The 15th Annual “Jersey Shore Classic Inshore and Offshore Tournament” hosted by Avalon Marine Center (formerly the Avalon Pointe Marina) in Avalon, NJ was held on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 as a direct fundraiser for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC). This year’s competition was attended by 55 boats and 240 fishermen. Fishermen from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region competed for cash prizes in various categories. Inshore boats went after weakfish and flounder, while offshore boats went searching for tuna and dolphin.
The Jersey Shore Classic tournament was founded in 1997 with the mission to raise money for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s education programs. Since its inception, the tournament has transformed from a 7-boat one-day event to a 100 plus boat, 2-day, all-inclusive Inshore and Offshore Tournament. The tournament has raised over $125,000 for DBCC’s programs and the fight against breast cancer in the past fourteen years. And, as an official RFA (Recreational Fishing Alliance) event, the tournament supports the RFA’s mission to protect our precious resources and sport for the future.
Tournament Director Sean Healy, of Wilmington, vowed to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the disease after he lost his grandmother to breast cancer in 1997. Healy is very passionate advocate for early detection and urging women to get their annual mammograms. He also served on the DBCC Board of Trustees for five years.
For the inshore tournament, the J Crew boat led by Captain David Saridge placed first in the flounder competition with an 8.86 pound fish. In the weakfish category, the Sea Scapper boat led by Captain Jack Lynch won with a 1.94 pound Weakfish. For the offshore tournament, the Low Profile boat led by Captain Joe Trainer placed first in the tuna competition with a 57 pound fish. And for the dolphin competition, the Fishinator boat led by Charles Gross placed first with a 17.27 pound catch.
Next year’s event will be held on July 20th and 21st 2012.
For more information about the Jersey Shore Classic Tournament, please visit www.jerseyshoreclassic.net