2019 Fishing Tournament Calendar

2019 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 to September
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, 2019
York, Maine
docksidestripertournament.org
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.

Bluefin Bonanza

Casco Bay Bluefin Bonanza

August 1 – 3
South Portland, Maine
bluefinbonanza.org
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.

New Hampshire

The Winni Derby

The Winni Derby

May 17 – 19
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, 2019
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 7
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 8
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, 2019
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 14-15
Nantucket, MA
facebook.com/events/750871331773228
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

9th Annual Fishing For a Cause Catch and Release Tournament & Seaside Dinner

June 21-22
Beverly, MA
www.meetingstreet.org
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

July 18-21
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

Plymouth 400 Bass and Blues Tournament

July 12-15
Plymouth, MA
plymouth400inc.org
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 Fishing Tournament

Joe Cronin Memorial Jimmy Fund Fishing Tournament

August 23
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, 2019
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

July 12
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 7 – 9
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 15
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.

RI Lions Sight Foundation

VIP Fishing Tournament” for Visually Impaired Persons of Rhode Island

June 23
Galilee, RI
lions4sight.org/fish.htm
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.

Narrow River Kayak Fishing Challenge

Kayak Fishing Challenge on Narrow River

September 28
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 1
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 22
Stamford, CT
hooksforheroes.us
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 2019

June 22
Open to all waters- Last weigh in by 3pm at 362 Boston Post Rd. Westbrook, CT
blackhalloutfitters.com
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

Fancy Fluke Co. Women’s Fluke Tournament

New London, CT
thefancyfluke.com
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 Bells Trifecta Challenge

Three Belles Outfitters Trifecta Challenge Kayak Tournament

July, 2019
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.

Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth

Port Jeff Ferry Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth

August 24 – 25
Long Island Sound, CT
bluefishtournament.com/
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!

Fishing Against Cancer

Fishing Against Cancer Tournament

September, 2019
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.

Black Hall Outfitters

Tog-Tober

October 12-13
Open to all waters- Weigh in on Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th at 362 Boston Post Rd Westbrook, CT.
blackhalloutfitters.com
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!

New York

Freeport Hudson Anglers

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 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.

Strongs Marine

Mattituck Madness Fluke and Bass Tournament

June 21 – 23
Peconic Bay/LI Sound, NY
strongsmarine.com
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

Montauk Marine Basin Shark Tournament

June 20 – 22
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.

Montauk Mercury Grand Slam

The Montauk Mercury Grand Slam

July 12 – 14
Montauk Harbor, NY
kiwanisclubofeasthampton.com
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

Montauk Canyon Challenge

July 12 – 20
Montauk, NY
montaukcanyonchallenge.com
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

July 20
Hempstead, NY
ftcfishing.com
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

August 17 – 18
Point Lookout, NY
facebook.com/events/hooks-for-heroes-summer-fluke-slam
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.

Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth

Port Jeff Ferry Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth

August 24 – 25
Long Island Sound, NY
bluefishtournament.com/
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 13 – 14
Southold, NY
elih.org/fishingtournament
Join the ELIH Foundation for the First 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.

Take A Vet Fishing Tournament

Take A Vet Fishing Tournament

September 15
Hampton Bays, NY
hamptonwatercraft.com
Calling all Captains and Veterans! Please join us for our 3rd Annual Take a Vet Fishing Tournament Sunday September 15th, 2019
For more information please contact Megan at 631-728-8200 or by email at mbuckley@hamptonwatercraft.com

The Tightlined Slam

The Tightlined Slam

October 4-6
Norwalk, CT
tightlinedslam.com
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

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.

Jersey Coast Anglers Fluke Tournament

Brick, NJ
jcsa.org

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.

Jersey Coast Anglers Blackfish Tournament

Brick, NJ
jcsa.org

Berkeley Striper Club

Berkeley Striper Club Spring Striped Bass C&R Tournament

Seaside park, NJ
May, 2019
berkeleystriperclub.org

Raritan Bay Anglers Club

Raritan Bay Anglers Club Battle of the Borders Bass Tournament

May 11, 2019
Raritan Bay, NJ
raritanbayanglersclub.org
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

May 19
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.

Spring Striper Marathon

May 18 – June 30
Brick, NJ
jcsa.org
Fish your way: private boat, head boat, kayak or beach in this two-month-long striper tournament.

Mako Mania

Mako Mania

June, 2019
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.

South Jersey Shark Tournament

South Jersey Shark Tournament

June 5 – June 8
Cape May, NJ
southjerseytournaments.com
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 Shark Tournament

South Jersey Yacht Sales Offshore Showdown

July 10 – 13
Cape May, NJ
southjerseytournaments.com
An offshore fishing event fit for the entire family. This low-stress tournament is centered on friendly competition.

Big 3 Fishing Tournament

July 18
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.

The Yacht Club of Stone Harbor Invitational Marlin Tournament

July 25 – 28
Cape May, NJ
southjerseytournaments.com

The MidAtlantic Cup

August 18 – 23
Cape May, NJ
themidatlantic.com
Competition, Opportunity, Camaraderie – Now with a $3,000,000 Plus Purse – Record Breaking Sportfishing Year after Year.

Women's Surf Fishing Club of NJ

WSFC’s 35th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament

September 21
Brigantine, New Jersey
wsfcnj.org
WSFCNJ on Facebook
WSFC of NJ, is hosting it’s 35th annual surf fishing tournament. Competition is open to teams & individuals, men, women and children! Transportation will be available for those that need a ride onto the beach. Hot lunch served, awards and raffles following tournament.

11 thoughts on “2019 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!

  5. Maria hanes

    Can you suggest any websites for Florida fishing tournaments? Thank you in advance.

  6. Henry Uihlein

    The Montauk Mercury Grand Slam dates are July 13-14. This year’s tournament honors fishing legend Vincent Grimes. If you could please update this, we would really appreciate it. Thank you!!

  7. Viochita Fea

    What an incredibly revolting celebration of the destruction of ecosystems and torture of fish.

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