(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association - May 1997 Newspaper)

The 3rd Annual JERSEY COAST FLUKE TOURNAMENT may exceed $75,000 in prizes. Now established as the biggest saltwater tournament in New Jersey history, with registration expected to exceed 1000 boats, the Grand Prize is a fully-rigged 19-foot Cobia center console boat with a 115 h.p. Yamaha outboard, trailer and Garmin GPS unit. The rig is valued at over $25,000!

There will be 12 weigh-in stations stretching from Sandy Hook to Cape May and Delaware Bay. Each weigh-in station will be identified with a banner displayed from May 1 to May 24, the date of the tournament. Weigh-in stations will be equipped with entry forms and copies of rules with all details of the tournament.

The JERSEY COAST FLUKE TOURNAMENT is a new concept in fishing tournaments that has captured the imagination and participation of thousands of anglers from New Jersey and surrounding states. It features a unique format that combines outdoor family fishing fun with friendly competition and a prize structure that eliminates the problems associated with other large tournaments.

There will be individual winners at each weigh-in ports. First prize at each of the 10 ports is a check for $1,000. Second prize is a Penn rod and reel. Third prize, a Garmin GPS unit. Other port prizes include $100 worth of prizes if the winner is a JCAA member, $500 Special Award if the top fluke wins the New Jersey skillful angler award, and more.

If a fisherman is lucky enough to break the New Jersey State Record, he will get a new 1997 Chevrolet truck from Surf Chevrolet in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.

With such a wide field of competing boats, it's nice to know that all the boats are not competing against each other for the ten $1,000 port prizes. The unique tournament format allows boats to compete against only boats pre-registered for the tournament for that port. For all practical purposes, this tournament is designed to alleviate any concern about the location of the larger fish and allows each boat to fish and compete in his own backyard.

The Grand Prize Yamaha-powered 19-foot Cobia boat with trailer, however, will be awarded by random drawing at an awards ceremony the following weekend on Saturday, May 31, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Bathing Pavilion at Island Beach State Park. Last year, the winning boat and its anglers took the Grand Prize and they didn't even catch a fluke!

For this year, the JCAA announces a new "Junior Division" for anglers under the age if 14. The names of the young anglers must be included on your entry registration form prior to fishing. First Prize in the Junior Division is a $1,000 Scholarship Drawing. Second Prize, for the biggest Fluke, is an 8 1/2-foot Quicksilver Inflatable Boat from Hobby Lobby Marine in Toms River. Third Prize is an Orvis fly fishing set. There will also be special Junior Division Port Prizes—gift certificates for $100 of Edy's Ice Cream.

Major Sponsors now include: Yamaha, Cobia Boats, Garmin, Pentax Cameras, Olympus Cameras, Penn Fishing Tackle, Globe Motors, Surf Chevrolet, The Fisherman, Edy's Ice Cream, Hobby Lobby Marine, Northeast Saltwater Fishing Guide, Tycoon-Fin-Nor, Imperial-Schrade Cutlery, Shimano American, Berkley-Trilene, Star-Brite Boat Care Products, Sebago Footware, Gateway Marina, Wright/McGill Tackle, O. Mustad & Sons, Orvis, Normark, Mercury Marine, Ande Line, Plano Tackle Boxes, WD-40.

The State of New Jersey is assisting JCAA to insure the success of this tournament by waving all entrance and parking fees for the Awards Event at Island Beach State Park on May 31 Registered anglers will be given affidavits to show at the gate to get in free of charge. There will be special exhibits and demonstrations throughout the afternoon through provided by JCAA, Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders, The Fisherman Magazine and the JCAA Youth Education Program. There will be casting demonstrations, surf fishing and lots more. Registered anglers must be present to win the many door prizes. The JCAA Tournament Director is Vin Sparano, Editor and Publisher of Northeast and Southeast Guides to Saltwater Fishing and Boating and Editor Emeritus of Outdoor Life magazine.. Interested anglers and potential sponsors can reach Sparano at the JCAA office or fax him at 201-244-0508.

Entry fee for the JCAA Fluke Tournament is $50 per boat before May 14 ($60 after May 14). There is a limit of six anglers per boat, including Junior Division entrants. Make sure you include the names of anglers under 14 years of age. Young anglers must be registered on the entry form to be eligible for Junior Division Prizes. All weigh-in stations have entry forms or you may request a form from the JCAA office by phoning 732-506-6565 or faxing them at 732-506-6975.



There will be an opportunity to sign up for the Fluke Tournament at the Captains Meeting for a $60 entry fee. Preregistered boats need not attend the Captains meetings.

1 ATLANTIC CITY Farley State Marina, 600 Huron Street, Atlantic City 609-441-3604

2 BARNEGAT INLET Cape Island Marina, Marina Road, Waretown 609-693-3300

2b BARNEGAT INLET Bruce & Pat’s Bait and Tackle, 317 N Long Beach Blvd., Surf City 609-494-2333

3 BEACH HAVEN Scott’s Bait and Tackle, 28-4 Radio Road, Mystic Island 609-296-1300

3b BEACH HAVEN Fisherman’s Headquarters, Route 72, Ship Bottom 609-494-5739

4 CAPE MAY Jim’s Bait & Tackle, 3RD Ave. & Rt. 109, Cape May 609-884-3900

5 DELAWARE BAY Higbee’s Marina, Main Street, Fortescue 609-447-4157

6 DELAWARE BAY Longreach Marina, 2806 High Street, Port Norris 609-785-1818

7 MANASQUAN RIVER Clark’s Landing, 847 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant 732-899-5559

8 SANDY HOOK Julian’s Bait and Tackle, 990 Rt. 36, Atlantic Highlands 732-291-0050

9 SHARK RIVER Fisherman’s Den, Belmar Marina Basin, Belmar 908-681-5005

10 TOWNSENDS INLET Avalon Pointe Marina, 701 Old Avalon Blvd., Avalon 609-967-4100

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