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Sign Up Now for Fishing Tournament and Fry

By Eric Englund | Oct 11, 2019

Manahawkin — The Maximilian Foundation is hosting the 5th annual Striped Bass All-Boat Tournament & Family Fish Fry on Saturday, Nov. 2, with weigh-in and the fish fry held at Manahawkin Elks Lodge 2340.

Known as the Striped Bass Bash, the one-day event consists of two parts: the boat tournament and the fish fry. It is held rain or shine.

The events are open to anyone who would like to support the foundation, which focuses on strengthening youth in an effort to prevent destructive behavior such as substance abuse. All proceeds raised benefit the foundation-fund local prevention programs such as Southern Regional School District’s STYLE (Student Team Building Youth Leadership & Experience) program; Project Aware, which takes place in many Ocean County schools; and Barnegat Township School District’s K-5 MIST (Mindfulness Infusion for Students and Teachers) programs.

The tournament begins at midnight, Nov. 2 and ends that afternoon at 2 p.m. Boundaries are the Seaside Casino Pier to the north, the Wreck Inlet to the south, and 3 nautical miles off the beach.

Prizes for the tournament are: 1st place, $2,000; 2nd place, $1,000; 3rd place, $500. Entering by Sunday, Oct. 20 qualifies the paid entrant for a discount. However, entries will be accepted up until the captains’ meeting at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. For full details and to register, go to

Captains donate all weighed-in fish to the fish fry. The open tournament is for boats only. It is mandatory that one member of the entered boat attend the captains’ dinner meeting, which starts at 7 p.m., Nov. 1.

The fish fry runs 1-6 p.m., open to the public regardless of whether they fish in the tournament. Ticket prices are: adults, $25 in advance or $30 at the door; children age 6-12, $8; and children age 5 and younger are free.

On tap for live entertainment is Facedown (John Plumley), Sahara Moon, Third Watch and Chevy Lopez. To buy advance Fish Fry tickets, go to

Based in Manahawkin, the Maximilian Foundation supports programs that prevent self-destructive behaviors created by adolescent insecurities.

“We’re giving them the choices of not doing drugs, not cutting yourself, not smoking – any bad, destructive decision that kids might make," said Felicia DiRocco, founding board secretary. “We look to arm them with the skills that they need to be able to make good decisions and not go down the wrong path.”

Don Myers, board member, added, “If you can educate a child, you can possibly save an adult.”

Myers said that 25 boats participated last year. “We would have had more with better weather,” he said. “We’re hoping for great weather this time.”

To learn more about foundation, see the website The ongoing work was founded in memory of Maximilian Schmid, who died from heroin before his 23rd birthday.

— Eric Englund

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