Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association January 2002 Newsletter)


Greg Kucharewski attended the New Jersey ASSOCIATION for SUPERVISION and CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT 2001 ANNUAL STATE CONFERENCE DECEMBER 4, 2001 and accepted a certificate of appreciation for JCCA’s support to promote the Future Fisherman Foundations “Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs” program and provide HOFNOD table display materials.

Recreational Boating Fishing Foundation

We did not want anyone to miss the RBFF’s top ten boating and fishing holiday gift ideas.  Please visit their Web Site, http://www.rbff.org to view “Water Works Wonders.”  Read this carefully. These gift ideas are good choices throughout the year. Visit the sites, they’re GREAT!

The RBFF's Top 10 Boating and Fishing Holiday Gift Ideas

1) Subscription to fishing and/or boating magazines. There are a number of quality fishing and boating magazines available that bring loads of valuable “how to” information into the home with every issue. Thumb through the various magazines at a grocery store counter or newsstand to determine which title is most appropriate for your recipient's needs. Subscription fees will start at about $15 and go up a few dollars from there.

2) Fishing license. Fishing license requirements vary from state to state but are typically required for ages beginning in the teens and for those older. License years also vary, but a January – December term is often typical. Many states offer Lifetime Fishing Licenses that can be a great investment for youngsters sure to enjoy the sport. Most fishing/tackle stores sell fishing licenses or can tell you where they can be obtained. Fishing license and fishing regulation information for all 50 states can also be found on www.WaterWorksWonders.org under “Fishing.”

3) Boating education course. Sign the whole family up for a boating education course. You can access the Boat U.S. Foundation’s searchable listing of boating education courses on www.WaterWorksWonders.org under “Boating.” These courses typically cover boat handling, legal requirements, rules and regulations, navigation, safety requirements, terminology, weather and more. Contact your state’s department of natural resources for more information or conduct a search on the Internet using the key words “boat safety course,” along with the name of your state.

4) Get a boat. If you are considering a larger for-the-entire family type of gift this year, consider a boat. Boats come in all sizes, kinds and colors, and in a wide variety of prices. There's sure to be a model available to fit your needs and budget. If you want to play out some possible payment scenarios, use the budget planner found at www.discoverboating.com. Most people are surprised to find out that boats are more affordable than they thought. Simply put, life is better with a boat because every weekend can be a family vacation.

5) Fishing equipment. Rod and reel, then hooks, line and sinkers are all you need. The selection process doesn’t need to be complicated nor the equipment expensive. As a general rule, consider spincast (the kind that has a push-button) or spinning reels (the kind that looks like a single-wire egg beater) and a 5 1/2’ or 6’ medium action rod. If it’s your first, neither buy the least nor the most expensive. Usually $50 will buy a good rod, reel and other basic needs. Ask the clerk or a fishing friend for recommended hook and weight sizes for the type of fishing in the area. These small items and fishing lures make great stocking stuffers. For more information on basic fishing equipment, go to www.WaterWorksWonders.org and click on “Fishing.”

6) Life jackets. Whether considering buying a boat, making frequent lake outings with friends or in anticipation of renting a boat for vacation, a proper fitting life jacket is a great investment. The idea is to wear it, so get a comfortable one with at least three adjustable straps that allow sizing for use over a light jacket or clothing, as well as with a swimsuit. Expect to pay around $25 and up.

7) Get started fishing package. Go ahead and take the plunge. If fishing is going to be a regular activity for your family in 2002, then invest in a family-fishing package. That is, get everyone a rod and reel of their own. Consider getting the same kind for everyone, but vary sizes according to ages and physical capabilities. Having one “just like mom’s and dad’s” is often important to young anglers. Then, buy a good, roomy tackle box. Give different tackle items to different family members, explaining on holiday morning that all will collectively go into the tackle box for everyone to use. In addition to hooks, line and sinkers, other items to include are needle-nose pliers, clippers, flashlight, bobbers, fish stringer, artificial lures and, perhaps, a couple containers of the commercially prepared baits for catfish, trout or panfish. Get together as a family and with a calendar to plan a first excursion. Have fun learning to cast in the backyard or driveway in anticipation of the outing.

8) Guided fishing trip. Whether you are new to an area or new to the sport, spending a day fishing with a guide can be a wise investment. It’s like getting your own private fishing lesson, plus it will acquaint you with a particular body of water and the fishing it offers. You also get to check out the guide's boat; as well as see what other boats are popular to the area. If taking a youngster with you, inform the guide you are more interested in catching “fish” than in catching a particular kind of fish. That way he can plan on going after the species that will offer the most action for the day. For example, white bass or catfish are often more predictable and easier to catch than are largemouth bass. If fishing is slow, ask the guide to call you when the fishing picks up or when you should try calling him again. Guide trips are usually available for 1/2 day or full day outings. Some guides even specialize in taking novice anglers. Don’t be embarrassed to ask the guide for references and to contact a few of them.

9) Create your own “Sports Show” gift certificate. January through March is a great time to visit one of the many sport shows around the country that are full of fishing and boating displays. These are great places to learn about related outdoor products and how to use them, with lots of free seminars usually being held by experts. Sometimes there’s even a trout pond where kids can fish for a nominal fee or fishing simulators that offer a realistic encounter with everything from largemouth bass to blue marlin. With a little homework you can find out when and where your local sport show occurs, or visit www.discoverboating.com for a listing of boat shows. Then, make each of the kiddos a “Gift Certificate” of $20 or so to be used specifically during a family outing to that event. Chances are good you’ll be surprised at the things your children will find of interest there. It’s also a great place to pick up tons of free information about boating and fishing.

10) Vacation package. Consider a houseboat outing. A houseboat is like a hotel on the water and puts you right where the action is. They offer a nice compromise of modern day luxuries such as hot showers and microwaves, with the mobility of being able to get away from the crowds. It offers the flexibility for fishing, swimming and soaking up the sun and scenery. Take along a smaller boat of your own for fishing and skiing, or rent one from the marina. For houseboat locations and rental information, contact marinas in the area, or use the key words “houseboat rentals” in an Internet search.


The Jersey Coast Anglers Association's, Youth Education Committee, will be featuring crabbing seminars at upcoming sportsmen shows.  Participating merchants at the hunting and fishing expositions will offer special promotions at their booths for children attending the Jersey Coast Anglers Association's, Youth Fishing Seminars. Parents are also welcome to attend.


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