Sponsored by New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
The Youth Fishing Challenge takes place on June 9, 2018, Free Fishing Day– when no license is required, regardless of age. Check our website www.youthfishingchallenge.nj.gov for a location near you. Youth Fishing Challenge prizes provided by NJ Fish and Wildlife’s HOFNOD Program and generous donations from Shimano.
Thinking back to when I was young, I can recall my grandmother leading me down to the Hudson River for an afternoon of fishing. I would dutifully stand by her side, my eyes wide and my mouth agape as a fish wiggled her line and she reeled it in. As an adult reflecting back on that time, though I cherish the memory, I find it odd that the one thing she never did was put the fishing pole in my hand.
So much of what defines our affinity and attraction for nature has its roots in our childhood. I view myself as an angler now - late in life - but I think my passion for fishing would have blossomed sooner had she engaged me in fishing when I was young.
The state’s Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) program sponsored by New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife has the ability to do just that. This free program establishes youth fishing teams around the state, placing the fishing pole in a child’s hand. Engaging youth wholly in the act and art of fishing offers the opportunity to foster positive connections with nature - helping youth explore and learn about their local environment. It takes a village to holistically raise a child and HOFNOD works to build one - connecting youth, teachers, anglers, police and other interested stakeholders.Back To Top