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A preview of the New Jersey Shark Tournament Schedule for 2017

 

South Jersey Shark Tournament       South Jersey Shark Tournament Logo

The 37th annual South Jersey Shark Tournament will be held June 7-10, 2017. Hosted by the South Jersey Marina on Schellenger’s Landing, the entry fee is $600 per boat. Crews can choose any two of the three days to participate. The maximum amount of lines per boat is five, but there is no limit for members on board. Circle hooks are a requirement for the tournament as well. South Jersey Tournaments stresses conservation, and a circle hook tends to hook a shark in the mouth. This is a safer alternative to a j-hook, which can cause more damage to the shark by hooking it in the stomach. All species that are caught must comply with federal rules and regulations, but there is a minimum weight of 200 pounds for the contest.

The options for prizes range in forms of calcutta’s and high cash payouts. Last year’s payout for the winning Mako was over $176,000. Prizes are for both Mako and Blue Sharks.

http://njsaltfish.com/index.php/nj-tournaments/eventdetail/28/south-jersey-shark-tournament-2017.html

http://www.southjerseytournaments.com/shark.html

 

 

Warriors for Warriors   Warriors for Warriors Shark Tournament

The Warriors for Warriors 4th Annual Charity Shark Fishing Tournament will take place June 8-10, 2017. The entry fee is $500, but if participants register by May 14, 2017 they will receive a $50 discount and be entered in a drawing for a chance to win an Avet Reel. This tournament features US Navy Seals and others raising money for veterans with combat experience. The tournament supports Operation Restored Warrior, a foundation focused on healing veterans and preventing veteran suicide. 50% of the entrance fee will be donated to Operation Restored Warrior.

A Captains Meeting will take place on June 8th at River Rock Restaurant and Marina Bar in Brick, New Jersey from 5-7 PM, and at least one member of the crew must attend. Fishing begins immediately after the meeting. Participants may fish multiple days, all three days, or just overnight. Only Mako sharks will qualify for first and second place prizes, but there are other prizes for Thresher and Blue Sharks. The qualifying weight for Mako is 150 lbs, and 200 lbs for Thresher and Blue Sharks. Sharks must be caught on rod and reel, but harpoons are allowed to secure catches once on the line. The weigh-in will take place on June 10th at 6 PM at Captain Bill’s Landing and Holiday Harbor Marina.

If a crew withdraws from the tournament due to inclement weather, they may be refunded $225. The remaining balance will still be donated to the aforementioned cause.

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http://warriorstournament.com/ 

 

 

Brett Taylor Bailey Mako Rodeo  Brett Taylor Bailey Mako Rodeo 2017

The Brett Taylor Bailey Mako Rodeo will be hosted on June 16, 2017 at Hoffman’s Marina West in Brielle, New Jersey. This will mark the 16th installation of the tournament, which commemorates the life of Brett Bailey, an avid fisherman who lost his life on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks. There is a $600 entrance fee. There are a myriad of prizes, including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Mako and Thresher, multiple calcuttas, and a winner-take-all largest Mako. There is also a new competition involving rodeo points, where captains are awarded 10 points for any Mako, Tiger, Great White, Hammerhead or Porbeagle released, 5 points for any Thresher released, and 2 points for any Blue, Brown or any other species released. More information will be available at the Captains Meeting on Friday, June 16th at Hoffman’s Marina West in Brielle, New Jersey. The Check out and weigh in will also take place at that location. A maximum of six fisherman per boat is allowed, as well as a maximum of six lines per boat. Last year’s winner was a 430 lb. Mako shark by Chris Minetta that paid out $19, 400. Over $30,000 total was paid out last year, while also donating to local charities including Team Red, White and Blue, whose mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans

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Mako Mania  Mako Mania

The Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association and Ocean Reef Foundation of New Jersey are hosting the 32nd Mako Mania tournament on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25. The entrance fee is $500, but drops to $475 if registered before May 15th. This fee covers one day of fishing, and the captain may choose which day his crew will fish. If a crew would like to fish both days, the entrance fee is doubled. One member of the crew is required to attend the Captain’s Meeting on June 10th at 6:30 PM. Each boat is required to check out between 5:30 and 6:30 the morning they intend to fish, and then return via the Manasquan Inlet and weigh-in at Crystal Point Marina to qualify. A maximum of six anglers and lines are allowed per boat. The tournament is Mako only, with a 66” minimum. Rods and reels only. There are up to $250,000 in prizes based on a 300 boat registration. Last years 1st place winner reeled in a 301 lb. Mako Shark.

 http://njsaltfish.com/index.php/nj-tournaments/eventdetail/32/mako-mania-2017.html

http://makomanianj.com/default.htm 

 

 

 Mako “Catch It” Fever  Mako Catch It Fever

The 2017 Mako “Catch It” Fever Tournament will be the 39th installment of the tournament. The tournament will take place on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday June 25th. Participants can register for the tournament by paying an entry fee of $475.00 per boat per day. However, if they register online prior to May 24th, participants will receive a discount of $25.00. The maximum number of anglers per boat is six, one of which must attend the Captains Meeting on June 22, 2017 at Manasquan River Club at 6:30 PM All boats must check out between 5:30 AM and 7:00 AM the morning they intend to fish at the Manasquan Inlet, Seaport Marina and Bernegat Light. Weigh in takes place at Captain Bill’s Landing between 4 PM and 7 PM. Each boat is eligible to win only one prize, and prizes will be awarded to the six heaviest Makos. This tournament will only allow Mako Sharks with no exceptions. All Makos must be weighed in their natural state, meaning no jaws wired shut. The minimum size is 66 inches fork length, and all other catches must be tagged and released. Only six lines may be cast by each boat, with a 130 pound class minimum; no harpooning. There are over $250,000 in prizes if all 300 spots are filled. If the shark breaks the New Jersey state record, the contestant will win a 2017 Chevy Silverado Truck.

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address description owner Nearest Cam
Margate Fish Pier
121 S Exeter Ave,
Margate City NJ
08402
(609) 823-9846
Atlantic Ocean

Pier is open for 2016.
Must be a member of Angler's Club to use the pier.
Angler's club cost $400 one time initiation fee and $425 per year which includes a locker.


The Angler’s Club
Ventnor City Fishing Pier
Cambridge Avenue & the Boardwalk
Ventnor City NJ
08406
609-823-7944
Atlantic Ocean



Ventnor City
Ocean City Fishing Club Pier
14th and Boardwalk
Ocean City NJ
08226
609-398-9800
Atlantic Ocean



Ocean City Fishing Club
Keansburg Fishing Pier
275 Beachway
Keansburg NJ
07734
732-495-8842
Raritan Bay

The Pier is approximately 2000 feet long. You have an amazing panoramic view of New York City, along with awesome sunrises and sunsets.


Private
Lavallette Pier
Magee Avenue
Lavallette NJ
08735

Barnegat Bay


Lavallette
Keyport Fishing Pier
1 American Legion Drive
Keyport NJ
07735
(732) 739-3900
Raritan Bay



Wildwood crest
Sweet Briar Rd. and Park Boulevard.
Wildwood crest NJ
08260

Atlantic Ocean



Mantolooking Bridge Fishing Pier
30 Mantoloking Road
Brick NJ
08723
1-877-OC PARKS
Barnegat Bay

With great views of the Barnegat Bay, this is sure to be one of the best fishing or crabbing spots in all of Ocean County.


Ocean County Parks
Berkley Island County Park
399 Brennan Concourse
Berkeley Township NJ
08721
1-877-627-2757)
Barnegat Bay

Park is Closed for Construction


2016 Opening TBD
The Pier is 285‘ long x 24’ wide. We provide landing nets, a fish cleaning station, picnic area, and toilet facilities. It is well-lit at night, family-friendly, and produces some of the finest catches of Flounder, Striper, Bluefish, Weakfish, Croakers, Kingfish and Blue Claw Crabs!!! Also the occasional Trigger Fish, Sheepshead, Drum Fish, & Almaco Jack. The Crabbing is Excellent!


Ocean Count Department of Parks and Recreation
Grassy Sound Marina Pier
13 Old N Wildwood Blvd
Wildwood NJ
08260
(609) 846-1400
Grassy Sound
The Pier is 285‘ long x 24’ wide. We provide landing nets, a fish cleaning station, picnic area, and toilet facilities. It is well-lit at night, family-friendly, and produces some of the finest catches of Flounder, Striper, Bluefish, Weakfish, Croakers, Kingfish and Blue Claw Crabs!!! Also the occasional Trigger Fish, Sheepshead, Drum Fish, & Almaco Jack. The Crabbing is Excellent!


Grassy Sound Marina
Bayshore Waterfront Park
719 Port Monmouth Road
Port Monmouth NJ
07758
732-787-3033
Sandy Hook Bay

Enjoy the maritime shrublands, tidal creeks, salt marshes, dunes, mile of beach and scenic views across the water. The park offers a fishing pier, access to Raritan Bay, and beautiful views of the NY skyline


Monmouth County Parks
Waterfront Park
Waterfront Fitness Trail
Carteret NJ
07008
732-541-3885
Arthur Kill
Carteret Municipal Government

Pier Fishing Tackle Reccomendations

 

If you are new to Pier fishing, then there are a few things to keep in mind with regards to having the correct tackle. If you are on an Ocean or open bay fishing pier where Bluefish and Striped Bass are known to run, your not going to get by on light tackle. Still, you don't want anything too heavy to slow you down from casting and retrieving is in order.

 

Fishing Rod/Reel Requirements for NJ Pier Fishing

 

  • Fishing Rod Must Be At least 7.5 ft tall

Additional length means better casting and leverage. You want a pole longer than you typically would use on a boat. Don't go too tall though because taller rods are also clunkier to operate so you really want to stay in 7.5 – 9 ft range with your pier fishing rod.  This size rod will allow you to handle almost all types of fishing opportunities that will avail themselves while you are pier fishing.

Rod Must Have Plenty of Backbone

In addition to the possibility of big fish, the ocean is a challenge on your equipment as well. You need something that will handle dropping several ounces of lead as required on occasion.  You do NOT want a light action rod for pier fishing.   A rod with a MH (Medium-Heavy) designation is best to get started with.

 Spinning Variety

It just makes so much more sense to use a spinning rod for pier fishing. They are easier to cast and operate for experienced fishermen and newcomers alike. If you are looking specifically for a rod to fish on piers with, make it a spinning rod.

Quality Matters

It is worth noting that saltwater is really unforgiving. Whatever you can afford, buy the best spinning reel you can. If you take care of a good reel, it can last you for you years. However, some of the lower end models will last you 1 year and you will need to replace it. The quality of the rod is important also, but even the low end rods will last you a while, unlike the low end reels.

Our Best Pier Fishing Combination Value Reccomendation

Penn Pursuit II 6000-2 Piece Spinning Combo, 8-Feet/Medium-Heavy

Penn has been a well known name in saltwater fishing for decades.  This combination is a great starter outfit for pier fishing and can also be used for surf fishing.  And it won't break the bank.  You can get this for less than $75.

 

Additional Tackle You Will Need for Pier Fishing

 

Telescoping Landing Net

You should make sure you have a long handle or telescoping landing net when you are pier fishing. Most fish of any size will be lost as you try to land it on a pier if you don't net the fish.  Telescoping nets make it easier to travel. 

 

 

 

Quality Aluminum Fishing Pliers

No fisherman can go without fishing pliers. It pays to have a decent pair of pliers in your box for your pier fishing adventure. Remember, saltwater is unforgiving so make sure you get a pair of pliers made for saltwater use.

 

Stainless Steel Fishing Hooks

Of course you will need to have a variety of hooks and swivels at your disposal. You can save some money over the course of a fishing season by buying hooks in bulk, but be careful because if they are not Stainless steel they will rust quickly just being exposed to salt air. So, either buy small packs of hooks and leave packs closed until ready to use or buy stainless steel hooks. In either case you will need a a variety of sizes.

Saltwater Leader Spool 40lb Test

You need to have a just a few different sizes of leader spools here. You MAY want to also add some flouo to your mix but it is pricey

 

Berkley Gulp! Alive! Curly Tail Swimming Mullet

If you are a saltwater fisherman, you need Gulp. They make many varieties and most are quite qood. For pier fishing, 2 most haves are Curly tails and Shrimp.

3 Way Swivels

Nothing complicated here, just make sure you have 2 way, 3 way, and snap swivels in a few different sizes. Most pier fishing is done with a very simple set up of a 3 way swivel, a leadered hook with bait and a sinker.

Bank Sinkers

You will need an assortment of lead sinkers with most in the 2-5 oz range. You will save much money by buying in advance online as mark up on sinkers at piers and other tackle shops is high.

 

Diamond Jigs

You need bucktails, diamond jigs, and swimmers. Your set.

Marine Cooler

Much like surf fisherman, many pier fisherman get coolers on wheels. 

Fillet Knife

This is another area where you want to buy the best you can afford. Cheap knives loose there edge quickly, rust and will not give you satisfactory value for your money over the long haul. Handles of something other than wood is preferable as wood never really comes clean and it acts as a germ hangout on your knife.

 

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