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Berkeley 18th Annual Spring Catch & Release Tournament

The Berkeley Striper Club will hold their Annual Spring Striped Bass C&R Tournament from May 27 through June 5; again in 2022 the tournament will continue to be a “catch and release” format and include separate surf, boat and kayak divisions.

“With the continued success of the “C&R” format we had a fantastic event in the Fall of 2021 with increased participation” said John Kravchak, President of the Berkeley Striper Club.  “For our 18th annual Spring tournament in 2022 we are very excited to announce a significant increase in prizes to be provided to the winners of each of the competitive divisions , as well as multiple grand prizes that all participants are eligible for irrelevant of submitting a fish during the tournament”.  The significant increase in prize value was possible based on the generosity of sponsors including Van Staal, Tsunami, Advanced Fishing USA, Fishing Online, Daiwa, Shimano, St. Croix, Tackle Warehouse, Sterling, Traeger, Igloo, Olu Kai, Smith, Danco, Vudu, Jigging World, Nichols and others the club is still finalizing.

Interested participants can pay/join by completing the application found on the club website at and mailing then application and check to :  Berkeley Striper Club, PO Box 9, Seaside Park, NJ 08752.  You can also pick up an application and enter at Grumpys, Reel Seat, Charlies, Fisherman’s Headquarters, Fishermen’s Supply, Creekside Outfitters, Hook House, Betty and Nicks, One Stop, Gabriel’s, Tak Watermen and Pell’s.

All profits generated through New Jersey’s largest and oldest striped bass “C&R” tournament go towards the BSC’s Fisheries Defense Fund designed to financially support efforts that focus on the effective management of striped bass, providing clean habitat and to protect important forage fish in the goal of enhancing our recreational fisheries.  Financial support of conservation minded organizations and research institutions in the past include Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Save Barnegat Bay, Rutgers University School of Biology, Gray Fishtag Research and Monmouth University’s “Stripers for the Future” research program.

All told, over $68,000 has been donated in the past 10 years to organizations dedicated to the conservation of striped bass. “We hope you’ll consider joining this year’s event in support of a good cause and to help us promote C&R as a responsible way to enjoy fishing competitions.” Kravchak said.  The tournament is open to the public.

Established in 1966 the Berkeley Striper Club is one of the largest and most active surf-fishing clubs in New Jersey. Monthly club meetings, social events, fishing outings, our Youth Education and Tagging Program are a few of the many activities that attract & maintain our very active membership.  Learn more at

For tournament details, contact Scott Thomas at 808-469-5895 or

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