Meetings

VHFC meetings are held on the second Friday of each month from April through November.  Doors open at 7:30 with the meeting start time at 7:45 in the Manahawkin Community Center, 775 East Bay Ave, across from The Boat Shop, in Manahawkin, NJ. Meeting dates for 2022 are: April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14 and November 10. Please note that the November meeting will be held on Thursday the 11th due to the center closure on Friday in observance of Veterans’ Day

We have a guest speaker at each meeting to help educate our members on successful techniques to pursue local fish species; locations, methods, equipment and conditions are discussed. We also have speakers who may discuss other areas of interest to anglers including boat upkeep and maintenance, personal skin issues encountered with excessive sun exposure, Barnegat Bay health and legislative / regulatory activity that affect anglers. Go to the Pulldown Guest Speakers for 2022 under Events for a list of speakers and their biographies.

Following the guest speaker, various committees report out on their latest news followed by a general discussion from members of their most recent fishing successes / failures. Light refreshments are also provided.

 

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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