Harvey Cedars Tells Kids: Get Hooked on Fishing

Aug 01, 2018

Children ages 5 to 17 can test their angling skills at a “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” surf fishing tournament Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is held rain or shine.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. in Sunset Park.

“When the registration is done, everyone will cross the Boulevard and go to the beach to fish,” said Doug Brown, event co-chair with Jeannie Schaum.

Free fishing reel/rod combos will be given to the first 50 children who register, and the first 200 who sign up receive free T-shirts. He said it is recommended that participants bring their own surf fishing rod since a limited number of loaner rods will be available.

Brown said there will be three age categories with first-, second- and third-place winners.

“There will also be prizes for the biggest fish and the most fish caught,” said Brown. “We’ll also have plenty of door prizes and giveaways.”

Besides the borough, other sponsors include the LBI Fishing Club, LBI Rotary, ASAC for Kids, Long Beach Township Community Policing and DARE, PBA Local 175 and 373, Okie’s Butcher Shop and Surf City Bait and Tackle. Brown said there will also be education booths on fishing, surfcasting, knot tying and drug awareness.

“This will be our 13th summer doing this,” said Brown. “We had about 120 people last year, so we’re hoping for a good turnout, great weather and a lot of fish out there for the kids to catch.”

Schaum said the idea behind the event is to encourage youngsters to take an interest in wholesome activities so that they won’t want to turn to drugs.

“They go home with literature,” she said. “Something new this year is that we’re going to have various groups on hand to share about environmental awareness.”

Schaum added, “This has been a very successful event. When I put up posters around town, people came up to me saying they participated in it and had a lot of fun.”

For more information, call Brown at 609-352-0481 or Schaum at 215-450-6401.  —E.E.

 

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