Governor’s Cup Surf Tournament To Be Held May 23 AT IBSP - The Fisherman

Governor’s Cup Surf Tournament To Be Held May 23 AT IBSP

The Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament at Island Beach State Park will be held on Sunday, May 23, which means summer flounder will be one of the eligible species for this year’s contest!

Co-sponsored by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Parks and Forestry, the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, and the NJ Beach Buggy Association, the annual surfcasters’ only event has raised more $135,000 over the years for various conservation and education projects, as well as improved beach access.

Tournament anglers on the beach at Island Beach will be fishing for a variety of different species which are eligible for entry each year, with overall length determining the winner. The individual who catches the overall largest fish wins the “Governor’s Award,” and has his/her name engraved on the Governor’s Cup, which is permanently displayed at the park. Fishing equipment is also awarded to winners who catch the largest fish in each species category.

Once again for 2021, the Governor’s Cup will also feature a High School Team Category for high school aged students who are part of a formal fishing club, members of a Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs group, or a non-formal group.  The tournament entry fee is waived for student teams, and admission to the park is free for registrants.

Co-sponsored by The Reel Seat, Fish Hawks Saltwater Anglers Club, Shark River Surf Anglers, Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs New Jersey and The Fisherman, the first, second and third place high school teams will receive plaques donated by The Fisherman to proudly showcase back at their respective schools.  Toms River High School South will be defending their cup title in 2019!

Tournament fishing hours are 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  If you’ve not already registered, anglers are required to register at the tournament beginning at 5 a.m. at Pavilion #1; all tournament anglers must also complete the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry prior to the event by visiting  For questions call 609-748-4347 or visit