Cape May Court House –The Cape May County 4-H Tightlines Fishing Club hosted the New Jersey Youth Fishing Challenge in Cape May County on June 5th at the Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area, Villas, NJ.
Twenty-eight kids participated in the fishing event which was open to all Cape May County youth. Prizes were awarded for the biggest and smallest fish caught. 7-year-old Henry Godfrey reeled in the biggest fish, a large mouth bass that weighed in at 17 1/6 inches. 14-year-old Joshua Pashley hooked the smallest fish, a 3-inch Blue Gill.
The NJ Youth Fishing Challenge, sponsored by NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs program promotes fishing among youth and their families. The goal of the program is to encourage school-aged children to avoid tobacco, drugs, and alcohol usage by providing alternative activities that involve learning to fish, appreciating aquatic and environmental resources, and developing positive life skills. The program provides students with access to extracurricular outlets that utilize New Jersey’s incredible outdoor recreational assets.
For more information, visit capemay.njaes.rutgers.edu, or call the Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program at 609-465-5115, ext. 3606.
The 4‑H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station – Cooperative Extension. 4‑H offers educational programs to all youth, grades K–13, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.