing programs in their states, and were glad to take advantage of the exposure to surf fishing - a new experience to most. Some anxious moments arose as the fishers waded out to a sandbar to get a better cast and then were so "into it" that they did not notice the tide rapidly coming in. The way back, through a trough, presented some rather deep water. But all got to shore safely and were thoroughly "soaked" at the experience. Everyone had a great day learning and surf fishing. When we first encountered the group of educators we didn’t think they would journey over the sandbar to fish. We were truly surprised with the effort and ability everyone applied to learn surf fishing in a short amount of time. The children they teach in their states’ are lucky to have such dedicated aquatic resource educators.

Teachers who would like to know about marine, coastal and aquatic education resources for the classroom, should phone Larry Sarner, Sr. Biologist, NJ FG&W, at 609-748-2031.


OUTDOOR WOMEN FISHING CLINIC

We received information about the program "Becoming an Outdoor Women" and we are looking at the possibilities of incorporating a surf fishing clinic for women the day before the 1998 Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament.


LOOKING FOR A SPONSOR

The Jersey Coast Anglers Association’s Youth Education Committee is looking for a corporate sponsor to help fund our safe boating campaign for 1998. The corporate sponsor will help offset the printing cost of 25,000 bumper stickers that will be used to increase awareness about safe boating. The 1998 safe boating slogan is STAY AFLOAT DON’T DRINK & BOAT. This will be part of our promotion for the Future Fisherman Foundation’s "Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs" 10 year anniversary. See printed example.


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LONG BRANCH MIDDLE SCHOOL

The Long Branch Middle School has requested the services of the Jersey Coast Anglers Association’s Youth Education Committee for their "Spring Into Fishing" program

INTERMEDIATE FLY TYING

Saturday, February 14, 1998 at 10 a.m.- For children 12 and up. Wildlife members of the East Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited will instruct first-time fly tiers in the fine art of tying flies. The lesson is five hours and will be held at the Pequest Trout Hatchery & Natural Resource Education Center, 605 Pequest Rd., Oxford, NJ. Phone 732-637-4125 for registration and information. Registration is required.

Greg Kucharewsk is the J.C.A.A. Youth Education Director. For information on aquatic youth education material write or call the JCAA Office and direct it to the Youth Education Committee.

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