With all their normal fundraising events lost to the pandemic, the JCAA is running a blackfish contest just as the season for that species opens in New Jersey.

Online registration and printable applications are available at www.jcaa.org

Jersey Coast Anglers Association Presents its 1st Annual
BLACKFISH TOURNAMENT

Tournament Dates
November 16th – 22nd, 2020
You choose the dates to fish but you may only fish TWO days!
Prizes Based on weight of single largest blackfish
1st Place $2000
2nd Place $1000
3rd Place $750
4th Place Magictail Tog Jigs Valued at $150
5th Place Magictail Tog Jigs Valued at $100
Cash prizes based on only 60 boats
and will be adjusted up or down proportionately depending on the number of boats that enter
Largest sea bass – Magictail Tog Jigs Valued at $100

$$$ Various 1 and 3 fish Calcuttas $$$

ENTRY FEE $125 PER BOAT
(MAXIMUM OF 6 ANGLERS PER BOAT)

For additional info call Paul at 973-943-8201
For entry forms, rules and info. go to www.jcaa.org. or visit our Facebook Page
Completed entry forms can be faxed to the Jersey Coast Anglers Association office: 732-506-6975 or
Mailed to: Jersey Coast Anglers Association, 1594 Lakewood Rd, Suite 13, Toms River, NJ 08755

ONLINE REGISTRATION may be done at www.jcaa.org or on our FB page

There will be NO Awards Ceremony this year due to the uncertainty of what
Covid-19 restrictions will be in place at the time. There is NO Captains meeting either. The important thing is that we do our best to keep everyone safe. We hope to have a nice awards ceremony next year.

Official Rules & Regulations:

Tournament Dates: Monday, November 16th (opening day for the 5 fish limit) through Sunday, November 22nd. Each boat entered may only fish two of the seven tournament days. Each entrant must text 973-943-8201 or email anglerpmh@aol.com, give their name and date(s) they are fishing by 9 PM the nights before the days they would like to fish. In the event no message is received, their designated fishing days will be Saturday November 21st and Sunday November 22nd. In the event an entrant only designates one day, their second day will be Sunday November 22nd.
Fishing Hours: Dawn until there is sufficient time to make it to the weigh-in station before they close but no later than by 7 PM on your designated fishing days. (Some weigh-in stations may close before 7 PM)
Fishing Location: Fish all NJ waters or waters in the EEZ east of the New Jersey coast that are open to the public, including the ocean, bays, inlets and rivers stretching from the Raritan Bay & Hudson River in the north to Delaware Bay in the south.
Weigh-ins Entrants must weigh in their fish at Bahr’s Landing Marina in Highlands, Fishermen’s Den in Belmar, Captain Bill’s Landing in Point Pleasant, Creekside Outfitters in Waretown, Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom, Great Bay Marina in Little Egg Township, Fin-atics in Ocean City, One Stop B&T in Atlantic City or Jim’s B&T in Cape May by no later than 7 PM on their designated fishing days. Entrants should confirm that their choice of a weigh-in station will be open until that time. If not be sure to get there before they close or go to another weigh-in station. Some weigh-in stations may be closed or close early on certain days or may have restricted hours due to the weather at this time of year and the Covid-19 situation. Weights will be recorded by the weigh masters on the official tournament weigh-in sheets but entrants should make certain that they receive a receipt or take a photo of the weigh-in sheet. All fish must be weighed on the day they are caught and may not be held overnight to weigh the next day. You may weigh in as many fish as you like but only the largest 1 or 3 (for those in the 3 fish Calcutta) will be scored regardless of which of the designated days they were caught on. You do not have to catch your largest 3 on one day.
GENERAL RULES AND PROVISIONS:
• The tournament will be held rain or shine on November 16th through November 22nd. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant/captain of all entered boats to determine if weather and sea conditions are safe to fish. The Jersey Coast Anglers Association, its administrators, officers, directors, agents, committee members, sponsors and/or any and all other persons assume no responsibility or liability for any boats entered or individuals participating in the tournament.
• If weather conditions prohibit any or all boats from fishing and, as a result, an insufficient number of fish are weighed in to account for any of the prizes including Calcuttas, drawings will be held.
• It is the responsibility of all entrants and contestants to comply with all state, federal, and International Game Fish Association (“IGFA”) international angling rules, including any applicable state registry requirements.
• Each boat may have up to 6 anglers or other individuals onboard and no more than 6 lines may be in the water at one time.
• Each entrant may only win one prize in each category (blackfish/sea bass)) but may win multiple Calcuttas.
• All fish presented to the weigh master will be recorded in pounds and hundredths of pounds. The time the fish are presented for weigh-in will be recorded in hours and minutes.
• If two fish tie by weight, the first fish weighed in will hold the position on the leader board. If two fish are the same weight and weighed at the same time prizes will be split.
• Jersey Coast Anglers Association reserves the right to require a polygraph examination within 60 days, at Jersey Coast Anglers Association‘s expense, of any captain/entrant or crew member to preserve the integrity of the tournament. Failing the test or refusing to take the test will result in disqualification.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar didn’t sail today. but will be making an early departure for stripers tomorrow at 6 a.m. Make a reservation online.

Small craft warnings are up through Friday, though the north gusts to 25 knots drop to east at 10-15 knots Friday morning before shifting north in the afternoon. Rain is likely.

Bill Venizia released a 42-pound striper Tuesday on the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands.

The Jamaica from Brielle has added a last canyon tuna trip that departs at 8 p.m. Sunday for yellowfins and albacore. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations. The Jamaica has also started running its far offshore wrecks trips for jumbo sea bass and porgies. They leave by reservation at 11 p.m. the night before Friday and Saturday. Suini Kanakan of Monroe Twp. had a pool winning 7.5-pound sea bass Sunday to edge a 7-pound pollock by Kenny Williams of Philadelphia for the pool. On another trip, Alberto Aponte from Brooklyn had a 12-pound cod.

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