10 Great Reasons to Enter the Jersey Coast Fluke Tournament

by Phil Celmer

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association June 2002 Newsletter)

One, over  $90,000 in cash and prizes!!! 

Two, a great day of fishing fun with family and friends! 

Three, a gala awards celebration at Trump Marina Hotel Casino! 

Four, twelve ports to fish from -- each with a $1,000 first prize! 

Five, an evening at fun-filled Atlantic City!  

Six, your chance to win a Yamaha-powered Cobia fishing boat with a LoadRite Trailer! 

Seven, a drawing for more door prizes than you can shake a graphite rod at! 

Eight, a chance to take five of your friends or family fishing!

Nine, 96 fabulous port prizes!  

Ten, you’ll be helping the Jersey Coast Anglers Association fight to protect your fishing rights and the marine environment!

How many times in recent years have you read about the Jersey Coast Anglers Association (JCAA) lobbying in Trenton, Washington, or in the trenches at public hearings, standing up for anglers like you?  JCAA.  The name pops up almost daily in newspapers and fishing magazines around the state.  It makes you feel good to know we have such a strong group of knowledgeable people united in battle on your behalf, doesn’t it?  Do you ever wonder how much it costs to keep the pressure on fisheries managers, politicians and lobbyists from the commercial fishing industry? How about the polluters and agencies that conspire to damage the ocean in the name of economic gain or political expediency? IT COSTS A LOT! Even for an all-volunteer group like JCAA.

How many times have you thought about joining JCAA or making a donation to help the cause but didn’t get around to it?  Well, here’s your chance to help and have fun in the process. And you’ll have a great chance of winning one of hundreds of cash and product prizes from our generous sponsors who know what JCAA does is especially critical to the saltwater angler.

The Jersey Coast Fluke Tournament is the largest boat-fishing tournament on the East Coast, with $90,000 in cash and prizes.  Last year, over 2,500 anglers fishing from more than 900 boats from eleven ports along the Jersey shore participated and all had a ball doing it.  It’s the only tournament that gives you a shot at winning the grand prize-a $32,000 fishing boat package-without having to catch a single fish!  That’s because the grand prizewinner is selected by drawing at the awards ceremony sponsored by Trump Marina Hotel Casino in exciting Atlantic City. Fishing, prizes, Atlantic City, support the resource...not only sounds like fun...it is!

The proceeds go to support JCAA’s work done on behalf of hundreds of thousands of saltwater anglers in New Jersey and neighboring states.  From stopping the decimation of eels in our rivers and bays, to reducing the over-harvest of bunker in state waters or supporting the artificial reef program by telling the true story that subway cars will enhance our reefs, JCAA is always working to champion the cause of marine anglers.  Do you know why Striped Bass fishing is better than it was ten years ago?  I know, because the JCAA and supporting memberships worked to keep Striped Bass as a game fish, assuring reasonable fisheries management measures and fighting to stop sand mining and toxic dumping in the ocean. Every penny this major fund raising event generates is well spent on your behalf.  The JCAA needs your help all year long, but what better way to show you care than by entering this great spring fishing tournament.

Say you won’t be able to fish that weekend…enter anyway. You would be surprised at the number of anglers who register and don’t fish. They just want to support the efforts of the JCAA and still have a chance at winning the grand prize and door prizes.  Simply enter and you are still eligible to attend the awards ceremony in Atlantic City on June 14th and win!


This event is actually twelve mini-tournaments in one.  Each weigh-station has its own set of prizes for the heaviest fluke brought to the scales including $1,000 cash for first place, donated by Trump Marina Hotel Casino; a $500 gift certificate for second, donated by Boater’s World; a Raymarine Fishfinder for third; a fourth prize consisting of a Lightning Jack’s boat safety kit valued at $390; a fifth place consisting of an embroidered luggage & Starbrite kit valued at $350 sponsored by Canyon Gear Outfitters; a sixth place $300 Gift Package sponsored by Reel Saver; a seventh place Penn rod & reel combo; an eighth place Fisherman Magazine Video Collection.  That is, 96 port prizes. But there is more, much more!  Contestants register in one of twelve ports from Jersey City to Fortescue, each with easy access weigh-stations.  You compete only against those boats registered in that port for the generous list of port prizes.

Once again, Trump Marina Hotel Casino Hotel has opened its arms and its pocketbook to help us and we can’t thank them enough!  We hope you will remember they are concerned about your fishing and the ocean environment any time you are heading to Atlantic City because we sure do! This year the JCAA wishes to welcome aboard Lightning Jack’s and LoadRite trailers as brand new sponsors. Come and view the Cobia boat that is to be given away at Lightning Jack’s marina in Brick, New Jersey. Also back are our friends at Yamaha Outboards, Cobia Boats, Boater’s World, Reel Saver, The Fisherman magazine, Penn Reels, The Jersey Angler magazine, Canyon Gear Outfitters, Starbrite, and a host of other companies to help make this year’s event the biggest, best and most fun to date. 


In addition to your chance to win any of the port prizes by using your fishing skill, every boat entered has a shot at winning the Grand Prize fishing boat and a host of door prizes.  These will be given away as part of a huge drawing at the gala awards ceremony hosted by Trump Marina Hotel Casino in Atlantic City on June 14, 2002.  At least one member from your crew must be present to win these prizes.  There will be plenty of fun at the awards ceremony and you will have a chance to meet the JCAA volunteer staff.  The Grand Prize will be on display along with dozens of door prizes; T-shirts will be available; you can meet the board and members of JCAA and representatives from Cobia, Yamaha, Raymarine, Boater’s World, Reel Saver, The Fisherman magazine, Canyon Gear, Jersey Angler magazine and other sponsors. Port prizes will be presented at the event by our master of ceremonies, Gary Caputi.

The management of Trump Marina Hotel Casino is ready to welcome all tournament entrants to come and enjoy their fantastic facilities. Come before 3PM and get a food discount coupon compliments of the Casino. They encourage you to make a trip before the 14th of June to register your “Wild Card” for the Dodge Viper that will be given away on the 14th as a separate promotional event.  Want to make a night or weekend out of it? Trumps Marina Hotel Casino has set aside a limited number of specially priced rooms for contestants.  For reservations call 1-800-777-8477 and mention you are coming for the Jersey Coast Fluke Tournament and reference group code: Fluke 02


The last opportunity to sign up is at any of the weigh stations on the evening of June 7, 2002, the night before the tournament.  Each boat is permitted up to six anglers.  Remember, all weigh-stations have additional entry forms or you can have them mailed to you by calling the JCAA office at 732-506-6565. Fax us at 732-506-6975 or download  a form from the web at www.jcaa.org.  You can even register using a MasterCard or Visa credit card by phone!


Mark the date of the Jersey Coast Fluke Tournament on your calendar.  Six anglers per boat are allowed to fish.  Ask your family and friends to join you and increase your chances to win port prizes.  Why wait to sign up when you could be cutting bait and preparing strategies.  Check out the JCAA web page for further information: http://www.jcaa.org

12 Ports - 12 Official Weigh Stations