Striped Bass Tourney and Fish Fry Coming Soon

Benefits Maximilian Foundation Youth Counseling
Oct 10, 2018
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

The Maximilian Foundation is hosting the 4th annual Striped Bass All-Boat Tournament & Family Fish Fry on Saturday, Nov. 3, with weigh-in and the fish fry held at the Manahawkin Elks Lodge 2340, at 520 Hilliard Blvd.

Known as the Striped Bass Bash, the one-day event consists of two parts: the boat tournament and the Family Fish Fry. It’s time now for fishermen and fisherwomen to register for the tournament, and for anyone in the public to mark the fish fry on the calendar.

The events are open to anyone who would like to support the foundation, which focuses on strengthening youth in an effort to prevent destructive behavior such as substance abuse. One hundred percent of the money raised will benefit the Maximilian Foundation to fund local prevention programs such as Southern Regional School District’s STYLE (Student Team Building Youth Leadership & Experience) program; Project Aware, which takes place in many Ocean County schools; and Barnegat Township School District’s K-5 MIST (Mindfulness Infusion for Students and Teachers) programs. The event also supports the Elks’ drug awareness program.

The Family Fish Fry runs 1-6 p.m., open to the public regardless of whether they fish in the tournament. The fun begins at 1 p.m., with the food service starting at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are: adults, $25 in advance or $30 at the door; children age 6-12, $8; and children age 5 and younger are free.

The ticket includes the meal and entertainment. A cash bar is available, and what’s new this year is local craft beer.

On tap for live entertainment is Facedown (John Plumley), Sahara Moon, and Third Watch. A silent auction and 50/50 raffle are part of the day’s happenings.

To buy advance Fish Fry tickets, go to

Boat Tournament Details:

Discounted Entry By Oct 21

Prizes for the Boat Tournament are: 1st place, $2,000; 2nd place, $1,000; 3rd place, $500. Entering by Sunday, Oct. 21 qualifies the paid entrant for a discount. However, entries will be accepted up until the captains’ meeting at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.  For full details and to register, go to

The captains donate all weighed-in fish to the fish fry. The open tournament is for boats only. Tournament boundaries are the Seaside Casino Pier to the north; the Wreck Inlet to the south; and three nautical miles off the beach.

It is mandatory that one member of the entered boat attend the captains’ dinner meeting, which starts at 7 p.m., Nov. 2. Fishing begins at midnight Saturday, Nov. 3 and ends at 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3. The weigh-in at the Elks lodge ends at 5 p.m.

“We want to appeal to all the fishermen and fisherwomen to come and be a part of the boat tournament. We’ve had kids do it, as well,” added Felicia DiRocco, founding board secretary. “The second part, the fish fry, is a family event that is not just for the fishermen; it’s for everybody. Bring lawn chairs, hang out all day, eat and have fun.”

The event is rain or shine, so tents will be set up.

The Maximilian Foundation supports programs “that prevent self-destructive behaviors created by adolescent insecurities; strengthening the education of our young people by nourishing character, building confidence, and growing the life skills needed to sustain better choices,” its description states. DiRocco noted that the Foundation wants to be involved with programs that reach younger kids at the elementary school level, such as fifth- and sixth-grades.

“We’re giving them the choices of not doing drugs, not cutting yourself, not smoking – any bad, destructive decision that kids might make. Arm them with the skills that they need to be able to make good decisions and not go down the wrong path.”

To learn more about The Maximilian Foundation, see the website The ongoing work was founded in memory of Maximilian Schmid, who died from heroin before his 23rd birthday.

— Maria Scandale

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