Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association July 2021 Newsletter)
2021 JCAA Youth Education Award

The JCAA Youth Education Committee is accepting nominations for the 2021 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".

Please view the JCAA website for the next general membership meeting.


Over the summer, think about becoming a New Jersey HOFNOD instructor. NJ HOFNOD facilitator workshops are hosted by the DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife. NJ HOFNOD instructors teach youngsters the importance becoming environmental stewards. If you are interested in attending a NJ HOFNOD workshop, please phone or email Liz Jackson, NJ HOFNOD Coordinator Phone: 908- 637-4125 x 122 email:

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.

Marine Science Day Camp

Marine Science Day Camp at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) offers science lessons for children interested in learning about the ocean and marine life. Summer 2021 brings 2 exciting formats: choose from a 1-week virtual interaction offering or 3-weeks of in-person sessions for specific grades, listed below. Read more at this link.

Free Starter Fishing Kit

There's never been a better time to join the IGFA Family! Sign up your family for an IGFA Family Membership today for only $75 and receive a FREE Starter Fishing Kit for the younger angler of the house! The kit features a Zebco spinning rod and reel, PLUS a starter tackle box courtesy of our friends at Plano Fishing. This offer will be available while supplies last, so act NOW! IGFA supports youth angling!!!

Free Kid’s Surf Fishing Contest

New Jersey Beach Buggy Association will host the 27th Annual surf fishing contest for children on September 18th at Island Beach State Park (IBSP). The FREE EVENT is for youngsters 16 yrs. old and younger. Registration starts at 7:30 am at the first swimming area, “OBA-1”. The kids will receive an event t-shirt and a grab bag full of goodies after attending 5 Learning stations. “Prizes will not be given out before the awards ceremony. Fishing starts at 10 am, any fish caught could be a winner. When the 3-hour fishing period ends, everyone returns to OBA-1 for a FREE lunch.

During lunch period the winning fish entered are calculated by the committee. At 2:30 pm, the Awards Ceremony starts. All winners receive a Rod/Reel Combo, a $25 Gift Card and a trophy. Then the FREE PRIZE GIVEAWAY starts. Each registered child will have a chance to pick the prize of their choice from the 130 prizes available to them. This Giveaway will take an hour or so to complete.

Thank you, Ken Hollins #23 Director and Chairman. If you would like to learn more, please, contact Ken at:".

Beginner Surf Fishing Clinic - Friday, July 2, 2021

Learn how to tie knots, how to read the beach, what species to catch and how you can improve your skills! All equipment and bait will be provided. Children must be 10 years or older and anyone 10-18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 and older should register as a NJ Saltwater Angler. Registration is free and can be completed online at NJDEP | NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program. Cost is $10.00. For more info on the fishing clinic visit this link.

Veterans Fishing to Bring Awareness About PTSD

Operation Hook It was a great success. Boat captains, veterans, surf/boat anglers, and veteran advocates participated by taking veterans fishing for 22 days and more. The program was hosted by MA Deuce Deuce a veteran organization dedicated to helping veterans that struggle with PTSD. The fishing program ran from June 1 – 22 but because of more interest veteran fishing was extended until July.

Congratulations to Eric Chamberland, Event Chairman, Dennis Addesso and John Sullivan for making sure our veterans had a chance to fish and coordinated all the boat trips at no cost to our heroes. The list of boat captains, tackle dealers, contributors, and volunteers are too long to list in this article, but you can see all who participated at this link from their website.

Governor’s Surf Tournament a Great Success

We heard many positive comments up and down the beach during the 30th annual tournament. Congratulations to all the contestants. Read the tournament summary and winners list at this link. Manasquan High School won the High School Team Trophy with a 20 5/8” fluke and they are already looking forward to fishing next year. Many thanks to our volunteers that came to assist veterans at the 30th Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament. Special thanks to Karen Byrne, NJ DEP Fish & Wildlife, NJBBA, NJSFSC & JCAA members, IBSP Police, Lifeguards & employees, Joe Christina and Dave Lagarra, World Jeep, Jim Vinciquerra, VVA 12 and Tim Burden, Jersey Shore Surfcasters.

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