What’s New for 2020

Battle of 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. Event date is usually early June but has not yet been finalized. Once selected it will be added here. Last year’s contest was fantastic and a great opportunity to enjoy a day on the beach and spend time with our future anglers, The kids were fantastic and really appreciative for the opportunity to participate in the contest. Southern Regional High School was the 2019 winner!

2020 VHFC Fifth Annual Fluke Tournament  – No date selected but will likely be held in July, Stay tuned for details.

2020 VHFC Dinner – Details are not finalized but once again, VHFC will have a dinner in the fall. The last several dinners were held at Manera’s Restaurant in Manahawkin and were enjoyed by all attendees. Always a great time and a good excuse for members and spouses to gather for some fun! Vince Sibona will provide details as available.

2020 Fish of the Month (FOM) details will be finalized early April — Last year, a new FOM award for White Perch was added with weigh ins accepted from April 1 through June 30. Changes were also made regarding if no weigh ins were made for a species for a specified period. Rather than have the award go unclaimed, the award was added to the next time period that species was offered. See the VHFC Contest Rules pulldown under the Contest/Tournaments button on the Blue Banner across each page for further details.

VHFC T Shirts – New T Shirts became available last year and are available for purchase. Look for the order form in the April 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 became available last year 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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