The Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic (Classic) will celebrate its 62nd season of island-wide surf tournament action beginning Saturday, October 8, and running through December 4.
For over six decades, the eight-week tournament- often referred to simply as “The Derby” – has celebrated the fall run along the coast, helping support local businesses, while showcasing the camaraderie and spirit of the local surf community along this 18-mile barrier island at the Jersey Shore.
The grand prize winner in both the striped bass and bluefish division this year will receive $1,000 in cash along with a PENN Slammer III reel and RH custom rod. There are a total of eight, weekly $125 cash prizes for each species, along with $400 prizes for each of four tournament segments. There are also various daily prizes, as well as juvenile awards (17 and under), ladies’ prizes, seniors’ prizes, along with special daily door prizes just for entering the tournament.
In addition to the tournament segment, weekly and daily prizes, special prize days for largest striped bass will be October 8 ($500), October 12 and 19 ($250), October 31 ($500), November 5 ($500) and November 16 ($500) in honor of the late Frank Panzone.
Tournament proceeds go back towards the event prize distribution, with a portion going to a local high school fishing club educational scholarship. The winners of the Battle of the Beach in 2016, Lacey Township and Southern Regional High School, each shared in a $500 scholarship award this year care of the Classic. The high school fishing team winning the 2017 Battle on the Beach will again earn $500 towards a student scholarship with support from this year’s Classic.
Adult entry is just $30, while for kids 17 and under it’s just $15. Registration also includes the commemorative tournament button, a 2016 LBI Surf Fishing Classic hat, decal and a free slice of Panzone’s Pizza (while supplies last).
A free “Super Surf Casting Seminar” will take place on Saturday, October 8th from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. starting at the Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company at 21st Street and Central Avenue with Team Mullet.
Get rules and registration details at participating Long Beach Island weigh stations including Surf City Bait & Tackle in Surf City, Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom, Captain’s Quarters Bait and Tackle in Brighton Beach, and Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven.
Gold and platinum sponsors of this year’s event include the shops listed above, as well as Mancini Realty Company, Bonanni Realtors, Magic Tails bucktails, Penn Reels, RH Custom Rods, Tsunami Tackle and The Fisherman Magazine, with support from the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce.
Get details and follow along with the weigh-ins at www.lbift.com.
he first leg of the triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship series is the only tournament in the series to offer a junior division for anglers age 16 and younger. Unlimited anglers are allowed per vessel. Visit www.islamoradasailfishtournament.com/ or email email@example.com.
To benefit the Jimmy Fund
Chairmen: Colin Campbell & Jeremy Blunt
Registration: Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Fishing Days: (5 of 9) December 3-11
Weigh-Ins: December 3-11, Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m., Atlantic Tackle
Awards Banquet: December 11, Time: 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Hobie Fishing World Championship Set for Louisiana Dec. 4-10
May 12th, 2016
OCEANSIDE, California – The sixth annual Hobie Fishing World Championship (HFW6), presented by Rhino-Rack™ and hosted by Hobie Cat® Company, will take place in La Fourche Parrish, Louisiana, December 4-10 of this year. Located in Southern Louisiana 90 minutes from New Orleans, La Fourche Parrish is the gateway to Cajun Country and the Gulf of Mexico, offering a distinctly Louisiana “bayou” way of life and promising a memorable experience for both U.S. and international competitors. And then there is the fishing. According to Hobie’s Keeton Eoff, this could easily be the kayak fishing capital of the world.
Anglers from around 25 countries are expected to compete for the chance to be crowned this year’s Hobie Fishing World Champion. All competitors will fish for trout, flounder and redfish (40 to 50 inchers are common that time of year) from identically rigged Hobie Mirage® Pro Angler 14’s, provided by Hobie Cat Company and outfitted with Lowrance® Electronics and Power-Pole® MICRO™ Anchors.
The tournament will be a traditional CPR (Catch, Photograph and Release) format in which each competitor will enter his or her three best lengths in aggregate each day. The angler with the highest cumulative length over the three-day period will be crowned Champion. By qualifying, anglers will have earned their ticket to an experience of a lifetime with plenty of prizes to boot.
A series of five qualifying events being held in the U.S. and Canada gives anglers the opportunity to qualify for six coveted spots on the North American team. Benton Parrott, the USA’s only qualifier as of this date, will compete in his 4th HFW, attempting to dethrone Chinese 2015 winner, Ma Xiaohong. “Everyone loves Ma, it’s the funniest thing,” mentioned Keeton. ‘And he doesn’t speak a lick of English.”
Benton went on to add that “every competitor will catch a lot of fish and some of them will be trophies, but we should all catch good fish. I promise you. Just last week I was fishing a trout hole in the area in two feet of water and caught a 33-inch red. When you fish there, you can launch in one spot and find all your species. The estuaries go for miles. And there are no bad places to fish.”
Past Hobie Fishing Worlds Champions:
2011 – Scott Baker (Australia)
2012 – Marty Mood (USA)
2013 – Richard Somerton (Australia)
2014 – Steve Lessard (USA)
2015 – Ma Xiaohong (China)
Follow the road to the Hobie Fishing World Championship and the event itself at hobiefishingworlds.com.
Since 1950, Hobie has been in the business of shaping a unique lifestyle based around fun, water, and innovative quality products. From their worldwide headquarters in Oceanside, California, Hobie Cat Company manufactures, distributes, and markets an impressive collection of eco-sensitive watercraft, with subsidiaries; Hobie Cat Australasia, in Huskisson, NSW, Australia and Hobie Cat Europe, in Toulon, France and independent distributors; Hobie Kayak Europe and Hobie Cat Brasil. These products include an ever-expanding line of recreation and racing sailboats, pedal-driven and paddle sit-on-top recreation and fishing kayaks, inflatable kayaks, fishing boats, surfboards, stand-up paddleboards and the new Hobie Mirage Eclipse™ Standup pedalboards, plus a complementary array of parts and accessories. www.hobiecat.com
Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament. Islamorada. The Presidential is one of the most prestigious offshore tournaments in the Florida Keys, and is the second leg of the three-pronged Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship. The event features two days of 12-pound line light-tackle fishing at the beautiful Cheeca Lodge & Spa. Visit cheeca.com/experience/fishing/.
Bartle Hall, Kansas City, MO
MINNEAPOLIS BOAT SHOW®
January 19–22, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
NASHVILLE BOAT & SPORTSHOW®
January 19–22, 2017 (Tentative)
Music City Center, Nashville, TN