On July 20, Dan Nykyforuk and his crew had a pretty good day on the fluke grounds at the Jersey Shore. A first place win in the Sandy Hook Bay Anglers 39th annual fluke tournament (7.11) and top honors in the first annual Beat the Fleet fluke tournament.
The NJ Fishing Club hosted a statewide contest on July 20, with team FOMF headed by Danny Nykyforuk nabbing first place in the northern region, first place overall and largest fish of the contest for a total payout of $11,556.
“We had 46 boats and paid out a total of $36,430,” said NJ Fishing Club’s Matt Sorrentino, adding that 14 of 46 boats registered in that contest cashed in, with three other crews taking home a prize pack. Second in the money in this first annual event was Determined captained by Ro Trainer in the southern region with a total payout of $9,361. Get the full rundown at www.njfishingclub.com/beatthefleet.
“We had 70 total boats entered,” said Sandy Hook Bay Anglers club president Bill DiStaso, who said weather improved significantly on tournament day following the quick passing of Tropical Storm Elsa the day prior. “I hope a good time was had by all and we look forward to running our 40th Annual Tourney next year for 2022,” DiStaso noted.
Second place and leader bonus in the Sandy Hook contest was Joe Riley, while DiStaso himself snared third place. In the eighth slot and winner of the lady angler division was Jenny Snyder.
Looking to “cash in” on your own fluke prowess in August? Here are four weekly options to carry you through. First, the Jersey Coast Anglers Association will be holding their Heavy Hitters Fluke Tournament from August 5-8. Entry fee after August 1 is $175, and tournament crews can choose the day they wish to fish.
According to Tournament direct Paul Haertel, there’s $10,000 in cash prizes based on 250 entrants with top five prizes offered for total weight of three fluke, plus one prize for the largest fluke and one prize for the largest sea bass in the tournament. There are 10 weigh stations from Sandy Hook to Cape May. For details go to www.jcaa.org or call 732-506-6975.
The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh (FSOS) at the Jersey Shore bring back their popular Belmar-based fluke tournament for a 14th year on Saturday, August 14. Paying out $10,000 in prizes based on a minimum of 175 boats, the FSOS fluke tournament boasts three weigh stations including Kelly’s Landing Marina in Long Branch, Belmar Marina at Shark River, and Hoffman’s Marina along the Manasquan.
Proceeds of FSOS tournament will be donated to The Shillelagh Building Fund with food and beverage served after the weigh in. The captains meeting is August 13 at the FSOS headquarters at 815 16th Avenue in Belmar. For details email email@example.com.
On August 21, the Ozarks 22nd Annual Fluke Tournament and Greater Saltwater Open will commence with $6,000 in prizes including $2 grand for first. Presented by the Ozark Sportsmen Club of Jackson, tournament proceeds will benefit Heroes On The Water – Jersey Shore chapter.
Early entry of $120 per boat (four anglers) until August 14, $150 after ($30 each additional angler). The captains meeting will be held on Thursday, August 19 at the Ozark club headquarters at 150 Toms River Road in Jackson, with the awards party on August 22 at Millstone Elks #2613. For info call Rob at 609-516-4096
Wrapping up the month of August, you’ve got the Flukin’ Fiesta on Saturday, August 28. Sponsored by Captain Bills Landing, Red’s Lobster Pot and Elliott’s Auto Care out of Point Pleasant Beach, entry is $50 per angler. Billed as “summer’s last cast for cash,” you can visit Captain Bills Landing in Point Pleasant for details or call 848-232-2880.
Is your club or organization hosting a tournament that you don’t see listed in The Fisherman Magazine? Email details to New Jersey, Delaware Bay edition managing editor Jim Hutchinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.