Get Outside & Enjoy a Day of Fishing with Family and Friends
By Karen Byrne, Senior Biologist
The 23nd Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament was held on May 18, 2014 at Island Beach State Park, the first time in tournament history that the event was not held on the traditional first Sunday in October. Over 600 anglers, along with family and friends, enjoyed a sunny, spring day of fishing. A bluefish blitz kept tournament judges on the move with nearly 200 fish being measured.
Chris Follmer of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, took the grand prize and the New Jersey Governor’s Cup with a 36-inch bluefish. Follmer received two rod-and-reel combinations plus a plaque and will have his name engraved on the Governor’s Cup, on permanent display at the park. New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, who joined the tournament participants fishing with her family and friends, greeted anglers at tournament headquarters and took part in the awards ceremony.
In addition to the Governor’s Cup winner, twenty anglers received rod-and-reel combinations for their prize-winning fish in the striped bass and bluefish categories. Overall fish length determined the grand prize winner, as well as first, second or third place in each of the species categories. There were categories for children, teen and adult anglers, including sub-categories for male and female anglers.
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 for next year’s Tournament, visit NJFishand
Wildlife.com/gsft.htm or call (609) 748-4347.
Regulations in red are new this year.
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