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From the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

Mark your calendars and get your registrations in now for the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament!

This year's tournament is scheduled for Sunday, October 2, at Island Beach State Park, and marks the 20th anniversary of this popular family event.

The tournament offers participants an excellent opportunity to learn more about the sport of surf fishing, while enjoying a fun day with family and friends.

Anglers can also feel great about the use of their registration fees, as all funds raised are used for very worthwhile purposes.

These include the purchase of specialized wheelchairs that provide the disabled and elderly beach access, surf fishing instruction programs and equipment, marine education and restoration efforts, and surf fishing access.

The individual who catches the overall largest fish wins the "Governor's Award," and has his/her name engraved on the Governor's Cup, which is permanently displayed at the park.

Fishing equipment is awarded to winners who catch the largest fish in a variety of species and age group categories.

Anglers planning to participate in the tournament should register early.

Doing so entitles you to save on the adult registration fee, and be eligible for special prizes, including an early entry raffle for a Surf Rocket, and avoid delays when entering the park.

The early entry incentive ends September 10, 2011.

After this date, anglers will be required to register at the tournament.

The pre-registration fee for the tournament is $10 for ages 18 and up, and the registration fee on Tournament Day is $15.

The registration fee for ages 13-17 is $5, and registration is free for ages 12 and under.

For more information or to download a registration form visit

The Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament is sponsored by the DEP's Divisions of Fish and Wildlife and Parks and Forestry as well as the NJ Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, and the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association.

Tournament anglers may be asked to verify their compliance with the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program.

If you have not already registered, please make sure you do before hitting the beach the day of the tournament.

Registration is quick, easy and free.

Anglers simply need to log on to and follow the instructions on the page.

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