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 24th ANNUAL GOVERNOR'S  CUP

May 17, 2015

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Every year the New Jersey Beach Buggy Assn. supplies the

Governor's Cup with the Judges from our Membership.

If you would like to volunteer and you are a member in good standing

All Judges to meet at Park Office 4:30am

Contact: Mark Pantle

732-269-8291

pantlesr@yahoo.com

                                                                                                                        

23rd Annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament

May 18, 2014 Results

 

               What a day! Everything was perfect. The date change was a great move, the weather was gorgeous, the tide was right & the fish cooperated. As you can see there were a number of factors that made this day a success. Besides the obvious listed above, there is the GSFT committee. On this committee is Chairman Frank Dara who underwent major heart surgery days before the tournament. Frank is a member of the NJ Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs & is the glue of this committee. Get well soon Frank we need you. Next is Karen Byrne with the NJ Fish & wildlife, Ray Bukowski – Director of Island Beach State Park with the NJ Division of Parks & Forestry, Ed Hale – NJ Parks & Forestry, Paul Smith – JCAA, Greg Kucharewski – JCAA, Tim Burden – NJBBA President and myself. They put this tournament together in 5 months, that’s when the date change was agreed on.

      The day started out with a bang. Right away there were fish caught and continued throughout  the day. This is where the true hero's of the day shined. The JUDGES! They were bombarded with a number of BLITZ'S and handled in promptly and efficiently. This is not easy considering that the judges are fishermen & women and get excited when blitz's occur. They did this with 2 judges short, the communication radio's not working and running out of affidavits( scorecards).  Not only were they on top of things they were in constant communication and brought in reinforcements when needed. They were OUTSTANDING and I thank you all!  

       I would also like to thank Lt. Governor Guadagno for caring and registering to fish the tournament with her family.  Speaking of families I saw a lot of families & friends fishing.  The Gov. Cup is all about families fishing/playing together and I think they nailed it. There were over 600 registered  participants and nearly 200 fish measured. There were 189 Bluefish & 5 Striped Bass. I heard that there was a 41” Bluefish caught but the individual was NOT in the tournament. That fish would have won. Hhuumm, I wonder if they will sign up next year.    

       I can only see this event getting bigger & better over the years. On a sad note we lost a wonderful person and supporter of the Gov Cup. Ken Jelnicki Jr. co-owner of the Surf Rocket. He donated one of his custom Rockets every year for the last 5 years. He will surely be missed by the community.             

      I want to thank Vince Cochran my co-chairman. Vince wore many hats and wore them well. He did everything from picking up coffee in the wee hours, judging and helping get the judges on the sand. Then there was Paul Harris & Tim Burden who when I needed  advise, they were right there with words of wisdom. Paul with his right to the point answer & then there's Tim 8 minutes later with the same answer (TIC- TOC Tim). I truly want to thank you both for all the help, advise & support. 

    As I was saying before I can only see this event getting bigger & bigger which is why I'll be needing more judges next year( The Jetty was not open this year). It was nice to see so many people on the beach enjoying themselves. I did notice a lot of NJBBA members out there fishing. I liked seeing our NJBBA plates & members representing. I encourage everyone to check out our website to see all the happy faces during the tournament. I am proud to be part of this event and excited to see where it goes from here. To be part of this dynamic event sign up to judge, help at our table or fish the tournament. Just get involved in this FUN event.        

 Respectfully submitted, Mark Pantle #4768  

 

Stripe Bass

Category

Name

Location

Size

Time

Caught

 

Adult Male

 

 

 

 

 

1st

Anthony LaRocco

Staten Island, NY

35-1/4"

   

2nd

Scott Velit

Ewing, NJ

30-1/2"

 

 

3rd

Craig Morris

Laurel Springs, NJ

29"

 

 

Teen Male

 

 

 

 

 

1st

Evan Alexoudis

Morganville, NJ

33-1/4"

   

Bluefish Category

         

Adult Male

         

1st

Chris Follmer

Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

36"

 

WINNER:

 2013 GOVERNOR'S CUP

2nd

Mikael Smith

Langhorne, PA

34"

 

 

3rd

Al DiMartrino

Clifton, NJ

34"

   

Adult Female

         

1st

Terry Demiduke

Pitman, NJ

33"

   

2nd

Marie Weaver

Keyport, NJ

30-1/2"

 

 

3rd

Pat Polovina

Hazlet, NJ

26-1/4

 

 

Teen Male

         

1st

Zackarey Elshaer

Short Hills, NJ

35-3/4"

   

2nd

Briar Scull

Browns Mills, NJ

31"

 

 

3rd

Anthony LaRocca Jr

Staten Island, NY

29-3/8"

 

 

Teen Female

         

1st

Erin Pawlowski

Forked River, NJ

22"

   

2nd

Alyssa Kuryluk

Bensalem, PA

21"

 

 

3rd

Kimberly Mazar

Brick, NJ

20"

 

 

Child Male

 

 

 

 

 

1st

Brian McCaffrey

Millstone, NJ

33-1/4"

 

 

2nd

Jason Norris

Oceanport, NJ

26"

 

 

3rd

Chase Polovina

Hazlet, NJ

24-1/2"

 

 

Child Female

 

 

 

 

 

1st

Morgan Vicidomini

Forked River, NJ

33-1/2"

 

 

2nd

Melanie Lynch

Maple Shade, NJ

23"

 

 

3rd

NA

 

 

 

 

Visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/gsft.htm on the NJDEP Division of Fish
and Wildlife for more information, including all winners since 1992, about the
Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament.

The event is sponsored by the NJDEP, Division of Fish and Wildlife, Division of Parks and Forestry, the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, and the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association.

Along with the tournament prizes offered, the registration forms of pre-registrants and same-day entrants are placed into special drawings for additional prizes.

To date, the tournament has raised more than $130,000 for conservation projects and improved beach access. Funds have been used for the purchase of specialized beach wheel chairs that provide beach access for the disabled and elderly at IBSP; educational displays in the Interpretive Center at IBSP; a beach access ramp connecting parking area A7 to the beach at IBSP; an automatic heart defibrillator unit for IBSP; two mobile fishing equipment trailers with rods and reels for use in fishing education programs throughout the state; and educational materials/field study equipment for various environmental education programs.

Overall fish length determined the grand prize winner, as well as place winners for each of the species categories. This past year there were winning fish tied in length in two categories; tournament rules dictate that the first-caught and checked-in fish places higher. There were categories for children, teen and adult anglers, including sub-categories for male and female anglers.