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Great Job

Jun 05, 2017
Courtesy of: Brett Taylor Barnegat, Lacey and Southern Regional high schools and MATES fishing teams participated in the surf fishing competition.

To the Editor:

The 9th Annual Battle on the Beach surf fishing competition occurred on Wednesday, May 31 in the Barnegat Light surf. Barnegat High School, Lacey High School, MATES, and Southern Regional High School competed for the coveted Surf Fishing Trophy in the annual event. All four teams did a great job, fishing the ninth through 12th Street stretches of beach for a solid three hours.

Teams rotated four sections of beach every 45 minutes from their lottery-drawn pick. In the end, Barnegat won its third title with a total score of 69 points, which came from two bluefish and a small striped bass. Southern Regional was a close second with 44.5 points tallied from two bluefish, followed by Lacey and MATES with 0 points.

Although several other species were caught (stargazer, skate, dogfish) by the four teams, only gamefish count toward points. In addition to the victory and trophy, the Barnegat High School Fishing Club was awarded a $500 scholarship to graduating seniors for the 2017 school year. The scholarship was donated by the LBI Surf Fishing Classic Committee.

All four teams would like to thank area businesses for donating and helping out with bait, tackle and gear. Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom and Tony’s Bait & Tackle in Manahawkin have supported this high school tournament from the first year. Also, special thanks to Village Harbor Fishing Club, LBI Surf Fishing Classic Committee and the Barnegat Heavers for their help in running the event.

Brett Taylor, adviser

Barnegat High School Fishing Club

 

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