GOVERNORS 11TH ANNUAL SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT A "REEL" SUCCESS
(02/100) TRENTON- More than 1,200 participants took part in the Governors 11th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament on Sunday, October 6 at Island Beach State Park in Ocean County. Despite the high winds, participants took full advantage of a beautiful day outdoors with family and friends.
"I would like to thank the many prize sponsors, volunteers and participants who have helped make the surf tournament a success for more than ten years,"said New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell. "Their cumulative efforts have helped raise over $90,000 for a variety of conservation projects such as the construction of a beach access ramp, two mobile fishing education carts and specialized wheelchairs for the disabled and elderly."
The event was sponsored by the DEPs Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Parks and Forestry, the New Jersey Federation of Sportsmens Clubs, Jersey Coast Anglers Association and the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association.
During the past ten years, the following have been either partially or fully funded by proceeds from this tournament: specialized balloon tire beach wheel chairs that provide beach access for the disabled and elderly at Island Beach State Park (IBSP); educational displays used in the Interpretive Center at IBSP; a beach access ramp connecting parking area A7 to the beach at IBSP; an automatic heart defibrillator unit for IBSP; two mobile fishing equipment trailers with rods and reels for use in fishing education programs throughout the State; and educational materials/field study equipment for various environmental education projects such as the Barnegat Bay Kayak Tour and Environmental Education Enhancement Program, Hooked on Fishing- Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) program, Pathways to Fishing program, DEPs Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, and the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center.
Approximately 700 participants pre-registered through the mail and over 500 registered on the morning of the tournament. Many of the entrants invited guests to observe the fun, bringing the total number of spectators and participants to over 1,400.
Albacore, striped bass, blackfish, bluefish, red drum, kingfish and weakfish were eligible for entry in the tournament. Of these, 6 striped bass, 5 blackfish, 102 bluefish, 1 red drum, 1 weakfish and 61 kingfish were the species submitted. A total of 176 fish were caught with 30 of these receiving awards.
Overall length determined the grand prize winner as well as place winners for each of the species categories. There were children, teen and adult angler categories, including sub-categories for male and female anglers. In addition, there was a category for fly fishing. The inclusion of first, second and third place winners was dependent upon the number of entries submitted in each species category.
Grand prize went to Pete Clavero of Hazlet for a 44 striped bass. Mr. Clavero received a plaque along with a Penn rod and reel combo. Additionally, his name will be engraved on the Governors Cup, which will be permanently displayed at Island Beach State Park.
Thirty surf rod and reel outfits were awarded as prizes. DEP Commissioner Bradley Campbell was present to make the awards to the successful anglers.
Included in the prizes were six rod and reel combinations donated by Penn Reels. Along with the tournament prizes offered, the registration forms of pre-registrants and same-day entrants were placed into special drawings for additional prizes.
A complete list of winners follows:
First Place - Audrey Bock ; Florence; 21 4/8" weakfish
First Place - Ashley Gruning; Jackson; 14 6/8" kingfish
Second Place - Matthew Klish; Burlington; 14 6/8" kingfish
First Place - Eddie Fisher; Somerdale; 15 4/8" kingfish
Also caught 151/8" kingfish
First Place - Giacinta Talarico; Westmont; 11 2/8" kingfish
Second Place - Dakota Goldinger; Toms River; 14" kingfish
First Place - Joe Meny; Bowie, MD; 14 2/8"" kingfish
Also caught 13 6/8" kingfish
Second Place - Patty Talarico; Blue Anchor; 14 6/8" kingfish
First Place - Mary Howard; Browns Mills; 15 2/8" kingfish
Second Place - Gary Ingram; Trenton; 16" kingfish
First Place - Frank Oliveira; Newark; 16 4/8" kingfish
Second Place - Brian Berrien; Mercerville; 17" blackfish
First Place - Zoltan Egyed; Trenton; 18 1/2" blackfish
Red drum Category
First Place - Terry Dauson; Trenton; 18 7/8" red drum
Second Place - Taylor Arkert; Riverside; 15 1/2" bluefish
First Place - Helene Rynczak; Whiting; 16 5/8" bluefish
Also caught 16 1/8" and 15 4/8" blue fish
Second Place - Ethan Orr; Branchville; 17 2/8" bluefish
First Place - Russell Hubschman; Vincentown; 23 1/2" bluefish
First Place - Gina Longstreet; Toms River; 16 4/8" bluefish
Second Place - Chris Giambrone; Florence; 30" bluefish
First Place - Jesse Gargani; Beachwood; 30 4/8" bluefish
Second Place - Renee Runyan; Toms River; 17 1/8" bluefish
First Place - Sue Finch; Ironia; 17 5/8" bluefish
Second Place - Lee Dippold; Toms River; 31 7/8" bluefish
First Place - George Rogers; Bricktown; 32 1/2" bluefish
Striped Bass Category
First Place - Megan Sharkey; Forked River; 29" Striped bass
Second Place - William Fest III; Southampton; 30 6/8" striped bass
First Place - Norb Rosso; Lambertville; 34 7/8" Striped bass
The 2002 Governor's Cup Winner
Pete Clavero; Hazlet; 44" striped bass
Tournament Fly Fishing Category Winner
Mike Busch; Ocean Gate; 16 2/8" Bluefish