Can I Make Money Surf Fishing on Long Beach Island?
You bet! It's October, and it's the Annual Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic which began on the 9th and runs through December 5th. The striped bass and blue fish competition offers daily, weekly and grand cash prizes in general, children’s, student, ladies and seniors categories.
It's early on in the competition, and current record striped bass (caught on October 22, 2010) stands at 56.44 pounds caught in Haven Beach, on the south end of Long Beach Island by Ray Sullivan.
That's the largest in Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic history. But Bob Misak, from Barneget Light Bait and Tackle, predicts a 60 pounder will be caught before the LBI Surf Fishing tournament ends on December 5th.
Nearly 1,000 anglers register each year for the LBI Surf Fishing Classic. During the six-week fall tournament, anglers weigh in striped bass and bluefish to compete for thousands of dollars of tournament-sponsored daily, weekly, segment, and grand prizes.
The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, with support from the business community, sponsors the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Tournament. Fish must be caught from the shores of Long Beach Island only—ocean, inlet, bay, and jetties. You must report where the fish was caught when weighing in. No boat fishing permitted.
Some other guidelines are:
Contestants may use no more than two rods at any one time.
From the time that a fish strikes or takes a bait or lure, the angler must hook, fight, and land the fish without the aid of any other person.
Minimum length for bluefish is 32 inches. Each angler may enter two bluefish each tournament day.
Minimum length for bass is 34 inches. Each angler may enter two striped bass each tournament day.
Registration is $30. for the entire tournament and you must register before fishing. Registration, and weigh in, is available at:
Surf City Bait & Tackle 317 Long Beach Boulevard, Surf City NJ 08008 (609) 494-2333
Fisherman's Headquarters 280 W. 9th Street, Ship Bottom NJ 08008 (609) 494-5739
Jingles' Bait & Tackle Shop 1214 Long Beach Blvd. Beach Haven NJ 08008 (609) 492-2795
Oceanside Bait and Tackle 8201 Long Beach Boulevard, Brighton Beach NJ 08008 (609) 361-9800
So get out your polls and register. There’s a 60 pound striper waiting for you in the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic!