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JUNE FIRST TOURNAMENTS IN NEW JERSEY

The RFA Bass River Classic summer flounder tournament is just one of several local fishing contests this Saturday, June 1, 2019, with the "Brutus" and Hi-Mar tournaments also being held.
By Jim Hutchinson  |  May 26, 2019
JUNE FIRST TOURNAMENTS IN NEW JERSEY
Phil Natale, Jeff Evans and Stan “S&S Bucktails” Gola show off their “three fish bag” Calcutta win from the 2018 Bass River Classic presented by the RFA. In addition to $1,000 to the RFA member catching the largest fluke as this crew scored in ’18, a $50K bonus will be awarded to the team that catches the largest fluke on Saturday topping 11-1/2 pounds.

Now that you’ve had a few days to find those fluke in Southern Ocean and Atlantic Counties, why not put that knowledge to the tournament test!

This Saturday, June 1, the 7th Annual RFA Bass River Classic will be held out of Viking Yachting Center on the Bass River, with tournament proceeds going to help support the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and the local PBA #295.

The captain’s meeting is Friday, May 31 starting at 6 p.m. at Breeze’s on the Bass River at Viking Yachting Center in New Gretna with a boat entry fee of $110. This year, the RFA Bass River Classic is offering up a shot at $50,000 for the biggest tournament entry over 11.5 pounds; plus, a bonus prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the RFA member catching the largest fluke of the tournament, presented by Yamaha.

Pick up an application at the Friday night captains meeting or visit one of the participating tournament sponsors including Scott’s Bait & Tackle, Viking Yachting Center, Absecon Bay Sportsman Center, Allen’s Dock, Chestnut Neck Boat Yard, or Munro’s Marina.

For additional details visit BassRiverClassic.com or call 888-564-6732.

The 21st Annual “Brutus” Fluke Tournament hosted by EHT Elks Lodge 2563 and Somers Point AMVETS Post 911 will also run on Saturday, June 1. Fishing runs from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. by boat, pier, or beach with entry fee of $30 per angler up until the end of the 6 p.m. Captains meeting on May 31 (approximately 9 p.m. end) at the Elks Lodge at 1815 Somers Point-Mays Landing Road in Egg Harbor Township.

This tournament was started in 1999 to honor the memory of Walter “The Brute” Gregory, Sr. and features $1,100 in cash prizes ($500 for first) and twelve non-cash prizes. Two additional categories this year are Junior Angler (kids 14 and under - $100 prize) and Heaviest Bluefish ($100 prize). The Somers Point head boat “Duke O’Fluke” will offer a special trip that day returning to dock well before the weigh-in cut off time.

Pick up a registration form at Point Tackle Marine, Somers Point Marine, Tight Lines and 24/7 Bait & Tackle, Gregorys Bar, Fin-Atics, O.C. Tourist Center, Back Bay BBQ, and the EHT Elks Lodge; or e-mail BrutusBoy6665@aol.com.

For those looking to do a little stripering on Saturday, don't miss the Hi-Mar Striper Club's Annual Spring Striped Bass Fishing Tournament “Honoring our Armed Forces” on June 1. Tournament fishing runs from 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. out of the Atlantic Highlands Marina. A mandatory captains meeting will be held on Friday, May 31 at the Atlantic Highlands Senior Citizens Building at 3 Simon Lake Drive.

Entry is $150 per boat (six persons) and may be picked up in advance at most tackle shops or at the Captains meeting. For more information about the event, contact tournament director Joe Tomaszewski at 908-514-0776 or springtournament@hi-mar.com.

And don’t forget The Fisherman Magazine’s first ever Black Drum Battle. Before you hit the drum grounds this week register for free at BlackDrumBattle.com. That contest is open to subscribers and non-subscribers alike and runs through June 30.

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