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Division of Fish and Wildlife Hosts Teen Anglers Youth Day August 28

July 27, 2004

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will host a Teen Anglers Youth Day at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center in Oxford, Warren County on August 28. Teen Anglers is a national non-profit organization dedicated to teaching teenagers life skills via fishing. There is no fee for youths ages 12 through 19 to participate in the organization, but they must maintain a “C” grade average and attend fishing and boating safety classes in order to stay involved. The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Teen Anglers Youth Day will include an introduction to fishing at Pequest as well as an opportunity to fish for trout in the education pond. The fishing will be catch-photograph-and-release. Teens who have some background in fishing are encouraged to bring their own lures or flies. Barbs on the lures or flies will be pinched so that all anglers (both newcomers and seasoned anglers) will be fishing with barbless hooks.

Prizes will be awarded for fish caught on homemade flies or lures. Participants may bring their own tackle or use the Division’s equipment. Unlike most Teen Anglers events, there will be no boat fishing – all angling will be done from the shore. Participants are also encouraged to bring along a friend to introduce them to the sport so they’ll always have a fishing buddy.

Teen Anglers is a relatively new organization based out of Florida with chapters throughout the country including five in New Jersey. Chapter organizers use Teen Anglers’ curriculum to teach boating and fishing safety and ethics. Some members participate in tournaments hosted by Teen Anglers, though competition is not the primary focus of the organization. The program seeks to instill positive life skills that include open communication, healthy recreation and relaxation, and concern and commitment to improving waterbodies and natural resources. For more information or to join Teen Anglers see: www.teenanglers.org.

The Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center is New Jersey’s only trout hatchery that is also devoted to fishing education. Fishing education programs are run at the hatchery from April through November for visitors aged 8 through adult in partnership with New Jersey Trout Unlimited and the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Wildlife Conservation Corps. Nearly 1,500 people attend fishing education programs at Pequest every year. The hatchery raises 700,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout annually for stocking in public waters.

The Teen Anglers Youth Day program is free of charge, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided. Call the Pequest facility to register at 908-637-4125.

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Last Updated: July 27, 2004