Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association October 2018 Newsletter)
2018 Kid痴 Wish地 to go Fish地

The 2nd Annual 適id痴 Wish地 to go Fish地 For Special Needs Children will be held at Ponderosa Estates Farms Lake Julianna, Millstone Township, NJ. We already have our 撤lay HOOK-e veterans and member clubs of JCAA registered to come out again and help the special-needs youngsters fish.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm Special needs children ages 6 to 16 years old are invited to catch and release fish at Lake Julianna. Mr. Cardinale is providing plenty of fun surprises for all special needs children and the event will include a hot dog and hamburger barbeque lunch for children and their guests, complements of Cardinale Enterprises, LLC. For more information visit The Fisherman magazine calendar of events.

Local merchants and contributors are providing prizes, goodie bags and tee shirts for girls and boys fishing Lake Julianna痴 適ids Wish地 to go Fish地. All children go home winners and the fish win too. If you would like to volunteer at this worthwhile event for special needs children, please contact Don Marantz, JCAA Youth Education Committee at 908-347-1434.

2018 JCAA Youth Education Award

The JCAA Youth Education Committee is accepting nominations for the 2018 Youth Education Award. There are many NJ HOFNOD volunteers doing great work 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.

Youth Education Award Criteria: Promoting 滴ooked On Fishing Not On Drugs (HOFNOD), Certified HOFNOD instructors, number of fishing or aquatic education events, JCAA lending library usage, and creativity for promoting youth fishing events. Submit your nominations in writing (250 words) and email to or bring your nomination to the next JCAA general membership meeting.

HRFA Youth Fishing

The Hudson River Fisherman痴 Association is going great guns with their youth fishing programs this year. They are close to completing 25 events that they ran or supported by providing HRFA kids fishing volunteers. Dan Harrison, President HRFA, shared some of the fan mail the organization has received for doing such a good job of getting youngsters involved in fishing. It takes a lot of work to have so many fishing programs running throughout the year. Congratulations to all the members that volunteered time to make the youth fishing program successful:

NJ HOFNOD Brick High School

Brick High School Mustangs and Dragons grades 11 12 will begin classes this September with NJ HOFNOD added to their physical education classes. Tim Brennan, Physical Education Teacher and NJ HOFNOD certified instructor, will work with other teachers and introduce students to NJ HOFNOD, safe boating, CPR, science, environmental stewardship and fishing skills.

The JCAA Youth Education Committee will support the high school groups by supplying books, presentations, terminal tackle, and materials from the JCAA lending library. They also have a list of clubs and organizations helping within the community such as, Gabriel's Bait and Tackle, Grumpy's Bait and Tackle, Jersey Hooker Outfitters, Geldhauser & Rizzo Attorneys at Law, Jersey State Controls, Jersey Shore Surfcasters, Knights of Colombus, Jersey Coast Shark Anglers, The Rotondo Family, The Aquaviva Family, and Bimini Bay Outfitters. Boating Education And Rescue (B.E.A.R.), Mike and Debbie Bennett ,Environmental Educators, will also support students at both high schools. Mike and Debbie are also NJ HOFNOD certified instructors.

I had the opportunity to tag along on their first NJ HOFNOD fishing outing at Manasquan Inlet, Pt. Pleasant side. The students were engaged with casting and fished in the rain. Tim Brennan, Physical Ed. Teacher and Certified NJ HOFNOD Instructor organized the trip and helped students that just learned to cast. The fish didn稚 cooperate but all had a great time.

Brick Mustangs First Fishing Trip 2018

Rock On - Brick Mustangs First Fishing Trip 2018

NJ HOFNOD is a great way to introduce youth to fishing, learning about their local waters and other natural resources while supporting positive outdoor recreation activities and life skills. For more information about the training, contact Liz Jackson for details. 908-637-4125 x122 or visit this link.

NJBBA 25th Annual Children痴 Surf Fishing Tournament

This is a fun youth fishing tournament for all so get the kids in the buggy and get them to Island Beach State Park for the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association痴 25th Annual Surf Children痴 Fishing Tournament. The tournament will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018, and registration is FREE for children age sixteen and under. Registration and education tables begin at 8:00 am till 10:00 am. Fishing begins at 10:00 am till 1:00 pm. Refreshments and lunch at 1:00 pm till 2:00 pm. Awards Ceremony will take place at 2:15 pm and then the fun begins at the prize tables. Children also receive a youth tournament tee shirt and Free hot dog and soft drink lunch. NJBBA members do a great job of making children and their families have a fun day fishing the surf at Island Beach State Park. NJBBA will supply a limited supply of bait and tackle. There is always lots of prizes, goodie bags, learning stations, and plenty of how to information booths about surf fishing and water safety. For Information about the event contact Chairman: Ken Hollins: Email or call 732-278-7312. If you are a local business owner and would like to support this worthwhile event, please contact the tournament chairman. For more information, visit the NJBBA website

Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club People with Disabilities

The Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club People with Disabilities Outing will be on September 22 with a rain date of September 23.

They need volunteers to help set up starting at 7:00 A.M. and to be available throughout the day to help with fishing, serving lunch, etc. and breaking down at the end of the day. The event starts at 10:00 A.M. but some participants start arriving about 9:00 A.M. and extra hands are always needed to help.

Please contact Rich MacDonald rich@nbfcc.orgif you would like to volunteer for this worthwhile program.

Veteran and Family Fishing Programs

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Jersey Shore Chapter offers all veterans with disabilities an opportunity to participate in and learn all facets of fly fishing. On Saturday, September 29, 2018 after the 2nd Annual Kid痴 Wish地 To Go Fish地, members will hold their October meeting and fly casting program.

For information about the Jersey Shore Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing contact: Raoul Cordeaux at

Throughout the year free fishing programs are offered to our veterans and active military. To learn more about Play HOOK-e Take a Veteran Fishing, read the Play HOOK-e newsletter. We also list programs from other veteran organizations that can help veterans and their families get outside and enjoy the outdoors by utilizing Eco-therapy and other activities to limit PTSD symptoms.

If you would like to subscribe to the Play HOOK-e Newsletter, please click on this link to register. Unsubscribe anytime or update your information.

Look for our upcoming Free Play HOOK-e Take a Veteran Fishing programs in The Fisherman Magazine online Events Calendar.

Boating Education and Rescue

We tagged along with Mike and Debbie Bennett on the following NJ HOFNOD programs in Ocean County: July 22, Ocean County Parks & Recreation held the "The Bunker Challenge" and annual crabbing contest at Mantoloking Bridge County Park in Brick, NJ. We assisted novice crabbers and had some dirty dogs at the B.E.A.R. booth.

Lake Riviera. The Annual Fishing Derby for residents ages 14 and under took place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Lake Rivera. Youngster caught a variety of fish and had lots of fun. Mike and Debbie along with Tim Brennan were busy assisting with bait, fish measurements and rigging rods and reels.

On August 24th we assisted BEAR with a tour for youngsters and veterans at the Manasquan Coast Guard Station. After the tour we traveled to the park located at the railroad bridge and fished for snapper blues with the NJ HOFNOD group that Mike and Debbie runs out of Ocean County Park.

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