What’s New for 2022

Battle on the Beach – VHFC took over officiating the “Battle on the Beach” high school surf fishing tournament in 2019. The annual contest has students from Lacey Township High School, Barnegat High School, Southern Regional High School and Mates Academy (Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science) of Manahawkin competing for top bragging rights on the beach in Barnegat Light. The event date is usually held in late May / early June but school officials have not selected a date yet. Once a date has been decided, it will be added here. The 2019 battle was amazing. The kids were fantastic and really appreciative for the opportunity to participate in the contest. Southern Regional High School was the 2019 winner! Unfortunately, 2020 and 2021 were cancelled due to COVID and thunderstorms. Hopefully, 2022 sees a return to normalcy!

VHFC Spring Surf Outing – Details are not yet finalized but VHFC will have a surf fishing day on LBI for some fun in May – June. Stay tuned for further details.

VHFC Annual Fluke Tournament – The VHFC Fluke Tournament is held on the 2nd Saturday in July following the Friday club meeting. July 9 /10 (rain date) for 2022. Entry fee is $20 per angler with all monies returned in prizes. Following the contest, VHFC hosts a picnic / BBQ at the Mill Creek Pavilion for entrants and their guests. Further details will be provided as available.

VHFC Dinner – Details are not yet finalized but VHFC will have a dinner in the fall. The last several dinners were held at Kostas Grill in Tuckerton and were enjoyed by all attendees. Always a great time and a good excuse for members and friends to gather for some fun! Further details will be provided as available.

VHFC Fall Fishing Trip – Details are not yet finalized but VHFC will have a trip out on a local party boat for a fun day fishing in October – November. Stay tuned for further details.

2022 Fish of the Month (FOM) – Several additional contests and improvements have been made including Surf Only and Young Angler contests. Details can be found on VHFC Contest Rules on the pulldown menu under the Blue Banner Contests/Tournaments across each page.

VHFC T Shirts – New T Shirts were selected in 2019 and are still available for purchase. Look for the order form in our Newsletter or order at any club meeting. Sizes range from XS (Extra Small) to 6XL and are available in nine colors. Shirts have long sleeves and feature UPF 50 Sun Protection. White is shown in the photo.

Rattlin Jack™ Fishins In My Bones™ Performance Wear Moisture Wicking UPF 50, Cool and Dry Sun Protection

VHFC Hats – New hats also became available in 2019 and we have plenty still available. Hats are khaki colored, feature a high definition VHFC patch on the front and  sell for $20. See  photo below.



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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