The Sea Shell Hosts 20th Annual Striped Bass Fishing Derby Oct. 28-30

Sep 23, 2016

Anglers take note: The Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club’s 20th annual Striped Bass Derby is scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 28-30, rain or shine. Over two decades, this all-tackle, all-boat fishing tournament has raised more than $300,000 to benefit local organizations.

David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation – a nonprofit providing financial assistance, services and hope to families affected by a cancer diagnosis – will be the event’s charitable recipient for the 2016 contest.

David’s Dream and Believe “was established by David Caldarella, founder and Stage IV cancer survivor, in 2010,” explained Derby Coordinator Tom Hughes. “The foundation has committed all of its resources to the community in the fight against cancer, and is unique in its dedication to assisting families through financial assistance for medical bills, groceries, transportation, housing costs and utilities, as well as emotional support from founder David Caldarella himself.

“Since 2010, DDBCF has distributed in excess of $450,000 to over 600 local families through community support, annual events, donations and planned giving, (and) all have been extremely important in their mission as a ‘Beacon of Hope.’”

As Hughes added, the foundation has fostered relationships “with the youth community through Generation Dream and the Service Learning Program at Stockton University.”

Derby fishing begins at 9 p.m. Oct. 28 and continues until final weigh-in, which will be held from 10 a.m. till noon at the Sea Shell Tiki Bar the following Sunday, Oct. 30. All fish must be caught with rod and reel on the captain’s boat, and only one fish per boat is eligible for a cash prize.

Fishing is limited to inshore water within 3 miles of the beach. (The north boundary is Seaside Dise Pier, GPS #39.56.500; the south boundary is the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City; and the western boundary is the Garden State Parkway.)

Registration fee is $150 per boat for two anglers, plus $50 for additional anglers. All prizes go to the boat captain.

The fee includes one commemorative T-shirt per angler, as well as entry to the welcome party, from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Shell, followed by an 8 p.m. captain’s meeting, with entertainment by Capt. Eric & The Shipwrecks; a 6-to-8 p.m. cocktail party on Saturday, also with music from Capt. Eric & The Shipwrecks; and the Sunday fish fry, from 10 a.m. to noon, featuring entertainment by The Pickles. Family and friends can attend the fish fry for $15.

An awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Cash prizes will be distributed for top 15 heaviest fish, in addition to special prizes for a junior angler and a female angler, and special drawings for donated gifts from various area businesses.

As the derby committee – Rich Conaway, Rich Ferguson, Jim Kelly, Harvey Kelsall, Bob Smith, David Cowles and Hughes – pointed out last year, ”Our goals for this event are to provide yet another reason for people to frequent our island during the fall season, to provide a venue for boat fishermen, and most importantly, to provide funds for worthwhile local nonprofit organizations and noteworthy community projects.”

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