MAYS LANDING - The Atlantic County Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs Coalition is seeking kids of all ages to participate in its Youth Fishing Challenge, held on June 11, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Lenape West in Mays Landing.

The Youth Fishing Challenge is a statewide event that promotes fishing among youths. All ages are welcome, and families are encouraged to participate. But, only children ages 20 and under are eligible for prizes and must be present at the end of the event to win. The event is held on the first of the state’s two Free Fishing Days so no fishing license is required.

Registration is required and free. Interested participants or volunteers should register by contacting organizers Adam Erskine at or Adam Witcraft at

Registered youth participants will be eligible to receive prizes for the fish they catch during the event. Youths must be present at the conclusion of the event to be awarded prizes. Those who are lucky enough to catch a fish tagged as part of the “Hook-A-Winner” Program will receive a special prize.

Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs is a state-sponsored program that encourages school-aged children to avoid tobacco, drug and alcohol usage by providing alternative activities that involve learning to fish, appreciating aquatic and environmental resources, and developing positive life skills.

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