‘The Banner Is Back’: LBI Surf Fishing Classic Seeks Sponsors

Aug 13, 2018
Courtesy of: Ted Kamish Jr.

Registration begins next month for the 64th annual Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic, which kicks off on Oct. 6. For local businesses and individuals interested in tournament sponsorship, the deadline to become a “banner backer” is very quickly approaching.

That’s right: “The banner is back,” as Fisherman’s Headquarters’ Greg Cudnik noted.

A few years after the 1954 inception of the competition – originally called the Striped Bass Derby – banners were introduced to help spread support for the tournament throughout the Island. “The earliest banner we can confirm is 1960,” said Ted Kamish Jr., a member of the Classic Committee.

“For a stretch years ago, participants could redeem gift certificates won in the Striped Bass Derby at participating sponsors, easily identified by banners on display,” he added.

The banners were used on and off over the tournament’s 64-year history, with a longish off period as of late. Now, though, the committee has set up a simplified sponsorship opportunity involving the banner. “It is our hope to get more local businesses to be a part of the Classic,” said Cudnik. “Since this year’s (banner) color is orange, we are hoping to have a lot of orange around town.

As Kamish pointed out, “The main purpose of the banner remains the same: creating awareness and support surrounding a tradition that was, and is still, intended to extend the season on LBI and the surrounding area for the sponsors, merchants and community overall.”

The LBI Surf Fishing Classic, one of the nation’s oldest and most recognized surfcasting tournaments, will run for nine weeks, with anglers targeting striped bass and bluefish from the Island’s beaches. Participants compete for thousands of dollars in daily, weekly, segment and grand prizes, as well as additional special prizes.

“The Classic Committee is very grateful to all the businesses, bait and tackle shops, fishing clubs and individuals who give so much to keep this tradition alive,” Kamish remarked.

To learn more about becoming a banner backer, contact Kamish at ted.kamish@ipaper.com, Cudnik at fishhead.greg@gmail.com, Patricia Hoagland at patatnj@aol.com or Carole Ann Palmer at jinglesbait@comcast.net.

Information about the Classic is online at lbift.com. —J.K.-H.

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