Annual Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational Set for July 25-29

Oldest Tournament of Its Kind in the Country
Jul 12, 2017
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Registration is still open for the country’s oldest white marlin fishing tournament, set right here off the coast. The 48th annual installment of the Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational, hosted by the Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club, is scheduled for July 25-29.

Sign up soon, as the number of participating boats is limited to 100.

As Karl Anderson explains on the event website, the tournament was “the brainchild of Captain Joe Bossard, who ran club member Bob Gaskill’s Bee Dee. Bossard had been fishing up and down the coast, spending time from Manasquan to Florida and then coming to Beach Haven, so he had the connections to attract anglers from up and down the coast.

“Many early club members had also been fishing up and down the coast and invited offshore anglers to come to Beach Haven to sample the good fishing. Awaiting them was a nice clubhouse, great meals each night and good camaraderie with a group of dedicated offshore fishermen.”

Anderson adds, “The White Marlin Invitational fishing from the historic sportfishing port of Beach Haven remains a favorite event on the schedule of tournament fishermen. Despite shoaling in the inlet and the shallow bay, the clubhouse is still a hub of activity during the event and always a welcoming beacon to visiting anglers from up and down the coast.”

Tournament director David Ridley announced a few changes for 2017 “that will build on 47 years of tradition – while introducing some new options in response to your feedback – further solidifying our tournament as one of the preeminent offshore fishing events on the East Coast.” Departures will be allowed from any inlet in New Jersey this year, and anglers will be able to utilize a second weigh-in station, at Hoffman’s Marina in the Manasquan Inlet, in addition to the BHMTC.

“We have also added a day, so participants pick two of four days to fish,” said Ridley.

“This tournament is still one of the most affordable on the East Coast, with registration fees ranging from $700 to $1,000 depending on registration date and size of boat,” he noted.

All 48th Annual White Marlin Invitational rules apply, and all International Game Fish Association rules for fishing and tackle will apply unless noted otherwise. Any amendments to the rules will be announced at the captains meeting 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, at the BHMTC. Each boat entry is strongly encouraged to have a representative attend the captains meeting; however, it is not mandatory. Rule changes will be posted online at thewmit.com prior to 11:59 p.m. on July 25.

Although boats may depart from any New Jersey inlet, they must return through one of the following five inlets if weighing in a fish at BHMTC or Hoffman’s Marina: Manasquan Inlet, Great Egg Harbor Inlet, Atlantic City Inlet, Little Egg Inlet or Barnegat Inlet. Boats not weighing in fish may return through any inlet.

Fishing grounds are limited to a 100-mile radius from Little Egg Bell Buoy (latitude 39° 27’ 56.2” and longitude 74° 16’ 27.3”).

A maximum of three tunas, three white marlins, one blue marlin, one dolphin, one wahoo and one bluefin tuna may be weighed in per boat per day.

Saturday – the final day of the tournament – will feature food, drinks and live music at BHMTC, and an awards ceremony at approximately 9 p.m.

The Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club is located at 420 North Pennsylvania Ave. in Beach Haven. For more information or to register, visit thewmit.com, email wmit@bhmtc.com or call Ridley at 908-963-5924. Information on treasure chest payouts and calcuttas is available online. —J.K.-H.

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