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
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.
Dockside Striper Tournament & Seafood Brewfest
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.
Casco Bay Bluefin Bonanza
August 1 – 3
South Portland, Maine
As a first-class tuna tournament, the Casco Bay Bluefin Bonanza 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.
The Winni Derby
May 17 – 19
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
May 1 – 31
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.
Holyoke Gas and Electric Shad Derby
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
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.
Bad Daddy Tog, Sea Bass and Scup Tournament
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
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.
The North Shore Striper Blitz
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
Nantucket Boat Basin’s second annual Father’s Day 5 Fishing Tournament will be a one day multi-species inshore fishing tournament on June 14-15, 2019. 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.
9th Annual Fishing For a Cause Catch and Release Tournament & Seaside Dinner
Fishing for a Cause, presented by Clarke Distribution Corp., is an annual fundraiser to benefit programs and services at Meeting Street. The two day catch-and-release tournament takes place in Buzzards Bay waters, from Cape Cod to Block Island. Participate as an angler, join for the Seaside Dinner, or do both! Cash prizes awarded for biggest catch in bluefish, fluke, striped bass, and black sea bass.
The North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament
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
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 Memorial Jimmy Fund Fishing Tournament
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 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
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.
Nantucket Inshore Classic
September – October
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.
RISAA Surf Fishing Club Challenge
June 7 – 9
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
South Kingstown, RI
This fun, family-oriented event focuses on fluke, but includes a “trash fish” element, allowing more anglers to walk away winners.
VIP Fishing Tournament” for Visually Impaired Persons of Rhode Island
The Tournament is a half-day fishing trip and participants will be competing for one of several trophies and an opportunity to represent Rhode Island at the “North Carolina Lions National VIP Tournament” in October. The event is free of charge to the VIP’s and their Guides and includes; continental breakfast, fishing (with assistance from their guides or a volunteer from the Lions) followed by a lunch and presentation of prizes and awards at a Dan’s Carriage Inn. Transportation is also provided where needed.
Kayak Fishing Challenge on Narrow River
Longest combined total takes the prize for this 1 Day, 4 Species (striper, fluke, bluefish and shad), catch & release kayak tournament.
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 Fishing Tournament
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.
Fluke Fest 2019
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.
Fancy Fluke Co. Women’s Fluke Tournament
New London, CT
The 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. 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 Belles Outfitters Trifecta Challenge Kayak Tournament
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 Tournament
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.
Open to all waters- Weigh in on Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th at 362 Boston Post Rd Westbrook, CT.
Year 6 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. Maybe even some new divisions for 2019? You will have to 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!
Freeport Hudson Anglers 46th Annual Shark Tournament
One of the oldest and largest shark fishing tournaments on the East Coast will mark its 46th 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.
Mattituck Madness Fluke and Bass Tournament
June 21 – 23
Peconic Bay/LI Sound, NY
Followed up with an after-party with live music and great food, this tournament keeps the focus on fun and friendly competition.
Montauk Marine Basin Shark Tournament
June 20 – 22
This tournament is limited to 150 boats competing for a purse of $50,000 broken into various prizes, including women’s and junior divisions.
The Montauk Mercury Grand Slam
July 12 – 14
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 12, 2019. Fishing on Saturday July 13 and Sunday July 14.
Montauk Canyon Challenge
July 12 – 20
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
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
August 17 – 18
Point Lookout, NY
The 3rd 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.
Jersey Coast Shark Anglers Mako “Catch It” Fever
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.
Jersey Coast Anglers Fluke Tournament
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.
Jersey Coast Anglers Blackfish Tournament
Berkeley Striper Club Spring Striped Bass C&R Tournament
Seaside park, NJ
Raritan Bay Anglers Club Battle of the Borders Bass Tournament
May 11, 2019
Raritan Bay, NJ
Big bass for cash! With multiple weigh stations and multiple calcuttas this tournament covers Raritan Bay, New York City, Staten Island, North and South Jersey waters. Entry fee $200 per boat and includes Captain’s Meeting on Thursday, May 9th at the Perth Amboy Moose Lodge.
Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament
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 18 – June 30
Fish your way: private boat, head boat, kayak or beach in this two-month-long striper tournament.
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.
South Jersey Shark Tournament
June 5 – June 8
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.
South Jersey Yacht Sales Offshore Showdown
July 10 – 13
Cape May, NJ
An offshore fishing event fit for the entire family. This low-stress tournament is centered on friendly competition.
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.
The Yacht Club of Stone Harbor Invitational Marlin Tournament
July 25 – 28
Cape May, NJ
The MidAtlantic Cup
August 18 – 23
Cape May, NJ
Competition, Opportunity, Camaraderie – Now with a $3,000,000 Plus Purse – Record Breaking Sportfishing Year after Year.