Register Now for Free Super Surf Casting Seminar in Ship Bottom Oct. 6

First Day of the Nine-Week Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby on LBI
Sep 26, 2018
File Photo by: Jack Reynolds

With fall now in place, it’s time to fine-tune fishing skills. Register for the free “Super Surf Casting Seminar,” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 – the first day of the 64th annual Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic – to pick up tips for angling from the beach.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. for coffee, doughnuts and door prizes at the Ship Bottom Firehouse, on 21st Street and Central Avenue, and to listen in as area fishing experts share their knowledge of equipment, bait and tackle, beach essentials and more.

Weather conditions permitting, the clinic continues on the beach in Ship Bottom for hands-on instruction. Topics include: reading the water; identifying beach structure and picking a spot; casting; lures; and “When and Where: Weather, Wind and Tide.” Organizers suggest bringing a folding chair for comfort on the beach. (If the weather is poor, the clinic will be held on the 14th Street bay beach.)

Pre-registration is required for the seminar. To register, call the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at 609-494-7211 or 800-292-6372, or email

Registration is also still open for the Classic, a nine-week striped bass and bluefish derby, and one of the nation’s oldest surfcasting tournaments. The event runs through Dec. 9 and offers thousands of dollars in prizes.

Adult entry is $30, and just $15 for kids 17 and younger. Early registration includes a commemorative tournament hat and decal, as well as a coupon for a free slice of Panzone’s cheese pizza, while supplies last.

Proceeds from the tournament, organized by the LBI Surf Fishing Classic Committee in partnership with the SOCCC, go toward event prize distribution, with a portion benefiting local high school scholarships.

There are daily, weekly and segment cash prizes for both species, as well as a $2,000 grand prize for top striped bass and $1,000 grand prize for biggest bluefish. Both grand prize winners will also receive a Penn reel and plaque.

A number of junior, ladies, senior citizen and bonus prizes are also up for grabs, as well as many special prizes, including awards for the biggest striper caught on particular days throughout the competition. These “Bonus Cash Days,” as the tournament website,, notes, “are big money days. Save the dates.” All dates and additional information on prizes and rules are noted on the website.

Registration details are available at participating weigh stations – Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom, Surf City Bait and Tackle in Surf City, Captain’s Quarters Bait and Tackle in Brighton Beach and Jingles Bait and Tackle in North Beach Haven.

For more information, visit a participating tackle shop or go online at —J.K.-H.

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