John (Jack) Godwin


Jack was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1945.  He grew up in East Brunswick, NJ and spent his 5-11th grade years there.  His family moved to Point Pleasant Beach, NJ in 1963 and that is where Jack graduated high school.  After high school, he attended a trade apprenticeship for Iron Workers following in his father’s footsteps.John (Jack) Godwin

Jack was an active ironworker through the mid-90’s and became an entrepreneur in 1981 when he established Point Lobster Company in Point Pleasant Beach.  The business started as a lobster wholesale distributor with one pickup truck and 1 employee and now has over 40 employees and supplies lobsters and seafood to local restaurants and supermarkets and Cape May to Philadelphia to North Jersey.  His business is well-known to the locals and summer tourists that enjoy freshly cooked lobster.

Jack started trapshooting in 1967 when an ironworker introduced him to shooting at the Staten Island Gun Club.  He was self-taught, but always sought advice and tips from other experienced shooters.  He attended two of Kay Ohye’s clinics and has been an active trapshooter for over 50 years.  His business development limited his shooting time to spring, fall and winter but he continued to pursue his passion of the sport.

Jack is an avid outdoorsman, which started in his early childhood years when he became fascinated with fresh water fishing on Farrington Lake in East Brunswick.  He grew up surrounded by farms and woods.  He observed hunters, their dogs, and the sounds of the gunshots which kindled his desire to start hunting.  Although no one in his immediate family had an interest in hunting.  Jack got his hunting license the first year he was eligible, at the age of 14.

Jack’s other outdoor hobby is big game salt water fishing for marlin, tuna and sailfish.  He currently runs a 1988, 37′ refurbished Bertram out of Point Pleasant Beach and is partners on a sport fishing boat in Costa Rica.  He is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club and has won multiple big game fishing awards.  He has fished for big game in Bermuda, Venezuela, Mexico, Florida and Costa Rica.

Jack has two children and three grandchildren.  His son, John, is the manager of Point Lobster Company and his daughter, Allison, is a family practice physician.  His lifelong partner, Laurie, has supported his trapshooting career and he continues to try to spark her interest in practicing and joining him on the line.

Jack has nursed a number of injuries over the last few years but the trapshooting fire is not out yet.  He is encouraged and inspired to continue to shoot ATA registered targets, teach his grandchildren this sport and maintain the many, many friendships he has developed through the years.

ATA Member since 1968

  • • Lead the ATA in most 16 yard targets seven (7) times:
    • 1973 – 18,200 targets
    • 1976 – 25,400 targets
    • 1977 – 20,700 targets
    • 2013 – 29,000 targets
  • Since 1968 – registered targets at 19 different gun clubs within the state of NJ
    • 1973 – shot at four different registered shoots in one day;
    (6/9/1973 – Sport/and, Staten Island, Somerset, Quaker City)
    • 1978 – youngest shooter to register 100,000 16 yard targets in the ATA
    • August 2015 – attained 500,000 combined ATA registered targets
    • 1974 – Pennsylvania Grand Handicap (100 straight on the first 100)
    • 1980 – NJ State Singles Champion
    • 1985 – NJ State Doubles Champion
    • 1985 – NJ State All Around Champion
    • 2012 – Veteran 16 Yard Champion
    • 2012 – NJ State Handicap Champion
    • 2012 – NJ state All Around Champion
    • 2013 – Spring Grand Handicap Champion (AZ)
    • 2013 – Veteran High All Around Spring Grand Champion (AZ)
    • 2015 – Senior Veteran 16 Yard Champion