Southern Regional Hosts Annual Fishing Flea Market Feb. 15

Reel in great deals on new and used fishing gear at the Southern Regional High School Fishing Club’s annual Fishing Flea Market, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15. The event – held in the cafeteria at Southern Regional Middle School, on Cedar Bridge Road in Manahawkin – is one of the largest fishing shows in Southern Ocean County, with 100-plus tables of rods, reels, rigs, sinkers, other angling gear and services, and even some fish-y crafts.

Hourly door prizes will include Captain Segull’s nautical charts, gift certificates from local charter boats and items donated by show vendors.

Also, food and beverages will be for sale on site.

A $4 donation at the door benefits the fishing club. Children younger than 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

“We’ve been getting kids outdoors, on the beach and on boats, for the past 20 years thanks to generosity of the community,” said club adviser Jason Hoch. “The Fishing Flea Market is our sole fundraiser each year. A portion of the money raised goes to offsetting the cost of trips for students on the Carolyn Ann III, sailing out of Viking Village. This is a good trip for experienced anglers as well as beginner anglers, as the boat has a very family-oriented, friendly, courteous and helpful crew.

“The funds also go to providing post-secondary education scholarships for four-year members of the club.”

Hoch added, “During the fall we enter the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic, and treat the students to pizza after putting time in on the beach after school.”

Southern’s Fishing Club is comprised of ninth- through 12th-graders, “both kids that fish all the time and those who are looking for an introduction to the sport,” explained Hoch. In addition to boat trips, the kids also compete against Barnegat High School, Lacey High School and the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science in a surf fishing tournament every spring.

For more information, contact Hoch at 609-597-9481, extension 2120, or jhoch@srsd.net.

—J.K.-H.

Reposted from The Sandpaper, Feb. 5, 2020