Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association January 2017 Newsletter)
Looking Back on NJ HOFNOD 2016

Liz Jackson, Program Coordinator, NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife stated, “NJ HOFNOD had a great year. There were so many great activities, training, and fishing programs that took place throughout New Jersey.”

There were four Team Leader training workshops. Overnight team leader trainings were held at the Lighthouse Camp for Natural Resource Education in Waretown on November 6-8, 2015 with 22 participants; Princeton Blairstown Center in Hardwick on March 11-13, 2016 with 23 participants; and the Hampton Inn Suites/Parvin State Park in Cumberland County with 34 participants. A two-day (non-overnight) training was held at the Pequest Trout Hatchery with 8 participants. This is an impressive amount of work to coordinate with NJ HOFNOD Team Leaders and other fishing groups throughout the state that support and promote NJ HOFNOD. NJ HOFNOD is getting better as more volunteers are certified. Since the passing of HOFNOD Bill A638 September 2012, the program has expanded and more funds should be allocated from the Drug Enforcement and Demand Reduction Fund (DEDRF) to keep NJ HOFNOD growing in the garden state.

Please contact Liz Jackson, NJ HOFNOD Coordinator, DEP Fish & Wildlife. Ask Liz about the benefits of becoming a NJ HOFNOD instructor. Phone her at 908-637-4125, x-122 or e-mail to

Manasquan High School Fishing Club

After meeting with Manasquan High School (MHS) Fishing Club Advisors, Jim Freda and Eric Wasnesky this month we found out Manasquan High School Fishing Club is more than just about fishing. Club members learn a variety of fresh and saltwater fishing techniques, marine science lessons and fish migrations along the Jersey Shore. If that’s not enough, club members receive classroom instruction about conservation and how to protect the environment.

While speaking to Jim Freda I could tell he was an educator that was dedicated to teach members of the MHS Fishing Club not just the basics about sport-fishing. Jim and MHS Fishing Club Advisors go above and beyond to educate their young anglers about how to protect our aquatic resources. MHS Fishing Club members are lucky to have Captain Jim as an advisor. His background includes over 35 years experience fishing local waters, licensed owner of Shore Catch Guide Service, author/outdoor writer for newspapers and trade magazines.

Captain Jim also informed me about the history of the MHS Fishing Club. During the 1980’s the Manasquan Board of Education approved the formation of a Manasquan HS Fishing Club. According to Al Monteverdi, Club Presiden, the Club started off with just a handful of students but as the word got out now has almost 60 members both male and female. The club has monthly meetings and a number of guest speakers that are local to the area that support club learning activities. The club fishes together, publishes a newsletter, hosts fishing tournaments, youth education programs for Manasquan Elementary School and sending districts, coordinates activities with MHS Environmental club and are involved with the local community to obtain community service hours.

The Club is seeking support from local tackle shops and industries and Dave Arbeitman of the Reel Seat in Brielle was the first to jump on board. Current fishing club advisors are MHS teachers Capt. Jim Freda, Capt. Jeff DeMuro, Mr. Eric Wasnesky and Mr. Kris Buss.

The MHS Fishing Club has plans to expand and join NJ HOFNOD and participate in the 2017 Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament. By the looks of some of their catches in their newsletter they have a good shot of having a winner at the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament.

Anna Maraziti, 30 lb. Surf caught Striped Bass Anna Maraziti, 30 lb. Surf caught Striped Bass
“Play Hook-e” and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Success

During our December Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 12 “Play HOOK-e” program we partnered with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Jersey Shore Chapter. Veterans discussed 10 Tips for Attending Boating and Outdoor Sport Shows and how to tie a patriotic popper under the direction of Harold Eckett master fly tier and owner of NJ Salt Water Flies (

Many thanks to The Fisherman magazine and Garden State Outdoor Sports Show for supporting our veteran men and women that attended our workshops. We also thank John Bushell from Betty & Nicks Bait and Tackle, Seaside Park, for donating fly tying materials and Pete Kupper, Charlie's Bait and Tackle, Normandy Beach for the gift certificates. Please remember to support our local tackle shops as they support us, Jersey Shore Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.

The Jersey Shore Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing offers all Veterans with disabilities an opportunity to participate in and learn all facets of fly fishing. Meetings are held monthly and include presentations by fly fishing experts, fly tying sessions and fishing excursions to local waters. The next meeting will be Sunday, February 5th, 2017, 10:00 – 1200 Noon at VFW POST 2226, 212 Norwood Ave, (Hwy 71) Oakhurst, NJ and will feature a presentation on Fly Fishing the NJ Coast by Captain John Isdanavage.

For information about the Jersey Shore Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing contact: Raoul Cordeaux at

Ken Scarano and Fred Davies Ken Scarano and Fred Davies tie patriotic poppers designed by Harold Eckett - NJ Salt Water Flies
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