Looking for a little friendly competition on the fluke grounds this weekend? There are plenty of options for you at the Jersey Shore.
On a statewide basis, the Jersey Coast Anglers Association (JCAA) is running its Heavy Hitters Fluke Tournament for four days, August 4-7. “We realize that not everyone can fish two, three, or four days so to be fair to everyone, each boat will be limited to fishing only one day,” said JCAA’s Paul Haertel, who added “each entrant will be able to choose the day they fish.
For 2022, JCAA has changed the prize structure so that prizes will be awarded to the single largest fish rather than the three fish total. For details go to jcaa.org or call 732-506-6975.
For lady anglers, there are two choices for Saturday, August 6. The Jersey Coast Shark Anglers (JCSA) will host “members only” ladies fishing tournament out of Manasquan River. Check for details with a fellow JCSA member, or contact contact Rick Carroll at 732-773-3409 or Joey Kayhart at 862-432-6814 for all the details. You can also got to jcsa.org.
For fishing women in North Jersey and into Staten Island, the Staten Island Tuna Club will host their annual Ladies Only Fluke Tournament this Saturday, August 6. Run out of Great Kills Harbor in Staten Island, this contest is held there on the Raritan Bay, NY Bight doormat grounds and is always a terrific event for the ladies. For details contact Walter & Kim Fisher at 917-375-7607. For more details go to situnaclub.com.
For men, women and children seeking out doormats and fluke fishing fame on the Raritan, don’t miss the 25th Annual Fluke Masters Tournament this Saturday, August 6. Presented by Community Fire Company Number 4 at 75 Appleton Ave. in Leonardo, the cost for entry is $125 per boat for up to six anglers, with $25 for each additional tournament angler. The captains meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on August 5. Contact Dennis Smith at 732-546-0395 or visit cfcstation4.org.
Finally, for surfcasters, the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association (HRFA) will be hosting Fluke Fest on August 6 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Island Beach State Park. Fishing gets underway at 7 a.m., it ends at noon, with a BBQ to follow with awards ceremony at 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in terms of fish length. Contact derby organizer Pete Musse at 201-233-3119 or by emailing email@example.com.