23rd Annual Sea Shell Striped Bass Derby Set for Oct. 25-27

The Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club
10 S Atlantic Ave, Beach Haven, NJ 08008
Oct 25, 2019
All Day

The Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club’s 23rd annual Striped Bass Derby is scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 25-27, rain or shine.

The three-day, all-tackle, all-boat fishing tournament draws fishermen and -women from up and down the East Coast, and, in its more than two decades in existence, has generated nearly $400,000 for local nonprofits.

Fishing begins at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, and final weigh-in takes place between 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday, Oct. 27.

The official weigh-in station is located at the Sea Shell’s Tiki Bar.

Captains donate all weighed fish for the Sunday fish fry.

Full tournament schedule and rules, as well as registration and sponsor forms, are available at theseashellresort.com/striped-bass-derby.

This year’s derby will benefit the Beach Haven Charter Boat Fishing Association’s Junior Mates Program in rebuilding Long Beach Island’s artificial reefs. “This is a grassroots project, steeped in the tradition of charter boat and recreational fishing in and around Long Beach Island,” notes a release from the derby committee – Harvey Kelsall, Bob Smith, Rich Conaway, Rich Ferguson and David Cowles – and Derby Coordinator Tom Hughes.

The short-term goal is to acquire two tugboats, currently located in New York Harbor, and strip them of all toxic and non-environmentally friendly components. The boats would then be transported to LBI and sunk off Beach Haven or Holgate: the sites of the Garden State South and Little Egg artificial reefs.
The cost of this endeavor is $100,000.

“It would be a tremendous start to their efforts to rebuild the reefs of Long Beach Island,” the committee remarked. “It is our hope that, together, we can show this wonderful organization just how much we appreciate their efforts.”