11th Annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament

Sunday October 6th, 2002

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association October 2002 Newsletter)


Participating anglers will fish on Island Beach State Park from 6:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

Same day registration will begin at 5:00 AM in Pavilion #1.


Pick up an entry form at your favorite tackle shop or download a form located on the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife web site: www.njfishandwildlife.com  or call 609-984-0521 for information.  Early entries will receive all tournament-related forms and information by mail and will not have to stand in line to register on the day of the tournament. 


Register by mail before September 9 and you will save $5.00 on Adult entry fee!  All registrations after September 9 must be done in person on the day of the tournament.


Registration Fees:   

 $10.00 – Adult- ages 18 & over

             $15.00 on Tournament Day)

$5.00 – Ages 13-17

Children 12 & under are FREE!


This annual event has become a fixture of the New Jersey surf-fishing season for an increasing number of surf anglers and their families.  Each year, over 1,200 anglers take part in this tournament that is enjoyed by both novice and veteran surf anglers.  Anglers of all ages and levels of expertise can win in various categories in this tournament.  The 2001 Governor’s Cup winner was David Hilgar of Fallsington, Pa. for the largest fish caught, a 35 1/8” striped bass


            Special arrangements are made for handicapped anglers.  Balloon tire equipped beach wheel chairs are available for anglers with disabilities.  Volunteers will be on hand to assist any anglers with special needs who want to fish on tournament day.  For further information and or to make arrangements for a handicapped angler please contact Greg Kucharewski at 732-840-9197.


      Various sporting organizations, state agencies and Tournament supporters will have exhibits at the Pavilion during the tournament day and, if scheduling allows, Gov. McGreevey is expected to appear at about 2 PM to present awards and prizes to the winning anglers.


The Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament has been a remarkable success in two important ways.  The Tournament not only provides a day of enjoyment for its participants, but also has generated funding for many valuable projects.  During the past ten years, the following have been either partially or fully funded by proceeds from this tournament.


·        Educational materials and field study equipment to use in support of the Barnegat Bay Kayak Tour and Environmental Education Enhancement Program. This program is designed to introduce adults and children to the natural wonders of Barnegat Bay and help them become more aware of the importance of a healthy and clean environment.


·        Purchase of specialized balloon tire beach wheel chairs, which provide beach access for the disabled and elderly.


·        Planning and design of the beach access ramp connecting parking area A7 to the beach in Island Beach State Park.  This wheelchair accessible walkway provides access to the beach for many anglers with physical limitations.


·        Purchase of a saltwater touch tank and associated educational equipment for the Island Beach State Park Interpretive program.


·        Educational displays used in the Interpretative Center at Island Beach State Park.


·        Purchase of classroom materials necessary to train 30 instructors for the Hooked on Fishing- Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) program in New Jersey


·        Construction of two mobile fishing equipment trailers for use in fishing education programs throughout the state of New Jersey.  Rods, reels, and other necessary fishing equipment were purchased for the trailers and both are restocked each year as needed.


·        Fishing equipment for the annual “Becoming an Outdoor Woman” surf and fly fishing programs.  The BOW surf-fishing program will be held at Island Beach State Park on Saturday, October 5 this year.


·        Fishing equipment for the Sedge Island fishing and environmental education program.


·        An automatic heart defibrillator unit for Island Beach State Park..  Island Beach State Park was the first state park in New Jersey to be equipped with this vital piece of life-saving equipment. 


·        Continued funding has been granted to the JCAA Youth Education Committee for its various statewide presentations in conjunction with the  “Pathways to Fishing” and “Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs” programs.  The JCAA Youth Education Committee promotes programs to introduce young people to fishing as a worthwhile hobby.  Idle time can be used for fishing related activities rather than engaging in something undesirable such as drug or alcohol use.


     We need your help!    If you do not plan to fish in the tournament, we could use your help.  We need owners of 4-wheel drive vehicles to volunteer as beach judges who measure the fish caught by tournament contestants.  Judges are vital to the smooth operation and success of this tournament.


     To volunteer as a judge or for more information please contact Paul Smith at 732-899-2681 or Bob DeLeonard at 732-793-8080.


     Tournament hats and t-shirts will be on sale in the Pavilion on Tournament day!  There will be a limited number of these special items from Canyon Gear.  The hats and t-shirts have a special new Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament design.  Don’t forget to stop at the Pavilion to purchase your hat and shirt!


The NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife will conduct a surf-fishing seminar for women on Saturday, October 5.  This is the fifth year that a “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” program will take place in conjunction with the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament.  BOW participants are automatically entered in the Tournament and will compete for a special award for the largest fish among their group.  Information is available on the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife web site:  www.njfishandwildlife.com