Contact Us

Bill Encourages Fishing To Prevent Drug Use In Children

Fishing isn’t just an excuse to get away from civilization and enjoy the serenity of nature, it’s also a powerful tool to keep the youth away from drugs thank to the Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs (HOFNOD) program.

"Hooked On Fishing" participant with his catch
“Hooked On Fishing” participant with his catch (NJ DEP)

Establishing a HOFNOD program as part of the State’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is the brainchild of shore Senator Christopher J. Connors as well as Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove. Bill S-178/A-638 passed unanimously in both houses of legislature last year, and was signed by Governor Christie signed on Friday.

The initiative proposed by the 9th District legislators models the statewide program after HOFNOD pilot program in Ocean County which was created in 2000.

Connors says “we believe New Jersey is an ideal location for the program with its 127 miles of coastline and the many rivers and lake.”

$200,000 in funding will come from Drug Enforcement and Demand Reduction Fund (DEDRF), and be available to religious, school, and community programs to create HOFNOD activities.

Connors says in addition to angling skills, the curriculum of HOFNOD focuses on conservation ethics and social skills, all while promoting self esteem.

“Not only does it give the opportunity for our young citizens to appreciate and learn more about the outdoors; it certainly teaches them the skill that they need to learn the sport. Additionally, it gives them self esteem and develops camaraderie.” Says Connors.

chris connors
NJ Senator Chris Connors (R-9) (Facebook)

He notes the program has support from the recreational fishing alliance, the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, New Jersey Recreational Parks Association, the State Federation of Sportsman, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance.

“So there are many groups that could sponsor those programs, very effectively in our state.”

Connor’s notes it won’t cost tax payers a cent as DEDRF is a statutory account established to receive fines and penalties from convicted drug offenders that are used to support State authorized drug and alcohol abuse abatement programs.



Hooked on Fishing  Not on Drugs@ (HOFNOD) is a nationally recognized program developed by the Future Fisherman Foundation. To the maximum extent possible, the Division will implement and operate the program in every county in the State.

Best of WOBM

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for WOBM Listener Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive WOBM Listener Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.