Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association June 2021 Newsletter)
NJSGC’s “Jersey Shore” Photo Contest

This is a great opportunity for youngsters to experience photographing the beautiful Jersey Shore. If you have a photo that captures some of New Jersey’s beaches, enter it in the NJSGC’s revamped “Favorite Beaches of the Jersey Shore” photo contest! Ultimately, the top twelve photos will be used to create New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s annual desktop calendars for 2022. Visit their website for rules and how to submit your photograph at this link.

NJ HOFNOD Fishing Challenge - Saturday, June 5th

The Hooked-on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program's Youth Fishing Challenge is a statewide event to promote fishing among youths and their families. NJ Fish and Wildlife sponsors the program, and it is being held on the first of the state's two Free Fishing Days, Saturday, June 5, when no license is required to fish regardless of age. Visit their website and find a location near you. This free event is open to youths age 20 and under to promote fishing among youths and families. Register today at this link.

5th Annual Veterans and Kid's Wish’n to go Fish’n

Last year organizers combined the Play HOOK-e Take a Veteran Fishing Day with the Kid’s Wish’n to go Fish’n program. Veterans enjoyed fishing and helping youngsters learn to fish so event organizers decided to duplicate the event format. Veterans and youngsters with disabilities and other special needs are welcome to register for the 5th Annual Kid’s Wish’n to go Fish’n and Play HOOK-e Take a Veteran Fishing Day at Ponderosa Estates Farm, Millstone Township. Don Marantz, Event Chairman, Vito Cardinale, Cardinale Enterprises, and Randy Johnson, Laurita Winery always make this a fun event for children with disabilities and other special needs. The event includes a fishing fun day for children and honoring disabled veterans, along with active-duty military from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, on Saturday, August 21, 2021, 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The goal of the veteran, active-duty military, and children fishing day is to feel the health benefits of getting in touch with nature while making good memories with friends and family.

Attendees and their guests are invited to fish at Lake Julianna to catch and release big fish and then join Mr. Vito Cardinale and his staff of volunteers for a free BBQ that will provide soft drinks, pizza, hamburgers & hot dogs, and other goodies. Admission is free but registration is mandatory through EventBrite at this link. Disabled Veterans and special needs children with mobility challenges will have use of 4x4 transportation around the lake, along with fishing assistance if needed. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Jersey Shore Chapter will assist with fly fishing instruction. Boating Education and Rescue (B.E.A.R.) will bring their mobile education booth and “Hooked on Fishing not On Drugs” loaner rods and reels. Mike and Debbie Bennett B.E.A.R. and volunteers will teach youngsters and families about fishing ethics.

Don Marantz, Event Chairman stated: “We have plenty of door prizes, terminal tackle, bait, and other fishing equipment available to ensure that participants have an enjoyable time at Lake Julianna. “Come out and catch a smile.” Things you might want to bring to have and enjoyable time: Folding Chairs, Blanket, Hand Sanitizer, Sunglasses, Rod and Reel, Lucky Fishing Cap, Sunscreen/Bug Spray, Pliers, Wet Weather Gear/Footwear, and Fishing Cloth. This is a catch and release event, please use barbless fishing hooks. No boats, rafts or wading in the water.

The event is sponsored by Cardinale Enterprises, Laurita Winery, 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.

To register for this free event visit VVA Chapter 12, Shore Area Chapter Play Hook-e page.

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