Southern Regional Hosts Fishing Show Feb. 16

Feb 13, 2019
Photo by: Juliet Kaszas-Hoch

Hook a great deal on new and used fishing gear, and catch an informational seminar or two, at the Southern Regional High School Fishing Club’s annual Fishing Show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The event – held in the cafeteria at Southern Regional Middle School in Manahawkin – is one of the largest fishing flea markets in Southern Ocean County, with 100-plus tables’ worth of rods, reels, rigs, sinkers 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.

Food and beverages will be for sale on site, incuding 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. The topic of the 9 a.m. seminar is still to be determined. At 9:45 a.m., catch a presentation by Harrold Eckett, of NJ Salt Water Flies, and at 10:30 a.m., listen in to Chuck Nagel of Cranky Creek Tackle.

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

“We’ve been getting kids outdoors for the past 20 years thanks to generosity of the community,” club adviser Jason Hoch noted. “The Fishing Show is our sole fundraiser each year. A portion of the money raised goes to offsetting the cost of trips for students on the Carolyn Ann III, sailing out of Viking Village. This is a good trip for experienced anglers as well as beginner anglers. The Carolyn Ann III is the perfect charter boat for our students to start out so that they get a good first impression of fishing.

“The funds also go to providing post-secondary education scholarships for four-year members of the club.”

And, he added, “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 “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 jhoch@srsd.net.  —J.K.-H.

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