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Officer Dennis McGurk Memorial               

 "Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs" Annual Fishing Derby

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"Hooked on  Fishing- Not on Drugs"

21 Years of Reeling in the Lives of Our Youth!!

In 2000, the Atlalntic City Recreation Department along with George Foreman gave (142) one hundred and forty-two youth a day of fishing instruction at the "seawall" in the inlet section of Atlantic City.  The following year, the City moved the event to the New Jersey Avenue Beach and the Association of Surf Angling Clubs joined us as a powerful sponsor.  The Hooked on Fishing remained at that site until the construction of the Revel Casino in 2010.  At that time the fishing derby was moved to  Albany Avenue Beach.  We shut down during COVID in 2020 and 2021 and came back in 2022 and are looking forward to continuing in the future.

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The Second Saturday in June

a tribute to a Great Volunteer

Officer Dennis McGurk began volunteering with the Hooked on Fishing- Not on Drugs Fishing Derby at our 2nd annual Fishing Derby and continued to volunteer until his death in June of 2008.  Officer Dennis McGurk was an 11 year veteran of the Atlantic City Police Department.  He was a Stockton alumnus and earned a ciminal justice degree.  Officer McGurk was a community servant, doing charity work in their church, building homes in the Philippines and taking local youth to outings every week.  These charity endeavors were funded by Officer McGurk and his wife.  Officer McGurk left hugh shoes to fill.  We make sure the fishing derby is of the high standard that Officer McGurk set for us.

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Our Sponsors

"Coming together is a Beginning, Staying together is Progress and Working together is Success"

                                        Henry Ford

The Officer Dennis McGurk "Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs" Fishing Derby started as an Atlantic City Recreation Program in collaboration with George Foreman of the Association of Surf Anglers.  In 2002, a group of interested volunteers in conjunction with the ASAC to continue the fishing derby.  We have also had assistance from the Bass Pro Shops, the Atlantic County Council of Youth Programs, Empowerment Tools Coalition, AC Pal, Boys and Girls

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