JCAA New Format Fluke Tournament - August 16th, 17th and 18th

By Paul Haertel
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association July 2019 Newsletter)

The Jersey Coast Anglers Association is pleased to announce that we will be running a second fluke tournament this summer on August 16th, 17th and 18th. We are going to try an exciting new format and see how much interest it generates. For seven years in a row, we have had bad weather or a bad weather forecast on the day of our tournament. Therefore, this tournament will run for three days with hope that we will have good weather on at least one day. We realize that not everyone can fish two or three days, so to be fair to everyone, each boat will be limited to fishing only one day. However, each entrant will be able to choose the day they fish. The other major change is that the 1st through 5th place prizes will be based on the total weight of each entrantís three largest fluke. This will take some of the luck factor out of the tournament and we are also limiting the number of anglers to 4 per boat to keep it a level playing field. Based on a minimum of 250 boats, 1st place will be $5000, 2nd place $2500, 3rd place $1500 and there will be gift certificates from our sponsors for 4th and 5th place. Additionally, there will be a $1000 prize for the largest fluke caught in the tournament. We will also have $50 and $100 three fluke Calcuttas, $50 and $100 single fluke Calcuttas and even a $50 single seabass Calcutta.

This tournament is being run on short notice so there will only be four weigh-in stations this year, located in the central part of our state. The weigh-in stations will be Fishermenís Den in Belmar, Capt. Bills Landing Marina in Manasquan, Creekside Outfitters in Waretown and Fishermanís Headquarters in Ship Bottom. However, if this new format works, we will add more weigh-in stations to the north and south next year. We hope to take the best features of both of our tournaments and combine them into one really good tournament next year.

The awards ceremony and Country Style Barbeque will be held at the Brick Athletic League Building from 5-9 PM on August 18th. Barbequed chicken, pulled pork, sausage & peppers, baked beans, corn on the cob, coleslaw, macaroni salad, soda and water will be served and you can BYOB as well. We will have a 50/50 and live entertainment will be provided by Ken and the Escorts!

Entry fee per boat (up to 4 anglers) is $125 by 8/9 or $150 after 8/9. The entry fee includes two admissions to the Awards Ceremony/BBQ but additional tickets may be purchased for $25 each. You may sign up online until 11:59 PM on 8/15. For complete details and to print an application or to register online go to jcaa.org, visit our Facebook page or call Paul at 973-943-8201.

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