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. NOTE: Due to the holiday, the April meeting will be held on 3 April. 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 several species offered - caught during the month(s) will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to Fisherman's Headquarters (no expiration).

New for 2020, awards will be based on length as measured and entered by the angler. Trips to weigh in stations are no longer required.

There are five active FOM contests at present: Winter Flounder, Weakfish, Fluke. Seabass & Sheepshead

Look for all 2020 FOM rules and FOM species / dates on the Blue Banner Contests/Tournaments under the VHFC Contest Rules pull down menu.

What's New

Since the closure of the Community Center due to COVID-19, club meetings are being held via Zoom. Club members will receive a link with instructions to join the online meeting.

Club meetings are held on the 2nd Friday of each month 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 once regular meetings resume.

2020 New Jersey Marine Fishing Regulations Click here  

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