By Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association July 2000 Newsletter)
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the JCAA membership volunteers, contestants, sponsors, and merchants that supported the JCAA Fluke Tournament. Funds from the Fluke Tournament help provide needed drug awareness literature, fishing equipment for disadvantaged youth, and aquatic education materials to promote environmental stewardship. The JCAA youth education/drug awareness program has grown over the years and each year we teach as many as 5,000 children and their families the joys of fishing. Our youth fishing program is highly recognized by the State of New Jersey and we support other state programs by demonstrating the use of partnership materials such as; the Future Fisherman Foundations Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs program, National Fishing Week, Pathways To Fishing, and the Elks Hugs Not Drugs program.
During the month of June, 2000, the Jersey Coast Anglers Associations Youth Education Committee provided National Fishing Week information to over four hundred children and plans are already underway to purchase NFW materials for June 2001.
The Jersey Coast Anglers Associations Youth Education Committee hosted a youth fishing clinic at the Fort Monmouth School Age Service Center during National Fishing Week, June 3-11, 2000. Thirty-five children participated in the workshop and learned how to make a Casting Can for fishing. Veteran Fly Caster James Steen and NJ VietNam Veterans Chapter 12, James Monahan provided a short fly casting demonstration and assisted children with Can Casting for the elusive Orange Ruffy Fish.
Two other National Fishing Week events took place in Monmouth County, NJ and students learned about saltwater flies and how to make a Clouser Minnow.
All children that participated in National Fishing Week events received a NFW Certificate of Accomplishment.
The Jersey Coast Anglers Associations, Youth Education Committee was invited to attend the Lanes Mill School, Brick, NJ Reading Rally, on May 19, 2000. Greg Kucharewski presented a seminar about job opportunities, youth fishing clubs for schools and the award winning Future Fisherman Foundations Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs program. Over 60 students participated in the HOFNOD program and all students received a goody bag filled with fishing literature, compliments of the Jersey Coast Anglers Association. Dr. Eleanor Bochenek, author of Young Peoples Guide To Saltwater/Freshwater Fishing donated a copy of her book to each student attending the reading rally. We had a great time at Lanes Mill School and here are just a few of the letters we received from students:
Dear Mr. Kucharewski, Thank you for volunteering at Reading Rally Day. I appreciate all the time you did to prepare for us. It was a great honor. By the way remember me I was the log and I passed out cards of the Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs pledge in the second session. I also remember the goodie bags. I will read the books soon. Thanks and have a great day. Sincerely, Jason.
Dear Mr. Kucharewski, Thank you for coming to our school for Reading Rally Day I really appreciate it. I like how you did that thing with the fish and the plant life and the log and how you catch a fish. It was fun being the plant life. Thanks for giving us the bag of goodies with all the fishing books. Well, thank you very much again that was my favorite presentation, and have a good day. Sincerely, Jeremy
Dear Mr. Kucharewski, Thank you for taking the time to come to our school for Reading Rally Day. I really appreciate everything you taught me. My dad is teaching me how to fish this year. I always help my dad and brother whenever they go fishing. I think I am prepared to go fishing with my dad because you have taught me so much. Sincerely Samantha.
During the month of June, we supplied information and materials to the South Jersey Tuna Club, Manasquan Fishing Club, Saltwater Anglers of Bergen County and the Hudson River Fishing Club Hooked On the Hudson. Interest in youth fishing programs within the membership of JCAA is growing. If you would like to help with our youth education efforts and offer some of your time to teach children the joy of fishing please phone 732-785-9278 or e-mail Gkucharews@aol.com.
We will present a crabbing seminar on Saturday, 1 July 2000 at the Toms River Library. Topics for discussion: How to catch crabs with a drop line and scoop net, bait, where crabs live, NJ rules and regulations, NEW product Henrys Cast A Crab trap, and crabbing tricks to catch big blue claw crabs. FREE Prize Drawing. To register please phone, 732-349-6200.
BE SAFE-HAVE FUN-ENJOY FISHING
Greg Kucharewski, a member of the Shore Surf Club, is the J.C.A.A. Youth Education Director. For information on aquatic youth education material write to: J.C.A.A. Youth Education Committee, 1201 Rt. 37 East, Suite 9, Toms River, NJ 08753 or phone the J.C.A.A. office at 732/506-6565