2017 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

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The Striper Cup

May 1 – Sept 10
ME, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY and NJ stripercup.com
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 19 – 21
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.

Cheeky Schoolie Tournament

Cheeky Schoolie Tournament

May 20
Dennis, MA
The annual Cheeky Schoolie Tournament is a low barrier to entry, grass roots style event designed to encourage the interest and growth of saltwater fly fishing and to welcome our hard working schoolie stripers to their summer vacation home on Cape Cod, MA. The 2017 Tournament will mark the 6th year for the annual event, which has become the world’s largest fly fishing tournament.

HG And E

Holyoke Gas and Electric Shad Derby

May 13-14, 20-21
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 9-11
Hull, 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 10-11
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 16-17
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.

North Shore Striper Blitz

The Harwich Headhunt

July 15
Harwich, MA
The Harwich Headhunt is a low-key tournament that is as much about talking trash and having a good time as anything. The tournament awards prizes donated by sponsors in the local community and donates money to charities each year.

Plymouth 400 Bass and Blues tournament

Plymouth 400 Bass And Blues Tournament

July 15-16
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

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 Tournament

August 12
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

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.

Westport Fishermen’s Association Annual Bluefish & Striped Bass Fishing Tournament

Sept 11- Oct 15
Westport, MA
The Westport Fishermen’s Association Annual Bluefish & Striped Bass Fishing Tournament offers cash prizes for the biggest striper and blue.

Rhode Island

RISAA Surf Fishing Club Challenge

RISAA Surf Fishing Club Challenge

June 16-18
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 a36-inch minimum length for all striped bass entries.
Contact Richie Reich / 401-742-2020 for additional information.

Fluke Till Ya Puke

Fluke Till Ya Puke

June 17
South Kingstown, RI biggamefishingri.com/FlukeTillYaPuke.php
This fun, family-oriented event focuses on fluke, but includes a “trash fish” element, allowing more anglers to walk away winners.

Newport Monster Shark Tournament

Boston Big Game Fishing Club Monster Shark Tournament

July 14-15
Newport, RI
Held in memory of Steven James, this is the largest offshore sport fishing event in New England! Several State and IGFA All Tackle World Records have been set in this event.


Bryan Kerchal Memorial Tournament

April 30
Danbury, CT
The Housatonic Valley Bassmansters 22nd annual Bryan Kerchal Memorial Tournament benefits Connecticut’s B.A.S.S. Nation’s High School Fishing And Youth Program.



June 3
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).

NE Bassin Salt

EBASSIN Connecticut Kayak Salt Series

June 9-11
Old Lyme, CT
Catch and release, artificial lure only, kayak tournament targeting striped Bass and false albacore.

Hooks For Heroes

Hooks for Heroes Fishing Tournament

June 10
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.

Fancy Fluke Co. Women's Fluke Tournament

Fancy Fluke Co. Women’s Fluke Tournament

June 24
New London, CT
The First Annual Fancy Fluke Fishing Co. Women’s Fluke Tournament presented by Diane’s Bait, Tackle & Charters will be held at Burr’s Marina in New London, Connecticut on June 24, 2017. Open to women anglers only, in al CT waters. Weigh in at Diane’s Bait, Tackle and Charters at Burr’s Marina. 6am to 6pm. Prizes for First and Second Biggest Fish. Youth Division. Prizes and BBQ to follow.

Three Bells Trifecta Challenge

Three Belles Outfitters Trifecta Challenge Kayak Tournament

July 14-15
Niantic, CT
Connecticut’s Premier Saltwater Kayak Fishing Tournament. Largest combined-length Striped Bass, Bluefish, and Fluke, wins a brand new 2017 Hobie Outback Camo Edition Mirage-Drive Kayak. Over $10,000 in prizes will be awarded.

NE Bassin Salt

EBASSIN Connecticut Kayak Saly Events

Sept 29 – Oct 1
Old Lyme, CT
Catch and release kayak tournament targeting striped Bass, fluke and sea bass.

New York

Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay

Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay

May 18- 21
Jamaica Bay, NY
The Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay is a great way to catch the first fish of the year and hook up with old and make some new friends, all for the benefit of worthy causes.

Freeport Hudson Anglers 45th Annual Shark Tournament

June 7
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 big 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.

Star Island Shark Tournament

Star Island Shark Tournament

June 15-17
Montauk Point, NY

Montauk Marine Basin Shark Tournament

Montauk Marine Basin Shark Tournament

June 22 – 24
Montauk, NY
This tournament is limited to 150 boats competing for a purse of $50,000 boken into various prizes, including a women’s and juniors division.

Mattituck Madness Fluke And Bass Tournament

Mattituck Madness Fluke And Bass Tournament

June 24
Peconic Bay/LI Sound, NY
Strong’s Marine is holding its first Mattituck Madness Fluke and Bass Fishing Tournament! There will be a fun After Party at Strong’s Water Club with a bbq, raffle, and live music!

Mercury Montauk Grand Slam

The Montauk Mercury Grand Slam

July 15 – 16
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 barbeque on Saturday afternoon.

New Jersey

Spring Striper Marathon

May 1 – June 30
Brick, NJ
This two-month-long striper tournament guarantees $250 to the first striper over 50 pounds weighed in.

Harborfest Boat Show at Schellenger’s Landing

June 2-4
Celebrating the Lifestyle on the Landing

South Jersey Shark Tournament

South Jersey Shark Tournament

June 7-10
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

June 23-25
3rd Year in the Making and Record Turnout Expected. Now Captain’s Choice Departure Day by Popular Demand!”

Mako Mania

Mako Mania

June 24-25
Point Pleasant, NJ makomanianj.com
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

June 24-25
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

Sunshine Foundation Family Fun Day and Fishing Tournament

June 8
Little Egg Harbor, NJ
This one-day tournament awards cash prizes totaling $3000 to the teams that weigh in the heaviest two fish in each category, with additional prizes for the largest single fluke and bluefish. Sunshine Foundation Family Fun Day and Fishing Tournament also offers a special Kayak division sponsored by West Creek Kayak & Canoe.

The Canyon Club Junior Angler Offshore Challenge

July 5-8
Where the Future of Competitive Sportfishing Show Off Their Stuff

Big 3 Fishing Tournament

July 13-14
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

July 25 – 29
Beach Haven, NJ http://thewmit.com
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

July 27-30
Now in its 51st year, the longest running event on our tournament calendar!
Fishing Days Hosted at Canyon Club Marina.

The MidAtlantic

August 20-25
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

  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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