The 31st annual Town of Oyster Bay Bluefish Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 18, at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay.
“The town’s Bluefish Tournament is a great all-day sporting event with wonderful prizes and great camaraderie,” said Councilman Chris Coschignano, adding that the tournament runs from 4:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. “The entrance fee for the tournament, which is open to anglers of all ages, is $30 for town residents and $40 for non-residents. Registration is limited to the first 350 boats, so sign up early.”
Additional rules for the tournament, which is sponsored by the town’s Department of Parks and Oyster Bay Marine Supply, are contained in the registration form, which is available at all town facilities and at Oyster Bay Marine Supply, 294 South St. in Oyster Bay. All contestants must be pre-registered. All those who register before Sept. 11 will receive a tournament T-shirt. All contestants will automatically be entered in a special raffle, with prizes including Solstice inflatable boats and Mercury outboards, rods, reels, ice chests, water skis, restaurant certificates and much more.
Along with plaques, winners of first through 10th places will receive gift certificates in the following amounts: first place, $2,000; second place, $1,000; third place, $750; fourth place, $600; fifth and sixth places, $500; seventh and eighth places, $400; ninth and 10th places, $300. Winners of 11th and 12th places will receive a $200 gift certificate and 13th, 14th and 15th place winners will each received a $100 gift certificate. Raffle winners must be present to receive their prizes, which will be presented at the tailgate party scheduled for 3 p.m.
“Fishing is indeed a sport for all ages that offers everything one would want for a day of fun…the tranquility of being out in the water, the adrenaline rush of feeling that first big tug on your fishing line and, in the case of our tournament, the spirit of competition,” Coschignano said. “Add to that the possibility of winning impressive prizes and you have the Town of Oyster Bay Bluefish Tournament. Even if you don’t beat the tournament record of 19.05 pounds, for a fishing enthusiast, it will surely be the perfect Sunday.”
For more information, contact the Parks Department, recreation division, at 516-797-4125.