YOUTH EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT
By Greg Kucharewski
Successful National Fishing
at Fort Monmouth Youth Service Center
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association - July 1996 Newspaper)
Children at the Fort Monmouth Youth Service Center enjoyed learning about New Jersey's freshwater and saltwater rules and regulations during National Fishing Week. A demonstration of how to handle and release different species of fish was also part of the hour long seminar. Approximately 35-40 children attending the Fort Monmouth Youth Service Center were informed why it is important to release fish and how fish are stocked by the New Jersey Department of Fish, Game, and Wildlife. The focus of the seminar was about protecting our aquatic resources along with catching and releasing fish. Children should learn at an early age to protect our delicate water resources.
Latch Key Fishing Derby
Last year, the New Jersey Division of Fish, Game, and Wildlife offered a fishing derby stocking promotion and Fort Monmouth's Husky Brook Lake was stocked with a variety of warm water fish. This year Husky Brook Lake will not be stocked for the 1996 Fort Monmouth Latch Key Fishing Derby due to an increase of fishing derby's throughout the state. The Husky Brook Lake only supports a small population of resident fish, that's why it is so important for young anglers participating in the Latch Key Fishing Derby to release their catch. All young anglers registered in Fort Monmouth's 1996 Summer Latch Key Fishing Derby will receive a Fort Monmouth "Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs" measurement towel to practice Catch Photograph and Release (CPR). Catch and release efforts practiced at Husky Brook Lake will help insure all young anglers have a fun fishing derby.
Surf Fishing Equipment
Island Beach State Park
If your fishing club or organization is interested in offering a surf fishing demonstration for novice surf fishing anglers. Please consider using the twenty five surf rods and reels at the park that are to be use for educational surf fishing instruction. We issue many thanks and great gratitude to Bill Veprek, Island Beach State Park superintendent, for the use of the park facilities. Bill has always supported our youth fishing programs and also helps with events. The twenty five rods and reels stored at Island Beach State Park were donated by ABU Garcia. Please phone the J.C.A.A. office if your club would like to offer a surf fishing program or phone Island Beach State Park directly to schedule and event.
More National Fishing Week
The Girl Scouts of Brick, NJ Troop 263 hosted a fishing program entitled "Kid's Teaching Kid's" during National Fishing Week, June 3-9, 1996. The Jersey Coast Anglers Association supported this event by providing fishing equipment, aquatic education material, and guidance to promote a successful Pathway To Fishing & "Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs" event. Senior Girl Scout, Adrienne Kucharewski, Brick, NJ taught local children in the Township of Brick,NJ, how to cast a spinning, and bait casting rod.
Youth Activity Bulletin Board
· Fort Monmouth Summer Latch Key Fishing Derby:
A fishing seminar and "Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs" program will take place again this summer at Fort Monmouth, NJ. Children attending the Summer Latch Key Sessions will learn about youth fishing educational classes and the Future Fishermen Foundation's "Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs" drug awareness program.
Approximately two hundred children at the Fort Monmouth Latch Key Center will learn about the joys of fishing through the instruction of the J.C.A.A. Youth Education Committee and the Division of Fish, Game & Wildlife. State representatives have supported the Fort Monmouth Latch Key youth fishing program in the past and also supplied equipment along with technical expertise. Last year, children at the Latch Key Center were taught species identification and proper handling methods for different species of fish by Mr. Jim Oross and Dave Wanisko from the New Jersey Division of Fish, Game, and Wildlife.
The "Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs" program will be featured as part of drug awareness program and participating children will received special promotions from the local business community, when they show their current 1996 "Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs" pledge card. The youth fishing and drug awareness program has excited several federal agencies at Fort Monmouth and their involvement has produced a model summer youth fishing program to be shared with other military installations. The young anglers will also receive information from the Jersey Coast Anglers Association's Youth Education Committee, and hands on instruction about all techniques of freshwater and saltwater angling.
· Shore Surf Club Annual Youth Fishing Tournament:
Once again the Shore Surf Club of Point Pleasant will sponsor its annual Youth Fishing Tournament to be held during the months of July and August 1996. For more information please call Joe Scutro, Youth Tournament Chairman, 908/840-4451. Registration packets can be picked up at participating tackle dealers in Ocean and Monmouth counties. Children 6-16 can enter the Youth Fishing Tournament and weigh-in freshwater or saltwater species of fish. The awards celebration will be held at the Point Pleasant Elk's Lodge in September.
· Newark Bait & Fly Casting Club:
The NBF&C Club will hold it's annual fishing tournament for the physically challenged in September, 1996. It will be held at Warnaco Park in Elizabeth, NJ. For more information contact Don or Al Marantz at our next J.C.A.A. meeting or call 908/280-2643.
· 5th Annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament:
Sunday, October 5, 1996, Island Beach State Park. Tournament is family oriented and will have learning exhibits. Check local tackle dealers for registration cards.
· Fish It Out Campaign, June 17-22, 1996
Cooperative clean up at Husky Brook Lake
Be Safe - Enjoy Fishing !
Greg Kucharewski, a member of the Shore Surf Club, is the J.C.A.A. Youth Education Director. For information on aquatic youth education material write to: J.C.A.A. Youth Education Committee, 1201 Rt. 37 East, Suite 9, Toms River, NJ 08753 or phone the J.C.A.A. office at 908/506-6565 voice mail box #1