The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation – Long Island Region and Captree Fuel, Bait and Tackle are pleased to announce that the annual Snapper and Crab Fishing Derby at Captree State Park will be held on Saturday, August 7 and Sunday, August 8, 2021 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm each day.
The Snapper & Crab Fishing Derby is held to encourage children to discover and enjoy fishing and crabbing. Children 16 years old and younger are welcome to participate. The tournament is free; however, the standard $8 vehicle use fee will be in effect.
There are numerous fishing locations throughout Captree State Park. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment, or rent or buy it at Captree Fuel, Bait and Tackle. The shop will be open for sales and rentals from 6:00 am – 7:00 pm each day of the tournament.
The last weigh in will take place at 2:00 pm. Both the snappers and crabs will be weighed alive and live release is encouraged. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third heaviest fish in each age category (7 years and younger; 8-12 years old and 13-16 years old) and to the top three heaviest crabs overall, both Saturday and Sunday. During the ceremony, which will begin at 2:30 pm, there will be raffles and giveaways. Winners must be present to receive their prize.
Captree State Park is located on Ocean Parkway in Babylon. It can be reached by taking the Robert Moses Causeway south, or Ocean Parkway east. For additional information, please call Captree State Park at (631) 669-0449 or Captree Fuel, Bait and Tackle at (631) 587-3430.