Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association April 2017 Newsletter)
Jersey Shore Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Jersey Shore Chapter will meet on Sunday, April 9, 2017 to fly fish Spring Lake from 10:00 am till noon. This is a great opportunity for disabled veterans to learn about fly fishing and possibly catch some fish after the first day of Trout season. If the weather is not favorable for fly fishing, Spring Lake veterans will meet at the VFW Post 2226, 212 Norwood Ave., Oakhurst, NJ. For more information contact Raoul 732-449-1758 or visit:

Come and Celebrate the 26th GSFT Anniversary

Get ready to enter the largest surf-fishing tournament along the Jersey Shore. This year, it will be bigger and better than ever. The 26th Anniversary of the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament will be on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Don’t miss a day of family fun! Pick up a brochure about the tournament at Island Beach State Park or at your favorite tackle dealer. This year sponsors of the tournament are adding a surf fishing opportunity for youngsters attending NJ high schools and other angling youth groups. The new High School Team Competition will add new excitement for high school students fishing the tournament. The GSFT committee members feel the expanded opportunity for youth angling groups to fish the GSFT will create more excitement and recognition for young anglers on tournament day.

Remember admission to the park is FREE for the tournament. We would like to remind our physically challenged anglers that there is an area at OBA 1 with beach wheelchairs available. The JCAA Youth Education Committee is helping novice and physically challenged anglers at the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament. This year the World Jeep – Chrysler – Dodge - Ram, Shrewsbury, NJ will assist physically challenged anglers with a NEW 4x4 VIP vehicle to transport anglers that will be fishing the reserved area in front of OBA 1. Team World Jeep Chrysler will also be available to answer questions about 4x4 beach maintenance and fluids.

Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America (Chapter 12) and volunteer anglers from various fishing clubs will also assist physically challenged anglers. If you know a disabled veteran or angler that would like to fish the tournament, please phone Greg K at 732-785-9278 or email

IGFA NJ April Banquet

The International Game Fish Association New Jersey Representatives are hosting their 20th Annual Banquet and Auction on Friday, April 21, 2017, at Doolan’s Shore Club, Spring Lake, NJ from 7 to 11 p.m. The banquet and auction benefits the IGFA Junior Angler and Conservation Programs. As always, New Jersey IGFA representatives Rich Keller, David Matagiese, Jeff Merrill and Gene Nigro, will make sure everyone has a good time.

Come out and enjoy a fun evening with fellow anglers and win auction items. Last year, over $17,000 was contributed from the event to continue the IGFA’s good work of promoting their junior angler and conservation programs. Tickets are $75.00.

If you would like to attend and support this worthwhile event, please contact Jeff Merrill at 908-451-1110 or email

NJ HOFNOD 2017 Instructor Training

The next NJ HOFNOD instructor training workshop will take place at Lighthouse Camp Natural Resource Education in Waretown, NJ on April 28-30, 2017. The Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Youth Education Committee will assist with the training by providing a hands-on fly tying session for instructor trainees.

NJ HOFNOD is coordinated by Liz Jackson, HOFNOD Coordinator, DEP Division of Fish & Wildlife. Please contact Liz to learn more about the benefits of becoming a NJ HOFNOD instructor at 908-637-4125 x122 or e-mail at

Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club Kids Fishing Derby

NB&FCC annual Kids Fishing Derby is held each year at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside, N. J. and is free for children 16 years of age and younger. Adults may enter for a nominal charge. The Derby runs for three weeks (date to be announced).

The registration booth is located at the gazebo on the lower lake and registrations will be accepted from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on the first Saturday of the derby only. Children that have registered will receive a gift bag at the derby location up until 2pm on the first Saturday of the derby. Prizes for the derby will be awarded at the Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club's meeting on June 6, 2017 at 7pm. For additional information email:

32nd Annual Hooked on the Hudson

The Palisades Interstate Park New Jersey and the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association will host the 32nd Annual Hooked on the Hudson. This is a great time for kids at Ross Dock on Saturday, April 22, 2017 9am - 3pm and the fishing contest is FREE.

Just come down to the park, throw your line in the water and enjoy yourself. HRFA will supply all equipment and bait Free for your children to use! They continue the tradition of combining a fishing contest with exhibits provided by leading environmental conservation and sportsmen’s organizations in our area. Food and Refreshments will be available. Fishing Contest hours are 9am – 1pm. Fishing information and assistance will be available. Exhibits start at 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Children Casting Contest 2:00pm-3:00pm with prizes awarded. Awards Ceremony at 3pm. Click here for more info.

Play Hook-E from PTSD

Veterans interested in learning about fishing and relaxing in the outdoors can attend free monthly Play HOOK-e from PTSD fishing workshops. For more information about the schedule, please contact Greg Kucharewski at 732-785-9278 or email

[News Contents] [Top]