Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association March 2019 Newsletter)

Members of the Jersey Coast Anglers Association Committee encourage member clubs to attend 2019 New Jersey HOFNOD, facilitator training hosted by the DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife at Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education in Waretown, NJ. The training date is May 17-19, 2019 and it is well worth the time to learn creative aquatic activities to teach youngsters the importance becoming environmental stewards. During the training session you will learn the following activities: Conservation & Experiential Education Concept Mapping - Ecological Awareness & Wildlife Interdependence - First Impressions, exploring our “perception” about wildlife and ourselves, Rods and Reels - Know your Lures & bait, Exploring the water (hydrologic) cycle, and Fly Tying. HOFNOD is a great way to introduce youth to fishing, their local waters and other natural resources while supporting positive outdoor recreation and life skills. This workshop is for adult staff and volunteers of youth-centered organizations looking to offer a youth fishing program. The program is flexible enough to be tailored to fit most organizations. If you are interested in attending a NJ HOFNOD workshop, please phone or email Liz Jackson, NJ HOFNOD Coordinator at 908-637-4125 x122 or via email at Registration is required and due by May 1, 2019.

The Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program's Youth Fishing Challenge is a statewide event to promote fishing among youths and their families. It is being held on the first of the state's two Free Fishing Days, Saturday, June 8, when no license is required to fish regardless of age. Hook-A-Winner" Program will receive a special prize following the event. For more information and to register your group location visit: Youth Fishing Challenge. Deadline to register as a host site is March 15, 2019.

Brick High School NJ HOFNOD

Brick High School NJ HOFNOD completed a number of activities along with fishing trips. We will feature their accomplishment in the JCAA April 2019 newspaper.

High School Fishing Team Competition

New Jersey high school fishing teams are working on strategies for the 2019 Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament. Sign your team up now. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2019. Send in your application early, visit the following link to download the registration form.

I know Toms River South HS Fishing Indians are guided by Paul Harris, NJBBA and their team is gearing up for the tournament. This year, we expect a lot more school participation to compete for the High School Team trophy. If your school would like to register for the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament, please visit High School Team Rules.

Upcoming 2019 Events
Take a Veteran Fishing

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9am until 2pm, Mr. Vito Cardinale, President Cardinale Enterprises LLC, will host the 2019 Third 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 third 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 veterans and to relax while enjoying the peaceful surroundings of Lake Julianna with other veterans.

Disabled veterans 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, pizza, 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 country.

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 need 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 will 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. Register and receive directions for this free event at Take a Vet Fishing.

Mr. Cardinale is doing great things to help our veterans and youngsters along with providing a new sports complex called Adventure Crossing for all to enjoy. Check it out at this link: Adventure Crossing USA.

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