The Manhattan Cup Charity Striped Bass Tournament, presented by Yamaha Outboards is scheduled for June 4, 2021 at Liberty Landing Marina and the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City. The Manhattan Cup is an all-release tournament that encourages tagging of all released fish. All winning fish will be determined by a simple length/girth measurement with photo verification to reduce time out of the water and further improve survivability. Certified measuring devices will be provided. A portion of the revenue generated will be used for satellite tagging striped bass in conjunction with Gray FishTag Research and other programs aimed at conversation through expanding scientific knowledge of these amazing creatures.
The Manhattan Cup brings combat veterans to fish the tournament in a special Warrior Division aboard boats donated by area charter captains, light-tackle guides and anglers. Most are dealing with visible and invisible wounds such as PTSD. In past years this the tournament has introduced numerous vets to the joy of fishing helping some with a difficult readjustment to life after combat, while honoring their service and sacrifice.
This first-class event includes a pre-fishing breakfast and captain/angler meeting, gourmet box lunches for all, and an awards dinner/BBQ in the shadow of the NYC skyline at the Liberty House Restaurant. All health requirements will be in place for the event to keep participants and personnel a safe environment. Celebrity anglers will be in attendance and the tournament will again honor FDNY hero and warrior MSgt. Christopher J. Raguso, who lost his life during Operation Inherent Resolve, the fight to destroy ISIS, in Syria in 2018.
There are several ways you can enter or support the event. Captains can donate their boat and services for the day on our website or by calling Capt. Frank Crescitelli. Anglers can enter as a team and fish from their own boats in the Sportsman Division. Angler teams can purchase a professional captain and boat for the day or enter as an individual and be assigned to a charter boat. Anglers can compete in any of three categories; Fly, Artificial Lures or Bait with numerous trophies presented in each category.
After fishing, enjoy the open bar and appetizers with arguably the best view of the NYC skyline found anywhere. Following cocktails, fish tales, and networking the Awards Dinner starts with an outdoor BBQ with steaks, seafood and prize Hummock Island Oysters courtesy of renowned fly and light tackle guide, Capt. Jeff Northrup. Raffles and auctions commence featuring fishing trips donated by local guides and captains and several boats featured on Wicked Tuna, in addition to tackle, trips and more. All proceeds are used for fisheries conservation efforts specifically targeting striped bass and to expand our efforts to bring combat veterans fishing.
The Manhattan Cup is underwritten and sponsored by the RFA-Fisheries Conservation Trust and presented by Yamaha Outboards. Sponsors include Staten Island Yacht Sales, Steigercraft boats, Interlux, Raymarine, Liberty Landing Marina, Black Rifle Coffee, D&R Boat Sales, Fin Chasers TV, Tsunami Awesome Tackle, Bimini Bay, The Fisherman, Alltackle.com, AFW Fishing Brands, Tony Maja Products, Starbrite, Princeton Tec, StormR, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Pettit, Manhattan2Montauk, Guides Secret lures, Gray Taxidermy, the Recreational Fishing Alliance, AFTCO, ‘Wichcraft, and others.
Go to www.manhattancup.com and sign up, donate or purchase tickets. For more information John DePersenaire at 609-294-3810, Gary Caputi at 732-740-9982 or Capt. Frank Crescitelli at 917-468-4817.