Anglers Enjoy Beautiful Weather at the 17th Annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament
October 7, 2008
More than 900 anglers turned out for the 17th Annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament on Sunday, October 5 at Island Beach State Park (IBSP) in Ocean County. Contestants enjoyed fishing the surf on a beautiful, sunny fall day, and fourteen anglers received awards for prize-winning fish.
To date, the tournament has raised more than $120,000 for conservation projects and improved beach access. Funds have been used for the purchase of specialized beach wheel chairs that provide beach access for the disabled and elderly at IBSP; educational displays 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 programs.
Governor Jon S. Corzine and DEP Commissioner Lisa Jackson greeted
anglers as they registered for the tournament early in the morning
and also talked with representatives of conservation organizations
sponsoring the event. The Governor then took a ride down the
beach to meet tournament participants who were fishing and enjoying
Grand prize went to Richard Abdill of Delran with a 21-inch
summer flounder (fluke). Mr. Abdill received a plaque, along
with a 7' Penn rod and reel combo, and a Penn reel with an 11'
Tsunami rod. Additionally, his name will be engraved on the
Governor's Cup, which will be permanently displayed at Island
Beach State Park.
Along with the tournament prizes offered, the registration forms
of pre-registrants and same-day entrants were placed into special
drawings for additional prizes.
Winner Richard Abdill with Governor's Cup and tournament sponsor representatives
The event was sponsored by the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Parks and Forestry, the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Jersey Coast Anglers Association and the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association.
The date for next year's tournament is October 4, 2009.
A complete list of winners follows:
First Place - Pat Polovina; Silver Beach; 18"
Third Place - Phil Rosso; Lambertville; 18 1/2"
Second Place - Frank Fairchild; Westampton; 19"
First Place - Michael Clinton; Carlisle, PA; 20 1/8"
Second Place - Kaitlyn Bach; Toms River; 14 1/2"
First Place - Amelia Valdes; Toms River; 20 1/2"
First Place - Chris Rosetti; Bloomfield; 14 7/8"
Third Place - Claus Faller; Beachwood; 17"
Second Place - Larry Margiotta; Theills, NY; 17 1/2"
First Place - Zoltan Egyed; Trenton; 19 1/2"
First Place - Maryanne Batten; Kenilworth; 18 1/2"
Third Place - Joe DeMarie; Neptune City; 18 1/4"
Second Place - Steven Rudkin; Willow Grove, PA; 19 3/4"
First Place and 2008 Governor's Cup Winner: Richard Abdill; Delran; 21"
Note: Although the regular fluke season closed on September 7, approval was obtained from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission for Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament participants to keep legal sized fluke on the day of the tournament.
Participants were asked to record all fluke catches on a survey form that was provided when they registered for the tournament.