Nearly 40 species of fish are targeted during the multimonth tournament, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes. Visit www.keywestfishingtournament.com.
The Nantucket Inshore Classic Fishing Tournament will be kicking off this year on Sunday, September 11, 2016 and will run through Saturday, October 15. Organized by fishermen for fisherman, the tournament is designed to enable participants to fish when they want and still have a chance to qualify for all of the great prizes that will be available.
If you have been fishing on Nantucket for years or are planning your first visit to the “faraway island”, you should consider entering “the Inshore Classic”. It is a great way to get to know Nantucket and to experience all of the exceptional fishing that is available. Now in its 11th year, the Tournament is available to ALL local and visiting fishermen. The Tournament has grown to over 250 participants which, when combined with support from a long list of loyal sponsors has enabled Tournament organizers to donate thousands of dollars to the Nantucket Anglers Club scholarship fund for deserving Nantucket students.
The Tournament is an individual angler tournament with four divisions: All Tackle, Fly Fishing, Junior (kids under 16 fish for free) and Catch & Release. Species eligible for prizes are Striped Bass, Bluefish, Bonito, and False Albacore. Each division features separate categories for fish caught from the beach or from a boat.
Prizes are awarded for the heaviest combined weight in each division and category. The heaviest fish of each species in each of the four categories also qualifies for a prize. There are weekly prizes as well. In the Catch and Release Division, prizes are awarded based on the longest fish entered of each species.
Tournament participants do not need to attend the closing awards ceremony in order to receive their prizes. Prizes awarded to last year’s winners included rods and reels, tackle, Beach Passes, Charters with local fishing guides, and gift certificates from local restaurants and merchants.
Tournament results are announced daily by E-Mail, Radio, the newspaper, and on-line so participants always know where they are in the standings and the weight of the leading fish in each category.
Last year’s notable catches included Beach bass in the high 20’s and Fly Rod Bass around 20 pounds in both the Beach and the
Boat categories. A 14.2 pound False Albacore was landed from the beach towards the end of the Tournament as was an 8.7 pound Bonito and a Bluefish that weighed just under 14 pounds.
Interested Anglers may sign up prior to or any time during the Tournament. Tournament brochures, entry forms and rules will be available at Bill Fisher Tackle, Nantucket Tackle, and the Nantucket Anglers’ Club. To register, bring a completed entry form to the Nantucket Anglers’ Club along with the entry fee, which is $50.00 for the All Tackle, Fly Fishing, or Catch and Release
Divisions: $75.00 for anglers choosing to fish in two divisions; or $100 for all three divisions. Junior entrants, 16 years old or younger, participate for free.
All participants will receive a long sleeve tournament t-shirt and a tournament I.D. pin. They are also invited to attend the kick off and closing awards parties at the Anglers’ Club featuring raffles, a complimentary raw bar and hearty hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to swap stories with many other dedicated and experienced fishermen. Many fishermen choose the opening kick off party as the time to sign up for the Tournament.
For more information about the Tournament, go to the Nantucket inshore Classic Facebook page or to the Nantucket Anglers’ Club webpage at nantucketanglersclub.com and click on the tab for the Inshore Classic. Descriptive Tournament brochures will also be available at Nantucket Tackle, Bill Fisher Tackle, or the Anglers’
KEY LARGO, Florida Keys — REEF Fest, a celebration of marine conservation’s positive impact on the Florida Keys and around the world, includes a full slate of social events, eco-adventures and presentations by renowned marine experts. Outdoor, marine and nature enthusiasts can experience the event and its offerings Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, in Key Largo.
Sponsored by Key Largo-based nonprofit Reef Environmental Education Foundation, activities and education initiatives include a lineup of seminars, gatherings, snorkeling, diving and eco-themed adventures on the water at America’s best fish-filled coral reefs. Attendees are to be joined by some of the most prestigious names in marine preservation.
Festivities Thursday afternoon include casual seminars with Keys underwater photographers Carlos and Allison Estape, founders of the 100 Fish ID Challenge. The day’s other attractions include a twilight dive trip and a 6-9 p.m. social gathering at the breathtaking sunset locale Bayside Grille, located at mile marker (MM) 99.5.
Friday and Saturday are filled with morning diving and snorkeling opportunities, afternoon presentations from ocean experts and evening social events.
Attendees can enjoy a 6-10 p.m. celebration dinner party Saturday featuring a three-course meal, music and a large silent auction. Tickets are to be sold for the event and the cost is $45 per person. The evening is presented by Divers Alert Network, the nation’s largest association dedicated to diving safety, educational resources and more.
Sunday morning’s schedule includes diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking and glass-bottom boat tours with area outfitters. Ocean enthusiasts are encouraged to join REEF Fest’s eco-adventures to learn more about the marine environment.
A percentage of charter proceeds is to benefit REEF’s ocean conservation programs.
All REEF Fest events are open to the public. Seminars are free, but pre-registration is recommended. Each is to be held at the Murray Nelson Government Center, MM 102 bayside. For a complete schedule, visit www.REEF.org/REEFFest/schedule.
Several specially priced REEF Fest accommodations are available at Key Largo hotels.
Dubbed the ‘world’s best’ by consumers and exhibitors alike, the United States Sailboat Show is the granddaddy of all sailboat shows. This prestigious show is recognized as the one sailboat show in the world in which virtually every major sailboat manufacturer is represented. For the past two years all land spaces have been sold out and there were docks chock full of every imaginable watercraft. The 47th United States Sailboat Show will run October 6-10, 2016.
Formerly headquartered in Key Largo, the second tournament in the Redbone Trilogy targets permit and bonefish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Past participants include legendary angler Stu Apte, former Denver Bronco and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mark Cooper and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs. Visit www.redbone.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAPTAIN’S CHOICE FORMAT- Fish 1 out 2 days- EITHER Saturday, October 8th or Sunday, October 9th. Declare your intended fish day on your registration form or you have until 7:00am on Saturday, October 8th to call (910) 253-3474 and leave a message declaring your fish day. -If you do not declare a fish day, Saturday, October 8th, will automatically be counted as your fish day.
- $215 Entry Fee by 10/3/16, $250 after
- Top 20 heaviest King Mackerel
- Sea Tow Small Boat division, 1st- 500, 2nd- $400, 3rd $300
- First Bank Single Engine division- 1st- $300
- Cy’s World Junior angler divsion, 1st-10th $$ payout ** top 3 recieve custom Fall Brawl pendant from Silverstar Jewelry
- Ocean Isle Marina Carolyn Black Lady angler divsion, 1st-10th $$ payout ** top 3 recieve custom Fall Brawl pendant from Silverstar Jewelry
- Sportsman’s Choice Marine SPEEDY KING Award. $500 paid to the first King weighed on Saturday and $500 paid to the first King weighed on Sunday. Scales open at 7am and you can weigh-in and go back fishing as many times as you want.
- Cobia division, 1st-3rd $$ paid in OIFC gift card
- Spanish Mackerel division, 1st-3rd $$ paid in OIFC gift card
- OIFC Family Fishing Awards, ALL teams that weigh ANY tournament eligible species and have a lady, junior AND senior angler on board win a $100 OIFC gift card.
- NBOA Wheel of Fishing. Weigh any eligible species and spin the wheel. If you hit your fish’s weight, you win $100 on the spot and go into drawing for guaranteed $1000.
The Fall Brawl is also proud to support the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association.
Knee Deep Club
2016 Lake Hopatcong Walleye Weekend
October 8 and October 9, 2015
The Knee Deep Club will hold its fall Lake Hopatcong Walleye Weekend on October 8 and 9, 2016. The contest will begin at 5:00 AM on Saturday, October 8, 2015 and will conclude at noon on Sunday October 9, 2015.
The entry fee is $20.00 for Knee Deep club Members and $25.00 for non-members,
($20.00 entry + $5.00 non-member fee). A contestant may enter a child 12 years old and under in this contest for a $5.00 entry fee. No one will be allowed to register after 8:00 AM on Saturday October 8, 2015. See the contest official entry form for all details.
Entry forms are available at: Dow’s Boat Rental – Nolan’s Point and Lake’s End Marina – Landing. or online at the Knee Deep Club web site. For additional information call 973-663-3826.
Cash prizes will be based on an 80% payout of entry fees for the three (3) heaviest Walleye weighed in for the contest.
Did you Know
- The Knee Deep Club web site is www.kneedeepclub.org and is full of current information about the Club and fishing Lake Hopatcong.
The Knee Deep Club trusts you enjoy the Walleye Weekend Contest on Lake Hopatcong.
Take a Kid fishing.
Dubbed the “Fall All-Tackle,” the three-day fishing challenge attracts energized newcomers to face seasoned veterans in a competition that has taken place since 1970. One angler per boat pairs with a licensed captain to vie for division winners’ trophies for the three longest bonefish and three longest permit. The field is limited to 25 participants. Festivities kick off Oct. 9 and fishing days are Oct. 10-12. Call 305-587-1460 or email email@example.com.
The 45th United States Powerboat Show will run October 13-16, 2016. Over the past few years, dealers report impressive sales of boats under 35 feet, especially trailerable boats. This is a likely indication of the return of the middle income demographic to boating and boat buying, a group that has been missing since the Great Recession. Dealers and manufacturers conduct a large number of demonstrations of new model powerboats, outboard engines, and stabilizing systems.
June 11 and Oct. 15, 2016
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife has split the Free Fishing Days. The first will be held on June 11, 2016 during the summer as is traditional. This day is part of the National Fishing and Boating Week which highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing to enhance peoples’ quality of life and to preserve our country’s natural beauty. The second Free Fishing Day will occur after fall trout stocking on October 15, 2016 to bring attention to this great fishing opportunity. On these two days, residents and non-residents may fish New Jersey’s public fresh waters without a license or trout stamp. All other regulations, including size and daily catch limits, remain in effect. –