Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association October 2010 Newsletter)



During the months of June, July, and August the JCAA supplied fishing equipment, aquatic information, and HOFNOD materials to the Monmouth County Association of Retarded Citizens, Fort Monmouth Outdoor Recreation/School Age Services and supported Dr. Eleanor Bochenek, Rutgers University, Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, with supplies to present a youth fishing program. Dr. Bochenek also did a great job of teaching over 50 children at the Cohansey Riverfest, Bidgeton, NJ about fishing, casting, and knot tying.



It takes the support of many volunteers 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. The JCAA Youth Education Committee is accepting nominations for the 2010 Youth Education Award. Please submit your nominations by October 25, 2010. Submit your nominations in writing to JCAA Youth Education Committee,



Get ready to enter the largest surf-fishing tournament along the Jersey Shore. The Governorís Surf Fishing Tournament, Sunday, October 3, 2010. Donít miss a day of family fun! Pick up a brochure about the tournament at Island Beach State Park or at your favorite tackle dealer. The contest is reasonably priced so register early and save. For information about disabled access and surf fishing beach chair reservations, please phone Greg Kucharewski, 732-785-9278 (leave message & phone #). The JCAA Youth Education Committee is helping novice anglers at the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament and this will require extra volunteer hours from member clubs in JCAA. If members in your fishing club would like to help others learn the joy of surf fishing, please phone 732-785-9278 or e-mail and place IBSP in the subject line. Help is needed to provide assistance for disabled anglers, youth anglers, and novice anglers. This is a fun day. Come out and share your surf fishing expertise and help cast a line of caring.



The Assunpink Wildlife Management Area in Upper Freehold Township will be the site of an exciting new event this year, when New Jersey's first Wild Outdoor Expo kicks off the fall season. The Expo will be held on September 25 and 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day, and is free of charge. The Wild Outdoor Expo is designed to build appreciation for New Jersey's bountiful natural resources and to encourage increased participation in outdoor recreation through a unique blend of conservation information, education and hands-on opportunities to learn about and experience a wide range of outdoor skills and activities. Attendees will be able to try their hand at fishing, hiking, shooting sports, kayaking, camping, wildlife watching and much more. Numerous environmental and conservation exhibits will be on display and a wide range of experts will be on hand to talk to visitors and to provide demonstrations and seminars throughout the weekend. Hunters and anglers in New Jersey already understand the importance of conserving and protecting our wildlife and natural resources. In fact, it is mainly because of you that wildlife thrives in the Garden State, and people have so many opportunities to enjoy great hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation here. The Expo showcases those resources and the outdoor recreation opportunities that are available to all New Jersey citizens and visitors. Please mark your calendars and join us at the inaugural Wild Outdoor Expo to celebrate and help perpetuate New Jersey's great wildlife and outdoor heritage. More information about the Expo including directions, activities, and a map of the grounds can be found by visiting The Wild Outdoor Expo is sponsored by the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Parks and Forestry, and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.



The Jersey Coast Anglers Associationís Youth Education Chairman traveled to the University of Toledo to support their National Youth Sports Program NYSP, and Youth Fishing Program. Over 100 children participated in the University of Toledoís National Youth Sports Program and celebrated another successful summer recreation program. The Merickel-Farley Trout Club and Olander Park supported the program. The JCAA Youth Education Committee presented the ďHooked On Fishing Not On Drugs" portion of the program. Many thanks go to the volunteers that helped organize the event and a special thanks to the members of the Merickel-Farley Trout Club for their donation to purchase prizes for campers. Several campers caught their first fish and now have the fishing bug.

If you would like to help with our youth education efforts and offer some of your time to teach children the joy of fishing, please phone 732-785-9278 or e-mail


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