Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament, May 21

The Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 21 at Island Beach State Park! Register by April 22 to save on adult registration fees, be eligible for additional prizes, and head directly to the beach on tournament day. Register by mail or save a stamp and register online (fees apply).

Find our more information and register HERE.

The annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament is typically held on the third Sunday in May at Island Beach State Park.

Enjoy a great day of surf fishing with family and friends at the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament. Its purpose is to bring awareness of the importance of saltwater recreational fishing and marine resources in New Jersey to the Governor, State Legislators and New Jersey residents.

The individual who catches the overall largest fish wins the “Governor’s Award” and will have their name engraved on
the Governor’s Cup, which is permanently displayed at Island Beach State Park. Prizes are awarded to winners in a variety of age group and fish species categories.

All funds raised by the tournament go toward improving beach access, surf fishing instruction programs and equipment plus marine education and restoration projects.

The tournament is sponsored by NJDEP’s Fish & Wildlife and Division of Parks, Forestry and Historic Places, New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s ClubsJersey Coast Anglers Association and New Jersey Beach Buggy Association.


The High School Team Category is for high school aged students, who are part of a formal fishing club, members of a Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs group, or a non-formal group.

The tournament entry fee is waived for student teams, and admission to the park is free for registrants.

The school team category has been supported by the following organizations:

All tournament anglers need to complete the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry prior to the event.

Questions can be directed to 609-748-4347.

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