Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association January 2020 Newsletter)
NJ HOFNOD Workshops

During 2020, think about becoming a HOFNOD instructor. New Jersey HOFNOD facilitator workshops are hosted by the DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and it was well worth the time to learn creative aquatic activities to teach youngsters the importance of becoming environmental stewards. During a 1.5 day program, you can learn about the following activities: Conservation & Experiential Education Concept Mapping, What do you know about fish and/or fishing, Ecological Awareness & Wildlife Interdependence, First Impressions, exploring our “perception” about wildlife and ourselves, water, shelter and appropriate space to survive, Fish Biology - Anatomy, Fins & Parts of a Fish, Rods and Reels, Know your Lures & bait, Watersheds, Point & non-Point Pollution, Fly Tying, Environmental Action and Stewardship, Rules & Regulations and Angler Ethics.

This workshop is a great learning experience. If you are interested in attending a NJ HOFNOD workshop, please contact Coordinator Liz Jackson, email: liz.jackson@dep.state.nj, phone: 908-637-4125 x122. Next training date is May 15-17, 2020.

Send Us Your Event Information

The JCAA’s Youth Education Committee is asking JCAA member clubs/organizations for a listing of scheduled youth and family events that are going to be held by your club or organization during 2020. The purpose of this request is to alert other fishing clubs and organizations that would like to participate in your youth and family event. The JCAA newspaper is a way to get the word out about what’s happening in your club. Use this opportunity to inform others about events your fishing club is doing to promote fishing. The JCAA’s Youth Education Committee will support your event with “Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs” materials. Please contact Greg Kucharewski with your listing of youth and family events and don’t forget the Sportsmen Shows. Include your booth location, fishing club or organization that will attend. By providing this information you’re fishing club or organization can improve membership and increase consumer participation. Please stop by the JCAA show booth and learn about issues affecting recreational anglers.

High School Fishing Teams

New Jersey high school fishing teams are already gearing up for the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament 2020. With the onset of colder temperatures high school fishing club students started to tie rigs and teasers for fishing next year. We expect the following schools to join the GSFT tournament: Manasquan High School Fishing Club, Toms River HS North, Delaware Valley Regional HS, Lacey Township High School Fishing Club, Brick HS Fishing Club, Gateway Regional High School, Manahawkin High School, and Howell High School. We expect more schools and organizations to enter the tournament this year. Schools that would like more information about the GSFT can contact Karen Byrne at 609-748-4347 or e-mail

High School Fishing Flea Markets

Lacy High School Fishing Club Fisherman's 11th Annual Flea Market, January 18, 9 am until 2 pm. The flea market will be held at Lacey Township High School Gymnasium, 73 Haines Street, Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734. The fundraiser is being held to benefit the students of the fishing club by raising money to fund fishing trips taken throughout the school year, plus scholarships for student members.

The 2020 NJBBA’s “Pete D’Alessio Memorial” Flea Market will be held on Saturday, January 25 at the Toms River South High School (TRSHS), 9 am to 2 pm. The Flea Market is co-sponsored by TRSHS “Fishing Indians” and features vendors selling their merchandise at over 100 tables in the TRSHS Cafeteria. Food includes - light breakfast of donuts, bagels and coffee and an awesome lunch featuring chili, hot dogs, baked beans, soda or water will be available to purchase. All proceeds from food purchases go to support the TRSHS Fishing Team.

Jersey Shore Surfcasters

We appreciate the continued support of the Jersey Shore Surfcasters for our veteran Play HOOK-e from PTSD and NJ HOFNOD youth fishing program. We look forward to working together during 2020. Don’t forget to come out and support Surf Day on February 22 at Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738.

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