Mission Statement: Our Goal is to teach students an understanding and appreciation of all that our natural fish resources have to offer, and how to use and enjoy them responsibly.
Month by Month curriculum
We will meet a minimum of 1 per month. Each meeting will consist of a lesson pertaining to the species available at that time of year, club business, and fishing reports by the members. Guest speakers will be invited at times as well.
Theme Months: species to highlight:
Each species is unique unto itself. Each lesson will consist of but not be limited to, its biology, its niche, the place in the food chain and its feeding habits. Also pertaining to how tides and/or winds effect them being caught. And its relevance to our trips
Oct: Sea Bass
Nov: Bluefish/Striped bass
Dec: Tentative BHS hosting Fishing Flea Market Dec 12, 2009 8-2pm
Jan: Tackle Maintenance
Feb: Winter Flea Markets / Seminars
March: Pickerel/Winter Flounder
April: Atlantic Mackerel/ Trout
May: Blackfish (Tautog)
June: Bluefish/ Fluke
There is a minimum of 2 trips planned per year aboard a chartered vessel.
The trips consist of basic instruction of reel operation, the use of bait.
Each trip allows for many teaching moments. Such as fish biology, how that species fits in the food chain, is common name, its food value. What we see on each trip varies, but all pertain to our mission.
Charter trips will be on the Carolynn Ann III, which is a fully insured / Coast Guard Approved vessel out of Barnegat Light. Bait, Rods/Reels, & Cleaning of the catch will be provided for a discounted rate. The vessel is operated by Capt. Bill Hammarstrom, Capt. Will Hammarstrom, & Gina Lawrenson.
October / November: Wreck Fishing
May/June: Night-time Bluefishing (Cops & Kids)
In addition, conservation and respect for the environment are threaded throughout. Students are asked only to keep what they can use, and not all they can catch. And littering is prohibited, and grounds for club expulsion.
Trip Eligibility requirements:
Must attend a minimum of 7 meetings per year.
Must attend the meeting prior to the trip
Must be in Good Academic standing