21st Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament at Island Beach State Park Saturday

     The NJBBA Children's Fishing Tournament in 2013. (Photo: Paul Danielczyk/NJBBA)

    The NJBBA Children's Fishing Tournament in 2013. (Photo: Paul Danielczyk/NJBBA)

    A statewide organization dedicated to the preservation of beach resources is hosting its 21st annual Children’s Fishing Tournament at Island Beach State Park on Saturday, Sept. 6. 

    Sponsored by the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association, the free event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with registration from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Bathing Area #1, according to association member Michael Norris. 

    After registering, the anglers will proceed to instructional stations, including knot tying, casting, and plug and fish identification.

    Fishing will commence at 10 a.m. along the stretch between Areas #7 and #23, with children in three age groups (8 and younger, 9-12, and 13-16) competing for first, second, and third place.

    At 1 p.m., children will enjoy a hot dogs and beverages, while judges weigh the catches. All children will receive a prize of their choice after lunch. A ceremony then follows at 3 p.m. with the awarding of trophies. 

    “The NJBBA will provide limited bait & tackle. To improve your chances of catching fish, shop at a local tackle shop to buy additional bait, rigs, and get the latest fishing reports,” Norris said. 

    Since 1954, the NJBBA has fought to preserve beach access for all users, building protective fences, planting dune grass, and also working with community leaders and other organizations to advance its mission, according to the organization.

    Visit www.njbba.org for more information.

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