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New Jersey's Governor's Surf Tournament

by John Toth
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association May 2017 Newsletter)

The Governor's Surf Tournament will be held on May 21st at Island Beach State Park. It is sponsored by the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, the Federation of Sportsmen's Club, NJ Beach Buggy Association, NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, the NJ Division of Parks and the NJ DEP. The cost to pre-register is $20 for anglers 18 years and older, and $5 for ages 13-17. Ages 12 and under are free!

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno is a regular at this tournament and she brings her kids along since they love to fish. Tom Fote usually joins them and gives them tips on catching fish.

What I enjoy about this tournament is the giving out of prizes on behalf of the JCAA for the winners in the various categories. It is so much fun to see kids come up to receive a fishing rod, reel and other prizes. Their eyes are so big and when they hold their prizes, it looks like they are holding a million dollars - and nobody is going to take their prizes away from them! Even teenagers look like little kids holding rods and reels like they just received Christmas gifts! But what is common among the winners and the anglers standing around to see the prizes being given out is that they enjoy fishing and most likely will fish throughout their lifetime. This tournament is exciting and it gives anglers of all ages and families to have a fun day of fishing! That's what fishing is all about!

For more information, call (609) 748-4347 or visit this link.

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