2018 Fishing Tournament Calendar

Fishermen looking to add some excitement to their fishing this season can participate in one of the many fishing tournaments taking place throughout the Northeast. There are contests for just about every species that swims in our waters, with tournaments lasting a single day, a week or even the entire season.

All States – Maine To New Jersey

Striper Cup 2018

The Striper Cup

May 1 – Sept. 16
This season-long tournament provides many ways to win, with individual and team competitions, a catch and release component and a grand prize boat.

New Hampshire

The Winni Derby

The Winni Derby

May 18 – 20
Laconia, NH
For generations, the Winni Derby has been providing family-friendly traditions of tournament fishing. New elements to the tournament in 2017 include a women’s division and prizes including 16 ft. 2017 Tracker® Pro Guide™ fishing boat with a Mercury 75 hp motor and custom trailer and Polaris Sportsman® 450 ATV.


Spring Sea Run Opener

Spring Sea Run Opener

May 1 – 31
Nantucket, MA
The Spring Sea Run Opener is all about getting back outside and enjoying the best of what Nantucket has to offer while raising money for a local non profit organization.

HG And E

Holyoke Gas and Electric Shad Derby

May (date T.B.A.)
Holyoke, MA
The annual HG&E Shad Derby is one of the region’s largest fishing events. Held on two weekends in May, the derby offers both adult and youth fisherman the opportunity to win prizes as they enjoy the recreational benefits of the Connecticut River.

South Shore Striper Tournament

South Shore Striper Tournament

June (date T.B.A.)
Hull, MA to Race Point, MA
Join NSRWA for a fun weekend of fishing! The South Shore Striper Tournament awards cash and additional prizes for winning anglers in five separate categories.

Borden Light Marina Fishing Derby

Borden Light Marina Fishing Derby

June (date T.B.A.)
Fall River, MA
The Borden light Marina Annual fishing Derby is a sporting event designed to encourage and promote rod and reel angling, good sportsmanship, great strategy and fair competition, along with lots of fun.

North Shore Striper Blitz

The North Shore Striper Blitz

June (date T.B.A.)
Beverly, MA
The North Shore Striper Blitz is a charity fishing tournament created by local anglers for Anglers in the greater North Shore area to benefit local charities.

Hooks For Homes

Hook for Homes Fishing Derby

June 1, 2018 – July 6,2018
Cape Cod, MA
In 2017 this black sea bass, striped bass and bluefish tournament raised over $16,000 dollars and had over 50 anglers participate. This year we hope to raise even more to go towards building local affordable homes for families.

The North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament

July 19-22
An annual, nonprofit shark tournament, run for fishermen, by fishermen, focused on funding the fight for sustainable fisheries management, thus ensuring the preservation and prosperity of our oceanic ecosystems, for future generations of fishermen.

Plymouth 400 Bass and Blues tournament

Plymouth 400 Bass and Blues Tournament

July (date T.B.A.)
Plymouth, MA
The Bass and Blue tournament is open to all ages, and includes opportunities for team registration this year. Participants can win up to $1,000 dollars for the largest catch. Participants may fish in any Massachusetts waters and the weigh-in station is located at Cordage Park Pier in North Plymouth.

Joe Cronin Fishing Tournament

Joe Cronin Memorial Jimmy Fund Fishing Tournament

August 3
Osterville, MA
The Joe Cronin Memorial Jimmy Fund Fishing Tournament is a fun event benefiting the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund in their fight against cancer.

Cotuit Bass And Blue Shootout

Cotuit Bass and Blue Fish

August (date T.B.A.)
Cotuit, MA
The annual Cotuit Bass & Blue Shootout benefits the Kids 4th of July Parade & Christmas Stroll in Cotuit. It features cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place for both bass and bluefish in each division. You don’t need a boat to compete in this tournament. You can bring your fish to the weigh station by boat or car.

Nantucket Inshore Classic

Nantucket Inshore Classic

September – October
Nantucket, MA
The Inshore Classic is Nantucket’s premiere fall fishing tournament open to ALL local and visiting anglers. Last year over 250 anglers of all ages and skill levels participated.

Rhode Island

RISAA Surf Fishing Club Challenge

RISAA Surf Fishing Club Challenge

October (date T.B.A.)
South Kingstown, RI
Teams weigh in their three largest striped bass and three largest bluefish to determine the Team Trophy winner. All fish must be caught from shore in Rhode Island waters only. There is a 36-inch minimum length for all striped bass entries.

Fluke Till Ya Puke

Fluke Till Ya Puke

June 16
South Kingstown, RI
This fun, family-oriented event focuses on fluke, but includes a “trash fish” element, allowing more anglers to walk away winners.




June (date T.B.A.)
Norwalk, CT
Western Long Island Sound charity fishing tournament emphasizing catch and release, has prizes and separate categories and trophies for the largest striped bass (1st, 2nd, 3rd), largest bluefish, largest fish on fly, most unusual catch, and largest fish caught on a Barbie rod (or similar approved by judges).

Hooks For Heroes

Hooks for Heroes Fishing Tournament

Date T.B.A.
Stamford, CT
Tournament participants compete for largest bluefish and largest bass. 100% of all entry fees, sponsorships and donations will support the Disabled American Veterans Stamford Chapter 13’s Operation Gift Card project, which benefits patients at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital and their families.

Three Bells Trifecta Challenge

Three Belles Outfitters Trifecta Challenge Kayak Tournament

July (date T.B.A.)
Niantic, CT
Connecticut’s premier saltwater kayak fishing tournament. Largest combined-length striped bass, bluefish, and fluke, wins a brand new Hobie Outback Mirage-Drive kayak. Over $10,000 in prizes will be awarded.

New York

Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay

Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay

Jamaica Bay, NY
The Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay is a great way to catch the first fish of the year, hook up with old friends and make some new ones, all for the benefit of worthy causes.

Hudson River Fisherman’s Association Catfish Chaos Derby

Hudson River Fisherman’s Association Catfish Chaos Derby

Newburgh, NY
The second annual Catfish Chaos Derby awards $1,000 to the largest catfish taken, with additional prizes up to 10th place for catfish caught anywhere on the Hudson River.

Freeport Hudson Anglers 46th Annual Shark Tournament

Hempstead, NY
One of the oldest and largest shark-fishing tournaments on the East Coast will mark its 45th year when hundreds of boats head out in pursuit of the one that will win the big money. Purses depend upon the number of entries, but in previous years over $225,000 in cash and prizes have been awarded.

Montauk Marine Basin Shark Tournament

Montauk Marine Basin Shark Tournament

Montauk, NY
This tournament is limited to 150 boats competing for a purse of $50,000 broken into various prizes, including women’s and junior divisions.

Mattituck Madness Fluke and Bass Tournament

Peconic Bay/LI Sound, NY
Strong’s Marine is holding its first Mattituck Madness Fluke and Bass Tournament. There will be an after-party at Strong’s Water Club with a bbq, raffle, and live music.

Mercury Montauk Grand Slam

The Montauk Mercury Grand Slam

Montauk Harbor, NY
The Montauk Mercury Grand Slam will be held at Uihlein’s Marina in Montauk, NY. This year’s tournament honors Montauk Fishing Legend Frank Tuma and benefits The Kiwanis Club of East Hampton and The Montauk Friends of Erin. The Grand Slam is a one-of-a-kind inshore tournament where fisherman compete to catch fluke, sea bass, striped bass, and bluefish.

WhiteWater Sportfish Challenge

Montauk, NY
Fishermen compete for $30,000 in cash and prizes while fishing for stripers, blues, tuna, sharks, fluke and mahi-mahi. The tournamnent field is limited to anglers in outboard boats and culminates in an awards ceremony and BBQ on Saturday afternoon.

New Jersey

Spring Striper Marathon

Brick, NJ
This two-month-long striper tournament guarantees $250 to the first striper over 50 pounds weighed in.

South Jersey Shark Tournament

South Jersey Shark Tournament

Cape May, NJ
The highest-paying shark tournament in New Jersey gets between 150 and 200 boats each year, making it one of the most competitive shark-fishing contests in the region.

The Canyon Club Overnight Tuna Tournament


Mako Mania

Mako Mania

Point Pleasant, NJ
The Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association will be hosting the Mako Mania Tournament out of Manasquan Inlet. Fishermen compete for big prizes and calcuttas in this family-friendly event.

Jersey Coast Shark Anglers Mako “Catch It” Fever

Brielle, NJ
The Jersey Coast Shark Anglers were among the first groups to host shark tournaments at the Jersey Shore, and these events continue to be popular today, offering up to $60,000 in prize money.

Sunshine Foundation Family Fun Day and Fishing Tournament Little Egg Harbor, NJ

This one-day tournament awards cash prizes totaling $3,000 to the teams that weigh in the heaviest two fish in each category, with additional prizes for the largest single fluke and bluefish. The tournament also offers a special kayak division sponsored by West Creek Kayak & Canoe.

Big 3 Fishing Tournament

This is your chance to fish for tuna, striped bass, and bluefish while helping Big Brothers Big Sisters change the lives of kids at risk.

White Marlin Invitational

Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational

Beach Haven, NJ
This trolling-only tournament awards big cash prizes and calcuttas for offshore species ranging from marlin to wahoo.

The Yacht Club of Stone Harbor Invitational Marlin Tournament


The MidAtlantic

Competition, opportunity, camaraderie – Now with a $3,000,000 plus purse – record breaking sportfishing year after year.

Jersey Coast Anglers Blackfish Tournament

Brick, NJ

Jersey Coast Anglers Fluke Tournament

Brick, NJ

15th Annual Berkeley Striper Club Striped Bass C&R Tournament

May 24th to 28th, 2018

  1. Tracy Brandeal

    I’m wondering if someone could help me find a fishing tournament for kids in south jersey. I have an 8 year old boy that loves fishing and would be very interested in getting in a fishing tournament. Any information would be helpful. Thanks!

  2. Greg W

    Striper Cup regular competitors,
    I am a tournament rookie. Not rookie angler I’ve been at this a long time. Any tips out there for recording your catch. I believe you can only enter 1 fish a week. I surf cast almost daily and have a boat at a slip. In a good week I’ll catch a good amount of stripers. I have a few ideas but was wondering if any one had a good system.
    Thx Greg W

  3. John Rider

    Are you guys just in the NE? Interested in talking to someone about ditty bags and giveaways at your tourneys

  4. Rick White

    Thank you for keeping the Montauk Mercury Grand Slam up on the tournament schedule. Here is the updated info: the dates are July 15th and 16th
    the tournament will honor fishing legend Frank Tuma.

    Thank you!


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