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Freshwater Fishing

Fishing Tournament

Mark your calendar for the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament!

May 21, 2023

Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park, NJ

Enjoy a great day of surf fishing with family and friends at the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament while being eligible for prizes in a variety of age group and fish species categories.

The individual who catches the overall largest fish wins the "Governor's Award" and will have their name engraved on the Governor's Cup, which is permanently displayed at Island Beach State Park. Prizes are awarded to winners in a variety of age group and fish species categories.

All funds raised by the tournament go toward improving beach access, surf fishing instruction programs and equipment plus marine education and restoration projects.

The tournament is sponsored by NJDEP’s Fish & Wildlife and Division of Parks, Forestry and Historic Places, New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Jersey Coast Anglers Association and New Jersey Beach Buggy Association.

Thank you to the 2022 Donors: Backwater Custom Baits, Betty and Nick’s Bait and Tackle, Body Glove, Capt. Frank Crescitelli – Fin Chaser Charters, Grumpy’s Bait and Tackle, Johnny O’s, Nick Honachesfsky, Northeast Hardcore Fishing, Mike Mende – NJ Beach Buggy Association, Stinky Balls, TAK, Tight Lines Bait and Tackle.

For more information visit: or email [email protected]

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