2016 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 2 to September 11
This season-long tournament provides many ways to win, with individual and team competitions, a catch and release component and a grand prize boat.


HG And E

Holyoke Gas and Electric Shad Derby

May 7 to 8 and 14 to 15
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.

Cotuit Bass And Blue Shootout

Cotuit Bass & Blue Shootout

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.
Registration is at the captains meeting on July 31st 5:30PM (with snacks provided) at Freedom Hall on Main Street Cotuit.

Joe Cronin Fishing Tournament

Joe Cronin Memorial Jimmy Fund Fishing Tournament

August 6th, 2016
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.

Spring Sea Run Opener

Spring Sea Run Opener

May 1-May 31, 2016
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.


#Field4Hull Bass & Blues Inaugural Fishing Tournament

September 17 – 18, 2016
Hull, MA
2 Days Fishing, 2 tournament categories, Great Prizes and trophies, all for a great cause! Elite Division limited to only 25 boats (up to 5 anglers per boat)! Charity fundraising celebration to follow tournament on Sunday, 9/18 at Hull Yacht Club from 4-7:30 PM. Food, drinks, raffles, vendors, family activities, silent auction and more! General Public welcome! All proceeds benefit Hull’s future Athletic Turf Field to be enjoyed by Hull high school, Hull youth athletics and the surrounding communities that play there. For more information on tournament participation, donating, volunteering, or being a vendor please email Fish4Field4Hull@gmail.com

Rhode Island

Fluke Till Ya Puke

Fluke Till Ya Puke

June 18
South Kingston, RI
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

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.


Three Belles Outfitters 2016 Trifecta Challenge Kayak Tournament

Three Belles Outfitters 2016 Trifecta Challenge Kayak Tournament

July 15 – July 24,
Niantic, CT
Three Belles Outfitters
This is a catch-photo-release style kayak tournament awards a 2016 Special Edition Hobie Outback to the angler with the greatest cumulative length of their top striper, blue, and fluke and has additional prizes for anglers with the top in each category.

New York

Freeport Hudson Anglers

Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen 2016 Land & Sea

May 1 – Oct 31
From Barnegat to Cape May, NJ
This season long charity tournament hosted by the Absecon Saltwater Sportsmen benefits chidren’s charities. Anglers fish by land or boat, competing for prizes for heaviest striper, kingfish, bluefish and flounder.

Freeport Hudson Anglers

Freeport Hudson Anglers Fluke Frenzy

June 9
Freeport, NY
This fluke fishing tournament is open to all anglers-boat and shore and kayak.

Freeport Hudson Anglers

Freeport Hudson Anglers 44th Annual Shark Tournament

June 18
Freeport, NY
The 44th Annual Freeport Hudson Anglers Shark Tournament promotes conservartion with a minimum weight of 150 pounds for eligible fish, and also has a tag-and-release tournament within the event.

Montauk Marine Basin Shark Tournament

Montauk Marine Basin Shark Tournament

June 23 to 25
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.

Mercury Montauk Grand Slam

The Montauk Mercury Grand Slam

July 16 and 17
Montauk Harbor, NY
The Montauk Mercury Grand Slam will be held on July 16th and 17th at Uihlein’s Marina in Montauk, NY. This year’s tournament honors Montauk Fishing Legend Jake Nessel 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.


Shark’s Eye Tag-And-Release Tournament

Montauk, NY
This catch-and-release only tournament is designed to promote shark conservation.


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

Striper Marathon

May 1 to June 30
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

June 8 to 11
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.

Jersey Coast Shark Anglers Mako “Catch It” Fever

June 17 to 19
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.

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.

White Marlin Invitational

Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational

July 27 to 30
Beach Haven, NJ
This trolling-only tournament awards big cash prizes and calcuttas for offshore species ranging from marlin to wahoo.

Jersey Coast Anglers Fluke Tournament

August 13
Brick, NJ

The MidAtlantic

The MidAtlantic

August 21 to 26
Cape May, NJ
This big-money offshore tournament brings captains from all over the East Coast to compete for more than $2,000,000 in prizes by catching white marlin, blue marlin, wahoo, mahi and tuna.

Jersey Coast Anglers Blackfish Tournament

December 3
Brick, NJ

  1. Frankie Tomczak

    I am the biggest redneck fisher in the world, and I want to be in the 2,000,000 tournament because I am poor asf.

  2. Rafael Cruz

    Please send me more information regarding the Mid Atlantic tournament in August

  3. Rick White

    Our Kiwanis Club holds the Montauk Mercury Grand Slam each July in Montauk. I was wondering how I might go about getting our tournament info on your calendar.

    Thank you – Rick

  4. Tanja Ryden

    The Westport Fishermen’s Association’s 5th Annual Striped Bass & Bluefish Fishing Tournament in Westport, MA is July 8-16 this year. Details at: http://westportriver.org/fishing-tournament/
    How do I get the event listed?
    Tanja Ryden, Project Coordinator
    Westport Fishermen’s Association

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  6. Lisa Newell

    Gulf Breeze Optimist Family Fishing Rodeo returns May 21-22 at Shoreline Park South, Gulf Breeze, Fla.

    The Gulf Breeze Optimist Family Fishing Rodeo returns for its 42nd year May 21-22.
    This year, over $75,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. There is a $1,000 cash grand prize. The tournament will be held at Shoreline Park South, Gulf Breeze, Fla.
    Entry fee is $25. Kids aged 9 and under are free with an adult entry. The event will be held at Shoreline Park South in Gulf Breeze, with weigh ins Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
    1st, 2nd and 3rd place prized will be awarded in the following categories:

    Amberjack, Bluefish, Bonito, Croaker, Dolphin, Flounder, Grouper, King Mackerel, Lady Fish, Ling/Cobia, Other Legal Snapper, Pompano, Redfish, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout, Trigger Fish

    For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/gboptimistclub/


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