Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association April 2018 Newsletter)
27th Annual Governor's Cup

Get ready to enter the largest surf-fishing tournament along the Jersey Shore. This year it will be bigger and better than ever. The 27th Anniversary of the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament will be on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Don’t miss a day of family fun! Pick up a brochure about the tournament at Island Beach State Park or at your favorite tackle dealer.

Remember, admission to the park is FREE for the tournament. We would like to remind our physically challenged anglers that there is an area at OBA 1 with beach wheelchairs available. The JCAA Youth Education Committee is helping novice and physically challenged anglers at the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament. World Jeep – Chrysler – Dodge - Ram, Shrewsbury, NJ will assist physically challenged anglers with a NEW 4x4 VIP vehicle to transport anglers that will be fishing the reserved area in front of OBA 1. Team World Jeep Chrysler will also be available to answer questions about 4x4 beach maintenance and fluids.

Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America (Chapter 12) and volunteer anglers from various fishing clubs will also assist physically challenged anglers. If you know a disabled veteran or angler that would like to fish the tournament, please phone Greg K at 732-785-9278 or email

Vietnam Veterans of America at the GSFT Vietnam Veterans of America at the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament
High School Surf Fishing Team Competition

Don’t forget to register early for the High School Team Competition for the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament on Sunday, May 20, 2018. How does the High School Fishing Team Competition work? Five school age students that are part of a formal fishing club or members of a NJ “Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs” group or a non-formal angling group can register for the Governor’s Annual Surf Fishing Tournament. Each High School will participate as a team with no limit to the number of anglers per each school. There must be one chaperone, 21 years or older, for every 5 high school students. Chaperones are not eligible to fish and must remain with their high school students during the entire Tournament. All angling team members will receive a t-shirt for registering.

GSFT committee members feel the expanded opportunity for youth angling groups to fish the GSFT will create more excitement and recognition for young anglers on tournament day.

For more information about New Jersey High School Team Surf Fishing, see the High School Team Category section at this link.

Students at the GSFT'
Student Learning Opportunity

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and its partners is offering teens some exciting summer programs based at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, located off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay. These unique, educational and fun programs include fishing, research and field experiences in a beautiful location. Sedge Island Fishing Experience June and August, 2018. For more information about any of these programs you can phone Karen Byrne at 609-748-4347 or email her at

Hooked on the Hudson

The Palisades Interstate Park New Jersey and the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association invite you to experience the Hudson River at the 33nd Annual Hooked on the Hudson event. Join them at Ross Dock on Saturday, April 28, 2018 9am - 3pm. Our fishing contest is FREE.

There is no entry fee. There are no registration forms. Just come down to the park, throw your line in the water and enjoy yourself.

They will supply all equipment and bait free for your children to use! We continue our tradition of combining a fishing contest with exhibits provided by leading environmental conservation and sportsmen’s organizations in our area. Food and Refreshments will be available. Fishing Contest 9am - 1pm. Fishing information and assistance will be available Exhibits 9am - 3 pm.

As in past years we have invited leading environmental and conservation groups to join us.

Children Casting Contest 2pm - 3pm with prizes awarded. Awards Ceremony will bet at 3pm. For additional info, contact Peter Musse (201) 233-3119,

Play Hook-e Take a Veteran Fishing

On Sunday, April 29, 2018, 9:00 am till 2:00 pm, Mr. Vito Cardinale, President Cardinale Enterprises LLC, will host the 2018, Second Annual Take A Veteran Fishing Day at Lake Julianna, Ponderosa Estates Farm, Millstone Township, NJ 08535.

"Play HOOK-e from PTSD" is the theme for disabled veterans that will attend the second annual FREE Play HOOK-e Take A Veteran Fishing Day. The goal of the fishing day at Lake Julianna is to provide a chance to go fishing for disabled PTSD veterans and to relax while enjoying the peaceful surroundings of Lake Julianna with other veterans.

Disabled veterans and their guest are invited to fish at this private lake to catch and release big fish and then join Mr. Vito Cardinale and his staff of volunteers that will provide soft drinks, hamburgers & hotdogs and other goodies for the free BBQ. As in the past, Mr. Cardinale and his team are proud to serve our veterans that have given so much for our county.

Veterans with mobility challenges will have the use of 4x4 transportation around the lake, along with fishing assistance if needed. Freshwater fishing license is not needed because this is a private lake. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Jersey Shore Chapter will assist with fly fishing instruction and their members are also welcome to join in and catch some big fish on a fly rod. Boating Education and Rescue with assist with their mobile education booth and equipment.

We have door prizes, loaner rods and reels, terminal tackle, bait, and other fishing equipment available to insure you have an enjoyable time.

The event is sponsored by Cardinale Enterprises LCC and supported by Vietnam Veterans of America Shore Area Chapter 12, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Boating Education and Rescue and the Jersey Coast Anglers Association. To register and receive directions for this free event, please phone Greg at 732-785-9278 or you can email him at: Visit this link for more outdoor fishing events.

Mike and Debbie Bennett of Boating Education and Rescue will host a “Play HOOK-e Take a Veteran Fishing” at Turkey Swamp Park at 200 Georgia Road, Freehold, NJ 07728 on Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:00 am till 12:00 pm. The program will begin with what you need to know about freshwater fishing and how to fish freshwater areas in New Jersey.

The free program is for veterans struggling with PTSD but all veterans are welcome to register. Veterans will learn about largemouth bass lures, catch and release methods, rigs and baits, and receive guidance about water safety. By working in small groups each month (10-15 Veterans) and sometimes one on one veterans are able to gain the confidence needed to communicate about improving their quality of life.

The goal is to connect veterans to VA Service Offices/Outreach Centers, NJ Coastal Parks, Fishing Clubs, Veteran Organizations, and help Veteran men and women take time to heal by utilizing healthy outdoor activities, such as fishing. To register, phone Mike & Debbie Bennett at 732-492-4009 or email to

Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club - Kids Fishing Derby

NB&FCC annual Kids Fishing Derby is held each year at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside, N. J. and is free for children 16 years of age and younger. Adults may enter for a nominal charge. The Derby runs for three weeks April 14 – May 5, 2018.

The registration booth is located at the gazebo on the lower lake and registrations will be accepted from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on the first Saturday of the derby only. Children that have registered will receive a gift bag at the derby location up until 2:00 P.M. on first Saturday of the derby. Prizes for the derby will be awarded at the Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club's meeting on June 6, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.

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