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New Jersey Shark Tournament Overview 2018

June means multiple tournaments are gearing up in New Jersey. Fisherman are welcome to compete for numerous calcuttas and high purse amounts.


South Jersey Shark Tournament

The 38th annual South Jersey Shark Tournament will take place from June 6-9, 2018. The South Jersey Marina will be hosting the event, as well as providing nightly dining and entertainment. The entrance fee is $600 per boat, and includes tickets for five participants; additional tickets may be purchased at the Captain’s Meeting, but only five lines may be in the water at a given moment. Entry Fees paid before June 1st will be entered in a drawing for a full refund. All boats must set sail from and back to the Cape May Inlet.

 The tournament has a number of trophies and prizes available based on a point system. Calcuttas provide more incentives, but are separate from the tournament’s proceeds. Participants have the option of participating in calcuttas, but are not required. Last year, the tournament paid out $307,763.


Warriors for Warriors

Warriors for Warriors Inc. is hosting the 5th annual Charity Shark and Tuna Fishing Tournament from June 8-10, 2018. All boats will leave Manasquan River Mile Marker Buoy for a Shotgun Start at 5:30 am. The entrance fee is $500, half of which will be donated to Operation Restored Warrior (ORW). This charity is run by veterans and aims to assist veterans suffering from PTSD.

The other half of the entrance fee goes to the winners. The style of the tournament has been changed to a daily fishing format. The prizes available range from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Mako, and 1st and 2nd place Thresher. The highest tournament prize is estimated at $4,218 and two commemorative engraved Avet 50 EXW 2 Speed Reels. There are calcuttas available for fishers, who must include the payment with the entrance fee.

One representative must attend the Captain’s Meeting on June 8th, 2018 at Hoffman’s Marina West from 5-7 pm. Each boat can fish either Saturday or Sunday, and this designation must be made at the Captain’s meeting. An award banquet will be held on a different day than the tournament. Lastly, a fundraising dinner will be held on July 28.  


Brett T. Taylor Mako Rodeo

The Brett T. Taylor Mako Rodeo honors the life of Brett Bailey, who passed away on September 11, 2001. It is the 17th annual tournament, and will take place from June 14-16, 2018 at Hoffman’s Marina West in Brielle, New Jersey. The entrance fee has increased to $800, $300 of which is donated to Brett T Bailey Foundation @ Fidelity
Charitable Gift Fund. This provides scholarships to individuals and families who have demonstrated personal sacrifice in their service to their country, community or fellow man. The remaining $500 is distributed as prizes, including a winner take all for largest Mako. Calcuttas are available for first Mako, Thresher, etc. Last year, contestants fished for over $19,000 in prize money, while also raising over $20,000 for charity.

The tournament is introducing a Mako Rodeo Point award system. The tournament will be working with state fishery and tagging initiatives to study the history of sharks in the Atlantic Ocean. One representative must attend the Captains Meeting on Thursday, June 14 at 4:30 pm. This tournament is Mako only, with a minimum weight of 200 lb to qualify for prizes. Boats may set sail from any inlet, but have to return Manasquan Inlet and weigh in at the Hoffman’s Marina by 6pm on June 16th .


Mako Mania

The dates for the 33rd annual Mako Mania Shark Tournament have been announced. The tournament will take place Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24. The Captain’s Meeting on Friday, June 22 will begin at 6:30 pm at Wherlen Brothers Marina. Captains must choose which day they want to fish, Saturday or Sunday, but only one day is permitted. There is a maximum of six fishers and six lines per boat. Teams may leave from any inlet, but have to return to Captain Bill’s Inlet to qualify. Mako Mania is a Mako First tournament, with a fork length of 83” and over.

 Last year, the winner reeled in a 276 pound male Mako shark. The prize amounted to $19,125.


Mako Fever 

Mako Fever has established a new format for the 2018 tournament. Participants will attend a Captain’s Meeting on June 15th, at least one representative from each boat must be present. There will be nine tournament days, starting on June 16 and finishing on June 24. Prizes are available for the six heaviest Mako and/or Thresher, but Mako and weigh-in time takes precedence. Mako Fever is Mako First with 83” minimum, and minimum fork of 66” for Thresher. Other regulations include a maximum of six anglers per boat, and six lines in the water. Any discrepancies or protests must be filed while the fish is on the scale. A committee will review the protest and make a final decision.

The event is hosted by the Jersey Coast Shark Anglers and intended for members. The group formed the club in 1978 and later merged with another club to become what it is today. Today, the Jersey Coast Shark Anglers active member count is over 200.

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

Must be a member of Angler's Club to use the pier.
Angler's club has one time initiation fee and per year fee which includes a locker.

The Angler’s Club
Ventnor City Fishing Pier
Cambridge Avenue & the Boardwalk
Ventnor City NJ
Atlantic Ocean

Ventnor City
Ocean City Fishing Club Pier
14th and Boardwalk
Ocean City NJ
Atlantic Ocean

Ocean City Fishing Club
Keansburg Fishing Pier
275 Beachway
Keansburg NJ
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.

Lavallette Pier
Magee Avenue
Lavallette NJ

Barnegat Bay

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

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

Atlantic Ocean

Mantolooking Bridge Fishing Pier
30 Mantoloking Road
Brick NJ
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
Barnegat Bay

Park is Open

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
(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
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
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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