JCAA 25th Anniversary Fluke Tournament - June 15th

By Paul Turi, Tournament Director
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association May 2019 Newsletter)

This year will be the 25th anniversary of the JCAA Fluke Tournament. When we started this tournament 25 years ago, we held the tournament in the middle of June every year. For our anniversary tournament this year we have decided to move the tournament back to June. The tournament will be held on Saturday, June 15th and the Awards Presentations will be held on Thursday, June 20th at the Clarion Hotel in Toms River, NJ.

The Fluke Tournament committee felt this is the right thing to do. It will level the playing field for the bay fishermen and especially for fishermen in south Jersey who get the fish early.

Also, when we started this tournament 25 years ago, this was a more family-oriented tournament. The 1st place prize has always been $1200. In the last five years we have gravitated towards a more money-oriented tournament, but the biggest prize has always been the boat, motor and trailer door prize drawing.

The tournament is for everyone, the family-oriented fisherman who likes to fish with maybe his spouse or spouse and children and the big money fisherman who wants to win a lot of money. It attracts the novice to the ďsharpie.Ē Itís $150 to enter the tournament and you can have up to six fishermen with six lines in the water. Split six ways itís $25 per man to fish and have a shot at winning either the $1200 1st place prize or one of the other nine prizes for each region. We estimate that the average boat has four fishermen on board which split four ways would be $37.50 per man. And remember, you donít have to buy into the calcuttas. You have the option to opt out of that category or maybe youíd like to add one or more of the calcuttas; the choice is yours. But one thing I would do is definitely enter the Big Fish $50,000 prize category. That to me is a no-brainer. You never know when youíre going to drop your line in the water and hit that big guy in the head. Weíve all been there and done that at one time or another; just dumb luck. Basically, itís $25 for insurance. As we saw last year, a fisherman caught a fish over 12lbs. but was not entered in the Big Fish category.

As I also said in last monthís column, last year we combined Great Bay, Ocean City, Atlantic City, Cape May and Fortescue into one region with one set of 10 prizes for that region. We could no longer continue to pay out all the prize money for those five ports individually. We do not have a 1st place prize sponsor for any of those five ports who is willing to donate the $1,200 1st place prize. Last year we only had three sponsors who donated the $1200 1st place prize for their regions/ports: Fishermanís Headquarters for the LBI region, Liberty Landing Marina for the Jersey City region and South Harbor Marina in Waretown for the Barnegat Bay region. JCAA has to payout the $1200 1st place prize money for each of the other regions.

Again, there were a few people in the Southern Region who were not happy with combining those five ports into one region. Here are the entries by region for each port in the southern region so you understand why we had to do it.

As you can see, not one of those five ports in the Southern Region brings in enough entries to justify paying out the $1,200 for the 1st place prize money and also any money we have to spend on any of the 2nd thru 10th place prizes we have to purchase if we donít have a sponsor.

Jersey City only had 18 entries last year but Liberty Landing Marina donated the $1,200 1st place prize. Long Beach Island only had 18 entries but Fishermanís Headquarters has been donating the $1,200 1st place prize money for as long as I can remember and Iíve been with JCAA 21 years.

So, since we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year, we have decided to move the tournament back to June.

For our fluke tournament over the last five years we have been paying out over $60,000 in money and merchandize prizes. Starcraft Boats, Yamaha Motors and Yacht Club Trailers have donated a boat, motor and trailer and you donít even have to catch a fish to win the prize. We give it away in a raffle drawing at our awards presentations.

We also offer $50,000 for the largest fish over 12lbs. Someone is going to win that $50,000!

So, if you want to help recreational fishing in NJ, help JCAA help you and the other 1,000,000 fishermen in NJ by getting involved and fishing in the tournament this year.

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