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Junior Mates Program approaching Fast

This is the time of year I throw my hook/line/sinker support to one of the most valuable training experiences any young angler/navigator can get.

The Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association’s “Junior Mates Program” is back and looking to train “juniors” for mating duties.

As I say each year this is an uncanny offer. Throughout the planet, mate training is literally a secret pass-down cache of knowledge, limited to friends and family of those who know the ropes – and there is a lot to do with ropes. But way more, it has to do with fishing both inshore and even offshore.

Way back in the day I learned – pretty much on my own – cooking and life guarding. I bring that up since just about wherever I went in the watery world (being a surfer, I hung quite close to the coasts --all of them), I could almost immediately find some work if need be. A big ditto for mates training. If you know the tricks of that trade – beginning with the Junior Mates training – you’re not just quickly workin’ but you’re “in,” instantly cool, wherever.

Sure the true training only begins with Junior Mates but you can get your feet wet and decide if you’re up for the more advanced training – which comes in a hands-on out-at-sea phase – often on vessels that are part of the Association.

Below is the official read: 

The Organizational Meeting for the 2012 BHCFA Junior Mate Training Program will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 21, 2012.

Registration Night will be held at the Museum of New Jersey Maritime History, Dock Road at West Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ. The Museum Phone Number is 609-492-0202. Parking is available on the east side of the Museum or on the street where marked. Be sure to attend this meeting since boat assignments will be made. 

Call Capt. John at 609-290-3349 for details about the BHCFA Junior Mate Training Program.

View 'The Islander' Junior Mates Article

Reasons to Join

  • Learn to be a better fisherman! Learn hands-on techniques! Taught by the leading charter boat professionals.

  • Learn to be a better boater including navigation, boat handling, maintenance, weather, safety, first aid, and all of the other skills that will make you more valuable on the water.

  • Learn all of the other skills that increase your value as a crew member on charter, party, and private fishing boats.

  • Become proficient in all of the skills and meet all of the qualifications and you can be offered a paid mate’s position in the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association charter fleet. This is the best summer job you can imagine!

  • A scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior with at least a “B” average who has proven him/herself as a top quality Junior Mate.

  • Your membership in the BHCFA Junior Mate program lets you stand apart from the crowd. All Junior Mates receive BHCFA tee shirts each season.

Download the alt Junior Mate Associate Membership Application here.

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Training Schedule - Every Thursday evening from late June into August.

Program Cost - $25 plus cost of U.S. Coast Guard approved random drug test program including the "pre-employment" test. All Junior Mates must be enrolled in a random drug test program and have had their "pre-employment" tests prior to being allowed on any BHCFA Member Captain's boat. See information in Training Night 1 below regarding the random drug test program almost all BHCFA Captains use. We recommend that any potential Junior Mate join the recommended Drug Test Program prior to their first Thursday evening training meeting of the season since initial processing takes time.

Junior Mate applicants should reach their 13th birthday or older by this coming August 1. Interested applicants who will not be 13 by August 1, 2011 should look forward to joining the program when they reach the year when they will turn 13 by August 1.

This is a serious charter boat crew-training program. We expect all Junior Mates who enroll to participate and learn more about the sport they love ... fishing. It is not a recreational program per se. Only qualified candidates will receive their Charter Boat Mate Certification.

Junior Mates are assigned to BHCFA Member Captains on a random basis.

Junior Mates only earn pay when their assigned BHCFA Member Captain decides the Junior Mate has earned pay. The dedication of time and effort is what the Junior Mate invests to learn the trade. No Junior Mate can expect pay during any on-the-job-training through his/her third trip with paying passengers on an assigned boat. Paying passengers may give a tip to a Junior Mate as long as such a tip does not reduce the tip given to the First Mate. Junior Mates are expected to accept all trip offers from his/her assigned Captain(s) unless there are extenuating circumstances. 

Parents are welcome to attend the Thursday night Training Meetings. 


THIS SCHEDULE AND CURRICULUM ARE TENTATIVE.
WATCH THIS WEB PAGE FOR CHANGES!


We strongly recommend that all Junior Mate Candidates start learning their knots using the website listed below even before the Training Program begins.

  1. June 23, 2011 7:00 PM 
    Location: New Jersey Maritime History Museum, Dock Rd. @ West Ave., Beach Haven

    Session A - Registration - Capt. Lindsay Fuller and other BHCFA Member Captains. Junior Mate applicant must complete the Associate Member Application Form.

    Parent must sign the Blanket Permission Form and cover cost of "pre-employment" drug test and membership in drug test program required by the U.S. Coast Guard. Please bring the signed Blanket Permission Form that a parent or legal guardian signed to this meeting with you. Costs vary depending on the boats the Junior Mate is assigned to for training. We try to assign Junior Mates to a minimum of 2 BHCFA Member boats per season. The drug test program that most BHCFA Captains use can be found at www.apcadrugtesting.com, the American Professional Captains Association.

    If you plan on getting experience going out on the charter boats with charter customers on board, sign up for this APCA Drug Test Program even before you register in the Junior Mate Program. Tell them that you are applying as a BHCFA Junior Mate and that the agreed fee is $25. The normal fee is $60 so make sure you tell them about our special deal for our Junior Mates. APCA will instruct you as to what drug test center to go to.

    Session B - - Introduction to the status of fisheries, management and the industry today. Discuss about challenges and how fishing charters are about the people having fun. The mates working on the boat play a huge part of making sure the charter party has a good time. 3 knots are assigned for homework. The knot instructions can be found at www.animatedknots.com or you can link to this site from the Fishing Resources Page of the BHCFA website at www.BHCFA.com. Palomar, Clinch, End Loop. You will be tested on these knots during the next meeting. Year 2 Junior Mates will assist.

  2. Thursday, June 30, 2011 7:00 PM
    BHCFA Captains: To Be Assigned

    Location: New Jersey Maritime History Museum, Dock Rd @ West Ave., Beach Haven

    Session A - Knot review on prior week's homework. Year 2 Junior Mates will assist.

    Session B - Inshore rigging and rig making. Assign 3 knots for homework. See the BHCFA website Fishing Resources Page for the link to the Knot Tying website. Uni-knot, Dropper Loop, Figure 8 are your homework. You will be tested on these knots during the next meeting. Year 2 Junior Mates will work on learning Offshore rigging and rig making. Year 2 Junior Mates are assigned to learn the Albright, Spider Hitch, Offshore Swivel knots, and Hook Snelling as homework.

  3. Thursday, July 7, 2011 7:00 PM
    BHCFA Captains: To Be Assigned

    Location: New Jersey Maritime History Museum, Dock Rd @ West Ave., Beach Haven

    Session A - Knot review on prior week's knot homework. Year 2 Junior Mates will assist.

    Session B - Ropes and lines. Assign rope knots and hitches for homework. See the BHCFA website Fishing Resources Page for the link to the Knot Tying website. Year 1 Junior Mates will work on Bowline, Clove Hitch, Cleating, Flaking. You will be tested on these knots and hitches during the next meeting. Year 2 Junior Mates will work on splicing (explain splicing 2 lines, eye splice, end splice, do eye splice in class).

  4. Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:00 PM
    BHCFA Captains: To Be Assigned

    Location: New Jersey Maritime History Museum, Dock Rd @ West Ave., Beach Haven

    Session A - Knot review on prior week's knot homework. Year 2 students will assist.

    Session B - Tackle maintenance Homework - Review ALL knots, wraps, and hitches already assigned. See the BHCFA website Fishing Resources Page for the link to the Knot Tying website. Year 2 students will have an introduction to charts and chart work.

  1. Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:00 PM
    BHCFA Captains: To Be Assigned

    Trainer:Jeanne Ellis, RN, EMT from SOCH. 609-987-3479

    Location: Ocean Club, 700 S. Rt. 9 South, Manahawkin, NJ 08050

    Session A - CPR Training - 2-Year Certificate. Knot test on prior week's knot homework.

    Session B - Session B - CPR Training - 2-Year Certificate. 

    Homework - Review ALL knots and wraps already assigned. You will be tested on a random three knots or wraps during the next meeting. 

  2. Wednesday, July 27 & Thursday, July 28, 2011 
    6:30 PM Each Night


    Capt. Bill Tallman, WCT Maritime Service, LLC. Cell 609-709-1801

    Location: New Jersey Maritime History Museum, Dock Rd @ West Ave., Beach Haven

    New Jersey Boater Safety Course - Junior Mates - Free. Parents - $75 - Parents or other non-Junior Mates must call Capt. Tallman in advance to register.

    All Junior Mates who have not gone through this course through BHCFA must take this two-day course. 

  3. Thursday, August 4, 2011 7:00 PM
    BHCFA Captains: To Be Assigned

    Location: Morrison's Marina, Second Street at Bay, Beach Haven. Behind the charter boat Star Fish.

    Session A - Fish Cleaning, filleting, bagging - Morrison's Marina. Year 2 Junior Mates assist. 

    Session B - Baits, Net gaff handling, Caring for catch. Practice your knots, wraps, and hitches. See the BHCFA website Fishing Resources Page for the link to the Knot Tying website. You will be tested on a random three knots or wraps during the next meeting. Year 2 students will learn offshore rigging, including crimping, offshore loop, ballyhoo pin rig.

  4. Thursday, August 11, 2011 7:00 PM
    BHCFA Captains: To Be Assigned

    Location: New Jersey Maritime History Museum, Dock Rd @ West Ave., Beach Haven 

    Session A - Emergency at Sea Preparedness
    Primary areas of focus are donning life jackets, man overboard drill, staying together and with vessel in the water, use of flares/EPIRB, proper way to issue a mayday.

    Session B - End of Program review. 
    Practice your knots, wraps, and hitches. See the BHCFA website Fishing Resources Pagefor the link to the Knot Tying website. 

  5. August 18, 2011
    2011 Junior Mate fishing trip on Star Fish

    To qualify, Junior Mate must have attended at least 5 Thursday night sessions and at least 3 show ups at assigned Captains' boats for OJT. Learning the assigned knots, wraps, and hitches is also a requirement. Each qualified Junior Mate may bring their driver. Pizza and soda back at the dock. All BHCFA Captains are invited as well. 

    2011 Graduation - As many BHCFA Captains as possible should attend.

    Be ready to show off what you have learned. Graduation.


Junior Mate Program Blanket Permission Form

alt Click here to Download the Blanket Permission Form in PDF Format.

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