Get Outside and Enjoy a Day of Fishing with Family and Friends
By Karen Leskie, Senior Biologist
The 22nd Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament will be held Sunday, Oct.6, 2013. Once again anglers from New Jersey and neighboring states will descend upon the beaches of Island Beach State Park in hopes of catching the longest fish of the day. The tournament aims to encourage youngsters and adults to learn more about surf fishing while taking advantage of a great family activity. Funds raised by the tournament go toward marine resource conservation and education.
Despite a rainy forecast, 550 anglers enjoyed a rain-free morning of fishing where more than 130 fish were caught in the bluefish, kingfish and blackfish categories. New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin were on site to greet tournament participants and take part in the awards ceremony. A total of 19 prizes were awarded in categories for children, teen and adults. However, the grand prize winner went to Bill Sheppard of Seaside Park, NJ with a 203⁄8” bluefish. Mr. Sheppard received two rod-and-reel combinations, a $100 gift card to Orvis (courtesy of World Fishing Network), a plaque, and will have his name engraved on the Governor’s Cup, which is permanently on display at Island Beach State Park.
Since its inception in 1991, the tournament has generated more than $130,000 for various marine education and restoration efforts, construction of access ramps for disabled saltwater anglers, surf fishing instruction programs and equipment, specialized wheel chairs that provide beach access to the disabled and elderly, plus the purchase of the first mobile automatic heart defibrillator for use at Island Beach State Park.
For more information about the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament or to receive a registration form,visit NJFishandWildlife.com/gsft.htm or call (609)748-4347.
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (along with our co-sponsors: New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Jersey Coast Anglers Association and New Jersey Beach Buggy Association) would like to thank the following organizations for contributing to the success of the 21st Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament in 2012:
In the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament winner’s circle: (Front row, left to right) — NJ State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs President Frank Virgilio, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, tournament winner Bill Sheppard and DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. Back row (left to right) — JCAA President Joseph Puntasecca and Tim Burden, NJ Beach Buggy Association.
Photos: Jamie Darrow/NJ Div. Fish and Wildlife
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