About Village Harbour Fishing Club

The Saltwater Fishing Club for Ocean County & L.B.I. Fishermen

The Village Harbour Fishing Club, Inc. (VHFC) was started in 1989 as a non-profit organization to bring together those anglers wishing to further their knowledge of sportfishing in our area of the New Jersey shore. Whether it is bay or ocean fishing that boils your blood, the Village Harbour Fishing Club has members that will share your enthusiasm! We support the conservation of our precious fishing resources as well as our inland and oceanic waters and adjacent lands. We also support the NJ artificial Reef Program. We strive to promote the best interests of recreational angling, and to establish sportsmanship and fellowship. Throughout the year, we sponsor fishing tournaments and club events designed to foster these ideals.

VHFC meets the second Friday of each month from April through November. Meetings are at the Manahawkin Community Center located at 775 E. Bay Ave. Manahawkin, NJ. Starting in 2024, meetings will begin at 7:15 PM and doors will open at 7:00. 

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Fishing Facts

Of the fifty United States, thirty-eight have a striped-bass record. New Jersey has the largest striped-bass record—a 78-pound 8·ounce whopper that was caught in 1982. The state with the smallest striped-bass record is Iowa. That landlocked striper weighed only 9 pounds 4 ounces and was caught in 1983.
There’s something fishy about beer these days. Fish Tail Ale is popular as ever, and New Jersey’s Flying Fish Brewery is one of the state’s largest specialty breweries. There’s also Washington’s Wild Salmon Organic Pale Ale, Florida’s Land Shark beer, Delaware’s Dogfish Head beer, and two versions of Stingray beer—a lighter version from the Cayman Islands and a dark beer from Canada.
The triangle fly is probably the most unusual of saltwater flies. It’s one of the few, if not only, flies tied to a treble hook. It’s also barely a fly at all, because hardly any material is used. It is complete after tying the two straw pearl twinkle flashes and the tiny tuft of natural squirrel, leaving an entire hook fully exposed. Incredibly this barebacked treble fly is a knockout when it comes to sea trout.

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Upcoming Contests

Participate in VHFC's Fish of the Month (FOM) Contest
The largest featured species - may be several offered at the same time - caught during the month(s) will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to a local tackle shop (no expiration).

Awards are based on length as measured, photographed and submitted by the angler to our Weighmaster. Trips to weigh in stations are no longer required.

Details for all past year contests and rules can be found on VHFC Contest Rules on the pulldown menu under the Blue Banner Contests/Tournaments across each page.

What's New

VHFC is now on Instagram @villageharbourfishingclub and Facebook at Village Harbour Fishing Club. Please visit and post any fishing / boating news.

All club meetings are held at the Community Center on Bay Ave across from The Boat Shop on the 2nd Friday of April through November

New for 2024, doors will open at 7:00 with the meeting start time at 7:15. Non-members are always welcome to attend. Next meeting: July 12. Guest Speaker is Jim Hutchinson Jr from The Fisherman magazine discussing the Striped Bass tagging program.

2024 New Jersey Marine Fishing Regulations Click here  

Available now: a new Safe Boating APP from the USCG Click here