With black drum reports coming from throughout the region – from Delaware Bay on up to the shores of the Raritan – it might be a good time to parlay that action with the boomers into a potential pay day.
This Friday through Sunday, Middle Township Recreation & Tourism will host their 17th Annual Middle Township Drum Fish Tournament out of Grassy Sound Marina in North Wildwood from May 14-16. There is no captains meeting this year, and the tournament will kick off at noon on Friday, running through the close of the weigh-in at noon on Sunday at Grassy Sound.
Each boat ($150 entry) is allowed up to six anglers, and prizes will be based on the boats who weigh in the heaviest combined weight of two drum fish caught in the Delaware Bay during tournament hours. The total payout will be based on 50% of the total registration fees, with 1st and 2nd place prizes being awarded, with the remaining 50% donated to the Middle Township Recreation Department.
Entry fee must be received by May 13 by mail or drop-off at Middle Township Clerk’s Office, 33 Mechanic Street in Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Checks should be made payable to Middle Township Drum Fish Tournament. For details contact Nancy McDevitt at 609-425-7272.
And whether you’re fishing exclusively on Delaware Bay or somewhere else in the Garden State where black drum may be encountered, be sure to enter The Fisherman Magazine’s Black Drum Battle going on now through June 30. Entry is free at BlackDrumBattle.com, but paid “members” of The Fisherman may also qualify for a $500 cash prize on top of the $2,200 grand prize package that includes an eight-hour black drum charter in 2022 with Capt. Bob Cope aboard Full Ahead Sport Fishing, a pair of PENN Fathom reels and a pair of PENN Rampage 7-foot rods, two 300-yard spools of Spider Wire Ultra Cast, two 100-yard spools of Berkley Pro Spec Fluorocarbon Leader, and a pair of Costa Sunglasses. One second prize winner will receive a pair of PENN Squall star drag combo outfits, a pair of 300-yard spools of Spider Wire Blue Camo and a pair of Costa Sunglasses.
After you’ve registered in the Black Drum Battle and then caught your big boomer, the fish weight and measurement must be entered on an official weigh slip, signed and dated, by the tackle shop’s authorized personnel, with photo of you and your qualifying submitted along with the Official Entry you’ll find at the official Fisherman Magazine Weigh Station.
The contest entry period began on May 1 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2021. Get details at BlackDrumBattle.com.