2021 Fishing Tournament Calendar

Striper Cup

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

The Striper Cup

May to September
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

Casco Bay Classic Sportfishing Tournament

Casco Bay Classic Sportfishing Tournament

TBD
South Portland, Maine
As a first-class tuna tournament, the Casco Bay Classic Sportfishing Tournament combines highly-skilled anglers from all over the northeast in a contest of competition, comradery and fun. Funds raised by the tournament go towards educational scholarships for deserving individuals and giving charitable donations to those in need.

Bluefin Bonanza

Casco Bay Bluefin Bonanza

Aug 4-7
South Portland, Maine
As a first-class tuna tournament, the Casco Bay Bluefin Bonanza Tuna Tournament combines highly-skilled anglers from all over the northeast in a contest of competition, comradery and fun. Funds raised by the tournament go towards educational scholarships for deserving individuals and important Bluefin tuna research.

New Hampshire

The Winni Derby

The Winni Derby

May 14 – 16, 2021
Laconia, NH
For generations, the Winni Derby has been providing family-friendly traditions of tournament fishing. Save the date for this family-friendly Lake Winnipesaukee experience and register for your shot at a Boston Whaler 150 Montauk, a 2021 Polaris Sportsman ATV 250 H.O. EPS and more!

Massachusetts

Spring Sea Run Opener

Spring Sea Run Opener

? – June 1
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 nonprofit organization. The tournament start date is open-ended and will “begin” when the first sea run striped bass has been landed by a tournament participant. The prize for first landed sea-run striped bass may be claimed at any point if the angler can provide photographic evidence of sea lice.

Friends of Jack

The Friends of Jack Foundation Fishing Tournament

June 11 – 13
Holyoke, MA
FriendsOfJack.org
The Friends of Jack Foundation is hosting its catch and release striped bass, bluefish and seabass tournament from June 11th to June 13th. All proceeds will benefit The Friends of Jack Foundation which provides and supports overlooked programs that enhance the physical, mental and emotional health and well-being of children across the SouthCoast region of Massachusetts.

The North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament

July 22 – 25
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.

Hook-A-Cure

Hook-A-Cure Fishing Tournament

TBD
Gloucester, MA – Mile Marker 1
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.


Rhode Island

Block Island Inshore Fishing Tournament

Block Island Inshore Fishing Tournament

July 24 – 25
Block Island, RI
sandypointco.com/bi-inshore-tourney
The Block Island Inshore Fishing Tournament is back after a short hiatus. The Tournament host is Capt. Chris Willi of Block Island Fish Works. Cash prizes for fluke, black sea bass, striped bass and bluefish with boat, shore, youth, team and photo contest. All tournament fees go to benefit the Block Island Fire Department and Rescue.

The Rhode Island Tog Classic

The Rhode Island Tog Classic

October 10
Portsmouth, RI
craftyonecustoms.com
This one-day shoot-out tautog tournament will be held on October 10th. Weigh-ins from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm at the Portsmouth Portuguese American Club. The tournament will feature awards as well as a raffle with BIG PRIZES! All Proceeds are to benefit Gabe’s Got This! Gabe’s Got This is a charitable organization founded to assist families with the high cost of medical bills not covered by insurance. You can enter by calling the shop or signing up on their website.

Connecticut

Bass-A-Palooza

Bass-A-Palooza

June 5
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

September 18
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.

Black Hall Outfitters

Fluke Fest 2021

June 5 – September 15
Open to all waters- Last weigh in by 3pm at 362 Boston Post Rd. Westbrook, CT
The 5th anniversary of Fluke Fest is sure to be the biggest tournament yet. More prizes, more sponsors, and more perks just for signing up! Big Boat and kayak divisions as always. Join us after the weigh in for a BBQ and awards ceremony complete with entertainment! Be sure to check back often to see our growing list of sponsors as well as links for early sign up incentives.

Three Belles Outfitters

Three Belles Outfitters Trifecta Challenge Kayak Tournament

TBD
Niantic, CT
Connecticut’s premier catch-photo-release 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.

Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth

Port Jeff Ferry Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth

August 28 – 29
Long Island Sound, CT
Fish anywhere in Long Island Sound from the Whitestone Bridge to the Colregs Demarcation Line. The fishing tournament is open to all and youth participation is encouraged . The heaviest catch wins $25,000 with other chances to win cash and prizes totaling $40,000!

Black Hall Outfitters

Tog-Tober

October 1 – 31
Open to all waters- Weigh in at 362 Boston Post Rd Westbrook, CT.
Year 8 of Tog-Tober is here and the if the fishing is anything like last year we are in for an action packed tournament! Cash and prizes for our Big boat and kayak divisions. Keep an eye out at blackhalloutfitters.com for all the details. Last years captains bags were loaded with the goods and winners walked away with THOUSANDS in cash and prizes. Stay tuned this fall!

The Tightlined Slam

The Tightlined Slam

October 1 – 3
Norwalk, CT
The Tightlined Slam is a catch-and-release fly and light tackle fishing tournament in the western Long Island Sound dedicated to conservation. Anglers compete in nine categories on both a team and individual basis, targeting striped bass, bluefish, false albacore and bonito.
For more information please contact Taylor Ingraham by email at tayloringraham@tightlined.com

New York

Freeport Hudson Anglers

Freeport Hudson Anglers Annual Shark Tournament

June 19
Hempstead, NY
One of the oldest and largest shark fishing tournaments on the East Coast will mark its 48th 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.

Montauk Marine Basin Shark Tournament

Montauk Marine Basin Shark Tournament

June 24 – 26
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.

Montauk Mercury Grand Slam

The Montauk Mercury Grand Slam

July 24 – 25
Montauk Harbor, NY
This one-of-a-kind in-shore event is keyed to catching the largest grouping of four species: sea bass, striped bass, fluke and bluefish. Individual catches will be judged as well. Registration (5 pm) and Mandatory Captain’s Meeting (6 pm) Friday, July 23, 2021. Fishing on Saturday July 24 and Sunday July 25.

Montauk Canyon Challenge

Montauk Canyon Challenge

July 9 – 17
Montauk, NY
The Montauk Canyon Challenge has grown into a Tournament that has restored Montauk as home to Top Canyon Sport Fishing Boats. Cash prizes and Calcutta. Tournament proceeds go to benefit The Coast Guard Foundation, Maggies Mission and others.

Freeport Tuna Club Fluke Shootout

Freeport Tuna Club Fluke Shootout

TBD
Hempstead, NY
For 80 years the Freeport Tuna Club (FTC) has been one of Long Island ‘s premier fishing clubs. This club event is open to members and non-members.

Hooks For Heroes Summer Fluke Slam

Hooks For Heroes Summer Fluke Slam

TBD
Point Lookout, NY
The 5th annual Summer Fluke Slam is presented by Hooks For Heroes, a 501(c)3 Charity supporting American Veterans & First Responders through fishing to help cope with the physical and mental injuries sustained during service. Hooks For Heroes is completely volunteer, Veteran and First Responder ran and 100% of donations received go directly to their mission of sending our nation’s heroes fishing.

Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth

Port Jeff Ferry Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth

August 28 – 29
Long Island Sound, CT
Fish anywhere in Long Island Sound from the Whitestone Bridge to the Colregs Demarcation Line. The fishing tournament is open to all and youth participation is encouraged . The heaviest catch wins $25,000 with other chances to win cash and prizes totaling $40,000!

Fall Striper Showdown Fishing Tournament

Fall Striper Showdown Fishing Tournament

September 24 – 25
Southold, NY
Join the ELIH Foundation for the 3rd Annual Fall Striper Showdown Fishing Tournament! Sponsored by The Paradise Point Club, Port of Egypt Marine, Grady White, Little Creek Oysters, and A Lure, this event is sure to be a weekend of friendly competition, fabulous events, and fun, all for the benefit of your community hospital. A Captain’s Party will be held on September 13 to kick the weekend off, followed by the Tournament on September 14 and a Striper Bash that evening. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 stripers and top 3 blues.

The Tightlined Slam

The Tightlined Slam

October 1 – 3
Norwalk, CT
The Tightlined Slam is a catch-and-release fly and light tackle fishing tournament in the western Long Island Sound dedicated to conservation. Anglers compete in nine categories on both a team and individual basis, targeting striped bass, bluefish, false albacore and bonito.
For more information please contact Taylor Ingraham by email at tayloringraham@tightlined.com

New Jersey

Jersey Coast Shark Anglers Mako “Catch It” Fever

June 19 – 27
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.

White Marlin Invitational

Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational

Aug 11-14
Beach Haven, NJ
This trolling-only tournament awards big cash prizes and calcuttas for offshore species ranging from marlin to wahoo.

Berkeley Striper Club

Berkeley Striper Club Spring Striped Bass C&R Tournament

Seaside park, NJ
May 28 – June 5
Tournament boundaries are all NJ State waters. There are three divisions, Surf/Shore, Boat, and Kayak with separate prizes for each. Proceeds benefit the Berkeley Striper Club Fisheries Defense Fund.

Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament

May 23
Island Beach State Park, NJ
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.

Spring Striper Marathon

May 22
Brick, NJ
Fish your way: private boat, head boat, kayak or beach in this two-month-long striper tournament.

Tuna Mania

Tuna Mania

June 10 – June 13
Shark River – Manasquan – Barnegat, NJ
The Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association will be hosting the Tuna Mania Tournament out of Manasquan Inlet. Fishermen compete for big prizes and calcuttas in this family-friendly event. In The Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association’s effort to ensure the Atlantic Shortfin Mako Shark be given a chance to make a comeback, they have voluntarily placed a moratorium on Mako Mania. It will be replaced by “TUNA MANIA”. Tuna Mania will still support the values of Mako Mania in that the profits from our tournament will go towards further reef construction in our local waters, to date through our Tournaments we have made over 28 deployments on our local reef, with The GPPCBA having made the only two deployments on the New Manasquan Inlet Reef.

South Jersey Shark Tournament

South Jersey MidAtlantic Tuna Tournament

June 9-13
Cape May, NJ
This smaller, high-stakes tuna tournament, coupled with a “MidAtlantic Style” service and hospitality truly mades for a memorable event. The Calcutta structure allows participants to place their entries where they feel they’ll be able to compete with the best odds in their favor.

Quest For The Ring

Jimmy Johnson’s Atlantic City “Quest For The Ring” Championship Fishing Week

July 12-19
Atlantic City, NJ
Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach, Jimmy Johnson, is extending his word-class fishing tournament from South Florida to Atlantic City, NJ. Coach Johnson has teamed up with the team Atlantic City Sports Commission to add on to the series and bring this high stakes and overly entertaining competitive sportfishing experience to Atlantic City from July 12-17. It will be hosted at the Frank S. Farley State Marina at the Golde Nugget. Another $1 Million guaranteed purse is up for grabs and as Coach Johnson always says, “COME & GET IT!”

The MidAtlantic Cup

August 15-20
Cape May, NJ
Competition, Opportunity, Camaraderie – Now with a $4,000,000 Plus Purse – Record Breaking Sportfishing Year after Year.

3 on “2021 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!

  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. Rick White

    Hello. Would it be possible to promote our Montauk Grand Slam Charity Fishing tournament on your website? Thank you.

    Rick

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