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
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.

Maine

Dockside Striper Tournament

Dockside Striper Tournament & Seafood Brewfest

July 19, 2018
York, Maine
facebook.com/docksidestriper
The Dockside Striper Tournament & Seafood Brewfest showcases some of the seacoast’s best local breweries, but the charitable fundraising is genuinely the most meaningful aspect of the weekend with Northeast Passage being the primary recipient.

New Hampshire

The Winni Derby

The Winni Derby

May 18 – 20
Laconia, NH
winniderby.org
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.

Massachusetts

Spring Sea Run Opener

Spring Sea Run Opener

May 1 – 31
Nantucket, MA
springsearunopener.com
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 12, 13, 19, and 20 – 9 am to 5 pm
Holyoke, MA
hged.com
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
nsrwa.org/south-shore-striper-tournament
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.

Bad Daddy Tog, Sea Bass and Scup Tournament

Bad Daddy Tog, Sea Bass and Scup Tournament

June 9
Fairhaven, MA
captainmeltrue.com/tournament.html
Awards for top 3 fish for each category will consist of Cash “TBD” and prizes. There will be a kids division and an adult division. The eligible species are Tautog, Sea Bass and Scup. Captains’ meeting & registration 5:00pm – 8pm Friday, June 8th, 2018 located at Rick’s Outboard 105 Sconicut Neck Rd. Fairhaven, MA.

Borden Light Marina Fishing Derby

Borden Light Marina Fishing Derby

June 9-10
Fall River, MA
bordenlightmarina.com/events
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 15-16
Beverly, MA
northshorestriperblitz.com
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.

Father's Day 5 Fishing Tournament

Father’s Day 5 Fishing Tournament

June 16
Nantucket, MA
facebook.com/events/750871331773228
Nantucket Boat Basin’s inaugural Father’s Day 5 Fishing Tournament will be a one day multi-species inshore fishing tournament on June 16th, 2018. The target species will be black seabass, bluefish, scup, fluke and sea robin. The weekend will also include a Captain & Crew Welcome Reception on Friday night withthe Award’s Ceremony and buffet dinner on Saturday night, after fishing.

Hooks For Homes

Hook for Homes Fishing Derby

June 1, 2018 – July 6,2018
Cape Cod, MA
hookforhomes.com
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
Sharksfundfishing.com
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

7th Annual Plymouth 400 Bass and Blues Tournament

July 12-15
Plymouth, MA
plymouth400inc.org/bassandblue2018
The 7th Annual Bass and Blue Tournament is open to all ages, and includes opportunities for team registration. 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
joecroninfishing.com
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 11
Cotuit, MA
cotuitcivicassociation.org/cotuit-bass-and-blue-fish-tournament
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.

Hook-A-Cure Fishing Tournament

Hook-A-Cure Fishing Tournament

August 17
Gloucester, MA – Mile Marker 1
hookacure.org
Grab an angler package and hit the water for a great day of fishing on the Cape Ann coastline! You’ll be competing for great prizes chasing stripers and blues, all while helping Dana-Farber’s dedicated team of doctors and researchers find a cure for cancer.

Nantucket Inshore Classic

Nantucket Inshore Classic

September – October
Nantucket, MA
nantucketanglersclub.com
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

June 8-10
South Kingstown, RI
risaa.org
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
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.

Narrow River Kayak Fishing Challenge

The First Annual Kayak Fishing Challenge of Narrow River

October 20
Narragansett, RI
narrowriver.org/kayak
Longest combined total takes the prize for this 1 Day, 4 Species (striper, fluke, bluefish and shad), catch & release kayak tournament.

Connecticut

Bass-A-Palooza

Bass-A-Palooza

June (date T.B.A.)
Norwalk, CT
bassapalooza.com
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

June 16
Stamford, CT
hooksforheroes.us
Since the 2012 inaugural Halloween Yacht Club Hooks for Heroes event, this annual fundraiser has collected and donated over $53,000 to benefit wounded warriors and U.S. military veterans from the Walter Reed National Military Hospital.

Three Bells Trifecta Challenge

Three Belles Outfitters Trifecta Challenge Kayak Tournament

July (date T.B.A.)
Niantic, CT
threebellesoutfitters.com
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.

Fishing Against Cancer

Fishing Against Cancer Tournament

September 14-15
Westbrook, CT
Fishing Against Cancer Registration
The Fishing Against Cancer Tournament raises money to help Connecticut cancer patients pay basic living expenses, so each team is required to raise at least $1,000 to qualify for prizes.

New York

Marty Lyons Fluke Tournament

Marty Lyons Fluke Tournament

June 16
martylyonsfoundation.org
The Stony Brook Yacht Club hosts this one day fluke tournament to raise for the Marty Lyons Foundation. For more information contact Captain Bob Simon at bobsimon25@hotmail.com.


Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay

Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay

Jamaica Bay, NY
Canceled for 2018. For a great kayak tourney alternative with tons of great prizes check out The Striper Cup.

Hudson River Fisherman’s Association Catfish Chaos Derby

Hudson River Fisherman’s Association Catfish Chaos Derby

Newburgh, NY
hrfanj.org
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
freeporthudsonanglers.com
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
marinebasin.com/tournaments
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
strongsmarine.com
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
kiwanisclubofeasthampton.com
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

WhiteWater Sportfish Challenge

Montauk, NY
sportfishchallenge.net
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
jcsa.org
This two-month-long striper tournament guarantees $250 to the first striper over 50 pounds weighed in.

Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 6:30am-1:00pm
Island Beach State Park, NJ
njfishandwildlife.com/gsft.htm
Registration opens at 5:00am for those not pre-registered. The individual who catches the overall largest fish wins the “Governor’s Award,” and has his/her name engraved on the Governor’s Cup, which is permanently displayed at the park. There is also a High School Team category! Fishing equipment is awarded to winners who catch the largest fish in each species category.

South Jersey Shark Tournament

South Jersey Shark Tournament

Cape May, NJ
southjerseytournaments.com/shark.html
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

southjerseytournaments.com/tuna.html

Mako Mania

Mako Mania

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

Brielle, NJ
jcsa.org
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

sunshinefoundation.org/events/event/
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

bbbsmb.org/events/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
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

southjerseytournaments.com

The MidAtlantic

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

Jersey Coast Anglers Blackfish Tournament

Brick, NJ
jcsa.org

Jersey Coast Anglers Fluke Tournament

Brick, NJ
jcsa.org

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

May 24th to 28th, 2018
facebook.com/Berkeley-Striper-Club-Catch-Release-Tournament

7 thoughts on “2018 Fishing Tournament Calendar

  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!

    1. Capt. Lindsay Fuller, June Bug Sportfishing

      Tracy,

      I know this is year after you asked your question but I just read your post.

      If your son is a real tyro for fishing, you do not have to wait for a Young Person’s Tournament to come along. There are a couple of ways to solve his needs and create a nice surprise for him as well.

      First, most charter boats, including ours, can handle up to 6 passengers. Put a little party together where the 6 people are divided into 2 teams. The two teams fish against each other. There’s your Tournament. The losers pay for ice cream for the winners after the trip. Charter boats do cost money but their crews generally are very good at teaching their customers about becoming better ocean fishermen.

      The other way is to join a salt water fishing club. There are many active clubs along the New Jersey Atlantic Coastline from Cape May noth into Raritan Bay. I know the Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club the best, they are in Beach Haven, NJ, and they have a great setup for Junior Anglers in their Club Tournaments. You can get a Family Membership that covers the parents and children in your family. While your family may not have a boat, being a Member of BHMTC would get invitations from other BHMTC Members to join them in fishing those Club Tournaments and to join in many other Club activities. They have a lovely Clubhouse that was built after the old Clubhouse got wiped out by Hurricane Sandy.

      The routine is that everyone on board shares trip expenses and, for most boats, kids do not count in the divvying up of costs but each boat is different in how they do that so the time to ask about cost sharing is when you get invited by a member to fish on their boat. Your son would always need an adult family member who is in the BHMTC to get invited. Members can’t handle unaccompanied children.

      You should also know that the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association operates the BHCFA Junior Mate Training Program, a program that trains teenagers all of the details as to how to become a successful charter and party boat mate. This is the only Program of its kind in the entire country. I was the founder of both the BHCFA and of the Junior Mate Program. If you are close to Beach Haven in the summer, keep this Program in your mind until your son reached 13. That’s when we like to see kids enroll in the Program. The cost to the Junior Mates is $25 for the season. They get paired up with a Member Charter Captain for their hands on training on board that Captain’s boat. They take a 9 week curriculum meeting each Thursday night for formal classes. They also take CPR, First Aid (both 2-year certifications) and the New Jersey Boaters Safety Course. BHCFA covers the costs for Junior Mates for those programs. Several other Member Charter Boat Captains like to recruit and train their own Junior Mates. On my boat, that is the way we operate. We never take more than 2 Mates in Training in a season.

      Once the kids learn their skills, they start to work in the best summer job on the planet … Charter or Party Boat Mate. Good money too.

      If you have any questions about any of the suggestions above, feel free to email me at CaptLindsay@Fish-JuneBug.com or call my cell at 609-685-2839.

  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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