If hours of fishing followed by a tailgate party with food, raffles, awards and prizes sounds like a perfect day to you, then you’ll want to sign up immediately for the 35th Annual Town of Oyster Bay Bluefish Tournament, scheduled for Sunday, September 12th and hosted by Supervisor Joseph Saladino and the Town Board.
“The Bluefish Tournament is a great all-day sporting event with wonderful prizes and great camaraderie,” said Supervisor Saladino. “Join us for this fun day of tranquility on the water, the adrenaline rush of feeling that first big tug on your fishing line and the spirit of competition as you try to beat the tournament record of 19.75 pounds.”
The tournament runs from 4:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is open to anglers of all ages. All contestants must be pre-registered. The entrance fee for the tournament is $35 for Town of Oyster Bay residents and $50 for non-residents. Registration is limited to the first 350 boats, so sign up early. All those who register before September 6th will receive a tournament t-shirt. All contestants will automatically be entered in a special raffle, with great prizes.
Rules for the tournament are available at all Town facilities, as well as:
- Bridge Marina, 40 Ludlam Avenue, Bayville
- Bridge Marine Sales, 19 Ludlam Avenue, Bayville
- Causeway Bait and Tackle, 3031 Merrick Road, Wantagh
- Compass Rose Marine Supply, 15 Mill Damn Road, Huntington
- Duffy’s Bait and Tackle 131 Glenwood Road, Glenwood Landing
- Hi-Hook Bait and Tackle, 33 New York Avenue, Huntington
Along with plaques, winners of 1st through 10th Places will receive gift certificates in the following amounts: 1st Place – $1,000; 2nd Place – $750; 3rd Place – $500; 4th Place – $400; 5th & 6th Places – $300; 7th & 8th Places – $100; 9th & 10th Places – $100. Prizes subject to increase based on registration. Raffle winners must be present to receive their prizes, which will be presented at the tailgate party scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
The co-sponsors of this year’s Bluefish Tournament include: Mill Max Corporation, Duffy’s Bait and Tackle, Bridge Marina, Compass Rose, Causeways, Coach Meeting House, Coopers Bluff, Hi-Hook Bait and Tackle, Oyster Bay Marine Center, Oyster Bay Marine Supply, Umberto’s of Oyster Bay, Jericho Cider Mill, TOWBOATU.S., Zorn’s of Bethpage, Sagamore Collision, Seachoice Products and Walls Wharf.
For further information, please contact the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department, Recreation Division, at (516) 797-7945.