Fishing camp gives kids the tools for a lifelong hobby

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Youths will receive instruction in phases of fishing including species identification, catch limits, angling methods and terminology, bait, tackle and rigging, safety precautions, and catch cleaning and preparation.

Youths will receive instruction in phases of fishing including species identification, catch limits, angling methods and terminology, bait, tackle and rigging, safety precautions, and catch cleaning and preparation.

The Nature Center of Cape May and its parent organization, New Jersey Audubon, will hold the inaugural Guy Hill Buckelew Memorial Youth Fishing Camp Aug. 20-24 for boys and girls in third grade and up.

The weeklong camp runs 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday at the Nature Center campus, 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May.

Buckelew was an avid angler and sportsman whose desire was to see his love of fishing perpetuated to aspiring youthful anglers. He became a teacher after his retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard, where he was a commander.

The camp, supervised by retired teacher and local waterman Norman Smith, will instruct students in phases of fishing including species identification, catch limits, angling methods and terminology, bait, tackle and rigging, safety precautions, and catch cleaning and preparation.

Additional afternoon hours will be scheduled to accommodate a boat trip 1-5 p.m., weather permitting, a visit to this year’s Mid-Atlantic $500,000 tuna and marlin tournament to watch weigh-ins and tour of the big tent.

The cost is $150 for members and $200 for nonmembers for the entire week or $30 per day for members and $40 for nonmembers. It covers equipment, bait, T-shirts and other apparel, and charter boat fees.

Scholarships are available based on need and for the children of Coast Guard members. Register in person at the Nature Center or call 609-898-8848.


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