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 1 – Sept. 16
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
July 19, 2018
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.
The Winni Derby
May 18 – 20
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
May 12, 13, 19, and 20 – 9 am to 5 pm
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
June (date T.B.A.)
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 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.
Hook for Homes Fishing Derby
June 1, 2018 – July 6,2018
Cape Cod, MA
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
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.
7th Annual Plymouth 400 Bass and Blues Tournament
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 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
October (date T.B.A.)
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.
June (date T.B.A.)
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
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 Belles Outfitters Trifecta Challenge Kayak Tournament
July (date T.B.A.)
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.
Marty Lyons Fluke Tournament
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 email@example.com.
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
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
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
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
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.
The Montauk Mercury Grand Slam
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
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.
Spring Striper Marathon
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
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
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
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.
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.
Sunshine Foundation Family Fun Day and Fishing Tournament Little Egg Harbor, NJ
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
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.
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.
The Yacht Club of Stone Harbor Invitational Marlin Tournament
Competition, opportunity, camaraderie – Now with a $3,000,000 plus purse – record breaking sportfishing year after year.
Jersey Coast Anglers Blackfish Tournament
Jersey Coast Anglers Fluke Tournament
15th Annual Berkeley Striper Club Striped Bass C&R Tournament
May 24th to 28th, 2018