Southern Regional High School Fishing Club’s Annual Fishing Show Set for Feb. 17

Feb 07, 2018

Reel in great deals on new and used fishing gear, and catch an informational seminar or two at the Southern Regional High School Fishing Club’s Fishing Show, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17. The event – held in the cafetorium at Southern Regional Middle School, on Cedar Bridge Road in Manahawkin – is one of the largest fishing flea markets in Southern Ocean County, with 100 tables’ worth of rods, reels, rigs, sinkers, hooks and other angling gear and services

Hourly door prizes will include Captain Segull’s Nautical Charts, gift certificates from local charter boats and items donated by show vendors.

And food and beverages will be for sale on site, including meatball sandwiches, hot dogs, muffins, coffee and soft drinks.

This year’s show will also feature seminars from local experts at 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Seminars topics include, respectively: “Spring Run Early Season Striped Bass,” with Bob Massa; “Tail Trolling Mojos,” with Josh McGilly; and “Targeting Doormat Fluke in the Bay and Inlet,” with Alex Majewski.

A $4 donation at the door benefits the fishing club. Children younger than 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

As adviser Jason Hoch noted, “This event is the fishing club’s sole fundraiser each year. Some of money raised offsets the cost of trips for the students on the Carolyn Ann III, which sails out of Viking Village in Barnegat Light, and is the perfect charter boat for our club members to start out and get a good first impression of fishing.

“Proceeds also go toward scholarships for four-year members of the club. And during the fall we enter the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic, and treat the students to Panzone’s pizza after putting time in on the beach after school.”

Southern’s fishing club is comprised of ninth- through 12th-graders, “both kids that fish all the time and those who are looking for an introduction to the sport,” explained Hoch. In addition to boat trips, the kids also compete against Barnegat High School, Lacey High School and the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science in a surf fishing tournament every spring.

For more information, contact Hoch at 609-597-9481, extension 2120, or at  —J.K.-H.

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