Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association August 2021 Newsletter)
IGFA & RCE Host “Reel into Fishing”

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) are hosting in partnership with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA).

Day 1 - Saturday, August 7, Classroom education on fisheries management, environmental science, and fish biology and tagging. Meets from 9am – 1pm at the RCE of Ocean County (1623 Whitesville Road, Toms River, NJ 08755).

Day 2 - Wednesday, August 11, Fishing trip aboard the "Bingo" fishing boat from Leonardo, NJ (Bingo). Bus transportation is available from the RCE of Ocean County with planned departure of 9:00 AM and returning at approximately 4:00 PM. The fishing trip component is planned for approximately 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Registration: Please register for this free program by calling the Ocean County 4-H program at 732-349-1227. If you have any questions, then please contact Amelia Valente (4-H Program Associate, Ocean County).

BoatUS National Flagship Award 2021

Congratulations to the young Scouts of Sea Scout Ship 1959, they receive the BoatUS National Flagship Award for 2021. Sea Scouts is a co-educational program from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that teaches youth boating and leadership skills with on-water practice and outdoor, social and community service experiences. The newly formed Sea Scout Ship 1959 is just two years old. Great job Leaders and Scouts! Read more at this link.

Beginner Surf Fishing Clinic - Friday, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 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. Read more at this link.

2021 HRFA Catfish Chaos Derby

The Hudson River Fishermen’s Association is sponsoring this fun catfish event for youngsters and adults. Only catfish caught in the Hudson River will qualify for a prize. Catfish Chaos Derby to be held on August 14, 2021, from 12:01am until 3:00pm. The weigh stations listed on the registration page are where fish will be checked in according to length. There will be prizes awarded at each weigh station for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for adult and youth division and for overall tournament winners for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for adult and youth division. You can fish from a boat, pier, and shore. The event is scheduled for August 14th, and you can register online 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.

Berkeley Striper Club Kid's Fishing

Hey kid’s keep an eye out at local Ocean County tackle dealers for fliers about the Berkeley Striper fishing contest. Information will be posted during August.

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:".

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:

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