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Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs


  Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs (HOFNOD)

The Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) program is the flagship youth education program of the Foundation. The program, developed 20 years ago, has been recently updated. HOFNOD uses angling skill development as a gateway to teach youth about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and how to deal with the challenges facing them in their young lives. The HOFNOD network includes trained aquatic education professionals in over 30 states with literally thousands of programs nationwide. Connect with a HOFNOD coordinator near you and help America’s youth get Hooked on Fishing and Not On Drugs!

How Can You Get Involved?

  • Connect with your local community groups that work with youth.
    If they’re fishing help them out through a donation of money/time/resources. If they’re not, offer to help begin a program (we’ll be happy to help too!)
  • Become a HOFNOD trained instructor.
    To become a HOFNOD instructor, you are required to attend a one-day HOFNOD instructor training course. At the HOFNOD instructor training workshop, you will learn many activities and lessons that are appropriate for helping young people learn to become ethical anglers and also to grow into adults that will make wise decisions for themselves and the environment. In addition, you will then have the ability to use the Hooked On Fishing – Not On Drugs® name and logo. This one-day course will give you the skills you need to lead a mentor-based fishing or boating program that will make a difference in children’s lives. Contact Tess Belcher- or 302-735-8656 if interested in becoming a HOFNOD instructor.
  • Support the efforts of the Future Fisherman Foundation.
    Help support our efforts by donating your time or resources or by making a contribution to help enable youth angling programs all across the country!

Get involved! Help ensure the future of fishing!

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