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Governor's 14th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament to be Held October 2
September 7, 2005
Anglers are invited to participate in the Governor’s 14th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament to be held on Sunday, October 2. The tournament is open to individuals of all ages and will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Island Beach State Park in Ocean County.

The tournament is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Parks and Forestry, the N.J. Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Jersey Coast Anglers Association and the N.J. Beach Buggy Association.

Surf fishing is a great family activity and the Governor’s annual tournament offers the perfect opportunity for youngsters and adults to learn more about this relaxing and enjoyable sport. Funds taken in through registration fees help provide surf fishing access, surf fishing instruction programs and equipment, as well as the purchase of specialized wheelchairs that provide beach access to the disabled and elderly. To date, more than $100,000 has been raised at this annual event.

Registration is $10 for adults aged 18 and older (if postmarked by Sept. 9 deadline) or $15 to register on the day of the tournament, and $5 for teens aged 13-17. Children 12 and under are free, but must still register and be accompanied by an adult.

Participants may register beginning at 5 a.m. in the park at Pavilion #1 on the day of the tournament. Entry into the park is free to individuals who register for the Surf Fishing Tournament, although a beach buggy weekend permit is required to drive on the beach. The permit is available for purchase at the park entrance.

Storm/hurricane date is Sunday, October 9. Please note that it will take extreme conditions to force cancellation.

Eight species are eligible for entry in the tournament: albacore tuna, striped bass, blackfish, bluefish, fluke, kingfish, red drum and weakfish. Overall length will determine the winner. All fish must meet minimum length requirements.

The individual who catches the overall largest fish will be honored with the "Governor’s Award" and have his/her name engraved on the Governor’s Cup, which will be permanently displayed at Island Beach State Park. Fishing tackle and other equipment will be awarded to winners who catch the largest fish in each species category. Also featured is a special raffle for pre-registrants and an exhibit area at Pavilion #1 featuring sportsmen’s clubs, conservation organizations and tackle manufacturers.

More information about the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament including a brochure containing rules, registration form and other important information can be obtained by calling 609-748-4347, or by visiting the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Web site at www.njfishandwildlife.com/gsft.htm.
 
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