The Manhattan Cup Charity Striped Bass Tournament, presented by Yamaha Outboards, is scheduled for June 4, 2021 at Liberty Landing Marina and the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City, NJ. You can support transitioning combat veterans and striped bass conservation by entering to fish in any of the categories or by making a tax-deductible charitable donation. Visit www.manhattancup.com for details.
The Manhattan Cup is an all-release tournament that encourages tagging of all released fish. All winning fish will be determined by a simple length/girth measurement with photo verification to reduce time out of the water and further improve survivability. Certified measuring devices will be provided. A portion of the revenue generated will be used for satellite tagging striped bass in conjunction with Gray FishTag Research and other programs aimed at conversation through expanding scientific knowledge of these amazing creatures.
The Manhattan Cup brings combat veterans to fish the tournament in a special Warrior Division aboard boats donated by area charter captains, light-tackle guides and anglers. Most are dealing with visible and invisible wounds such as PTSD. In past years this the tournament has introduced numerous vets to the joy of fishing helping some with a difficult readjustment to life after combat, while honoring their service and sacrifice.
If you’ve fished the Manhattan Cup before you know it is a first-class event that includes a pre-fishing breakfast and captain/angler meeting, gourmet box lunches for all, and an awards dinner/BBQ in the shadow of the NYC skyline at the Liberty House Restaurant. All health requirements will be in place for the event to keep participants and personnel a safe environment. Celebrity anglers will be in attendance and we will again honor FDNY hero and warrior MSgt. Christopher J. Raguso, who lost his life during Operation Inherent Resolve, the fight to destroy ISIS, in Syria in 2018. Chris was flying an air force rescue helicopter in support of special forces when his chopper went down in enemy held territory.
There are several ways you can enter or support the event. Captains can donate their boat and services for the day on our website or by calling Capt. Frank Crescitelli. Anglers can enter as a team and fish from their own boats in the Sportsman Division. Angler teams can purchase a professional captain and boat for the day or enter as an individual and be assigned to a charter boat. Can’t fish, but want to help? Make a donation to sponsor one or more warriors. No donation is too small, all are greatly appreciated. Your company can become a tournament sponsor with a product or a cash donation by calling Gary Caputi or John DePersenaire. Dinner tickets will also be available for purchase to non-fishermen who want to honor our heroes and get in on the celebration, raffles, auctions and fun.
Anglers can compete in any of three categories; Fly, Artificial Lures or Bait with numerous trophies presented in each category. You’ll enjoy an amazing day surrounded by wonderful people, celebrity anglers and chefs, all pitching in to make the event a success. It starts with breakfast and a pre-tournament meeting at Liberty Landing Restaurant followed by a boat procession in front of the Statue of Liberty leading up to a shotgun start and day of fishing for striped bass and bluefish. After fishing, enjoy the open bar and appetizers with arguably the best view of the NYC skyline found anywhere. Following cocktails, fish tales, and networking the Awards Dinner starts with an outdoor BBQ with steaks, seafood and prize Hummock Island Oysters courtesy of renowned fly and light tackle guide, Capt. Jeff Northrup. Raffles and auctions commence featuring fishing trips donated by local guides and captains and several boats featured on Wicked Tuna, in addition to tackle, trips and more. All proceeds are used for fisheries conservation efforts specifically targeting striped bass and to expand our efforts to bring combat veterans fishing.
Go to www.manhattancup.com and sign up, donate or purchase tickets. If you have questions call John DePersenaire at the RFA at 609-294-3810, Gary Caputi at 732-740-9982 or Capt. Frank Crescitelli at 917-468-4817.
The Manhattan Cup is underwritten and sponsored by the RFA-Fisheries Conservation Trust and presented by Yamaha Outboards. Sponsors include Staten Island Yacht Sales, Steigercraft boats, Interlux, Raymarine, Liberty Landing Marina, Black Rifle Coffee, D&R Boat Sales, Fin Chasers TV, Tsunami Awesome Tackle, Bimini Bay, The Fisherman, Alltackle.com, AFW Fishing Brands, Tony Maja Products, Starbrite, Princeton Tec, StormR, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Pettit, Manhattan2Montauk, Guides Secret lures, Gray Taxidermy, the Recreational Fishing Alliance, AFTCO, ‘Wichcraft, and other companies to be announced at a later date.