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. We meet at the Manahawkin Community Center located at 775 E. Bay Ave. Manahawkin, NJ.  The meetings begin at 7:45 PM and doors are open at 7:30.

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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 more than one - caught during the month will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to Fisherman's Headquarters (no expiration). Active FOMs include: Weakfish and Fluke for September.

2019 FOM rules are posted on our Contests/Tournaments page under the VHFC Contest Rules pull down menu .

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What's New

Friday September 13 will be the next Club Meeting at the Manahawkin Community Center across from The Boat Shop. Doors open at 7:30 with start time at 7:45. Non-members are always welcome to attend a meeting and hopefully join VHFC. September meeting guest speaker is Mark Taylor JCAA President

2019 NJ Marine Fishing Regulations: Click here

2019 VHFC Dinner on 21 September at Manera's Restaurant: Click here

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