JCAA 26th Annual Fluke Tournament
Recap and Results

JCAA Press Release: June 11, 2022
Come to the Awards Ceremony at The Resorts Hotel/Casino in Atlantic City Friday evening, June 17th, 2022 Come early to register (3 PM to 7 PM) Awards Presentation and Drawings start at 7:00 PM

The 26th Annual JCAA Fluke Tournament took place on June 11th. After several years of bad weather on our tournament days, we finally had a pretty nice day. The improved forecast that came out late in the week resulting in a surge of entries on Thursday and Friday. We ended up with a total of 90 boats. Early Saturday morning, anglers were greeted by partly sunny to cloudy conditions with calm seas and light winds. Though scattered storms developed during the day the winds remained light in most areas.

For the first time ever in our tournament someone who entered our doormat fluke category for just $25 won the $50,000 cash prize. Ted Gaydos from Spotswood, NJ caught and weighed in a 12.45 lbs. fluke winning him the $50K Grand Prize! We will have more details of this fabulous catch in a future article. Ted weighed in his fish at Gateway Marina in the Sandy Hook Region. Gateway Marina is located in the Highlands and the Owner/President Capt. Richard G. Ketchow was onsite to see this prize-winning fish. In addition to the $1,200 1st place prize for the Sandy Hook Region, Ted and his crew swept both the $50 & $100 Region Calcuttas and $50 & $100 Overall Calcuttas for a grand total of $55,706!

The second largest fluke in the tournament weighed in at 8.71 lbs. and was caught by Steve Kelly of Secaucus, NJ who won 1st place in the Jersey City Region. Other regional winners included Art Hyslop of Wayne, NJ who won the Shark River Region with his 3.78 lbs. fluke, Manasquan Region winner, Stephen Failla of Frenchtown, NJ with a 4.59 lbs. fluke, Barnegat Bay Region winner Fred Knott of Wrightstown, NJ with a 6.34 lb. fluke, Long Beach Island Region winner Dean Paolella of Springfield, NJ with a 5.43 lbs. fluke and Southern Region winner Drew Reuter of Mullica Hill with a 6.02 lbs. fluke.

In addition to his 1st place prize for fluke, Den Paolella swept both sea bass calcuttas with a beautiful 4.37 lbs. knot head. Fourteen year old Cole Sturman of Forked River, NJ narrowly missed 1st place in the Barnegat Bay Region with a very nice 5.91 lbs. fluke. Ed Plichta of Forked River, NJ had the smallest fish this year which won a region prize weighing in at 1.79 lbs. at South Harbor Marina in the Barnegat Bay Region. All the winners from each region are listed below.

This annual tournament provides funds to help the Jersey Coast Anglers Association continue its fight for sound management of our fisheries and our marine environment while seeking to protect or enhance fishing opportunities for our recreational anglers. We are currently seeking more reasonable regulations for our recreational anglers.

The Resorts Hotel/Casino in Atlantic City is the host for the 26th Annual Jersey Coast Fluke Tournament Awards Ceremony. Resorts invites tournament entrants to come and enjoy their facilities both before and after the awards ceremony. Family and friends are also invited. All who attend will be given a choice of $10 in slot play or $25 in match play. Letís have a nice turnout for our sponsors and host. You can meet JCAA Executive Board members and representatives from our sponsors.

By attending the awards ceremony this is your chance to win the drawing for the boat, motor and trailer Grand Prize. In fact, most of our Grand Prize winners did not weigh in a qualifying prize fish in the tournament. Someone from your boat must be present to win the Grand Prize and any of the forty or so great door prizes.

We want to thank all tournament participants and especially our sponsors for making the tournament a success. Our nationally known sponsors include Resorts Hotel/Casino, Yamaha Motors, Yacht Club Trailers, Tica Fishing Tackle, Fuel Ox, Pure Fishing, and ICOM. The $1,200 First Place Region Prizes were sponsored by Fishermanís Headquarters, in Memory of Dr. Edward Cherry (for LBI), South Harbor Marine (for Barnegat Bay), and Liberty Landing Marina (for Jersey City) and the remaining ports by the JCAA. Jersey Coast Fluke Tournament T-shirts and hats will be on sale as long as supplies last.

The JCAA Fluke Tournament GRAND PRIZE Registration will be at the Resorts Hotel/Casino on Friday evening, June 17th. Follow the signs to find the registration site. We will be in the Ballroom. Registration is between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM. At least one person from your boat must attend at the time of the drawing in order to win a prize. We hope to have a large turnout so please come early. Please bring your registration affidavit to save yourself time at the registration desk. A cash bar will be open throughout the event. All winning numbers will be announced in the ballroom. We will also be distributing the port prizes for those in attendance. The registration desk will issue one ticket which is good for both the Grand Prize and for the door prizes. Additionally, we will be holding a huge 50-50 raffle. We really appreciate both your participation and patience and are sure everyone will have a great time. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for your support.

JCAA is pleased to announce that we will be holding our Heavy Hitters Fluke Tournament from August 4th though August 7th. Complete details and applications will be available at the Awards Ceremony. Those who register during the night of the ceremony can enter for just $125 per boat.

2022 Region Prize List
Place:Prize
1st Place:Cash $1,200
2nd Place:Penn Spinfisher VI 5500 combo and a Penn Spinfisher VI 6500 combo ($490 value)
3rd Place:One night stay at Resorts, a $40 food voucher and a Penn Squall Trolling Combo ($380 value)
4th Place:Engel Cooler and an Okuma Conventional Reel ($295 value)
5th Place:Fin-Nor Ahab Spinning Reel and 2 pairs of Viking sunglasses ($280 value)
6th Place:Tica Spinning Combo and 2 JCAA T-shirts ($206 value)
7th Place:Icom IC-M25 VHF Radio and 2 JCAA T-shirts ($196 value)
Here are the Region Prize Winners for 2022
* $50 Region Calcutta Winner ** $100 Region Calcutta Winner $ $50 Overall Tournament Calcutta Winner $$ $100 Overall Tournament Calcutta Winner # $50 Overall Seabass Calcutta Winner ## $100 Overall Seabass Calcutta Winner

1. Jersey City

 NameHometownEntry #WeightLength
1stKelly, Steve *Secaucus, NJ778.7126.75
2ndPtoric, Joe **Ridgefield, NJ575.28724.25
3rdCordano, DanielBayonne, NJ555.1124.5
4thZebrowski, JasonHewitt, NJ824.4823
5thRodrick, MarkWarren, NJ813.4621.5
6thReilly, JosephMonroe, NJ783.3620.5
7thNone
 

2. Sandy Hook

 NameHometownEntry #WeightLength
1stGaydos, Ted * ** $ $$Monroe Twp.5912.4531
2ndYaccarino, JohnJackson, NJ135.4723.5
3rdCapalbo, MarkMonmouth, NJ364.2922.75
4thDamiano, Joe Egg Harbor, NJ883.9921
5thTaffuri, Michael Oceanport, NJ23.2620.5
6thOlswfski, Tony L. Florence, NJ513.1820
7thZastocki, Ron M.Old Bridge, NJ463.119.75
 

3. Shark River Inlet

 NameHometownEntry #WeightLength
1stHyslop, ArtWayne, NJ913.7821.5
2ndGogan, Joe S * **Groveville, NJ403.6421.5
3rdWilson, ChrisBloomsbury, NJ862.7420.5
4thMcGuigan, MikeBrick, NJ872.7120
5thNelson, Rich Neptune, NJ752.3819.5
6thAlbanese, JoeFort Lee, NJ92.12518.25
7thNone
 

4. Manasquan River

 NameHometownEntry #WeightLength
1stFailla, Stephen Frenchtown, NJ414.5923
2ndMateria, Steve Hamilton, NJ202.4919.5
3rdNone
4thNone
5thNone
6thNone
7thNone
 

5. Barnegat Bay

 NameHometownEntry #WeightLength
1stKnott, Fred * **Wrightstown, NJ626.3425.25
2ndSturman, ColeForked River, NJ685.9124.875
3rdGarrity, DamonPottstown, Pa.83.321.125
4thZingis, JohnBrick, NJ113.221
5thGohr, GeorgeWaretown, NJ323.0519.625
6thPeter, TomMonroe Twp., NJ302.2519.125
7thPlichta, EdwardForked River, NJ661.7917.375
 

6. Long Beach Island

 NameHometownEntry #WeightLength
1stPaolella, Dean * # ##Springfield, NJ345.4324.25
2ndLutz, Steve **Columbus, NJ715.0323.25
3rdBePamphlis, WillieManahawkin, NJ44.8922.75
4thCaruso, NicholasWhiting, NJ604.723
5thCarr, KevinBarnegat, NJ523.1320.5
6thHillman, BarbManahawkin, NJ232.7520
7thWitczak, JamesBangor, PA12.7219.5
 

7. Southern Region (Great Bay, Ocean City, Atlantic City, Cape May)

 NameHometownEntry #WeightLength
1stReuter, DrewMullica Hill, NJ676.0225.5
2ndHorgan, Terry **Berwyn, Pa.835.4924
3rdKarwoski, PaulBala Cynwyd, Pa.154.8423.5
4thRawa, Jason *Little Egg Harbor764.4722.75
5thSlobodian, GeorgeTwin Oaks, Pa.393.621
6thDaunoras, JosephLittle Egg Harbor, NJ193.5821
7thFenton, JimWest Berlin, NJ373.44521.5