A statewide organization dedicated to the preservation of beach resources is hosting its 22nd annual Children’s Fishing Tournament at Island Beach State Park this Saturday.
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 Timothy Burden.
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,” Burden said.
Last year’s tournament was the most successful to date, with 115 children participating, he 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.