Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association July 2019 Newsletter)
Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament

Everyone had a great time at the 28th Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament and there was plenty of action on the beach for the Toms River South High School Fishing Indians that took first place for the high school division. The school team was sponsored by NJBBA. Paul Harris and other NJBBA members along with their teachers taught students about fishing and conservation over the course of the school year. The Governor’s Surf Fishing tournament is a fun family and it keeps getting better every year.

Visit the NJBBA website at to see more photos of students fishing at the tournament.

Second Place: Manasquan High School, Third Place: Columbia High School

Disabled anglers fishing at OBA-1 also enjoyed a day on the beach during the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament.

Many thanks to World Jeep and the volunteers that transported disabled anglers from the pavilion area to the beach and assisted anglers with fishing. Lots of visitors came to say hello to our veterans fishing the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament. We thank Ray Bukowski, DEP Acting Commissioner; Olivia Glenn, Director of Parks and Forestry; and Dave Golden, Acting Director NJ Fish and Wildlife. We appreciate the World Jeep Volunteer Team, Shrewsbury, NJ, Taylor Cook, Cheryl Brown, and TJ Trippe for assisting our disabled veterans to and from the beach. Many thanks go to Bogan’s Brielle Bait and Tackle and Tim Burden, and members of the Jersey Shore Surf Casters, Berkley Striper Club, and NJBBA for assisting our veterans.

Family Fun Day and Fishing Tournament

The 22nd annual Sunshine Foundation Family Fun Day and Fishing Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019. The entire family can enjoy this event at the American Legion Post #493, 420 Radio Road, Little Egg Harbor, NJ. In addition to the awards ceremony for the fishing contest there will be lots of fun for everyone. All the hot dogs, hamburgers and the best pulled pork this side of Memphis you can eat, music and a great gift raffle. For those who don’t fish the tournament, the entry to the party is $15 and children under 12 years of age are free.

The Captain’s meeting will be held on Friday evening July 12 at 6:00 p.m. The Captain’s meeting will be held at the American Legion Post #493. You have the choice of fishing for Fluke or Bluefish or both. For more information call Tom at 732-267-6451 email:

2019 JCAA Youth Education Award

The JCAA Youth Education Committee is accepting nominations for the 2019 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 “Hooked 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 and email to or bring your nomination to the next JCAA general membership meeting.

Berkeley Striper Club Summer Fishing Event

You still have time to enter. The Berkeley Striper Club’s Youth Education Program is sponsoring a Summer Fishing Fun event in the Island Beach area. Their event runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. During that time anyone from 14 yrs old and under who weighs a fish or brings in a crab to the Dock Outfitters, Grumpies or Betty and Nick's will be given a goodie bag.

They also will be eligible for a rod and reel or a crabbing outfit if their fish is the largest of the shop they weigh it at. Look for the flyers at any of participating tackle shops for the rules. Species include: Striped Bass, Bluefish, Fluke, Weakfish and Blue Claw crab.

Free Crabbing Contest

The Bunker Challenge Crabbing Contest is scheduled for Saturday, July 20, 2019, 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Bunker bait only (no chicken). Bunker will be provided courtesy of Jenkinson’s Aquarium. There are two categories, children 12 years old and under and 13 up to adult. No entry fee. The contest will be held at the Mantoloking Bridge County Park, Brick, NJ. For more information, phone 732-506-5122.

2019 Kids Wish’n to Go Fish’n

The 3nd Annual “Kids Wish’n to go Fish’n” For Special Needs Children will be held at Ponderosa Estates Farms Lake Julianna, Millstone Township, NJ. We already have our “Play HOOK-e” veterans and member clubs of JCAA registered to come out again and help the special needs youngster’s fish.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2019 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 and his team are providing plenty of fun surprises for all special needs children. The event will include a hot dog and hamburger barbeque/pizza lunch for children and their guests, complements of Cardinale Enterprises, LLC.

Local merchants and contributors are providing prizes, goodie bags and t-shirts for girls and boys fishing Lake Julianna’s “Kids Wish’n to go Fish’n.” All children go home winners. If you would like to contribute to this worthwhile event for special needs children, please contact Don Marantz, JCAA Youth Education Committee at 908-347-1434.

Opportunity Rocks Toms River

We supported the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office by setting up a learning booth at the RWJ Barnabas Health Arena, Toms River, NJ to support their Youth Resource Fair for youngsters. Students received NJ HOFNOD information and a variety of flyers about fishing programs. We will also meet with the prosecutor’s office to discuss how our Play HOOK-e program can support their veteran program.

National Youth Sports Program 50th Anniversary

I just completed my 20th year of supporting the National Youth Sports Program HOFNOD at the University of Toledo. This could not be possible without the help of the Merickel-Farley Trout Club, family members, and friends that come out to teach campers about casting and angling basics. Campers were able to fish on the club’s property and catch some good size trout and bass. We thank the Merickel-Farley Trout Club and friends for supporting this event and giving the gift of time to make the event a success. Who knows? I might be back next year….What a great time.

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