Youth Education Report

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

The Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program's Youth Fishing Challenge is a statewide event to promote fishing among youths and their families. The Hooked On Fishing-Not On Drugs, Youth Fishing Challenge is Saturday, June 8, 2019. 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 this link: Youth Fishing Challenge.

National Fishing & Boating Week

NF&BW Free Fishing Day in New Jersey is Saturday June 8, 2019. Residents and non-residents may fish the public waters of New Jersey without a license or trout Stamp. All other regulations apply. For those anglers just starting out, the Division of Fish and Wildlife offers many programs and classes to advance from beginner to expert. The Pequest State Trout Hatchery in Oxford, Warren County offers free fishing programs. Pequest offers a Natural Resource Education Center with a variety of exhibits and displays on wildlife, a butterfly garden, picnic areas and hiking trails. There is also a handicapped-accessible fishing site along the Pequest River.

Sign up for the Youth Fishing Challenge. It’s a statewide event to promote fishing among youths and their families. It will be held on the first of the state's two Free Fishing Days, Saturday, June 8th, when no license is required to fish regardless of age.

Registered youth participants will be eligible to receive prizes for the fish they catch during the event. Youths must be present at the conclusion of the event to be awarded prizes. Those who are lucky enough to catch a trout tagged as part of the "Hook-A-Winner" Program will receive a special prize following the event. Organizations interested in hosting an event, and individuals interested in volunteering at an event, should complete and submit an application form: Organization/Volunteer Application Form are available online.

Questions can be directed to the HOFNOD email:

High School Surf Fishing Team Competition

Don’t forget to register early for the High School Team Competition for Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament on Sunday, May 19, 2019. 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, please visit this link.

28th 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 28th Anniversary of the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament will be on Sunday, May 19, 2019. 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

Ken Gurbisz at last year's tournament
Gloucester NJ HOFNOD Catfish Tournament

Gloucester NJ HOFNOD will hold its Ray Curry Catfish tournament for kids on June 8, 2019 at River Winds in West Deptford, NJ. Robert Johnston is the HOFNOD Gloucester Township director. If you would like to enter or support this program, please contact Robert @ 856-491-5366, or visit this link.

Hudson River Fishing Associations May Youth Programs
Educational Programs

Summer programs for adults and children at Sedge Island are offered by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, and a partner with the NJ DEP in many management, research and educational programs. Programs range from fishing to kayaking to professional development workshops for teachers. To learn more, visit the CWF's Sedge Island webpage.

Play Hook-e Take a Veteran Fishing

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9:00 am till 2:00 pm, 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 PTSD veterans and to relax while enjoying the peaceful surroundings of Lake Julianna with other veterans. To register and receive directions for this free event, please phone Greg@ 732-785-9278 or email him at

Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club

Play HOOK-e at the 2nd Annual NB&FCC Disabled Veterans Fishing Trip will be on the Mi-JO II and will be leaving the dock at 7:00 A.M. and returning approximately 2:00 P.M. on Friday, June 21, 2019. The Mi-Jo II is located on the long dock behind the restaurant/restrooms upon entering the municipal parking lot. Lunch and drinks will be provided for Veterans (bagels, subs, salads, etc.). Note that this is a rain or shine trip so everyone should be prepared. Contact Rich MacDonald at 973-204-4073 or email him at to make a reservation. Note that reservations will be limited to 30 veterans.

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