Fishermen looking to add some excitement to their fishing this season can participate in one of the many fishing tournaments taking place throughout the Northeast. There are contests for just about every species that swims in our waters, with tournaments lasting a single day, a week or even the entire season.
All States – Maine To New Jersey
The Striper Cup
May 1 – Sept 10
ME, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY and NJ stripercup.com
This season-long tournament provides many ways to win, with individual and team competitions, a catch and release component and a grand prize boat.
Spring Sea Run Opener
The Spring Sea Run Opener is all about getting back outside and enjoying the best of what Nantucket has to offer while raising money for a local non profit organization.
Holyoke Gas and Electric Shad Derby
May 13-14, 20-21
The annual HG&E Shad Derby is one of the region’s largest fishing events. Held on two weekends in May, the derby offers both adult and youth fisherman the opportunity to win prizes as they enjoy the recreational benefits of the Connecticut River.
Joe Cronin Memorial Jimmy Fund Fishing Tournament
The Joe Cronin Memorial Jimmy Fund Fishing Tournament is a fun event benefiting the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund in their fight against cancer.
Cotuit Bass and Blue Fish Tournament
The annual Cotuit Bass & Blue Shootout benefits the Kids 4th of July Parade & Christmas Stroll in Cotuit. It features cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place for both bass and bluefish in each division. You don’t need a boat to compete in this tournament. You can bring your fish to the weigh station by boat or car.
Nantucket Inshore Classic
The Inshore Classic is Nantucket’s premiere fall fishing tournament open to ALL local and visiting anglers. Last year over 250 anglers of all ages and skill levels participated.
Westport Fishermen’s Association Annual Bluefish & Striped Bass Fishing Tournament
The Westport Fishermen’s Association Annual Bluefish & Striped Bass Fishing Tournament offers cash prizes for the biggest striper and blue.
Fluke Till Ya Puke
South Kingstown, RI biggamefishingri.com/FlukeTillYaPuke.php
This fun, family-oriented event focuses on fluke, but includes a “trash fish” element, allowing more anglers to walk away winners.
Boston Big Game Fishing Club Monster Shark Tournament
Held in memory of Steven James, this is the largest offshore sport fishing event in New England! Several State and IGFA All Tackle World Records have been set in this event.
Bryan Kerchal Memorial Tournament
The Housatonic Valley Bassmansters 22nd annual Bryan Kerchal Memorial Tournament benefits Connecticut’s B.A.S.S. Nation’s High School Fishing And Youth Program.
Hooks for Heroes Fishing Tournament
Tournament participants compete for largest bluefish and largest bass. 100% of all entry fees, sponsorships and donations will support the Disabled American Veterans Stamford Chapter 13’s Operation Gift Card project, which benefits patients at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital and their families.
Fancy Fluke Co. Women’s Fluke Tournament
New London, CT
The First Annual Fancy Fluke Fishing Co. Women’s Fluke Tournament presented by Diane’s Bait, Tackle & Charters will be held at Burr’s Marina in New London, Connecticut on June 24, 2017. Open to women anglers only, in al CT waters. Weigh in at Diane’s Bait, Tackle and Charters at Burr’s Marina. 6am to 6pm. Prizes for First and Second Biggest Fish. Youth Division. Prizes and BBQ to follow.
Three Belles Outfitters Trifecta Challenge Kayak Tournament
This is a catch-photo-release style kayak tournament awards a Special Edition Hobie Outback to the angler with the greatest cumulative length of their top striper, blue, and fluke and has additional prizes for anglers with the top in each category.
Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay
May 18- 21
Jamaica Bay, NY
The Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay is a great way to catch the first fish of the year and hook up with old and make some new friends, all for the benefit of worthy causes.
Freeport Hudson Anglers 45th Annual Shark Tournament
One of the oldest and largest shark fishing tournaments on the East Coast will mark its 45th year when hundreds of boats head out in pursuit of the big one that will win the big money. Purses depend upon the number of entries, but in previous years over $225,000 in cash and prizes have been awarded.
Montauk Marine Basin Shark Tournament
June 22 – 24
This tournament is limited to 150 boats competing for a purse of $50,000 boken into various prizes, including a women’s and juniors division.
The Montauk Mercury Grand Slam
Montauk Harbor, NY
The Montauk Mercury Grand Slam will be held at Uihlein’s Marina in Montauk, NY. This year’s tournament honors Montauk Fishing Legend Jake Nessel and benefits The Kiwanis Club of East Hampton and The Montauk Friends of Erin. The Grand Slam is a One-of-a-Kind inshore tournament where fisherman compete to catch fluke, sea bass, striped bass, and bluefish.
WhiteWater Sportfish Challenge
Fishermen compete for $30,000 in cash and prizes while fishing for stripers, blues, tuna, sharks, fluke and mahi-mahi. The tournamnent field is limited to anglers in outboard boats and culminates in an awards ceremony and barbeque on Saturday afternoon.
Spring Striper Marathon
May 1 – June 30
This two-month-long striper tournament guarantees $250 to the first striper over 50 pounds weighed in.
South Jersey Shark Tournament
Cape May, NJ
The highest-paying shark tournament in New Jersey gets between 150 and 200 boats each year, making it one of the most competitive shark-fishing contests in the region.
The Canyon Club Overnight Tuna Tournament
3rd Year in the Making and Record Turnout Expected. Now Captain’s Choice Departure Day by Popular Demand!”
Jersey Coast Shark Anglers Mako “Catch It” Fever
The Jersey Coast Shark Anglers were among the first groups to host shark tournaments at the Jersey Shore, and these events continue to be popular today, offering up to $60,000 in prize money.
The Canyon Club Junior Angler Offshore Challenge
Where the Future of Competitive Sportfishing Show Off Their Stuff
Big 3 Fishing Tournament
This is your chance to fish for Tuna, Striped Bass and Bluefish while helping Big Brothers Big Sisters change the lives of kids at risk.
Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational
July 25 – 29
Beach Haven, NJ http://thewmit.com
This trolling-only tournament awards big cash prizes and calcuttas for offshore species ranging from marlin to wahoo.
The Yacht Club of Stone Harbor Invitational Marlin Tournament
Now in its 51st year, the longest running event on our tournament calendar!
Fishing Days Hosted at Canyon Club Marina.
Competition, Opportunity, Camaraderie – Now with a $3,000,000 Plus Purse – Record Breaking Sportfishing Year after Year.
Point Pleasant, NJ makomanianj.com
The Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association will be hosting the Mako Mania Tournament out of Manasquan Inlet. Fishermen compete for big prizes and calcuttas in this family friendly event.
Jersey Coast Anglers Blackfish Tournament
Jersey Coast Anglers Fluke Tournament