19th Annual State of New Jersey Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament

Sunday October 3th, 2010

by Paul Smith, Tournament Committee

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association October 2010 Newsletter)


The Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament (GSFT) is held at Island Beach State Park, NJ on Sunday, October 3rd 2010. Approximately 1,000 anglers of all ages annually enter this tournament. This event is one of the most popular surf fishing contests for the individual angler on the East Coast. 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 New Jersey Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, and the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association.

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 at Pavilion #1.

Registration Fees:
Ages 18 & over - $10 for early entry if postmarked by Sept. 11  ($15.00 fee on Tournament Day)
Ages 13-17 - $5.00
Children 12 & under are FREE!

6:30 a.m.-1:00p.mFishing
1:30 p.m.-2:00p.mRaffle Drawing
2:00 p.m.Awards Ceremony

Special arrangements are made for handicapped anglers. Balloon tire equipped beach wheelchairs are available for anglers with disabilities. Volunteers will be needed to assist anglers with special needs who fish on tournament day. To volunteer, or to make arrangements for a handicapped angler, please contact Greg Kucharewskiat 732-840-9197.

Special Note: Due to the closure of the N.J. fluke season in September there will be no fluke category in the list of eligible species for this year’s tournament

We need your help! If you are not fishing in the tournament, please consider volunteering to be a tournament judge. Each judge will receive a special issue Governor’s Cup Surf Fishing Tournament cap with “Judge-2010” embroidered across the back.. Also, the IBSP beach pass is not required for judge’s 4x4 vehicles during the hours of the tournament. Please call Paul Harris at 732-269-8878 for more information.

Special tournament t-shirts will be available for sale inside the pavilion area after 12:00 noon on tournament day. Don’t forget to get your shirt with this year’s new design!

There will be a special drawing for registered anglers in the tournament to win an amazing Surf Rocket long-casting device. Participants in the drawing must be present at the award ceremonies to qualify to win.

Tournament derived funds were granted to conduct nine surf fishing instructional clinics at Island Beach State Park again this summer. These clinics have been conducted free of charge to participants for several years. This program has been very successful at introducing the sport of surf fishing to several hundred new anglers. New surf anglers spend a morning learning the basics of equipment, tackle, bait varieties, casting, fish identification, knots, and “reading the beach”. After a break for lunch, all go to the beach for several hours of actual surf fishing with a group of volunteer instructors.

Harsh economic times have eliminated state funding of many worthy programs that are of interest to New Jersey’s salt water anglers. The surf fishing clinics at IBSP are an example of the type of program that is now only made possible as the result of the participation by so many anglers at each year’s Governor’s Cup Tournament. More than $120,000 has been raised since the inception of the tournament for conservation and education projects, and improved beach access.


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